Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors

2020-2021 Stanford Distinguished Professors


This year, we are pleased to present a special sequence of the Stanford Distinguished Professors series: Stanfords Online.  We invite our UM community and friends to join us for a series of free webinars featuring acclaimed scholars.  Registration links will be posted below as they become avaialble.


Thursday, September 24 at 7pm

"Are Decolonial Humanities Possible?"

The impact of the broad and heterogenous Black Lives Matter movement has been felt in the academy and many universities find themselves in the process of determining how to respond to it beyond predictable declarations of support. At stake is the possibility of identifying and opposing racist dynamics and antiblackness that exist, not only as part of neoliberal structural adjustments in universities, but also within the very epistemologies of the liberal arts and sciences. Facing the darker sides of the modern Western and liberal humanities, this presentation explores the extent to which a decolonial turn in the humanities is possible. 

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is also Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and faculty affiliate in the Graduate Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the same institution. He is also co-chair of the Frantz Fanon Foundation, based in Paris, France, President emeritus of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013) and served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Academy of Science of South Africa (2018-2019). His areas of expertise include Africana, Latinx, and Latin American philosophy, race and ethnic studies, decolonial thought, and theory and philosophy of religion. His publications include Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (2008), La descolonización y el giro decolonial (2011), and the co-edited books Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire (2005) and Decolonialidade e pensamento afrodiaspórico [Decoloniality and Afro-diasporic thought] (2018). He has also published numerous articles and book chapters on different dimensions of decoloniality. His work involves collaborations with extra-academic organizations such as the Blackhouse Kollective in South Africa, Lazos America Unida in New Jersey, and the Colectiva Feminista en Construcción in Puerto Rico.

View the recording here

Thursday, November 12 at 7pm

"1774: The Long Year of Revolution"

Professor Mary Beth Norton will discuss her new book, a narrative history of the “long year” of 1774, or the 16 months from December 1773 to April 1775, which historians have tended to overlook, for reasons Norton will explain. But John Adams later observed that the true revolution took place in the minds of the people before the battles at Lexington and Concord. The year 1774, Norton argues, was when that revolution occurred.

Mary Beth Norton is the author of five books and co-editor of several others. Her textbook, A People and a Nation, a survey of U.S. history written with five other authors, has been published in ten editions and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Norton is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor Emerita of American History at Cornell University. She lives in Ithaca, NY.


Watch the recroding here!


Friday, January 29th at 4pm

The 1918 "Spanish Flu" in Spain 

The 1918–1919 influenza pandemic was the most devastating epidemic in modern history.  Dr. Antoni Trilla, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at The University of Barcelona, will review some epidemiological and historical data about the 1918–1919 influenza epidemic in Spain during this virtual lecture. Trilla will discuss the progression of the influenza epidemic including its likely spread from France to Spain (perhaps as the result of the heavy railroad traffic of Spanish and Portuguese migrant workers to and from France), its devastating impact, and its characterization as the "Spanish flu," despite contrary evidence on its origins.  One hundred years later, Spain, like the rest of the world, is suffering the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some features of the current coronavirus prevention and control strategies resemble those used in 1918-1919.  History repeats itself from time to time, and Trilla argues that society has an opportunity to learn several lessons from the 1918 epidemic.

Dr. Antoni Trilla is Research Professor at ISGlobal and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Barcelona (UB).  As an expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Trilla coordinates the High Level Isolation Unit (UAAN), chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections of Catalonia, and is scientific advisor for the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).  Trilla is also Head of the Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Unit and teaches Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona-UB.  He has authored more than 250 original papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has been principal or associate investigator in 25 research projects.

Dr. Trilla completed his MD and PhD at the University of Barcelona as well as Master's degrees in Hospital and Health Services Management and Health Economics and Health Management.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  He is a member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), of the Reial Acadèmia de Medicina de Catalunya (RAMC), and of the Governing Board of the Barcelona College of Physicians (CoMB).  Previous positions include director of Quality and Clinical Safety at the Hospital Clínic, and president of the Catalan Agency for Health Quality and Assessment (AQuAS).

Register by Wednesday, January 27th here.