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For the nineteenth consecutive year, a distinguished group of Stanford authors and editors made brief presentations about their recently published books. The program was hosted by Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford. The program was co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center.


Please note the videos have been added to each panel. All videos are posted on Vimeo

1:00 pm: Welcome (Peter Stansky)


1:05 - 1:35 pm: Culture

Peter Stansky, Chair
Gavin Jones, 
Reclaiming John Steinbeck: Writing for the Future of Humanity
Richard Thompson Ford, Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History
Jeannette Ferrary, Eating Alone
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1:40 - 2:10 pm: A Better Life
Barbara Gelpi, Chair
Susan Groag Bell & Judith Mundlak Taylor, Women and Gardens: Obstacles and Opportunities for Women Gardeners Throughout History
William Damon, A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present
Tracie White & Ron Davis, The Puzzle Solver: A Scientist’s Desperate Quest to Cure the Illness That Stole His Son
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2:15 - 2:45 pm: Changing the World
Larry Horton, Chair
Lenora Ferro & Susan Southworth, Sidney D. Drell: Into the Heart of Matter, Passionately
David Alan Sklansky, A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice
Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami & Jeremy M. Weinstein, System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot
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2:50 - 3:20 pm: The Arts and Humanities
Roland Greene, Chair

Peggy Phelan & Richard Meyer, Contact Warhol: Photography Without End
Cynthia Haven, Czeslaw Milosz: A California Life
Emily J. Levine, Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University
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3:25 - 3:55 pm: History and Humans
Carolyn Lougee, Chair
Steven Press, Blood & Diamonds: Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa
Niall Ferguson, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Henry T. Greely, CRISPR People: The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans
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4:00 - 4:30 pm: The Bay Area and Beyond
Tania Granoff, Chair
Gene Slater, Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America
Destin Jenkins, The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City
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4:35 - 5:05 pm: Germany
Paul Robinson, Chair
Samuel Clowes Huneke, States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany
Adrian Daub, The Dynastic Imagination: Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Peter Mann, The Torqued Man
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5:05 pm: Closing Remarks
Peter Stansky, Chair