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Program Recordings

Many of the Society's past programs are now available as audio podcast and video through the Stanford iTunes and Youtube sites!! To listen to an audio podcast, open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts. Program recordings will be uploaded continuously as they become available.

March 15, 2017 | Video

The seeds of Stanford’s currently most popular undergraduate major, computer science, grew from the university’s administrative needs, and those of science and engineering research. Provost Fred Terman’s prescient vision of an emerging discipline—the science and engineering of computation—led to the 1957 hiring of George Forsythe to fill a Math Department...

February 7, 2017 | Audio

It all happened with the speed of a start-up. Right after being hired as Stanford University's founding president in March 1891, David Starr Jordan recruited energetic faculty like math professor Joseph Swain, who in turn quickly brought promising students to the still unfinished campus. Swain was impressed by a 17 year old orphan from Oregon, Herbert Hoover, who showed great talent on the math entrance exam. ...

January 18, 2017 | Video

Ray Purpur, who joined Stanford University in 1994, take us back to the early days when Stanford's athletics program began. Unlike many colleges and universities, Stanford was coeducational from the start and its athletics program featured both men’s and women’s sports.  Ray Purpur shows us what it all looked like 125 years ago.

November 9, 2016 | Audio

With the re-opening of Roble Gym in the fall of 2016, the Department of Theater & Performance Studies reflects on the rich history of theater, dance, and performance at Stanford. In a conversation with TAPS Chair Branislav Jakovljevic, Professor Janice Ross and Professor Emeritus Bill Eddelman trace the evolution of the performing arts in the heart of Silicon Valley.

October 6, 2016 | Audio

Leland and Jane Stanford founded their university amidst the kinetic tumult of Gilded Age America. It was a time of swashbuckling capitalist ambition, let-‘er-rip financial finagling, and epic corruption. It was also a time of accelerating immigration, the...

May 17, 2016 | Video

Through reminiscences of her many years working with Stanford’s leaders in the arts, Mona Duggan takes us back to the time when the Department of Art and Stanford Museum were joined, and will touch on the milestones that have set the stage for the current renaissance of the arts on campus. Alexander Nemerov speaks about the present and future state of the Department of Art and Art History in its new home, the McMurtry Building.

March 2, 2016 | Video

The United States had been at war for over a year in the spring of 1943 when Edith Dowley left her teaching post at the laboratory school of University of Michigan to head to Portland, Oregon. There, industrialist Henry Kaiser, the father of modern shipbuilding, had created two state-of-the-art Children's Centers to care for the offspring of the four thousand women workers responsible for producing the "bridge of ships" that carried troops, food, fuel, ammunition, and medicine to the fighting fronts. By the end of the war in June 1945, the Kaiser Children's Centers had cared for 3,811...

February 18, 2016 | Audio

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the introduction of large numbers of Chinese workers on the construction of the first transcontinental railway across North America. May 10, 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of Leland Stanford’s driving...

January 19, 2016 | Audio

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,...