Past Programs

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January 19, 2016

5:00 pm

Jordan Hall Auditorium (Building 420, Room 40 at the basement level) * NEW VENUE
Nearest parking around The Oval

Camp Fremont: Stanford’s World War I Battlefield

As America entered World War I in 1917, Stanford University leased three-fourths of its Palo Alto land to allow the creation of an Army training camp, Camp Fremont, headquartered in present-day Menlo Park. The camp brought the war and its controversies home. Stanford adapted to the proximity of 28,000 soldiers, and the foothills acquired a trench ground and artillery range where dugouts and unexploded ordnance occasionally still emerge decades later. Peace broke out before most Camp Fremont troops saw battle, but the skills they acquired helped transform the West.

Barbara Wilcox, MLA ’15 and the author of World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont (History Press, 2016), will give a presentation on Camp Fremont and its legacy in this program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


October 23, 2015

3:15 - 4:30 pm

CEMEX Auditorium Knight Management Center
655 Knight Way, Stanford CA 94305

90 Years of Progress and Innovation Watch the Video

Come celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Stanford GSB! A panel of GSB professors will reflect on the transformative changes that took the GSB to global pre-eminence through the decades.

  • Mary Barth, Joan E. Horngren Professor in Accounting
  • Chuck Holloway, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers Professor in Management, Emeritus
  • Jim Van Horne, A.P. Giannini Professor of Banking and Finance, Emeritus
  • George Parker, Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus
  • Garth Saloner (moderator), Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Business

Cosponsored by the GSB Oral History Program

No registration required.

October 25, 2015

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Founders' Celebration

Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford

No registration required
October 10, 2015

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

11:00 am - Guided Tree Walks

Jordan Hall
Room 40, Stanford Campus

Trees of Stanford PresentersTrees of Stanford: A Walk through Time Stanford iTunes Download

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Join Canopy and the Stanford Historical Society as we explore the rich mosaic of Stanford trees on a journey through the past, present and future.

  • Herb Fong, Certified Arborist and retired Stanford Grounds Supervisor; guru of campus facilities and landscaping for over 36 years
  • Matt Ritter, Professor of Botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and author of several books including "A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us"
  • Dave Muffly, Senior Arborist for Apple, native oak specialist and passionate tree advocate
  • Sairus Patel (moderator), Trees of Stanford website editor; Board Member and editorial Assistant of Pacific Horticulture magazine.

Cosponsored by Canopy, Palo Alto

October 1, 2015

Presentation 4 - 4:55 pm

Faculty Club

Faculty Club Golden Jubilee and Rededication Stanford iTunes Download

SHS Special Members-Only Event

This program is co-sponsored by Stanford Faculty Club

Join us for a presentation and celebration of the history of the Faculty Club. Founded in 1908, the original Faculty Club was burned to the ground in the 1960s. A new building was dedicated in 1965 in a ceremony presided by President Wallace Sterling.

Presentation 4-4:55 pm

Rededication & Celebration 5-7 pm (Open to Stanford Community)

Hosted Reception with Hors d'oeuvre, Beer, Wine and Beverages

September 19, 2015

9:00 am - 10 am
10:00 - 11:00 am

The Windhover Contemplative Center
370 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305
(near the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden and Roble Hall)

The Windhover Contemplative Center: Lecture and Tour

SHS Special Members-Only Event

Registration required

Join us for a presentation and tour by Joe Oliveira at the Windhover Contemplative Center that was conceived by his father and internationally acclaimed artist Nathan Oliveira. Nathan Oliveira taught at Stanford for three decades. Some of his Windhover paintings adorn the walls of the center. Joe Oliveira worked closely with Professor Oliveira during the last decade of his life. Before the program, Rev. Joanne Sanders, Associate Dean for Religious Life, will give a brief talk about the Labyrinth nearby.

