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2017 SGSI Course Overview

Adventures in Design Thinking participants experientially explore design thinking methodology.

VPGE 2015

Explore. Experiment. Expand.

Adventures in Design Thinking: A d.school Experience

  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD, adjunct professor and co-director of the University Innovation Fellows program, d.school

  • Colleagues from the d.school and across campus

This immersive workshop will lead students in the experiential exploration of design thinking, a methodology for creative and human-centered problem solving that will prepare them to lead innovation in teams at Stanford and in their careers. Along the way, they will discover different factors that stimulate and inhibit creativity and innovation in individuals, teams, and organizations.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline who have not previously taken a quarter-long d.school course, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows.


Designing the Professional: Addressing the question, "Once I get my degree, how do I get a life?"

  • Kathy Davies, MS Design, Managing Director, Life Design Lab

  • Co-Instructors: Gabrielle Santa-Donato, lecturer and senior fellow, Life Design Lab; John Armstrong, lecturer and fellow, Life Design Lab; Emily Tsiang, lecturer and fellow, Life Design Lab

What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful? Join us for Designing the Professional. This course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford. We'll approach these lifelong questions with a structured framework set in a seminar where you can work out your ideas in conversation with your peers.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows. If oversubscribed, preference given to doctoral students near completion of their degree.


Digital Humanities: Exploring Social and Cultural Data

  • Elaine Treharne, PhD, professor, English; director, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)

  • Brian Johnsrud, PhD, co-director, Poetic Media Lab

Digital tools and methods allow today’s students and researchers to ask humanities questions in new and exciting ways. Issues of scale, for instance, can be addressed with digital tools that allow researchers to broaden their archive from dozens to hundreds, thousands, or even millions of objects of analysis. With larger corpora or new modes of analysis, digital humanities projects in this way often unearth and challenge assumptions about form, genre, historical periods, geography, space, and media in ways that would be difficult, if not impossible, without large sets of data and tools with which to study them. In this course, you will get an overview of trends in the digital humanities, with hands-on experience and workshops to explore useful tools for transforming inquiry in the humanities and the analysis of humanistic data.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows.


Energy@Stanford&SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

  • Sally Benson, PhD, co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; director, Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP); professor, Energy Resources Engineering

  • Tom Devereaux, PhD, director, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES); professor, Photon Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; senior fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

  • Arun Majumdar, PhD, co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy; professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy)

Incoming Stanford graduate and professional school students. Jumpstart your energy education at Stanford. Build your personal energy network at Stanford and hear about current research from over 30 distinguished Stanford energy faculty and expert speakers. Develop a broad perspective on energy and meet Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs. Compete in the Energy & Carbon Market team challenge. Visit Stanford's state-of-the-art Central Energy Facility and take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This four-and-a-half-day course will allow you to meet fellow incoming graduate and professional school students who share an interest in energy, and build an interdisciplinary community across campus. An energy background is not required; students from all schools and departments are encouraged to apply.

Audience: Open to all incoming graduate students in any discipline. Because the early start of the Law School and the School of Medicine prevents new students from those schools from participating in SGSI, continuing students from these schools are welcome.


Flourishing: The Art and Science of a Life Well Lived

  • Aneel Chima, PhD, associate director, Division of Health and Human Performance; head, Wellness Education and the Flourishing Research Initiative

  • Frederic Luskin, PhD, senior consultant and lecturer, The Stanford Wellness Education Program; founder and director, The Stanford Forgiveness Project

What is human flourishing and how do we practice it in an age of hyper-complexity and ever-accelerating pace? You will engage with these questions by studying, discussing, and applying research on the psychological, emotional, and social factors that promote a life well lived. Models of integrated well-being, meditation, deep meaning-making, and social connection are distilled from fields ranging from interpersonal neurobiology and contemplative neuroscience to positive psychology and applied philosophy. A mix of lecture and guided practice is utilized to help graduate students from a range of disciplines move these ideas from concept to lived experience, thereby leading to life transformation.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows.


Improviser’s Mindset

  • Daniel Klein, Lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies; Graduate School of Business

Learn the techniques of improvisational theater and practice them with colleagues from around the University. Course topics will include Spontaneity, Narrative, and Status. Anyone interested in developing tools for individual and collaborative creativity and expanding leadership and teamwork skills is welcome. Absolutely no improvisation or acting experience is necessary.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline interested in developing tools for individual and collaborative creativity and in expanding leadership and teamwork skills.


