architect's rendering of theater in Roble Gym / Courtesy Cody Anderson Wasney Architects

Stanford's historic Roble Gym to open in the fall after arts-oriented renovation

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education and a drama professor, will direct the first theater production in the newly renovated building.

Robert Huw Morgan

Stanford organist draws lofty sounds from Memorial Church's thousands of pipes

Under the skillful hands – and feet – of university organist Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford's Memorial Church fills with remarkable music from the Fisk-Nanney organ, a Baroque-type instrument that is one of five organs in the church.  

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Stanford Literary Lab uses digital humanities to study why we feel suspense

Mark Algee-Hewitt and a team of grad students combine tools of textual analysis with the emotional experience of reading to uncover what creates suspense in stories.

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Stanford professor uncovers roots of George Orwell's political language

Through a close reading of George Orwell's nonfiction prose, Stanford English Professor Alex Woloch shows how language and democratic socialism played roles in the British writer's stand against totalitarianism.

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Quality of schools is critical for economic growth in developing countries, Stanford expert says

Stanford economist Eric Hanushek said that a country's economic growth is directly based on the cognitive skills of the population, or the "knowledge capital" of a nation.

Jeremy Bailenson with student wearing virtual reality headset / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's interdisciplinary approach fuels critical advances in research

A culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

George Shultz and William Perry

Stanford experts reveal latest Doomsday Clock estimate

The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity.

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Stanford scholar unearths conflicted human history of South America's great natural wonder

Joo-Mee Lee

Stanford New Ensemble presents new classical music in new ways to new audiences

The Stanford New Ensemble offers music that is experimental and performed in untraditional venues around campus.

Martin Luther King Jr. at the podium of Memorial Auditorium on April 14, 1967 / Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service

Stanford celebrates a life and legacy of inspiration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute offers an extensive archive of the civil rights leader's work.

Werner Herzog

Film director Werner Herzog visits Stanford to talk about literary classic on peregrine falcons

Legendary film director Werner Herzog will discuss J.A. Baker's book The Peregrine with Robert Harrison, a Stanford professor of Italian literature, at the Feb. 2 Another Look book club event.

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Fad diets shape societal trends about health, Stanford scholar reveals in dissertation

Stanford doctoral candidate Adrienne Rose Johnson says diet books idealize lifestyles of the past in ways that contribute to global health problems.

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Stanford study suggests academic benefits to ethnic studies courses

New research shows gains in attendance, GPA of at-risk high school students from incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy.

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Stanford scholar uses digital tools to track grave relocation in China

A digital humanities project led by Stanford historian Tom Mullaney is creating a map that illustrates the ongoing and multifaceted impact of funeral reform and grave relocation in China.  

Stanford undergraduate Maria Doerr

Stanford students take listeners on a voyage of discovery

Stanford students are producing audio documentaries based on interviews they recorded last summer with funding from Braden Storytelling Grants, which were designed to introduce students to the art of spoken storytelling.