May 12, 2015

Oak Lounge
Tresidder Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Nearest parking at Tresidder Lot on Lagunita Drive

SHS 39th Annual Members’ Meeting & Reception Stanford iTunes Download

Stanford Field Stations: Hopkins Marine Station and the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

  • Philippe Cohen, Executive Director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
  • Stephen Palumbi, Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor in Marine Sciences and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station

4:30 pm | Members' Meeting

5:00 pm  | Featured Program

6:15 pm | Members' Reception

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April 26, 2015
1 - 4 pm

Stanford Historical Society Historic Houses Walking Tour

Hidden Gems of Upper Lomita:
Walking Tour and Treasure Hunt

Photos of Tour

Classic Revival Sponsors List Below

Explore one of Stanford’s historic neighborhoods with the Stanford Historical Society. Docents will discuss architecture, landscape and history of a dozen buildings and gardens including the Knoll, Kingscote Gardens and the Bechtel International Center. Access to interiors will be limited. This active family-friendly walk features a special treasure hunt for kids aged 6 to 12.

Advance tickets: $10 checks must be received by April 11 so tickets can be mailed. Standard tickets may be picked up at tour registration desk near Bechtel International Center (584 Capistrano Way). Check website for parking information. Signs to registration desk will be posted on the tour day.

Download the flyer/registration form (pdf), map/directions/parking, and description.

Kingscote Garden
 Serra House The Knoll 

Bolt Down The Bay Area

Heritage Services, Land, Buildings and Real Estate at Stanford University

Michael Meyer Fine Woodworking and General Contractors

Shari Ornstein and Carole Feldstein, Campus Realtor Team

Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online

April 6, 2015
5pm Submission Deadline

2015 Beyers’ Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing

Stanford undergraduate and graduate students are invited to seek the 2015 Stanford Historical Society Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing. The prize aims to increase awareness of the University’s history through the use of the University Archives and other sources. The Society also hopes to encourage good writing and research skills among students and to promote the community’s interest in Stanford’s history. The word limit is 3000-5000 words, and the essay can be about any aspect of Stanford’s history.

Download the flyer for full details.

March 26, 2015

4:30 pm Program
Geology Corner
(Venue Change)
Building 320, Room105 450 Serra Mall, Stanford 

Parking at the Oval.  For closer access, parking is available at the end of Santa Teresa Street, near Duena Street or in a small parking lot near Duena Street and Panama Mall.

5:45 pm Tour
Stained-glass windows at Memorial Church, led by church conservator Lesley Bone and Mary Clerkin Higgins

Angels in the Architecture: Restoring the Stained Glass of Stanford Memorial Church Stanford iTunes Download (Slides, PDF)

Mary Clerkin Higgins

Mary Clerkin Higgins, photo by Sunny Scott
Mary Higgins Clark, Photo Credit: Sunny Scott

Three large nave windows have been painstakingly restored in recent years by Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass of New York City. Mary Clerkin Higgins will address problems encountered in the conservation treatment and highlight the skills of the artist and artisans who created the windows.

Ms. Higgins is an award-winning artist and conservator who has worked in stained glass for 39 years. She has written about and restored glass from the 12th century to the present for numerous museums and institutions.

March 17, 2015

5:00 pm
Braun Auditorium (NEW VENUE)

Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building, 333 Campus Drive
Nearest parking in Structure 1 across Roth Way

The Evolution of Architecture and Landscape at Stanford: From the Farm to the 21st Century Stanford iTunes Download

  • David Lenox, University Architect and Director of Campus Planning
  • Chris Wasney, Principal, Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Palo Alto

University Architect David Lenox will describe the historic evolution of the campus and its architecture from its earliest incarnations to its current state, and provide a glimpse into the future development of the campus. Chris Wasney (B.A 1980) will present some of his firm's work on buildings from virtually all of the eras of Stanford's development. 

