Hoover fellows speak at alumni homecoming weekend events

Monday, October 26, 2009
Caroline Hoxby
Caroline Hoxby

Hoover senior fellow Caroline Hoxby was a panelist at the Saturday morning roundtable discussion that was the featured event of Stanford’s alumni weekend. Hoxby, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education and the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford, was joined by Stanford president John Hennessey; Guillermo Ortiz, governor of the Bank of Mexico since 1998; Penny Pritzker, a business executive, civic leader, and philanthropist who serves on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board; Garth Saloner, the Philip H. Knight Professor and the ninth dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board and CEO of Google, who joined the company in 2001. The panel discussion, titled  “The Road Back: From Economic Meltdown to Renewal,” and was moderated by Emmy Award–winning journalist Charlie Rose.

Hoover fellows William Damon, Abbas Milani, and Richard Sousa also gave lectures in the Classes Without Quizzes (CWOQs) series during the four-day homecoming weekend. CWOQs are a unique academic highlight of the weekend in which alumni are welcomed back into the classroom with thought-provoking seminars and exploratory walking tours.

William Damon, a Hoover senior fellow and professor of education and director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence at Stanford, discussed his research into how people develop character and a sense of purpose in their work, family, and community relationships in different generations. Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and codirector of Hoover’s Iran Democracy Project, presented policies on Iran as one of the challenges the new administration faces, as well as some possible options. Milani is also the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. Research fellow Richard Sousa is director of the Hoover Library and Archives; he discussed the historical significance of and displayed items from a small portion of the enormous amount of archival material that has been collected by the Hoover Archives since its founding in 1919.