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 ( ," which appeared in The Boston Review.   This essay precisely addresses our core concerns.  As we move forward, we might set up Wikis for these pieces so people can add comments and ideas.  But for right now, if you would like to share an article or book that has been helpful to your thinking, please email D Palumbo-Liu at and provide a link if possible, and a short commentary.If it's a book, a graphic of its cover and some information about the author would be helpful, as well as your comments or questions about the text.

Robin Kelley wrote this essay at that moment in 2015-16 when police brutality in Ferguson, MO, made the endurance of systemic racism in the U.S. so apparent that millions took to the street to protest for a better future and less cruel present. Although three years have passed since Kelley contributed this essay to a series of pieces in the Boston Review under the header “Black Study, Black Struggle,” its call to return activism to its natural home—public spaces—provides a poignant reminder that we at Stanford must do a better job of reminding ourselves what we StandFor. After all, as Kelley reminds us, students who know how to effectively leverage their activism in a neoliberal university setting “might remake the world.”

On Weds, June 5th, at 5 pm at 50-52E, we will be holding a planning session for next year.   Besides sharing ideas, this is a very important opportunity to meet each other face to face.  Please join us!

Other events:

Talk by Andrew Ross on Palestinian stone masons and how their labor and artistry goes into making homes for Israelis, Tuesday May 7th, 5 pm, 50-51A.

Talk by H Bruce Franklin on American politics, and his activism at Stanford that resulted in his being fired from a tenured position in English.  Weds May 8th, 5 pm, Terrace Room.

Talk by Jennifer Freyd on Title IX and Institutional Betrayal, and her plans for a center for Institutional Courage.  Weds May 29th 5 pm, 50-52E.

Each of these talks is open to the public and is free.  Please help us spread the word.If you wish to subscribe, or have any questions, please email David Palumbo-Liu at palumbo-liu@stanford, and put in the subject line “Question about StandFor.”