February 17, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Lane History Corner (Building 200, Room 002), Main Quad

Note: Location Change

No Registration Required

Stanford Continuing Studies: The History of a Unique Learning Community

Jointly presented by Stanford Continuing Studies and Stanford Historical Society

In 1988 Stanford launched the Continuing Studies Program (CSP) as an experiment. Seven courses were offered that first Fall quarter, and nobody knew if there would be enough enrollments to continue into Winter and Spring. There were. And now, a little over 25 years later, CSP offers 450 courses every year that enroll over 14,000 students, and sponsors another 50 free public programs, lectures, performances, and symposia for its loyal learning community.

Please join us for a look back and an exploratory conversation with three of CSP’s founders and leaders. Why did the university establish such a program? Who teaches in it and why? What are the demographics and motivations of CSP students? How does it compare with other adult education programs around the country and historically (e.g. the Lyceum movement, Chautauqua, the Open University, and the Ethical Culture Society)? And – even though this is a Historical Society program – we’ll want to hear from you where you think CSP ought to go in the future.

William M. Chace Professor of English, Emeritus; President of Wesleyan and Emory Universities, Emeritus

Bill Chace was Vice Provost for Institutional Planning at Stanford in the mid-1980’s when he chaired the committee that drafted the CSP program. He was one of the most sought-after teachers in the CSP and MLA programs, offering courses in Irish literature (especially Joyce), modern poetry, and American intellectual history.

Marsh H. McCall Professor of Classics, Emeritus
Marsh served as the inaugural Dean of Continuing Studies from 1988 until 1999, bringing the program from its fledgling beginnings to its robust maturity. Marsh has taught over 40 courses in the CSP program that are not only among the most popular and highly enrolled, but are life-transforming experiences for many students.

Charles Junkerman Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies
Charlie took over as Dean in 1999, and has overseen the growth of the CSP learning community to its current size. He is responsible for adding public programs and performances to the CSP menu, and has initiated dozens of collaborative projects with colleagues within and beyond the university. He teaches popular literature courses regularly in both the CSP and MLA programs.

January 13, 2015

5:00 pm
Room (Directions)

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

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.


November 13, 2014

Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Denning Family Resource Center 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305

Through the Eyes of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Jason Linetzky, Director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Jason Linetzky will share stories about post-war American art through Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson’s collecting history. He will also highlight the importance of the collection’s new home at Stanford, and how the Anderson Collection enriches the experiences of visitors.

First presentation*: 5:00-5:40 p.m.
Second presentation: 5:45-6:30 p.m.  

*Admission to the presentations in the Resource Center is first come, first served as the room has a limit of 65 people. If the first session is full, we will offer passes up to the space limit to attend the second session.

The Anderson Collection and the Cantor Arts Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 13. Admission to both is free.

Information about the Anderson Collection:

Parking information:

October 29, 2014

5:00 pm

Clark Auditorium, Basement Level, The James H. Clark Center
318 Campus Drive (near Roth Way), Stanford

Maps, directions, and parking information are available at the Clark Center web site.

The Stanford Safari

Robert Siegel ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Not only is Stanford University one of the world’s greatest institutions of higher education, it is also a subject worthy of study in and of itself. In 2008, Professor Robert Siegel first offered The Stanford Safari, a Sophomore College course about Stanford. In this intensive three-week course, 15 undergraduates embarked on a quest to discover the elements that have led to Stanford’s success – the history, the structures, the setting, and especially the people. In what has been described as Stanford’s ultimate “to do list”, students met with all the living presidents, many school deans, the heads of Stanford institutes, ASSU presidents current and past, members of the Stanford Board of Trustees, Nobel Prize winners, coaches, legendary professors, and everyone with the word “university” in their title. The students explored iconic campus venues, secret niches, and places of great artistic and natural beauty. Every day at lunch, they explored a different one of Stanford’s numerous eateries. Following the course, Siegel has described the experience in a number of alumni and community talks and the course was discussed in a recent book on creativity. In 2013 the course was offered a second time allowing for some striking comparisons of the changes that transpired during the intervening five years.