International Negotiation & Decision-Making

  • Janet Martinez, senior lecturer, Law; director, Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program, Stanford Law School

  • Brenna Marea Powell, PhD, lecturer, Law, Stanford Law School

  • Arvid Bell, MPP, Harvard University

This course is aimed at graduate students in all disciplines to develop the analytical, practical, and interpersonal skills of negotiation, decision-making, and conflict resolution. The course integrates theory and practice: the first two days are devoted to fundamentals of negotiation and the process of collaborative decision-making; the final three days culminate in a capstone simulation experience called “The Transition.” The Transition is an intensive, multi-party negotiation simulation based on real-life peace talks in Afghanistan, providing the opportunity for students to put everything they have learned in the first half of the course into practice in a realistic, immersive environment.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline interested in the public policy decision-making processes (particularly those who have not had a chance to explore these issues extensively through their coursework), as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows.


Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search

  • Chris Golde, PhD, assistant director of Career Communities–PhDs & postdocs, BEAM, Stanford Career Education

  • Arne Bakker, PhD, associate director of Career Communities–PhDs & postdocs, BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Are you about to enter the job market for a faculty position? Get a jumpstart on preparing yourself and your application materials. This course is practical and experiential, involving practicing and editing. We will work on both written and oral parts of your job search preparation, including CVs, cover letters, research and teaching statements, and the job talk. Experts from across Stanford will present. An interdisciplinary class of peers will support you.

Audience: Open to advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars entering the faculty job market during 2017-18.


Leadership Laboratories

  • Evelyn Williams, teaching professor, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

When students graduate from Stanford, they face a world that expects them to demonstrate not only talent and knowledge, but effective communication and influence skills. Whether they have studied engineering, medicine, education, social sciences or other fields, Stanford alumni often find themselves in positions where their ability to navigate change and interpersonal dynamics is just as important as their subject matter expertise and analytical skills. The Leadership Laboratories are a series of experiential simulations and modules, designed to cultivate the skills critical to navigating complex, interdependent teams and organizations. We focus on skills that help you influence outcomes, motivate others, and build productive working relationships—skills that will have a positive multiplier effect on your impact in the workplace.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline.


Local Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

  • Patrick Archie, PhD, director, Stanford Educational Farm, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

This SGSI course is designed specifically for graduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems who have not had the opportunity to explore these areas extensively through their coursework. The course takes advantage of cutting-edge work being done in the Bay Area through field trips to innovative farms engaged in transforming local food systems. We will examine the challenges and opportunities in food and farming systems in conversation with thought leaders in the field and through direct experience on local farms. You will be encouraged to connect with and learn from each other across disciplines through their shared interest in food and agriculture.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems who have not had the opportunity to explore these areas extensively through their coursework or life experience.


Race, Diversity, and Democracy

  • Tomás Jiménez, PhD, associate professor, Sociology; director, Undergraduate Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)

More than 50 years after the zenith of the Civil Rights Movement, debates about the role of race in American democracy are as prevalent as ever. Whether it is the police shootings of unarmed black men, politicians barking about what to do about immigration, the perceived security threats posed by some immigrant groups, or the climate on college and university campuses, race has proven a durable organizing principle in American life. This one-week intensive class goes behind the headlines to understand what race is and how it operates in multiple facets of life. Each day you will engage with the world’s leading scholars of race about what is arguably the greatest challenge to American democracy. The course will ask you to “get proximate” with the issues by incorporating relevant field trips that bring to life the academic work presented by guest speakers.

Audience: Open to all graduate students in any discipline, as well as postdoctoral fellows, if space allows.


Stanford Ignite

Stanford Ignite is a four-week certificate program run by the Graduate School of Business that teaches innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. You will learn core business skills and experience working on a team to develop a business plan around a new product or service for an existing organization or a new venture. It is designed for non-business students. The cost of participating in Stanford Ignite is heavily subsidized for Stanford graduate students and postdocs, but a fee to such participants is still charged, given the intensive nature of the program. Apply immediately, since admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

(NOTE: Stanford Ignite is run by the Graduate School of Business; its $500 fee for Stanford students is highly subsidized by the VPGE Office. The application deadline is in early March annually.  The program fills quickly. Read more on the GSB website.)

 

For any additional questions, please email vpgeapplications@stanford.edu.