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Mar 6 2019

Self-nominations are currently being accepted from current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to serve on the committee that will oversee the replacement program for Cardinal Conversations. 


In 2017, the President and Provost launched a Cardinal Conversations series as a forum for thought leaders to engage in respectful and rigorous discussion of important social issues. The hope was to provide a model of how commitments to both free expression and an inclusive culture can coexist. The Forum sponsored five programs during its inaugural year with mixed success. Although many appreciated the opportunity for dialogue across difference, many also raised concerns about the topics, speakers, and governance structure of the initiative. To address these concerns, the Provost appointed a new faculty committee to reboot the series and engage students as equal partners in the effort.  Faculty committee members include Tom Gilligan (Hoover Institution), Deborah Rhode (Stanford Law School), and Claude Steele (Humanities and Sciences). 

Committee Responsibility

The committee will be responsible for choosing topics, speakers, and formats for all program events. To that end, it will solicit proposals from any Stanford affiliate including students, faculty, staff and administrators. The committee may seek partnerships with other organizations and oversee efforts to publicize events and engage the broadest possible audiences.  The committee may experiment with different formats, including those that give students greater responsibility as discussants and participants. The committee should also actively seek feedback from the community in an effort to enhance the quality and inclusiveness of events.

Student Committee Selection Process

There will be between 10 and 15 seats on the student committee.  Members will be selected by a group of students representing diverse Stanford student communities who, working with the faculty committee, will ensure that the committee includes students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Nominees must be current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing and who will remain enrolled through spring quarter 2020. 

Self-nomination materials should include a statement no longer than one page in which you describe your background, relevant experiences and interest in participation in this committee.  Materials should be sent to no later than March 18th.