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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 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.

February 18, 2016 | Audio
  • Gordon Chang presentation slides (pdf)

  • Shelley Fishkin presentation slides (pdf)

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 the famous “golden spike” to connect the Central Pacific and Union Pacific at Promontory Summit, Utah, to complete the line. Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help...
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, MLA ’15 and...
October 23, 2015 | Video
A panel of GSB professors reflects 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...
October 10, 2015 | Audio
  • presentation slides (pdf)

The presenters explore the rich mosaic of Stanford trees on a journey through the past, present and future.
October 1, 2015 | Audio
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.
May 12, 2015 | Audio
Philippe Cohen, Executive Director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Stephen Palumbi, Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor in Marine Sciences and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station are the featured speakers. They talk about the rich history and recent activities of the Stanford field stations.
March 26, 2015 | Audio
  • Mary Clerkin Higgins presentation slides (pdf)

Three large nave windows were painstakingly restored in recent years by Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass of New York City. Mary Clerkin Higgins's talk addresses problems encountered in the conservation treatment and highlights 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 | Audio
University Architect David Lenox describes the historic evolution of the campus and its architecture from its earliest incarnations to its current state, and provides a glimpse into the future development of the campus. Chris Wasney '80 presents some of his firm's work on buildings from virtually all of the eras of Stanford's development.
January 13, 2015 | Audio
The panel explores 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 complemented Stanford’s engagement with Asia. The panelists also discuss how Stanford participants engaged with the dramatic changes in Asia in the past 50 years and how the VIA experience affected their lives.
May 13, 2014 | Audio
  • John Hennessy presentation slides (pdf)

President Hennessy discusses the history of the relationship between Stanford and the Silicon Valley in the last thirty years.