Initiating Stanford's New Humanities Research Intensive Course

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Image credit: 
L.A. Cicero

Image credit: 
L.A. Cicero
English Professor Elaine Treharne works with undergraduate Lore Olivera.
Hoover recently hosted students and instructors from Stanford's newly launched Humanities Research Intensive, a one-week course that teaches first- and second-year undergraduate students skills for humanities research. Created by the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and the Stanford Humanities Center, the course exposes students to significant primary sources at Hoover and Green Library. English Professor and course instructor Elaine Treharne noted that while at Hoover viewing the strike order for the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was one of the most powerful moments of the week. “I said to the students, ‘Can you imagine the human impact of these pieces of paper on this one table?’” commented Treharne. “And there was an absolutely resounding silence. They had learned how ephemera like these diaries and papers can have an incredible significance for the human experience.”