In this talk, Professor Siegel will discuss the inspiration for the course, the structure of the course, and some of the interesting experiences and surprises that he and his students had along the way. He will also draw on over four decades of experience at Stanford as a student and as a member of the faculty.

Robert Siegel is Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, with secondary appointments in the Program in Human Biology, the Center for African Studies, and the Woods Institute for the Environment. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the student selected ASSU Teaching Award and Stanford’s highest teaching accolade, the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Bob’s courses focus on virology and infectious disease, genetics and molecular biology, global health and development, on photography, Darwin, and Stanford.

Robert Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Siegel
Photo by Sunny Scott

A devoted Stanford enthusiast, Siegel arrived at Stanford as a freshman 42 years ago and completed three of his five degrees here – BA in psychology, MA in education, and MD in the school of medicine. As an undergraduate he played intercollegiate soccer, performed with the Band, acted with Ram’s Head, and was the second “Stanford Tree”. He bleeds Cardinal red.

October 26, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305 

Founders’ Celebration

Founders’ Celebration commemorates the founding of the University and the legacy of the Stanford family. This is an opportunity for all members of the Stanford community—students, faculty, and staff—together with members of neighboring communities to join in celebration of the success of Jane and Leland Stanford’s dream to establish a "university of high degree."


For program details:

September 14, 2014

2:00 - 4:30 pm
Stanford Red Barn
Electioneer Road (off Campus Drive)
Stanford, CA 94305

Red Barn Celebration'A Celebration of the History of the Red Barn*

SHS Members Only

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation

2:30 p.m.
“The Significance of the Red Barn in Stanford History”
Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist

“Red Barn: Home of Champions”
Vanessa Bartsch, Executive Director of Red Barn and Head Coach of Stanford Equestrian Team

3:15 p.m.
Reception, Equestrian Demonstration, Docent Guided Tours and Historical Exhibits from the University Archives

*Program subject to change. Please check SHS web site for updates by September 14.

Advance registration is requested by September 5: RSVP Online or call (650) 725-3332

Parking at Electioneer Road and Red Barn lot (follow signs)
Drop-off from parking lot to program venue available
Comfortable shoes & casual dress recommended

May 13, 2014

4:30 pm - Annual Meeting
5:00 pm - President Hennessy's Talk
Reception to follow

Stanford Historical Society, 38th Annual Members' Meeting & Reception Stanford iTunes Download (slides, pdf)

Featured Program

Stanford and Silicon Valley: A Thirty-Year History
John Hennessy, President and Bing Presidential Professor

New Venue: CEMEX Auditorium, (online map, map & directions)
Knight Management Center, Parking available in Parking Structure 7
May 4, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Registration Location:
Parking Structure 6,
560 Wilbur Way, Stanford
Ninth Stanford Historic House & Garden Tour
Historic Houses Reimagined
Photos by Sunny Scott

April 17, 2014
7:00 pm

CEMEX Auditorium (Zambrano Hall), Knight Management Center

FREE; no registration is required

Freedom Summer Stanford iTunes Download


  • Douglas McAdam, Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology and Director, Program on Urban Studies, Stanford
    Doug McAdam is a leading scholar of American social and political movements, and is the author of a dozen books including the prize-winning Freedom Summer and the forthcoming How Did We Get Into This Mess? Race, Region, and the Role of Social Movements in Today’s Divided America.


