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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.

January 19, 2016 | Audio
Barbara Wilcox, MLA ’15, Author of World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont (History Press, 2016),
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...
October 23, 2015 | Video
Mary Barth, Joan E. Horngren Professor in Accounting, Stanford Univeristy Chuck Holloway, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers Professor in Management, Emeritus, Stanford University Jim Van Horne, A.P. Giannini Professor of Banking and Finance, Emeritus, Stanford UniversityGeorge Parker, Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford UniversityGarth Saloner (moderator), Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
A panel of GSB professors reflects on the transformative changes that took the GSB to global pre-eminence through the decades....
October 10, 2015 | Audio
Herb Fong, Certified Arborist, Retired Stanford Grounds Supervisor
Matt Ritter, Professor of Botany, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,
Dave Muffly, Senior Arborist, Apple,
Sairus Patel (moderator), Website Editor, Trees of Stanford; Board Member and Editorial Assistant, Pacific Horticulture magazine
Program slides (pdf)
The presenters explore the rich mosaic of Stanford trees on a journey through the past, present and future.
October 1, 2015 | Audio
Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services, University Archaeologist, Stanford University,
Ray Purpur, Deputy Athletic Director, Stanford University 
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, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Stephen Palumbi, Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor of Marine Sciences, Director of the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University
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, Artist and Conservator, Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass
  • 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...
March 17, 2015 | Video
David Lenox, University Architect, Stanford University
Chris Wasney, Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
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.
February 17, 2015 | Audio
William M. Chace, Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford University
Marsh H. McCall, Professor of Classics, Stanford University 
Charles Junkerman, Associate Provost and Dean of Continuing Studies, Emeritus, Lecturer of European and American literature, Stanford University
January 13, 2015 | Audio
Dwight Clark, Dean of Freshmen Men, Emeritus, Stanford University; Founder and President, Volunteers in Asia;  Founder, Learning Across Borders
Jeanne Blamey, Class of ’73, Stanford University; Board Member, Volunteers in Asia
Stephanie Parker, Class of  ’11, MA ’12, Stanford University; Board Member, Volunteers in Asia
Cliff Chan, Class of ’81, Stanford University, Executive Director, Volunteers in Asia
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...
May 13, 2014 | Audio
John L. Hennessy, Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; President, Emeritus, Stanford University
  • John Hennessy presentation slides (pdf)

President Hennessy discusses the history of the relationship between Stanford and the Silicon Valley in the last thirty years.
March 13, 2014 | Audio
Gerhard Casper, President, Emeritus; Peter and Helen Bing Professor in Undergrad Education; Professor of Law, Emeritus; Senior fellow at FSI, Stanford University 
Stanford University’s unofficial motto, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” (translated as “The wind of freedom blows”), was the theme of Gerhard Casper’s 1992 inaugural address as Stanford president. In his speech, he talked about the nine aspects of a university’s freedom. Twenty years later, as president emeritus, Gerhard Casper reflects on the freedoms of and at the university in his new book, The Winds of Freedom: Addressing...
February 18, 2014 | Audio
Herant Katchadourian, Professor of Human Biology, Emeritus, Stanford University
The teaching of human sexuality at Stanford is usually associated with Herant Katchadourian’s course Human Sexuality (Human Biology 10) which was initiated in 1968 and enrolled over 20,000 students over the next several decades. While that course was the first to explicitly focus on sex, there have been earlier courses about topics that most probably touched on the subject in one way or another. Some of these courses go back all the way to the founding of Stanford. Between 1891 and the post-World War II period,...