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  • Transcontinental Railroad and Stanford University
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    Transcontinental Railroad and Stanford University

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, the Stanford Historical Society hosted a day-long symposium. In this symposium session,…

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  • Transcontinental Railroad and the Big Four
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    Transcontinental Railroad and the Big Four

    Stanford University history Professor Richard White told the story of the “big four” key investors in the Transcontinental Railroad project: Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins…

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  • Railroads and American Culture in the 19th Century
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    Railroads and American Culture in the 19th Century

    Stanford University history Professor James Campbell presented a talk titled,"The Celestial Railroad Revisited: The Railroad in 19th Century American History and Culture." The Celestial…

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  • Chinese Native Americans and the Transcontinental Railroad
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    Chinese, Native Americans and the Transcontinental Railroad

    On May 10, 1869, a symbolic final golden spike was driven into a rail, linking the Central Pacific Railroad from the west and the Union Pacific Railroad from the east at Promontory Summit,…

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  • Investigating Facebook
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    Investigating Facebook

    The three producers of the PBS documentary The Facebook Dilemma talked about their investigation into the social media platform and its impact on global privacy and democracy.

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  • Corporate Scandals and Governance
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    Corporate Scandals and Governance

    Senior Judge Jed Rakoff from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York joined a panel discussion on corporate scandals and accountability at Stanford University. Other…

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  • emFrom Cold War to Hot Peaceem
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    From Cold War to Hot Peace

    Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), talked about U.S.-Russia relations since 1989.

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  • Clayborne Carson Discusses Martin Luther King Jr
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    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Professor Clayborne Carson talks about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, early life, why he decided to become a reverend, and how that contributed to his work in the Civil Rights movement. This class…

    1,513 views
  • William Julius Wilson on Race in America
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    William Julius Wilson on Race in America

    William Julius Wilson talked about the state of race relations in America and what he calls “income and residential segregation.” He also spoke about the effects of Donald Trump’s candidacy…

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  • Stanford University Hosts Discussion with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Stanford Law School

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about the importance of education. Justice Sotomayor shared her experiences of her early legal career, her education at Princeton and Yale…

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Delivers Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life
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    Justice Ginsburg on a Meaningful Life

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her life and career during the annual “Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life.” After her speech, she was interviewed by Dean Shaw and…

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  • Life and Legacy of Jack London
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    Life and Legacy of Jack London

    Scholars talked about the life and legacy of novelist, journalist, photographer, and social activist Jack London. They showed a selection of London’s photojournalism and spoke how the…

    1,360 views
  • Discussion Focuses on Climate Change and the US Economy
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    Climate Change and the U.S. Economy

    Authors and academics involved in talked about the influence of climate change on the U.S. workforce. They compared the effects of climate change on the current workplace economy to the…

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  • Discussion on the Digital Future
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    Digital Future

    Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and artificial intelligence technologist Sebastian Thrun talked about the work of Douglas Engelbart, an early computer and internet engineer who…

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  • Discussion on the Constitutional Convention of 1787
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    Constitutional Convention of 1787

    Professor Jack Rakove talked about some of the issues debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, such as the number of representatives for each state and the method of presidential…

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  • Neoconservatism and Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s
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    Neoconservatism and Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s

    Albert Camarillo talked about the end of New Deal liberalism and the rise of neoconservatism as marked by the ascendency of Ronald Reagan. This political shift was accompanied by what Professor…

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  • Data Collection Security and Protection
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    Data Collection, Security and Protection

    Panelists talked about privacy and security concerns resulting from data collection by the government and private sector as more devices collect and transmit user data. They also considered the the…

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  • Stanford University hosts Gun Policy Debate
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    Gun Policy Debate

    A debate was held on gun policy. Stanford Law Professor John Donohue spoke in favor or gun control legislation. Civil rights attorney Don Kilmer spoke for the rights of gun owners. “Guns in…

    2,295 views
  • emThe Terror Courtsem
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    The Terror Courts

    Jess Bravin talked about his book, The Terror Cours: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, in which he discusses the challenges facing military prosecutors as they work to prosecute suspected…

    249 views
  • A Conversation with Clarence Jones
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    A Conversation with Clarence Jones

    Clarence Jones spoke about what it was like to work closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how the Letter from Birmingham Jail was written, and the journey to the March on Washington and King’s…

    217 views
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