Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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SLE Associate Director
BioJeremy Sabol is the Associate Director of Stanford's Program in Structured Liberal Education (SLE), where he has taught as a Lecturer since 2003. Jeremy majored in physics and literature as an undergraduate, then received his Ph.D. in French. His dissertation examined the conceptual role of fiction in Descartes' physics and philosophy, as well as the impact of this use of fiction in later 17th-century French literary texts. Jeremy specializes in early modern European thought and French existentialism. Jeremy also teaches the history & ethics of design at Stanford's d.school, and he has lectured for Stanford's Master of Liberal Arts program since 2012.
BioSam Sax is a writer, performer, and educator currently serving as an ITALIC Lecturer at Stanford University. They're the author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. They're the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion with poems published in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Granta and elsewhere. Sam's received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, The Poetry Foundation, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.
COLLEGE Teaching Fellow
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI study the environmental politics of hydrocarbon extraction sites in the Americas. These sites are inherently uncertain, both socially and ecologically. My research analyzes how science and politics are applied to these uncertainties. I argue that extraction-site politics demonstrate that colonial ideals still inspire responses to fossil fuels and a number of other modern uncertainties.
BioBarna Szász is a Budapest-born filmmaker & XR storyteller. He moved to the U.S. in 2017 on a Fulbright and graduated from Stanford University’s MFA Documentary Film program in 2019.
Barna believes that important stories told well can make a great impact. This is why beyond story and dramaturgy he's also an enthusiastic explorer of forms old and new: besides documentary films, his Instagram is loaded with 35mm analog photos, and his recent works include location-based interactive AR/MR experiences, and live VR works as well as 360 documentaries. By thinking openly about form, his goal is to find emotion-driven, impactful stories and present them in a form that best suits them. Using a collaborative approach, Barna works together with communities to amplify their voices so he can best represent them, and brings on experts ranging from psychologists to historians to optimize impact and maximize accuracy.
His documentary work was acquired by PBS’s POV Shorts and the Guardian, Staff-Picked at Vimeo, and screened at DOC NYC, DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, Big Sky, Frameline, Outfest, and other festivals. His video journalism work has been viewed by more than 1M viewers and has been shared by more than 100K. As an XR creator, he has been selected for the world’s leading XR workshops and forums such as the NewImages XR Market and the European Creators’ Lab. As a CPH:LAB fellow he’s developed Kvöldvaka, a multi-sensory AR documentary that aims to redefine our relationship with nature, in the era of climate change, and If These Streets Could Talk, a location-based interactive Mixed Reality experience that corrects the historically distorted media representation of the Holocaust.
Before moving to the U.S., Barna earned a BA in Motion Picture at his country's main film school, the University of Film and Theatre Arts, Budapest. Then he worked as a video journalist and later as Head of Video at Index.hu, Hungary’s equivalent of the New York Times. As a lecturer he has taught Video Journalism at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. Currently, he lectures on XR storytelling at Stanford University.
Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioJohn Turman is a lecturer for the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) program. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy at U.C. Berkeley and completed his PhD in philosophy at Stanford University. John's current research is focused on foundational questions about the concept of knowledge, concepts of action, concepts of the mind, and how facts about a person's mind explain facts about their behavior. John is also a passionate (beginner) video game development hobbyist and a long-time music/audio production hobbyist (and has a few other irons in the fire).
Cynthia Laura Vialle-Giancotti
BioCynthia is a Lecturer for the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Program in Undergraduate Education.
Her research encompasses 17th and 18th century French literary forms, with a focus on novels, literary portraits, gendered and ageist representations.
Her dissertation titled: "Framing Portraits in 18th-Century French Novels" focuses on the portrayal of the body in French fiction of the 17th and 18th centuries. Its principal aim is to show the import of 17th century female authors in shaping 18th century descriptive practices. It also reveals the functions that descriptions of the body serve in the 18th century: instructing and guiding the reader, as well as entertaining her. Lastly, it underlines how descriptive practices offered a medium for female authors to assert their cultural primacy, against male narrative traditions.
Teaching is my greatest passion. At Stanford I have taught and TA'd classes on various subjects (French language, European History, Italian literature, German Culture, English Gothic Novels, Autobiographies and History of Revolutions) using innovative methods and assignments. My whole teaching approach is oriented toward one goal: to make students perceive the real-life impact of literary studies in particular and the humanities more in general. I am committed to rendering the study of the humanities and the apprenticeship of languages accessible to our diverse community. Having been a FLI (First Generation College) student I understand the difficulties that students from this community encounter and I am happy to support them in their learning needs.
Research Interests: the novel and novel theory, gender studies, life-writing genres, the body and issues of corporality (death, sickness, aging), supernatural genres, violence against women, history and art history.