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American Studies is an Interdisciplinary Program at Stanford blending courses in history, literature, social sciences and the arts, in which students learn to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way.

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Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an Olympic champion, a civil rights lawyer, a public speaker, and activist.She leads Champion Women, a non-profit that provides legal advocacy for girls and women in sports.Champion Women's focus areas include equal play; traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments,sexual harassment, abuse and assault in sport, employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination.

The Gender & Sports: Beyond Equality Speaker Series is a series examining gender access,...

Gender & Sports: Beyond Equality

A series examining gender access, equity, inclusion, and leadership in college and professional sports. 

First in the series:Julie Foudy & Marlene Bjornsrud in Conversation:“Women in Sports After 46 Years of Title IX: Rev Up!"

Julie Foudy: Stanford Alum. Former Captain US Women’s Soccer Team, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, and 2x World Cup Champion....

Stanford’s American Studies Program Presents:

The Voyager Interstellar Record: A Conversation with Frank Drake and Timothy Ferris

Wednesday, October 24th at 4:30PM

Pigott Hall (Language Corner), Room 113

In 1978, radio astronomer Frank Drake and writer Timothy Ferris collaborated with Carl Sagan to create a message for extraterrestrials: a collection of sounds and images encoded on a golden record and carried by NASA’s Voyager space probes through the Solar System...

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What cultural work do ethnic upward mobility narratives perform? In this talk, Román will present work from her book Race and Upward Mobility (Stanford UP, 2017), which analyzes African American and Mexican American cultural production from the 1940s-2000s. Turning to literature, television, and film, she reveals how...


Join us for this exclusive screening of the new documentary film, As I Walk Through the Valley: A History of Underground Music in the South Texas Borderlands. Spanning forty years of music history and border life, the film is the first comprehensive look at the vibrant underground rock scenes of the Rio Grande Valley. Filmmakers Ronnie Garza and Charlie Vela will discuss their work after the screening. Dinner will be served.

View the trailer: ...