  • Clayborn Carson, Professor of American History and Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
    Clay Carson was a civil rights and antiwar activist before becoming a historian. In 1985, he was selected by Coretta Scott King to edit and publish her late husband’s papers. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, remains the definitive study of the organization most responsible for Freedom Summer. In addition to serving as senior editor of seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., he has published three other books based on the Papers. His most recent book is a memoir, Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
    Marshall Ganz was a Freedom Summer volunteer in McComb, Mississippi, helped organize the MFDP, and stayed on to become a field secretary for SNCC before moving to California where he worked with Cesar Chávez and the United Farm Workers for sixteen years. After another ten years of union, issue, and electoral organizing, he returned to Harvard in 1991, completed his undergraduate degree, received a PhD in sociology, and joined the faculty at the Kennedy School to teach organizing. He is credited with devising the grassroots organizing model that led to Barack Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, and is the author, most recently, of Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement.
  • Mary Elizabeth King, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace (United Nations Affiliated); Distinguished Fellow, Rothermore American Institute, Oxford
    Mary King served for four years as a staff member for SNCC in Atlanta and Jackson after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1962, an experience she chronicles in her prize-winning book, Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. She is acknowledged as a founding activist of the women’s movement, applying knowledge of practical participatory democracy that she acquired in her civil rights work.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most consequential moments in the history of the US Civil Rights Movement. In June 1964, more than a thousand college-aged, primarily white, Northerners joined thousands of mostly black civil rights workers in Mississippi and Louisiana in a massive drive to register African-American voters. Over the ten weeks of the project, the volunteers were victims of random shootings, more than 1,600 arrests, 80 serious beatings, and four deaths. Thirty-seven churches and thirty homes and businesses were bombed or burned. It is well known that the violence was perpetrated by white racist vigilantes and terror groups, often organized by the Ku Klux Klan in collusion with local law enforcement agencies.

In spite of the violence, Freedom Summer volunteers taught in thirty-eight “Freedom Schools,” and assisted the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the all-white party at the 1964 Democratic Convention. Though Freedom Summer did not succeed in registering many new voters, it brought nationwide attention to the injustices that African Americans had endured, and it profoundly changed the lives of those who participated. This program brings together four committed activists and scholars, some of whom were volunteers, and others who have studied and written extensively about Freedom Summer. Join us for a program that honors a defining moment in our nation’s noblest struggle.

*co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies

April 7, 2014

2014 Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing

Download the Flyer

March 13, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Clark Auditorium *
Basement Level, The James H. Clark Center, 318 Campus Drive (near Roth Way), Stanford


The Winds of Freedom, Addressing Challenges to the University Stanford iTunes Download

Speaker: Gerhard Casper
President, Emeritus; Peter & Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus; Professor of Law, Emeritus; and Senior Fellow at FSI

Stanford University’s unofficial motto, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” (translated as “The wind of freedom blows”), was the theme of Gerhard Casper’s 1992 inaugural address as Stanford president. In his speech, he talked about the nine aspects of a university’s freedom. Twenty years later, as president emeritus, Gerhard Casper reflects on the freedoms of and at the university in his new book, The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University. The freedoms of and at the university in a historical, philosophical, ethical and experiential context will be the subject of this talk. Casper will explore the complexities faced by the leadership of research-intensive universities, especially, but not only, those of the United States; issues regarding campus speech and campus diversity, government regulation and politics, affirmative action; and the role of the research-intensive university, its faculty and students, in the pursuit of knowledge.

The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University will be available for purchase at this program.

We have reached capacity for this program. President Emeritus Gerhard Casper's talk will be recorded and made available on Stanford on iTunes U. Please check the Historical Society Past Programs page in the coming weeks.

February 18, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Oak West Lounge
Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive

Teaching Sex at Stanford Stanford iTunes Download

Speaker:  Herant Katchadourian, Professor of Human Biology, Emeritus

The teaching of human sexuality at Stanford is usually associated with Herant Katchadourian’s course Human Sexuality (Human Biology 10) which was initiated in 1968 and enrolled over 20,000 students over the next several decades. While that course was the first to explicitly focus on sex, there have been earlier courses about topics that most probably touched on the subject in one way or another. Some of these courses go back all the way to the founding of Stanford. Between 1891 and the post-World War II period, they were typically listed under physical education and hygiene, as part of the more general concern with infectious illnesses, including venereal diseases. In the 1950s, there was s shift to courses on marriage and the family with references to physical intimacy and sex.

In his talk, Katchadourian will review this historical background, then focus on how his course was established and what it entailed, as well as how the topic of sex is currently addressed in the context of various courses.

