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Throughout time, the key moments recounted in history textbooks—and the stories left off the page—are determined by the dominant culture of that time.

In 2022, what are the stories we will tell that shape Stanford’s history? Join us on April 20 for a virtual live session that will uncover Stanford stories. From the relationship with Chinese workers to the renaming of Jordan Hall, we will review the importance of history to our story as well as how our personal stories shape history. Our discussion will be led by Stanford history professor Gordon Chang, university archaeologist Laura Jones, and university archivist Josh Schneider. The session will also include opening remarks from Matthew Tiews, associate vice president for campus engagement, and closing remarks from Bernadine Chuck Fong, acting president of Foothill College and director of leadership initiatives and special projects at the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

The session will be recorded. A video link will be emailed to all registered participants and posted online.



Matthew Tiews is associate vice president for campus engagement at Stanford University. In this newly created position, Matthew is responsible for activating the campus community as a vital part of the vision and mission of the university. As a first priority, he is leading the process of developing a vision for the White Plaza area as a new Town Center for Stanford. Matthew previously worked to implement Stanford’s university-wide Arts Initiative from 2010 to 2018, first as executive director of arts programs, then as associate dean for the advancement of the arts, and finally as associate vice president for the arts. As part of the Initiative, he was responsible for bringing online the new facilities in Stanford’s Arts District, particularly Bing Concert Hall and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and he developed Roble Arts Gym and other student-facing facilities across campus. He created numerous interdisciplinary programs drawing on Stanford’s research strengths, and he led a strategic capacity effort to deliver a new curricular requirement in Creative Expression.

Josh Schneider is university archivist at Stanford, where he partners with community members to preserve and make accessible materials in all formats documenting university administration, teaching, and research, as well as campus and student life—with an aim of ensuring that Stanford's historical legacy reflects the diversity of the communities served. His case study on appraisal of electronic records appeared in a recent volume of the Society of American Archivists’ Trends in Archival Practice series. Josh has also served on the editorial boards of The American Archivist and Journal of Western Archives. He has an MLIS from Simmons College and a BA in philosophy from Brown University.

Gordon Chang is a professor of history at Stanford University and the Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities. He is currently serving the University as the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and is the Stanford Alumni Association Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He is the former director of the Center for East Asian Studies and of the Asian American Studies Program. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1991. In 2019, he published Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic History of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad and, as co-editor, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental. These books draw from more than seven years of work conducted by the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford, which he has co-directed. He teaches courses in American history, trans-Pacific history, U.S–China relations, and Asian American history.

Laura Jones is the university archaeologist and Executive Director of Heritage Services for Stanford University. Laura leads a team of archaeologists and historians specializing in California heritage, focused on Stanford’s lands (including Hopkins Marine Station and Stanford in Redwood City). She enjoys a long-term, multi-generational collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe involving historical and archaeological research in the precolonial and colonial eras. Dr. Jones has excavated historic sites in and around Stanford University, including the Stanford Mansion, the Searsville Damkeeper’s Cottage, and the Chinese Labor Quarters. In the pursuit of new sites, she leads graduates and undergraduates into Stanford’s “hinterlands” in her course “Archaeological Field Survey Methods.” Laura has oversight over historic preservation programs for the university and staffed the committees that developed Stanford’s renaming policies.

Bernadine Chuck Fong is currently acting president of Foothill College, a position from which she retired in 2006. She also directs several leadership initiatives for the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) and the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER) and leads VPGE’s Preparing Future Professors shadowing program for PhD students and postdocs. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and was vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees Minority Alumni Relations Task Force. She has also served on the boards for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford Healthcare Alliance, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Menlo College, American Association of Community Colleges, and several other educational and nonprofit boards. She is a fellow of the American Council on Education and the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley. She is also the recipient of the Stanford Medal for Distinguished Service to Stanford.


For any questions regarding community engagement, please email: [email protected]. For questions regarding registration for the virtual live event, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!

If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at [email protected] or 650.725.0326 (phone) by April 13, 2022. 


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