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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 on Apple podcasts, the Stanford Digital Repository, and the SHS YouTube Channel. They address important topics including Stanford’s relationship with the Silicon Valley, the Stanford peace movement, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the history of women at Stanford. Program recordings will be made available continuously. Our programs are mainly funded by membership dues. As you enjoy the recordings, we hope you would consider becoming a member or making a donation to support our programming.

May 7, 2019 | Audio
Raymond Paul Giroux, Distinguished Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Seeking opportunity, adventurous Americans began migrating to the west coast of North America in the first half of the 19th century.  With the first wagon trains of settlers leaving Independence, Missouri in 1836 they would embark on an arduous five month journey. With the discovery of gold near Sacramento, California in 1848, political pressure mounted for a safe and speedy passage to the Pacific Coast.  Exploratory surveys were needed to determine a feasible route through mountainous terrain many said was...
April 7, 2019 | Video
Steve Staiger, Palo Alto City Historian; Former Board Member, Stanford Historical Society
In 1885, Timothy Hopkins, at 26, was the youngest university trustee appointed to the newly born Leland Stanford Junior University. Over the next 50 years, he became one of the university’s most steadfast and generous supporters. His life, as a close friend of the Stanford family, as well as campus benefactor, Palo Alto founder, and Menlo Park resident, is a fascinating story of a man whose inherited wealth and position allowed him to make many contributions to the university and its neighbors. Yet,...
April 6, 2019 | Audio | Video
Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University
Hilton Obenzinger, Associate Director, Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, Stanford University
James Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University
Laura Jones, Director, Heritage Services and University Archaeologist, Stanford University
The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad connected the vast expanse of the United States with safe and convenient transport, reducing coast-to-coast travel from six months to just one week. In addition, the railroad...
March 7, 2019 | Video
Estelle B. Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History, Stanford University
At the time of its opening in 1891, Stanford University admitted both male and female students, in large part because Jane Stanford had strong views about the importance of educating women. Despite their initial inclusion as students, in subsequent generations women at Stanford experienced a range of exclusions, including a quota system that limited undergraduate enrollment and a paucity of female faculty. By the late twentieth century, students and faculty members advocated for gender equity not only in...
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...