Teens Tackle Big Topics at Summer Program

November 11, 2016

Summer at Stanford: High school students wrestle with perennial questions and make connections between art practice and other disciplines

At two of Stanford’s pre-collegiate summer programs, rising high school juniors and seniors plunge into history, literature, philosophy, art and science in small seminars led by Stanford faculty and doctoral students.

Each summer, high school students fill the halls of the Stanford Humanities Center to grapple with questions that have dogged humankind for millennia: whether ideas create social change, or if the collective good trumps individual rights, for example.

Such fundamental questions animate the Summer Humanities Institute, which welcomed 135 students this summer – up from 49 in its inaugural class in 2012 – with 30 hailing from outside the United States.

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