Stanford: Arts and Humanities


[Quiet, rhythmic cymbals ring]>>Stephen Hinton: If you look at the initiatives that the university launched a few years ago, all of them require this kind of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, interaction among the disciplines. [Chanting]>>Stephen Hinton: We have separate art departments but in the arts initiative we try and tie all of these departments together so they, in a sense, produce things that are more than the sum of the various parts. [piano and instrumental music plays]>>Michelle Elam: Stanford wants to give people the tools to think critically and across different disciplines. I’m in mixed race studies, for instance, and one of the things that interesting about that field is that it was initiated by students. The students were saying the usual ways we approach the issues of race and gender and identity are not working, we’ve read everything, you’ve shared everything, we want some more. They’re very respectful about it but they’re sort of pushing and actually that pushed the scholars to start to rethink things.>>Stephen Hinton: People are working outside of their comfort zone. People are working across disciplines, across traditional boundaries.>>Ashley Lyle: My concentration is management science and engineering but a lot of the classes I take deal with, like, media, entrepreneurship.>>Chase Harmon: You can have a dance major and hang out with a physics major and just sharing that bond of Stanford culture. [People talking]>>Enrique Chagoya: I try to help my students to think in terms of what is what they want to do. What is their deepest concerns and how they could put it together in a visual way through paint. [violin music plays]>>female #1: The meeting of ethnicity and politics of difference and we’ll all live together as robots or zombies. [Laughter]>>Matthew Tiews: The new McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History that we’re building is gonna be a building that houses all of these programs under one roof and really within the kind of design of the building, it creates a space for interaction and creates the kind of understanding of that connection between these strands of thinking.>>female #2: You see what they done to her. They keep her just alive enough so she can still wash they clothes.>>male #1: Shhhh! Quiet! You’ve gotta [snaps fingers] quiet her down. You can’t wait till she’s done and then say be quiet.>>male #2: [sings ‘ooooooo’] Stick your half notes. The next one is a short note and a long note.>>female #3: For example, frame editing becomes clip editing and frame rate becomes play back.>>male #3: Doesn’t it feel like it’s sitting up a little too much? Like we should be looking a little bit higher at it?>>Albert Pak: But, now I see that, you know, this ideal of rational discussion also cuts into saying, hey, we also should not have [indistinct].>>Albert Pak: When I was a freshman I enrolled in this class called Skepticism. It’s an introductory seminar and what I really stood out about it was that instead of it being a large lecture, it was a class with just four people and a professor just talking about the greatest works in philosophy ever. And I think my favorite part of that was three years later when I met her, the professor, again, she remembered what I wrote about and we talked about that again.>>Stephen Hinton: One of the humanities give one the ability to imagine the world as a different place and that surely is what we want our leaders to be able to do. Not to just content themselves with the current situation here but also to change that situation and to transform it. [Cello music plays]

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