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Stanford scholar puts Brexit in context by reviewing history of Britain’s relationship with European continent

Stanford’s Ian Morris, an affiliate of The Europe Center, says the issues that led to Brexit, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, have come up throughout British history, since rising sea levels separated the country from the continent 8,000 years ago.

Brexit and the concerns of the people who voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union are hardly new to the larger story of Britain, says Stanford scholar Ian Morris.

Gordon H. Chang, former director of CEAS, to become senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education

Chang, who will assume his new role April 1, succeeds Sarah Church, who joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning in January 2019.

Stanford History Professor Gordon H. Chang will become the senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education on April 1.

Harry J. Elam Jr., senior vice provost for education and vice provost for undergraduate education, recently announced the appointment.

Professor Oussama Khatib, former France-Stanford grant recipient, discusses his robotics projects

Oussama Khatib is a professor of computer science at Stanford University and leads the Robotics Lab. His projects have included cooperative robots, Romeo and Juliet, and the diving robot, OceanOne. He is also interested in autonomous robots, human-friendly robotics, haptics – bringing the sense of touch to robotics – and virtual and augmented reality research.

Stanford scholar explains the history of India’s partition, its ongoing effects today

Historian Priya Satia discusses the history of the 1947 partition of India and how that is at the root of today’s continuing tensions between Pakistan and India. Satia is an affiliate of the Center for South Asia. 

A recent escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan has put a spotlight on the violent history of the two countries’ independence that Stanford scholar Priya Satia says continues to haunt the Indian subcontinent to this day.

Stanford Professor Emeritus Harold Kahn, who specialized in Chinese history, dies at 88

Harold L. Kahn, a professor emeritus who helped create a generation of leading U.S. scholars in Chinese and Japanese history, died on Dec. 11. Kahn served as the director for the Center for East Asian Studies from 1997-1998.

Harold L. “Hal” Kahn, a professor emeritus of history who taught at Stanford for over 40 years, died at his home in San Francisco on Dec. 11 of natural causes. He was 88.


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