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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.

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...
March 15, 2017 | Video
  • Computers in Love: Date Matching at Stanford, Sandstone & Tile, Vol. 26, No. 2-3. 2002.

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 position specifically created for computer science (CS). In 1961, Forsythe launched a graduate CS program—a division of the Math...
February 7, 2017 | Audio
  • Elena Danielson presentation slides (pdf)

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. While Hoover’s Quaker relatives had a small liberal arts college in mind for him, the teenage boy was fascinated  with the...
January 18, 2017 | Video
Deputy Athletic Director Ray Purpur, who joined Stanford University in 1994, takes 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
James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University
David M. Kennedy, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University
  • Stanford 125th, David M. Kennedy (pdf)

  • Stanford at 125, James T. Campbell (pdf)

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 rapid peopling and development of the great...
May 17, 2016 | Video
Mona Duggan, Deputy Director, Emeritus, Cantor Arts CenterAlexander Nemerov, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, and Chair, Department of Art and Art History
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...
March 2, 2016 | Video
Christine VanDeVelde, former Bing parent, Journalist and Author
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...
February 18, 2016 | Audio
Gordon Chang, Professor of American History, Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Joseph S. Atha Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English, Director of American Studies, Stanford University
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...