PWR's Blog Posts

The Hume 15th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 11 marked a very special day for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: the celebration of its 15th anniversary.  Friends of Hume from PWR and across the university marked the occasion with two events: “Growing Up and Out,” a panel discussion featuring Hume directors, past and present, and an anniversary celebration – complete with food and performances – in the Hume lounge.

2016-17 PWR Research Grant Updates

Last year, PWR awarded eight research grants to support the scholarly work and intellectual projects of its instructors.  Now that the 2016-2017 academic year is coming to a close, the grant recipients were asked to reflect on their work over the past few months.  Read below to learn more about each of the projects and their progress:

Instructor News: May 2017

Adam Banks, along with History Professor Allyson Hobbs, was awarded the St. Clair Drake Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony at the Black Community Services Center this month.  The award is presented to faculty members who have "inspired students intellectually and demonstrated commitment to enhancing the intellectual vitality/academic environment of the Black community" (BCSC website).

"Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgments of Language:" Dr. Asao Inoue Visits PWR

On February 10, 2017 at 3:00 P.M., Dr. Asao B. Inoue will give a talk, "Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgments of Language."

Connecting Students Between Japan and Stanford: An Interview with John Peterson

PWR Newsletter: We understand that you’re doing work in Japan this year.

John Peterson: Ha! That’s funny. Because I’ve never even been to Japan! I’ve been doing all this work through virtual exchange. But I will go to Japan the second week in February.

PWRN: We’ll get to that in a moment. But tell us about what led up to your plans to travel to Japan.

Student Spotlight: January 2017

As the chair of Harry Elam’s Student Advisory Group, Isabelle Foster, a junior majoring in Public Policy, is no stranger to leadership positions. She collaborates with the Vice Provost and the Associate Vice Provost (Sharon Palmer) to help identify the most pressing topics on campus, organize meetings, and lead discussions on new initiatives, recent campus concerns, and future university projects.

A Hume Holliversary

November, 2001, the Stanford Writing Center opened its doors. Or, door, to be more precise. To a room. Wendy Goldberg’s room in Margaret Jacks Hall. And writing support at Stanford was changed forever.

To celebrate the holidays and its 15th anniversary, last Friday the Hume Center hosted a Holliversary. Tutors and friends of the Center were invited to enjoy baked brie, crab cakes, cucumber water, coffee, and Justine de Silva’s Instagram-worthy melting snow man cookies.