Using Data Skills To Track Administration's Response To the Pandemic

Regina Ta

"In the spirit of open communication, I decided to make an attempt to track Stanford’s coronavirus response, specifically through its leadership communications. First, I assembled a 'corpus' of emails written by Provost Persis Drell or President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, all 12 of which are available for reference here. Then, experimenting with a simple text analysis (tf-idf) in Python, I gathered the top ten most significantly frequent words in each email, organized by descending frequency in the table below..." Read More

Reflection on Scholarship and Activism

Aitran Doan

"When I heard about the Scholarship and Activism for Justice seminar, I was excited. I have been away from Stanford for two years and did not feel in touch with campus activism. I also remembered my 2017-2018 school year and how important such a community could have been." Read More

March 1, 2020: STANDFOR

Our work to unify and build a broad coalition of progressive activists and organizations is only beginning. Please join us in creating a comprehensive vision of what Stanford should be and how we will realize this vision. Look out for an invitation to our Spring Town Hall, where we will discuss our values, goals, projects.  We will break into working groups to help determine our course of action going forward. And--if you like what you see, please share this newsletter.  ** Student anti-war group and arts collective join efforts to stage anti-war performance piece March 9... Read More

December 19, 2019: STANDFOR

** In this end-of-year issue, we announce a very special event you won't want to miss; tell you about important changes to the Scholarship & Activism group; and ask for a tiny donation to help support a former Stanford student-activist now running for State Senate. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On October 13, Astra Taylor will come to Stanford to introduce and screen her film, ** What is Democracy (  Afterwards, she will be joined by special guest Angela Davis for a conversation about the film, of democracy, and about the current political moment—DPL will moderate. Stay tuned for details—but mark your calendars now... Read More

November 21, 2019: STANDFOR

IMPORTANT EVENT on DECRIMINALIZATION Thursday Dec 53-5 PM EL CENTRO Three guests from Survived & Punished (S&P), a national coalition that includes survivors, organizers, victim advocates, legal advocates and attorneys, policy experts, scholars, and currently and formerly incarcerated people will speak at an important panel on . S&P organizes to de-criminalize efforts to survive domestic and sexual violence, support and free criminalized survivors, and abolish gender violence, policing, prisons, and deportations. In this panel, speakers will discuss varying routes towards de-criminalization, both from an academic and grassroots organizing perspective. After the panel, there will be information and time for letter-writing to incarcerated individuals..... Read More

November 17, 2019: STANDFOR

We, the Students for the Liberation of All People (SLAP), demand that Stanford ends their relationship with Palantir. Palantir pays the Stanford CS Department at least $24,000 a year to have access to students through its Computer Forum sponsorship. Cutting off its relationship to Palantir would have little impact on Stanford financially, yet it would be a strong message from the nation’s top CS program that Palantir needs to cancel their contracts.... Read More

October 21, 2019: STANDFOR

TWO CRITICAL ACTIONS for TUESDAY and THURSDAY Pack the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday--you need an invitation to attend.  Please use the link included.  SIGN UP NOW! On Oct. 24, the Faculty Senate will vote on the ASSU Resolution in Support of Chanel Miller and will make it clear whether or not they support and empower survivors. We are packing the room with students, faculty, staff and concerned community members so that faculty know that we support Chanel Miller and demand justice for her. The university must uphold its agreement with her and install a plaque with a quote of her choosing... Read More

October 17, 2019: STANDFOR

The ASSU (undergraduate and graduate legislative bodies) have both unanimously passed a resolution asking Stanford to create a plaque for the Chanel Miller memorial, using the words Ms. Miller has specified. The full text is below.Today we are asking each and every one of you to attend the October 24 meeting of the Faculty Senate, at which ASSU president Erica Scott will read the resolution, and Professor David Palumbo-Liu will move that the Faculty Senate endorse the ASSU recommendation..... Read More

