What is the true value of a Stanford education for our students, beyond the recognized currency of a Stanford degree in the world? How do we empower our students to study and live wholly and fully, experiencing all facets of what a Stanford education has to offer?
Recent years have seen what appear to be a consolidation of C.P. Snow’s ‘two cultures’ of the humanities and the sciences, and especially, at Stanford, the ‘techie’ and ‘fuzzy’ divide seems to be more than just humorous labeling.
What do the the sciences have to learn from expert humanists and how can the humanities benefit from scientific inquiry? Indeed, what benefits can genuinely collaborative work provide? This discussion with Elaine Treharne, Lanier Anderson, and John Mitchell will seek to reveal how positive synergies can emerge from respectful efforts to understand one another’s perspectives and practices. They will address such fundamental questions as the role of philosophy in modern life; how a knowledge of history can accelerate technological innovation; and why it is so important for faculty to model the kind of change they wish to see among the student body.