Another Look was born in 2012, when award-winning author Tobias Wolff, who then headed Stanford’s Creative Writing Program, along with Stanford literary journalist Cynthia Haven, decided that Stanford needed a book club that would be a magnet for book-lovers at Stanford, the Bay Area, and beyond. It would focus on short works that could be read in a few sittings – perfect for Silicon Valley professionals who don’t have the time or stamina for The Gulag Archipelago or Clarissa. It would feature “insider’s tips” on overlooked classics, forgotten masterpieces, or simply books that hadn’t gotten the attention they merit, rather than the popular, broad audience books that monopolize the tables of the chain bookstores – hence the name they settled on, the “Another Look Book Club.”
French Culture Workshop
The French Culture Workshop brings together participants from different disciplines, including French literature, History, Comparative Literature, and Art History, to examine questions relevant to French culture and society from the modern period (1650 to present). Topics of discussion include political and intellectual history, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and national identity, immigration and minorities, gender, and francophonie.
Hebrew Literature Workshop
Stanford's Hebrew workshops meets several times each quarter and features guest lectures and discussions (all conducted in Hebrew) with renowned Hebrew writers, artists and scholars. Recent guests have included Almog Behar, Zeruyah Shalev and Dory Manor, among others.The workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of Stanford graduate students and faculty for discussions centered around contemporary Hebrew literature and emerging and recent scholarship relating to Hebrew literature and culture.
Contact: Vered Shemtov
Law and Literature in the Global South
Law and Literature in the Global South broadens the horizons of the Law and Humanities critical paradigm. Rather than conversations that center legal and cultural practices from the Global North, which are then brought to bear on “objects of study” from the South, this workshop engages with practitioners whose expertise constellates around global concerns and addresses theorizing subjects in the South. At its heart, Law and Literature in the Global South is an interdisciplinary group that adopts an expansive approach to the understanding of literature (i.e., novels and poems as well as cinema, visual culture, etc.). In this way, the group will open spaces for Law and Humanities debates at Stanford and proffer a shared platform to develop the research agendas of various faculty and graduate students related to legal cultures and cognate literatures from different locales (mainly China, the Middle East, and South America).
Learn more about the SGS Global Workshops Program. Events will be shared here and tagged DLCL, Comparative Literature, and ILAC.
Contact: Hector M. Hoyos
Research Conceptualizations and Pedagogical Structures in the Global Humanities
This series asks how we may conceptualize positions on global humanities, and how these ideas have created teaching structures at institutions of higher education across the world. These workshops will bring scholars from around the globe together with faculty in the Stanford Humanities Core to discuss global humanities pedagogical structures and research conceptualizations of the field. They have the potential to catalyze and develop the curricular structures at each of our institutions, in addition to continuing the work of the international research community towards conceptualization of academic fields of study appropriate to the world and its histories.
Contact: Alexander Key