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Norman Shumway and Ed Harrison spoke to the media after the first adult heart transplant in US, 1968

Program Recordings

Many of the Society's past programs are now available as audio podcast and video. They feature senior Stanford administrators and faculty and staff members, including John Hennessy, Don Kennedy, David Kennedy, Estelle Freedman, Al Camarillo, Gordon Chang, and Denni Woodward; and address important topics including Stanford’s relationship with the Silicon Valley, the history of the School of Medicine, Stanford athletics, Stanford peace movement, student life, and the history of women at Stanford. Program recordings will be uploaded continuously as they become available.

October 11, 2018 | Video
Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford Law School; Resident Fellow, Roble Hall
James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University
Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist, Stanford University
When it opened in 1918 as Stanford’s residence for women, Roble Hall was hailed as “one of the most modern and best equipped dormitories in the United States.” An architecturally unique structure, the Beaux-Arts building featured an ornate façade and an unusual number of...
May 22, 2018 | Video
Joseph Woo, MD, Norman E. Shumway Professor; Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Sharon Hunt, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Emerita, Stanford University School of Medicine
Phil Oyer, MD, PhD, Roy B. Cohn-Theodore A. Falasco Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Bruce Reitz, MD, Norman E. Shumway Professor, Emeritus; Former Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
In 1968, the very concept of transplanting a beating heart from one human to another seemed...
April 19, 2018 | Video
Gerhard Casper, President, Emeritus; Peter & Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus; Professor of Law, Emeritus; Senior Fellow at FSI and SIEPRSusan Schofield, Academic Secretary to the University, Emerita, Stanford UniversityPeter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford UniversityEthan Ris, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno

The Stanford Faculty Senate had its first meeting in September, 1968. To celebrate its first fifty years, Gerhard Casper, Susan Schofield, Peter Stansky and Ethan Ris...
March 13, 2018 | Video
Martin Carnoy, Vida Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford Univeristy
Rachel Lotan, MA '81, MA '83, PhD '85, Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University
Daniel McFarland, Professor of Education, Stanford University
Rita Sanchez, '72, MA '73, MA '74, Professor of English, Emeritus,Mesa College
As part of its centennial celebrations, the Stanford Graduate School of Education convened a distinguished panel of faculty and alumnae to discuss the school's post-World War II ascent to eminence in research, policy and practitioner training. Martin Carnoy, Vida Jacks Professor of Education;...
February 20, 2018 | Video
Brett S. Thompson, ’83, Director, Stanford Travel/Study, Stanford University
William Durham, ’71, Bing Professor in Human Biology, Emeritus, Stanford University 
Cindy Hunter Lang, Class of ’83, Stanford University
Stanford Travel/Study began in 1968, at a time when Stanford, like many universities, was the site of student unrest. Rixford Snyder, ’30, MA ’34, PhD ’40, historian and retired dean of admissions, had recently taken over programming for the alumni summer college. He had the idea to hold the summer program on a riverboat in Europe—alumni and their families would listen to lectures...
January 18, 2018 | Video
Alison Carpenter, Davis, Class of '79, Stanford University, Author, Letters Home from Stanford,
Daniel Hartwig, University Archivist, Stanford University
In this program, Alison Carpenter Davis, '79, discussed her book Letters Home from Stanford,a collection of handwritten and electronic correspondence sent home by generations of Stanford students published in February 2017.
From first letters home freshman year and firsthand accounts of historical events to questions about laundry and questions about self, Letters Home evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to...
November 15, 2017 | Audio
Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press
  • Alan Harvey presentation slides (pdf)

For much of the last 50 years, Stanford University Press (SUP) has publicly traced its founding back to 1925—and yet, evidence of the Press’s existence before this date exists in abundance. For instance, in 1917 Stanford erected a building custom-built for the Press on Lomita and Panama; meanwhile, books bearing the Stanford University Press imprint surface as far back as the 1890s. Through some archival detective work, SUP staff unearthed the long and lesser-told history of Stanford...
October 26, 2017 | Audio
Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alexander Kerensky was the charismatic leader of the Provisional Government that held a tenuous grip on power in Russia between the fall of the Romanovs in February 1917 and the storming to power of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. Kerensky first visited Stanford in 1955 and spent much of the next ten years on campus, conducting research in the Hoover Library & Archives, teaching seminars, giving guest lectures, and appearing on panel discussions devoted to the latest developments in the USSR. He left lasting impressions...
September 19, 2017 | Video
Sabrina Papazian, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University 
Leland Stanford Jr., only son of Governor and railroad tycoon Leland Stanford Sr. and heiress Jane Lathrop Stanford, died suddenly in 1884, just shy of his 16th birthday. It is no secret that the Leland Stanford Junior University and Museum were created in memoriam for Leland Jr., but much less is said about how these institutions, and in particular the museum, emerged. The museum’s early collections reflect Leland Jr.’s curatorial interests, nurtured by his doting parents’ great wealth, class tastes, and social...
June 15, 2017 | Audio
Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist, Stanford University
Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University
James L. Sweeney, Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
  • Laura Jones presentation slides (pdf)

  • Joseph Stagner presentation slides (pdf)

Presentations by...
May 23, 2017 | Video
Richard Sapp, Member, Board of Trustees, 2008-2013, Stanford University
David Lenox, University Architect and Executive Director, Campus Planning & Design, Stanford University
John I. Brauman, J. G. Jackson - C. J. Wood Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Stanford University
Stanford’s “Old Chem” opened its doors in 1902 and was home to the Department of Chemistry until 1989. Severe damage in the Loma Prieta earthquake required that “Old Chem” be closed. Surrounded by a tall hurricane fence for almost 30 years, “Old Chem” remained a much-admired historical building. A thorough renovation...
April 19, 2017 | Video
Paul Wesling, ’66 (BSEE) and ’68 (MS-MatSci), IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University
  • Paul Wesling presentation slides (pdf)\

Silicon Valley is known to be unique, with its wealth of technology companies and different style of management. Why did Silicon Valley come into being? According to Paul Wesling, the story goes back to local Hams (amateur radio operators) trying to break RCA's tube patents, early Stanford engineers, the sinking of the Titanic, Naval ship communications requirements, early “angel” investments, Fred Terman and Stanford...