October 7, 2019: STANDFOR

This is Truman Chen.  I am reaching out to your community to attend two workshops hosted by Dr. Mubarak Awad on Saturday, October 12. Awad, often referred to as the "Palestinian Gandhi," is a prominent Palestinian-American advocate for nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Awad was a leader of nonviolent civil disobedience during the First Intifada, was arrested by Israel many times, and was deported by the Israeli government in 1988. He was the founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in 1983, the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem, Palestine through family members, and the Washington, DC-based Nonviolence International in 1989.... Read More

October 1, 2019: STANDFOR

Right now we have gathered 361 signatures.  We need at least 500 to make a statement.  Stanford Daily will run a story on the petition if we do.  Please help.  Sign this petition if you have not already, and in any case please pass on to at least 3 people you know with any sort of a Stanford affiliation. Make Chanel Miller’s ‘Know My Name’ one of next year’sThree Books Op-Ed by ** Op-Ed(— ** September 29, 2019(**... Read More

September 28, 2019: STANDFOR

The first week of classes saw more than twenty students, staff, and faculty fill a classroom with energy, ideas, and commitment.  We are planning a set of study and work groups aimed at not only learning from and with each other, but also and essentially, acting.  Please join us. The class is named "Scholarship and Activism" and is housed in the Comparative Literature Department, and coordinated by David Palumbo-Liu... Read More

September 21, 2019: STANDFOR

On January 15, 2015, Stanford undergraduate Brock Turner attacked a woman we now know as Chanel Miller.  She was unconscious and unresponsive at the time.  Had it not been for two international graduate students who were biking by that early morning and stopped him, it is entirely likely he would have done more than he did.  As it was, he was convicted of three felonies. Stanford's response was and has been unacceptable.  One of its greatest failings is that it agreed, in writing, that a memorial grove be built at the site of the attack and that a commemorative plaque, bearing a quote from Ms. Miller's statement, be placed there.. Read More

July 22, 2019: STANDFOR

Students, Staff, and Faculty Working Together to Create Change Recently, a noose was found on campus.  Disappointed by the administration's response, several faculty have started this ** petition (  Please read it, and if you can, sign it.  It is meant only for members of the Stanford community to sign: students, staff, faculty, alumni.  We will publish this next weekend, so please do what you can now--and if possible, share it with other members of the Stanford community.  The full text is below. Read More

June 16, 2019: STANDFOR

The Faculty Senate meeting of June 13 was filled with supporters of the Stanford University Press.  Through organization and solidarity we made the case that, instead of focussing on the $1.7 million the Press was asking for a subsidy, a committee entirely independent from the Provost and based in the Senate be convened to address the issue of academic and intellectual value.  At points duringthe meeting, loud and vociferous cheers broke out.  We see this as a huge victory, and a repudiation of top-down neoliberalism.. Read More

May 30, 2019: STANDFOR

BOTH SCHOLARSHIP AND ACTIVISM ARE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT A FREE PRESS! Ever wanted to attend a Faculty Senate meeting and have the President, Provost, Deans, and even some trustees witness your presence? We need you there to help save Stanford University Press. The administration wants to close the Stanford University Press.  It feels it does not bring in enough money and that some of what it publishes "should not be published."  This is both subordinating intellectual values to market values and a violation of the principles of free inquiry and academic freedom. They have provided no evidence whatsoever to back up their claims that certain kinds of scholarship do not deserve to see the light of day. Read More

May 26, 2019: STANDFOR

On May 29, at 5 pm, Building 50 Room 52E, Professor Jennifer Freyd will give a talk on "Institutional Betrayal and Institutional Courage."Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar known for her theories of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, institutional courage, and DARVO (Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender). She researches these topics in the context of institutional behavior, sexual violence, discrimination on the basis of gender, minority status, and sexual orientation, as well as disclosures of abuse... Read More

May 22, 2019: STANDFOR

To Standfor members, you are cordially invited to this event. Please follow the link to register. Dan Ellsberg is a personal hero of mine both as an activist and for his pioneering academic work, and was a key figure in exposing the lies that perpetuated the Vietnam War. This is a great opportunity to hear his wisdom on another great issue of that time that unfortunately retains its horrific importance today... Read More