January 23, 2014

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Kissick Auditorium
Arrillaga Family Sports Center, 641 Campus Drive, Stanford
(between the running track and Maples Pavilion)

Parking available at the lot adjacent to Maples Pavilion and at Parking Structure 7 (Knight Management Center)

Stanford and Government: Reflections on the University's Relationship with the Public Sector Stanford iTunes Download

Selected Highlights in the Relationship between Stanford and the Public Sector

Co-sponsored by Haas Center for Public Service and Stanford in Government

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stanford in Government (SIG) during the seismic social change of the mid-1960s, a panel moderated by Larry Diamond ’73, MA ’78, PhD ’80, SIG faculty advisor, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and faculty co-director of the Haas Center for Public Service, will explore Stanford’s emergence after World War II as a national and international institution with complex ties to government. Drawing on their personal experiences, panelists will discuss how a private university fulfils its public purpose—what creates and sustains Stanford faculty, student and alumni connections with government service.

Panelists are Steve Westly ’78, MBA ’83, former California State Controller; Larry Horton ’62, MA ’66, Senior Associate Vice President and Director of Government and Community Relations; and Meredith Wheeler ’14, current chair of SIG, a Harry S. Truman Scholar and new Rhodes Scholar.



November 11, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Clark Auditorium

The James H.
Clark Center
(Stanford Bio-X)
318 Campus Drive

Stanford and the Military Stanford iTunes Download
Speaker: David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus

Professor Kennedy will talk about "The Modern American Military," which is also the title of his most recent book (Oxford Press, June 2013) and Stanford's tangled history with ROTC. The Modern American Military will be available for purchase at the event.

October 20, 2013
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305 

Founders’ Celebration

The days program will include remarks by Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and Nathan Castle, Chaplain Affiliate in the Office for Religious Life; exhibits of Stanford family ephemera and memorabilia; period music, and light refreshments. The Mausoleum will also be open to visitors on this special occasion.

For program details:

October 17, 2013
4:15 - 5:45 pm
Dinkelspiel Auditorium (map)

LSJUMB 101LSJUMB 101:  50 Years of Stanford Band History Stanford iTunes Download
Since the mid-1960s, one of the most distinctive aspects of student life at Stanford and most visible features of the university’s on-campus culture has been The Incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. This panel presentation will address the genesis and development of the Band as we know it today, beginning with the “Band Strike” in 1963. The discussion will be moderated by John Mannion, ’89, and will feature Dr. Arthur P. Barnes, emeritus professor of music and the Band’s director when it created its unique performance style. Other panelists are scheduled to include Frank Robertson, ’65; Dr. David Ruiz, ’73; Jacki Williams-Jones, ’76, A.M. ’77; and Patrick Neschleba, ’96, M.S. ’98.

*co-sponsored by Stanford Band Alumni Board

May 15, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Reception to Follow

SHS 37th Annual Members' Meeting and Reception: History of the Music Department Stanford iTunes Download
This program is cosponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute and Stanford Historical Society.

  • John Chowning, Osgood Hooker Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of Music, Emeritus (PowerPoint Slides - ppsx format)
  • Albert Cohen, William H. Bonsall Professor of Music, Emeritus
  • Steve Sano, Professor Harold C. Schmidt Director in Choral Studies and Professor of Music (Video - m4v format)
  • Stephen Hinton (moderator), the Denning Family Director of the Stanford Arts Institute, and the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Music. (PowerPoint Slides - ppsx format)

Event Photos

All photos by Sunny Scott

President Susan Sweeney
President Susan Sweeney
Karen Bartholomew Awardees Joyce Kiefer and Pam Brandin
Karen Bartholomew Awardees
Joyce Kiefer (l) and Pam Brandin (r)
John Chowning
John Chowning
Steve Sano
Steve Sano
Albert Cohen
Albert Cohen
Stephen Hinton
Steve Hinton
Writing Prize Winner Cole Manley and Dave Daly
Writing Prize Winner
Cole Manley (l) and Dave Daly (r)

Walking Tour Brochures & 2014 House Tour

In lieu of a house tour in Spring 2013, the Stanford Historical Society (SHS) will sponsor the next Historic House & Garden Tour, “Through the Decades,” on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The tour will showcase the history and architecture of campus homes that were built in different decades before WWII.

