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Cathedrals in the Wheatfields: Parables from Stanford's Founding

David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University Stanford University, B.A., 1963, History Yale University, M.A., 1964, Ph.D.,1968, American Studies James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor of History, Stanford University Yale University, B.A., 1980, History Stanford University, M.A., 1983, Ph.D., 1989, History
Leland and Jane Stanford founded their university amidst the kinetic tumult of Gilded Age America. It was a time of swashbuckling capitalist ambition, let-‘er-rip financial finagling, and epic corruption. It was also a time of accelerating immigration, the rapid peopling and development of the great American West – and the golden age of American philanthropy, when so-called Robber Barons like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Stanfords lavished their millions on building lasting institutions to serve the common weal (well before the tax code conferred any advantage for doing so). James Campbell and David Kennedy will revisit that founding moment, exploring the ways in which the circumstances of Stanford's birth might give guidance to the university in its second century and beyond.
This program is jointly presented by Stanford Historical Society and Stanford 125. RSVP requested.



Thursday, October 6, 2016. 05:00 PM


CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center


Stanford Historical Society and Stanford 125




Free. Open to the public. RSVP requested.