Stanford University

  • Reports Like Stanford's are Only the First Step for Universities to Rebuild Public Trust

    by Ari Y. Kelman, Emily J. Levine and Mitchell L. Stevens

    The realities of universities' involvement in unsavory aspects of history – like Stanford's revealed institutional antisemitism – contradict the heroic stories that fill campus promotional materials. But universities can't give a suspicious public any further reason to doubt their honesty.

  • Will Stanford University Acknowledge its Bloody Origin Story?

    “What I expect Stanford to do, as I always expected, is that they’ll ignore it,” says Richard White, whose new book argues that the university's president David Starr Jordan covered up murder and spread the lie that founder Jane Stanford died of natural causes in order to preserve her bequest. 

  • A Tragic Day at the Senate

    by David Palumbo-Liu

    A Stanford scholar of Asian American Studies decries the university administration's dismissal of faculty complaints that the conservative Hoover Institution has produced disinformation about both COVID-19 and the integrity of the 2020 presidential election under the imprimatur of Stanford's academic reputation. 

  • When Will Universities Reward Teaching?

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    In 1990, Stanford president Donald Kennedy boldly admitted that his university had neglected teaching in favor of research. Universities have not heeded that warning.

  • Richard White: Elon Musk's Hyperloop's $6 billion price tag "just pie in the sky"

    Elon Musk, a serial entrepreneur who was a co-founder of PayPal and the electric car company Tesla Motors, sent people in California into a tizzy on Monday when he released a white paper outlining a hypothetical high-speed transportation system called the Hyperloop.There were a number of curious questions about the Hyperloop, which Mr. Musk’s white paper claims will be able to travel at up to 800 miles an hour and transport people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. While physicists agree that technically, on paper, this is possible, economists seem to agree that technically, on paper, the price tag of $6 billion is impossible.

  • Stanford professor Clayborne Carson reflects on March on Washington

    BERKELEY -- Clayborne Carson was 19 when he ignored warnings about the dangers and propensity for violence before hitching a ride with the Indianapolis NAACP to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago this month.The threats didn't deter him from becoming a part of the largest political rally for civil rights in U.S. history and witnessing Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial."I decided that I was going to go, and I wasn't going to tell my parents," Carson said. "They found out later."Two decades later, Carson would receive an unexpected phone call from Coretta Scott King asking him to serve as the editor of the King's Papers project....