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Stanford humanities scholars at TEDxStanford 2014

For the third year in a row, the TEDxStanford conference on May 10, 2014 brought together scholars and artists for a day of inspirational presentations centered around the theme "Above and Beyond."

All of the talks and performances were live-streamed, welcoming audiences from around the world.

Among the Stanford faculty who gave TED-style, 18-minute talks during the day-long event were humanities scholars who shared their passion for subjects ranging from music and computers to race relations and the military.

Ge Wang, assistant professor at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Accoustics (CCRMA), offered a primer on computer music. Wang's research focuses on how the intersection of computer science and music contributes to human expression and connections between people.

Assistant Professor of History Allyson Hobbs, whose research focuses on African American social and cultural history, spoke about the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Stanford professor emeritus of history David Kennedy addressed the relationship between civilian society and military forces in the United States, a subject he says was inspired by a question he has heard repeatedly: "how can it be that the army is at war but the nation is not?"

Each talk can be viewed from the Stanford Humanities Center multimedia page.