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The Stanford Graduate School of Business Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month of Learning is chockablock full ...
05/05/2021
Home - The Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month of Learning

The Stanford Graduate School of Business Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month of Learning is chockablock full of activities. Check out the gorgeous artwork!

About this Project Welcome to our calendar of activities in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander month! We are so glad you are here. This is an opportunity to share information, celebrate cultures and traditions, fight racism, and highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices,....

The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions, including our own Humani...
04/27/2021
Racial Reckonings and the Future of the Humanities

The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions, including our own Humanities Center fellow Marci Kwon.

April 28, 2021, 12:00 PM. ONLINE-ONLY EVENT.

🌎 With a publication date coinciding with #EarthDay2021, a new edited volume by two-time Humanities Center fellow Margar...
04/22/2021
Oceans examined through historical and literary lenses | Stanford News

🌎 With a publication date coinciding with #EarthDay2021, a new edited volume by two-time Humanities Center fellow Margaret Cohen explores the cultural history of Earth’s oceans.

With a publication date coinciding with Earth Day, a new, six-volume set edited by Stanford English Professor Margaret Cohen explores the cultural history of Earth’s oceans from antiquity to the modern era.

In case you missed him last summer, 2019-20 Humanities Center fellow Ramzi Fawaz reprises his book project presentation ...
04/21/2021
Queer Love on Barbary Lane: The Sexual Politics of Serial Gay Fiction in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City : Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

In case you missed him last summer, 2019-20 Humanities Center fellow Ramzi Fawaz reprises his book project presentation for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at UC Berkeley.

Queer Love on Barbary Lane: The Sexual Politics of Serial Gay Fiction in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Ramzi Fawaz 22 April, 2021 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | In this talk, I analyze the content and reading experience of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, the most popular serialized gay fiction...

We're pleased to announce a new Career Launch Fellowship program for advanced Stanford graduate students. Apply now!📥 ht...
04/16/2021

We're pleased to announce a new Career Launch Fellowship program for advanced Stanford graduate students. Apply now!
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We're pleased to announce a new Career Launch Fellowship program for advanced Stanford graduate students. Apply now!
📥 https://shc.stanford.edu/

👏 Kudos to these Stanford scholars, including former Humanities Center fellows R. Lanier Anderson, Vincent Barletta, Loc...
04/12/2021
Seven Stanford scholars awarded Guggenheim Fellowships - Stanford Today

👏 Kudos to these Stanford scholars, including former Humanities Center fellows R. Lanier Anderson, Vincent Barletta, Lochlann Jain, and Amalia Kessler!

Among those honored with 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships are R. Lanier Anderson, Vincent Barletta, Enrique Chagoya, Lochlann Jain, Amalia D. Kessler, Daniel Mason and Jonathan A. Rodden.

Stanford Humanities Center associate director Andrea Davies weighs in on the myth of the "ideal worker."
03/29/2021
The problem is work

Stanford Humanities Center associate director Andrea Davies weighs in on the myth of the "ideal worker."

Pandemic parenting is impossible. American work culture is a big reason why.

#TBT to our inaugural 1891 Lecture in the Humanities with Stanford Professor Ato Quayson. Little did we know this would ...
03/11/2021

#TBT to our inaugural 1891 Lecture in the Humanities with Stanford Professor Ato Quayson. Little did we know this would be the last occasion we would convene as a group of humanities scholars in Levinthal, but we'll be back. ♥️
📸: Paul Keitz

Tune in tomorrow at 5PM (PST) when Humanities Center fellow Bernadette Meyler goes up against Berkeley Law Dean, Erwin C...
03/09/2021
UC Shakespeare Trial: Et tu, Brute?

Tune in tomorrow at 5PM (PST) when Humanities Center fellow Bernadette Meyler goes up against Berkeley Law Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky as they look at the question, what do you think Brutus should have done?
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What do you think Brutus should have done?

ICYMI: Peggy Phelan, professor of Theater and Performance Studies and English (and a 2019-20 SHC fellow), recently prese...
03/08/2021
What “Feminist Art at Fifty” can teach us about the present

ICYMI: Peggy Phelan, professor of Theater and Performance Studies and English (and a 2019-20 SHC fellow), recently presented a timely talk entitled “Feminist Art at Fifty.”

As life during the coronavirus pandemic settles into an uneasy new normal, many are turning to art for solace and escape. Peggy Phelan, the Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts and professor of theater & performance studies and English, recently presented a timely talk entitled “Feminist Art at Fi...

👏 Kudos to Humanities Center fellow Carlos Alonso Nugent on receiving the 2020 Norman Foerster Prize, awarded to the bes...
02/19/2021
2020 Foerster Prize Winner Announced

👏 Kudos to Humanities Center fellow Carlos Alonso Nugent on receiving the 2020 Norman Foerster Prize, awarded to the best essay of the year in "American Literature."

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Norman Foerster Prize, awarded to the best essay of the year in American Literature: “Lost Archives, Lost Lands: Rereading New Mexico’s Imagined Env…

“The central puzzle I’ve always grappled with is that often when I walk into a faith setting, I see that God becomes mor...
01/29/2021
Two key factors facilitate the experience of spirits or gods | Stanford News

“The central puzzle I’ve always grappled with is that often when I walk into a faith setting, I see that God becomes more real for people,” says Stanford anthropologist and 2013-14 Humanities Center fellow Tanya Luhrmann.

Stanford researchers find both socio-cultural and personal characteristics influence how individuals experience the presence of gods and spirits.

🎥 New viewing: ICYMI, film scholar Usha Iyer discussed her new book, "Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories ...
01/26/2021
Inside the Center & CCSRE Chautauqua: Usha Iyer

🎥 New viewing: ICYMI, film scholar Usha Iyer discussed her new book, "Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema."

