SHS 39th Annual Members’ Meeting & Reception
May 12, 2015

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Hidden Gems of Upper Lomita:
Walking Tour and Treasure Hunt
April 26, 2015

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A Celebration of the History of the Red Barn
September 14, 2014

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Sandstone & Tile, Winter 2015
Volume 39, Number 1

Herant Katchadourian
Herant Katchadourian, winner of the Dinkelspiel Award for distinctive contributions to undergraduate education, joined Stanford’s faculty in 1966.
Photo: Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service

Teaching Sex at Stanford

Since coming to Stanford in 1966, Herant Katchadourian, emeritus professor of Psychiatry and Human Biology, served as university ombudsman, dean of undergraduate studies, and vice provost of undergraduate education. His course on Human Sexuality, initiated in 1968, enrolled more than 20,000 students over three decades. Katchadourian has received many awards, including Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Award and the Lyman Award from the Stanford Alumni Association. In a December 2013 program sponsored by the society, he reflected on his legendary course and the history of sex-related instruction at Stanford. This article has been adapted from those remarks as well as his 2013 oral history interviews, conducted by the SHS. (read more)

The Human Biology Program: A Look Back

Donald Kennedy
Donald Kennedy, University President, Emeritus, and Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Emeritus, co-founded and taught in the Human Biology Program. After serving as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Stanford’s provost and president, he returned to teach Hum Bio until 1998. Photo: Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service

Since it was founded in 1969—a time of social and political upheaval—the Program in Human Biology has prepared undergraduate students to confront complex issues about the use of technology, the role of scientists in society, and revolutionary discoveries in biology and medicine that raise ethical, social, and political issues. The curriculum, which integrates the study of biology with related social sciences, consists of basic core courses in the natural and social sciences that have been continually evaluated and revised, followed by upper-division courses on particular issues, topics, and areas of interest. Soon after its founding, Hum Bio became one of Stanford’s most popular majors; by 1973, it was the university’s third largest. In a December 2012 program sponsored by SHS, early faculty from the Program in Human Biology gathered to discuss the concepts behind Stanford’s largest interdisciplinary, interschool program and why it has been so successful for more than four decades. This article has been adapted from their remarks. (read more)

Also In This Issue:

  • Stanford through the Century
  • Upcoming Society Activities
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Recent Programs Now Available Online

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

(mp3 audio)
Membership Spotlight
Stanford Historical Society Membership

To join or renew your membership, use Stanford University's Make a gift now link. You can also use this link to give a gift membership or to make an additional contribution to SHS.

Click on the "Continue" button on the linked page. Enter the amount of your membership in the amount box on the next page, and under "Special Instructions/Other Designation" indicate the membership level you are choosing. If it is a gift membership, please indicate as such and provide the recipient's name and address in the "Special Instructions/Other Designation" field. Follow remaining directions on the site to complete your credit card transaction.

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.

The book is available for $9.95 (plus $0.87 sales tax for CA residents and $4.00 shipping and handling fee per book) from the Stanford Historical Society, P.O. Box 20028, Stanford, CA 94309 or at the Stanford Bookstore. 

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