In addition, the SHS Historic Houses Committee is launching an exciting new project: walking tour brochures highlighting historic residential neighborhoods on the Stanford University campus. The printed guides will include self-explanatory maps and information about historic houses and gardens along the routes. Stanford’s historic loop from Alvarado Row to Salvatierra Street will be among the first brochures in this series. The Stanford Historic Houses Committee plans to augment the self-guided tours with periodic docent-guided walking tours of various Stanford neighborhoods. Look for the release of the first tour brochure by Fall 2013.

For more information and updates, please check our web site in the coming months.

April 8, 2013

2013 Prize for Excellence in Historical Writing - Submission Deadline

April 2, 2013
7:30 pm

Creative Writing at Stanford: A History Stanford iTunes Download
With Eavan Boland, Nancy Packer, Philip Levine, and Scott Turow

The celebrated writer and environmentalist Wallace Stegner founded the Stanford Creative Writing Program in 1946 with the aim of providing young, talented writers the guidance, encouragement, and funding to further their writing knowledge and craft. “Minds grow by contact with other minds,” Stegner wrote. “The bigger the better, as clouds grow toward thunder by rubbing together.”

Over the past sixty years the creative writing program has grown in stature so that it is widely recognized, alongside the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, as one of the two best programs in the country. It has trained thousands of undergraduates and hundreds of Stegner Fellows including Wendell Berry, Tillie Olsen, Ernest Gaines, Scott Momaday, Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver, Robert Pinsky, ZZ Packer, and Tobias Wolff. The directors and instructors in the program have been equally distinguished, among them: Wallace Stegner, Yvor Winters, John L’Heureux, Ken Fields, Nancy Packer, Simone DiPiero, Elizabeth Tallent, Tobias Wolff, and Eavan Boland.

This evening’s extraordinary program will bring together in conversation:

  • EAVAN BOLAND, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, Stanford, author of a dozen volumes of poetry and prose, most recently, the PEN Award-winning A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet
  • PHILIP LEVINE, Former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and former Poet Laureate of the United States, author most recently of the collection, News of the World
  • SCOTT TUROW, Former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, practicing lawyer, and author of nine novels and two non-fiction books about the law that have sold over 30 million copies.  Four of  his novels have been filmed, including the successful movie Presumed Innocent.
  • NANCY HUDDLESTON PACKER (Moderator): Professor of English (Emerita) and former Director of the Creative Writing Program (also a former Stegner Fellow), author of four collections of short stories, most recently Old Ladies

This program is cosponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford Creative Writing Program.

Location: Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
FREE: Open to the public. No registration required

February 11, 2013
7:30 pm

Location: CEMEX
Knight Management Center

Stanford Women in Space Stanford iTunes Download

  • Eileen Collins, MS ’86, First woman to serve as a Shuttle commander
  • Barbara Morgan, A.B. '73, First teacher to become an astronaut
  • Ellen Ochoa, MS ’81, PHD ’85, First Hispanic woman in space
  • Scott Hubbard, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Former Director, NASA Ames
    Research Center (moderator)

The term "astronaut" derives from the Greek words meaning "space sailor," and refers to all who have been launched as crew-members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. In the 50-year history of the NASA space program, only 45 of the 525 astronauts have been women. Seven of these women have degrees from Stanford – a truly impressive record from a single school.  

