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Thank you for joining us for A Company of Authors.

For the 20th consecutive year, a distinguished group of Stanford writers and editors made brief presentations about their recently published books. This 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. 

Books will be available for sale at a 10% discount from the Stanford Bookstore online. Enter the promo code BOOKS10 when checking out online. Code is valid until May 15.

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: Literature and Art
Peter Stansky, Chair
Rebecca Richardson, Material Ambitions: Self-Help and Victorian Literature
Roanne Kantor, South Asian Writers, Latin American Literature, and the Rise of Global English
Richard Meyer, Master of the Two Left Feet: Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered
View "Literature and Art" Video »

1:40 - 2:10 pm: Water, Books, and Trees
Tania Granoff, Chair
Margaret Cohen, The Underwater Eye: How the Movie Camera Opened the Depths and Unleashed New Realms of Fantasy
Denise Gigante, Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America
Alexander Nemerov, The Forest: A Fable of America in the 1830s
View "Water, Books, and Trees" Video »

2:15 - 2:45 pm: The World About Us
Paul Robinson, Chair
Kathryn Gin Lum, Heathen: Religion and Race in American History
Scott Bukatman, Black Panther
James Sheehan, Essays on German History and Historians and Making the Modern Political Order: The Problem of the Nation State 
View "The World About Us" Video »

2:50 - 3:20 pm: Poetry and Proust
Cynthia Haven, Chair
Hilton Obenzinger, Witness 2017-2020
Peter N. Carroll, Talking to Strangers: Poetry of Everyday Life and This Land, These People: The 50 States
Joshua Landy, The World According to Proust
View "Poetry and Proust" Video »

3:25 - 3:55 pm: History
Carolyn Lougee, Chair
Kathryn Olivarius, Necropolis: Disease, Power and Capitalism in the Cotton Kingdom
Richard Roberts, Conflicts of Colonialism: The Rule of Law, French Soudan, and Faama Mademba Sèye
Thomas Mullaney & Christopher Rea, Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project That Matters to You (and the World)
View "History" Video »

4:00 - 4:30 pm: The Open World
Charles Junkerman, Chair
Carol Lynn McKibben, Salinas: A History of Race and Resilience in an Agricultural City
Susan Krieger, Are You Two Sisters?: The Journey of a Lesbian Couple
Richard Nevle & Steven Nightingale, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles across the Sierra Nevada
View "The Open World" Video »

4:35 - 5:05 pm: Changing the World
Larry Horton, Chair
Susan Wilner Golden, Stage (Not Age): How to Understand and Serve People Over 60—the Fastest Growing, Most Dynamic Market in the World
Ran Abramitzky & Leah Boustan, Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success
Philip Taubman, In the Nation’s Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz
View "Changing the World" Video »

5:05 pm: Closing Remarks
Peter Stansky, Chair