Humanities and Arts

Marguerite Duras

Stanford book club spotlights Marguerite Duras' 'The Lover'

Marguerite Duras' erotic masterpiece "The Lover" is the subject of a May 12 "Another Look" book discussion in her centennial year. The work is an autobiographical tale of a teenage French girl's scandalous affair with an older Chinese millionaire in Saigon in the 20th century.

The Demo

Stanford Live announces 2014-15 season

The upcoming Stanford Live season promises an eclectic lineup of more than 60 events, from the world premiere of "The Demo" to a campus-wide examination of Haydn.

Memorial Auditorium

Facelift for Stanford's Memorial Auditorium, new roof for Cantor Arts Center

Both buildings will remain open to the public during the restoration projects.

William Wesley Trimpi / Courtesy Helen Pinkerton Trimpi

Wesley Trimpi, professor emeritus of English at Stanford, dead at 85

An expert in English Renaissance lyric poetry and ancient classical literature, Trimpi will be remembered as a scholar, educator and poet who challenged and engaged students and colleagues with his intellectual rigor.

maenad on a vase / Wikimedia Commons

Stanford scholar studies ancient Greek dance performances from the viewers' perspective

Stanford classics Professor Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi discovers how dance challenged both the imagination and the intelligence of ancient audiences.

cell phone photo of plate of food / martiapunts/Shutterstock

Online food reviews reveal inner self, Stanford researcher finds

Dan Jurafsky says the words used in online restaurant reviews provide a surprising source of insight into human psychology. Reviews of pricey places were rife with sensual metaphors; good cheap eats prompted references to drugs.

medieval manuscript / L.A. Cicero

Stanford exhibit spotlights medieval 'world of words'

The Circle of the Sun exhibit draws on Stanford's medieval and early modern manuscript holdings, including a number of recent acquisitions, to show how secular learning was shared and spread throughout the Middle Ages.  Video

Albert Einstein / AP

Stanford philosopher untangles Einstein senility controversy

Drawing from Einstein's collected papers, Stanford philosophy Professor Thomas Ryckman exonerates the theoretician from charges of senility and shows how physics is ultimately indebted to philosophy.

Stanford lecturer and artist leads 'drawing orchestra' through assembly of frustrated icosahedron to strains of Vivaldi

Physics faculty members and graduate students use tetrahedra to create a less-than-perfect structure that explores the connection between shape and sound.  Video

Art students' work showcased in Open Studios

Art students showcase creative works during Stanford's Open Studios

After working in relative privacy for most of the quarter, Art and Art History students throw open their studio doors and invite in the Stanford community.  Video

Professor Richard Powers, center, in class discussion, sits between Diego Aguilar-Canabal, left, and Alex Simon, right. /Photo: L.A. Cicero

Award-winning novelist, Stanford Professor Richard Powers finds inspiration in teaching, tech and trees

In 11 novels, including his latest, Orfeo, Richard Powers repeatedly demonstrates the often-unexpected intersections between the humanities and sciences.

Stephen Hinton

Stanford's string quartet course warrants an encore

Stanford Continuing Studies music history course integrates musicology with performance and will return as a freshman seminar next year.

French revolution cartoon

Stanford Libraries online archive expands access to French Revolution treasures

Images and textual documentation of the French Revolution's early years are available for the first time to anyone with an Internet connection. 

divers measuring cargo of Roman shipwreck / S. Emma

Stanford professor looks underwater for history of the Roman Empire

Using archeological evidence from shipwrecks and harbors, classics scholar Justin Leidwanger uncovers the story of economic networks during a millennium of classical antiquity.

Mongolian dancers / Joel Simon

Stanford's Pan-Asian Music Festival marks a 10-year milestone, and keeps going

Annual music festival mines the musical riches of Asia.