The first US woman in space, the late Sally Ride, took all of her degrees at Stanford, from B.S. to PhD. Eileen Collins, the first woman to serve as a Shuttle commander, is a Stanford graduate. The first African-American woman in space, Mae Jemison; and the first Hispanic woman, Ellen Ochoa, are both from Stanford. Barbara Morgan, a Stanford alumna, trained with the Challenger space shuttle crew as backup to Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe, and later became an astronaut, serving on the space shuttle Endeavor on a mission to the International Space Station.  

Please join us for a truly extraordinary evening with Eileen Collins, Barbara Morgan, and Ellen Ochoa as they discuss their experiences in space with Stanford professor Scott Hubbard, former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center.

This program is cosponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Location: CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

January 10, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 pm

"No proven communist should hold a position on our faculty" (Wallace Sterling): Victor Arnautoff, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Stanford Stanford iTunes Download

  • Robert Cherny, Professor of History, San Francisco State University

Robert Cherny's Notes

Robert Cherny's Slides

Victor Arnautoff rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the White armies opposing Bolshevisim during the Russian Civil War. He later studied art in San Francisco, created spectacular public murals during the 1930s, joined the Communist Party in 1937, and joined the Stanford art faculty in 1938. He was brought before HUAC in 1956 and took the 5th Amendment. Given President Wallace Sterling's dictum that "No proven communist should hold a position on our faculty," a special committee was appointed to make a recommendation regarding Arnautoff's continued employment at Stanford. This talk will explore, through Arnautoff's fascinating story, a little known aspect of Stanford's history, and how the University handled the volatile situation.

Location: History Department Conference Room (Building 200, Lane History Corner, Room 307)



December 11, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Program in Human Biology at 40 years: What made this start-up so successful? Watch the Video

  • Sandy Dornbusch, Reed-Hodgson Professor in Human Biology and Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
  • Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for
    the Environment
  • Shirley Feldman, Former Associate Director, Program in Human Biology, Senior Research Scientist, Division of Child Psychiatry
  • Herant Katchadourian, Professor of Human Biology, Emeritus
  • Don Kennedy, President, Emeritus, and Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Emeritus
  • Carol Boggs, Bing Director in Human Biology (moderator)

Early faculty from the Program in Human Biology will discuss the idea behind the founding of Stanford's largest interdisciplinary, inter-school program, the process that led up to the founding and their view of the reasons why HumBio has been so successful over the past 40 plus years. Come join Profs. Sandy Dornbusch, Paul Ehrlich, Shirley Feldman, Herant Katchadourian and Don Kennedy in a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Carol Boggs. The evening will also feature clips from a video about the history of the program, including other faculty founders. There will be time for audience questions and discussion.

Location: Oak West Lounge, Tresidder Union

October 11, 2012
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Women's Sports at Stanford: 40 Years of Title IX Stanford iTunes Download

  • Marlene Bjornsrud, CEO of the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative
  • Frank Brennan, Coach of 10 Stanford national championship women's tennis teams
  • Anne Cribbs ’79, 1960 Olympic swimming gold medalist and Co-Founder of American Basketball League
  • Julie Foudy ’94, Two time Olympic soccer gold medalist and ESPN analyst
  • Angela Taylor ’93, Member of two Stanford national championship basketball teams and former VP of two WNBA teams
  • Gary Cavalli ’71, Executive Director of Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Co-Founder and CEO of American Basketball League (moderator)

An all-star panel discusses the impact of Title IX on women's sports in general, and Stanford sports in particular, since the passage of this groundbreaking legislation 40 years ago. The just-completed 2012 Olympiad provided ample evidence of the growth of women's sports in America since 1972. Stanford has fielded the best overall women's sports program in the country for the past three decades, and representatives from four marquee sports - basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis - will weigh in on how Title IX has helped make that possible.

Location: Kissick Auditorium

October 7, 2012
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Founders' Celebration

The day's program will include remarks by President Hennessy, exhibits of Stanford family ephemera, period music and light refreshments. The Mausoleum will also be open to visitors on this special occasion. More at

Location: Cantor Arts Museum and Stanford Mausoleum











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