May 12, 2019: STANDFOR

Students and Faculty Blending Scholarship and Activism Join us in supporting the Garment Workers' Union Protest Against ROSS. Here's why-- "To me, scholarship has meant naming things and therefore noticing them; resisting what is presented as coherent. Not to make intelligible my own experience, but to make it unintelligible. When I was young, I spent my Saturdays at the alteration shop my mom worked at. She, like many immigrants, worked long hours. Mom would often show me off to wealthy customers, and appear humble and slow, eager to please... Read More

May 16, 2019: STANDFOR

Faculty and Students  at Stanford Mixing Scholarship andActivism Good news!The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages has awarded Prof. Palumbo-Liu a three-year grant of $6500/year to organize a Research Focal Group on Scholarship andActivism.  Please come to our planning meeting on June 5, at 5 pm in Building 50/52E. If you cannot attend, please email DP-L at with your ideas for next year.... Read More

May 12, 2019: STANDFOR

Scholarship and activism can work together to shed light on how institutions are failing their communities and how to both provide solidarity with those affected by injustice and to change how institutions respond.  On May 29th we have an important opportunity to meet and engage with one of the nation's foremost scholar-activists. The Brock Turner case at Stanford cast light on the pervasive and destructive presence of sexual harassment and sexual violence on our campus. It also revealed the many ways that Stanford has failed to act in a substantial and meaningful way with regard to this issue... Read More

May 7, 2019: STANDFOR

Please read and share widely this article ( ) that came out in The Nation today.  Written by a professor of comparative literature at UCLA, it makes a strong case that an strong academic press is necessary for a democracy.... Read More

May 5, 2019: STANDFOR

Students and Faculty Working to Bring Scholarship & Activism Together Remembering Kent State and Jackson State
On May 4, 1970, exactly 49 years ago today, four students at Kent StateUniversity in Ohio were shot to death by the National Guard. Twenty-eight guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. The investigation showed that the closest  demonstrators killed were 81 meters away from the Guard. This was not to be the only time student activists were killed... Read More

May 4, 2019: STANDFOR


On Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, from 7- 9pm at Roble Hall Theater, the Stanford Green New Deal Town Hall will bring together a diverse array of speakers, facilitators, and attendees to discuss and promote the Green New Deal, a progressive policy program that was popularized by the Sunrise Movement ( and then introduced for considering as House Resolution 109... Read More

May 1, 2019: STANDFOR

Students, Faculty, and Staff Working to Bring Scholarship and Activism Together. Some think Scholarship and Activism Don't Mix. We Disagree. Join Us! Thanks to you and hundreds of other concerned individuals and groups from Stanford, the country, and indeed the world, the Provost has agreed to grant SUP the amount it requested this year.  While we are gratified by that development (which came only through activism from scholars and others), this is a face-saving and "get the press off my back" move... Read More

April 27, 2019: Help Save Stanford University Press


Recently, the Provost announced that Stanford would not be able to afford $1.7 million to help sustain Stanford University Press. Our endowment is about $27 billion.  We have the third largest endowment in theworld. Here is DP-L's opinion piece on the subject... Read More

Issue 2: April 20, 2019

Some say scholarship and activism don't mix.
We disagree.

Welcome to our second newsletter.  We are experimenting with ways people can share their scholarship and their activism.  One thing we are trying here is to have people share important texts, events, news pieces.  Below Nikolaj Ramsdal Nielsen introduces Robin DG Kelley's seminal article on "Black Study, Black Struggle... Read More

Issue 1: April 17, 2019

SOME THINK THAT ACTIVISM AND SCHOLARSHIP DON'T MIX. WE DISAGREE. We are members of the Stanford community who wish to create times and places to talk about important issues regarding--but not limited to--race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality,class, politics, culture, colonialism, violence, and peace.  The idea is to discover together ways to produce meaningful change through and in our scholarship, as well as in organized activism.... Read More