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Shirtless man in hat sits on grass in pastoral background of Tahiti
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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) - The Big Tree (Te raau rahi) (1891)
Video
Always Hope, There is?
By
Jaime Marroquín
Ya Zuo

Two Stanford Humanities Center Fellows for 2023–24, Marroquín and Zuo, discuss the concept of hope.

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E L Montgomery, "Black woman to Black woman offset," created by Sheena Lai
Essay
Hope, Art, and Abolition
By
Jisha Menon

Menon discusses the public art that proliferated at Stanford and in Palo Alto in response to the "Black Spring" of 2020.

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Multicolored hummingbird towers over a man
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Eugina Loli, "Scare Tactics"
Essay
So, What's the Deal with Hope?
By
Samia Errazzouki

Errazzouki reflects on her personal identity as the Muslim granddaughter of a Jewish grandfather.

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Intervention
Shakespearean Slips
By
William Flesch

Though Shakespeare may not have invented parapraxes, he certainly exploited their psychological depths long before Freud. 

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Painting of a pair of red scissors and a white chair
Book Chapter
Missing Things: State Secrets and U.S. Cold War Policy Toward Laos
By
Ma Vang

Charting incomplete U.S. archives from the Cold War made secret through redacted U.S. State documents, Vang shows how Hmong refugees tell their stories in ways that exist separately from narratives of U.S. empire and that cannot be traditionally archived. In so doing, Vang outlines a methodology for writing histories that foreground refugee epistemologies despite systematic attempts to silence those histories. 

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