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Cardinal Conversations : July, 2011

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    Talk Back: The Stanford Prison Experiment, 40 Years Later

    In the past 24 hours, we've seen well over 200 tweets about our July/August story on the 40th anniversary of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. "The Menace Within" revisits professor emeritus Phil Zimbardo, his colleagues, and prisoners and guards four decades later. 

    We are offering Cardinal Conversations as a place for readers to comment and have discussions about the story and events from 1971. Alumni can log in and comment directly. Those without a stanfordalumni.org account can email cardinalconversations@stanfordalumni.org and we'll post your comments here.

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    Posted by Ms. Summer Moore Batte on Jul 11 2011 11:48AM | 3 comments

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    Feminist Estelle Freedman

    In 1776, Thomas Jefferson & Co. signed the Declaration of Independence, saying “all men are created equal . . . with certain unalienable rights,” which included “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Unfortunately, the document – though admirable in many ways – left out women, African Americans, and other groups. Estelle Freedman, a history professor and award-winning teacher who co-founded Stanford’s Program in Feminist Studies, talks about what she thinks about feminism, gay marriage and the importance of the famous Fourth of July treatise. Excerpts:

    Moving beyond just the Declaration, what do you consider to be other great moments of American independence?

    I’ll start with the ways the Declaration of Independence has been redefined, appropriated and expanded. I can’t help but think about Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 rewrit...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Jul 1 2011 3:53PM | 1 comments