Upcoming Program

Stanford and VIA (Volunteers in Asia):
50 years of International Service

January 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Bechtel International Center Assembly Room (Directions)
Free admission. Open to the public. Registration is not required.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the role that VIA played at Stanford during the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s at a time of student activism, and the ways that VIA has complemented Stanford’s engagement with Asia. The panelists will also discuss how Stanford participants have engaged with the dramatic changes in Asia in the past 50 years and how the VIA experience has affected their lives.

VIA has provided a significant source of international service and cross-cultural education opportunities for Stanford students since 1963 when a small group of Stanford students reached the conclusion that many skills useful for living in a complex and interdependent world could not be acquired through classroom education alone. That summer, 23 freshmen, led by Dwight Clark, then Dean of Freshmen Men, answered a call for volunteers to serve in Hong Kong’s overcrowded camps for refugees fleeing China. Later, student participation was shaped by the Vietnam War, which led to the rapid growth of two-year positions for conscientious objectors seeking “alternative service” opportunities. VIA’s people-to-people approach enabled recent Stanford graduates to serve in countries that weren’t ready to invite the Peace Corps, teaching in both China and Taiwan in 1980, and entering Vietnam in 1990–five years before the U.S. government normalized relations. In addition to the long-term service program, VIA’s current educational exchange programs have expanded to bring 300 students from Asia to Stanford each year. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1966, VIA partners with the Haas Center for Public Service to offer international service opportunities to undergraduates and recent graduates.

VIA recently celebrated 50 years of offering life-changing “education through service” to over 1,300 Stanford students and alumni.

Panelists include Dwight Clark ’56, MA ’58, VIA Founder; and Jeanne Blamey ’73 and Stephanie Parker ’11, MA ’12, VIA board members; and Cliff Chan ’81, VIA Executive Director.


Sandstone & Tile, Spring/Summer 2014
Volume 38, Number 2

Voter registration was a key goal of Freedom Summer. In 1964, two men demonstrated for voting rights in Greenwood, Mississippi. (Photo Credit: Wisconsin Historical Society / whi-97866)

Why They Went South: Stanford Newsman Bob Beyers and Mississippi Freedom Summer

By Roxanne Nilan

The cloistered calm of the Stanford campus is far removed from the hot, window-shattered shack on Lynch Street in Jackson, Mississippi,” reported a San Francisco newspaper in June 1964, “but in the mind of Bob Beyers, they have a certain unity.” Beyers, the 32-year-old director of the Stanford University News Service, was “vacationing,” along with some 40 Stanford students and several other staff and professors, in tension-torn Mississippi during that summer’s civil rights campaign. (read more)

Also In This Issue:

  • Freedom Summer: Crucible of Change
  • Lessons of Mississippi: An Interview with David Harris, ’67
  • Stanford through the Century
  • 2014 Historic House and Garden Tour
  • SHS Annual Meeting
  • From the President
  • Karen Bartholomew Award
  • Upcoming Society Activities
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Recent Programs Now Available Online

Stanford Historical Society
38
th Annual Members' Meeting & Reception
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Stanford and Silicon Valley: A Thirty-Year History
John Hennessy, President and Bing Presidential Professor

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Freedom Summer

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Membership Spotlight
Stanford Historical Society Membership

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Publications Update
Stanford Street Names: A Pocket Guide. Revised and Updated

Why does Stanford have streets named Electioneer,
Lasuen, Charles Marx, Olmsted, and Santa Teresa?
A revised and updated pocket guide to Stanford streets tells all

If you have ever wondered about these or other street names on the Stanford campus, you have a kindred spirit in Stanford professor Richard W. Cottle.
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