Film scholar Usha Iyer, a fellow at both the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) discusses her ne...

“The Cantor’s recent acquisitions demonstrate the historical depth and heterogeneity of Asian American art and the compl...
01/25/2021
Cantor Arts Center launches Asian American Art Initiative | Stanford News

“The Cantor’s recent acquisitions demonstrate the historical depth and heterogeneity of Asian American art and the complexity of the term 'Asian American' itself," says AAAI co-director and current Humanities Center fellow Marci Kwon.

Among the first of its kind, Stanford’s newest hub of interdisciplinary scholarship transforms the museum’s collection and expands research opportunities.

The 2019-20 academic year wasn’t the 40th anniversary we were expecting, but it was a collective experience that brought...
01/12/2021
2019-20 Annual Report

The 2019-20 academic year wasn’t the 40th anniversary we were expecting, but it was a collective experience that brought about new ways of communicating, exploring, and expanding.

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: 2019-20 Annual Report, Author: Stanford Humanities Center, Name: 2019-...

Historians Rhae Lynn Barnes (2020-21 Humanities Center fellow) and Keri Leigh Merritt weigh in on Wednesday's violence a...
01/08/2021
Opinion: A Confederate flag at the Capitol summons America's demons

Historians Rhae Lynn Barnes (2020-21 Humanities Center fellow) and Keri Leigh Merritt weigh in on Wednesday's violence at the Capitol.

Historians Rhae Lynn Barnes and Keri Leigh Merritt explain how much of Wednesday's violence was reminiscent not only of the Confederacy but of the mythology it produced after Reconstruction: the Lost Cause narrative. They argue that the rioters and others have embraced Trump as their new Lost Cause.

New year, new fellows. Art history major Ariela Algaze is just one of 14 Stanford seniors awarded a Hume Humanities Hono...
01/04/2021
Stanford Humanities Center Welcomes Hume Fellows

New year, new fellows. Art history major Ariela Algaze is just one of 14 Stanford seniors awarded a Hume Humanities Honors Fellowship this year.

The Stanford Humanities Center announced the 14 undergraduates who have been awarded Hume Humanities Honors Fellowships for the 2020–21 academic year. Established eight years ago, the Hume Fellowship Program has grown from eight seniors to its largest cohort yet.Nominated by faculty advisers early...

❄️ As we head off for the winter break, we leave you with these book recommendations from our fellows and staff. 📚
12/14/2020
Our Holiday Book List

❄️ As we head off for the winter break, we leave you with these book recommendations from our fellows and staff. 📚

Looking for reading recommendations for over the winter break? The Stanford Humanities Center has you covered. WaveBy Sonali Deraniyagala “Wave is a gripping memoir by economist Sonali Deraniyagala that grapples with the deaths of her husband, two sons, parents, and best friend in the 2004 Indian ...

ICYMI: Here's anthropologist and 2015-16 fellow Niloofar Haeri speaking about new book, "Say What Your Longing Heart Des...
12/11/2020
Inside the Center with Niloofar Haeri

ICYMI: Here's anthropologist and 2015-16 fellow Niloofar Haeri speaking about new book, "Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer, and Poetry in Iran."

Say What Your Longing Heart Desires:Women, Prayer, and Poetry in IranFollowing the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government set out to Islamize society. Musli...

Need some holiday reading ideas? Here's a list of 100 book suggestions to get you started. 📚
11/25/2020
100 Notable Books of 2020

Need some holiday reading ideas? Here's a list of 100 book suggestions to get you started. 📚

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review

In a new book, Stanford anthropologist and 2013-14 Humanities Center fellow Tanya Luhrmann explores the intersection of ...
11/18/2020
Deep faith beneficial to health | Stanford News

In a new book, Stanford anthropologist and 2013-14 Humanities Center fellow Tanya Luhrmann explores the intersection of religion and science.

Creating a relationship with a supernatural other takes effort that can lead to meaningful change, says Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann.

ICYMI: The second event in our "1891 Lectures in the Humanities" series featured Associate Professor of Religious Studie...
11/16/2020
The 1891 Lectures in the Humanities | Anna Bigelow

ICYMI: The second event in our "1891 Lectures in the Humanities" series featured Associate Professor of Religious Studies Anna Bigelow last week.

"Thinking with Islamic Things"" Anna Bigelow Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University This talk considers the ways in which objects can ...

Our 2019-20 fellow Geraldo Cadava is everywhere these days. Read his post-election take on the Latino vote.
11/11/2020
How Trump Grew His Support Among Latinos

Our 2019-20 fellow Geraldo Cadava is everywhere these days. Read his post-election take on the Latino vote.

He understood what motivated his voters, and he made sure they knew he did.

Join us today at 11AM for the next 1891 Lecture in the Humanities with Professor Anna Bigelow on "Thinking with Islamic ...
11/10/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The 1891 Lectures in the Humanities: Thinking with Islamic Things with Anna Bigelow. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us today at 11AM for the next 1891 Lecture in the Humanities with Professor Anna Bigelow on "Thinking with Islamic Things."

📲: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Syjoq9kWTJKViSnWrcd1Ww

What makes a thing Islamic? This talk considers the ways in which objects can be understood as being Islamic and how different orientations within Islam inhabit material cultures in specific ways. Though Islam’s reputation for iconophobia and a categorical antipathy to most forms of material media...

It's not every day our fellows are on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, so tune in tonight at 11pm eastern for Geraldo Ca...
11/05/2020

It's not every day our fellows are on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, so tune in tonight at 11pm eastern for Geraldo Cadava's take on the Latino vote. And of of course his book, "The Hispanic Republican."

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