Sandstone & Tile, Spring/Summer 2015
Volume 39, Number 2

Bechtel International Center opened in 1963 as the campus hub for international programs.
In June 1968, Stanford University’s Volunteers in Asia organization sent a group of Stanford students to Hong Kong on a Japan Air Lines jetliner from San Francisco International Airport. They were accompanied by six VIA volunteers from Pomona College bound for the Philippines. Second from right is Dwight Clark, former Dean of Freshman Men, who established the program.
Photo: Japan Air Lines

Volunteers in Asia: Five Decades of Education through Service

For more than 50 years, Volunteers in Asia (VIA) has provided Stanford students with a wide range of opportunities for international service and cross-cultural education. It was founded in the summer of 1963, when Dwight Clark, then Dean of Freshman Men, recruited 23 volunteers to serve in refugee-crowded Hong Kong. Since then, more than 1,300 Stanford students and alumni have participated in VIA’s education-through-service programs, and its educational exchange programs bring 320 Asian students to Stanford each year. In January 2015, the society hosted a panel discussion of VIA’s evolution and impact. This article has been adapted from their remarks. (read more)

A History of International Students at Stanford

In the 1960s, Stanford began providing many more programs for foreign students and their family members, as well as for international scholars and faculty.
In the 1960s, Stanford began providing many more programs for foreign students and their family members, as well as for international scholars and faculty.
Photo: Courtesy of Bechtel International Center

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
  • Historic Houses Walking Tour
  • SHS News
  • SHS Annual Meeting
  • From the President
  • Karen Bartholomew Award
  • SHS Acknowledgements
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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.

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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