Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford University, Stanford, California

The Rodin Statues At The Iris And B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, within the Leland Stanford Junior University, hosts a multitude of Augustine Rodin’s sculptures, including one of “The Thinkers” that he had created about thirty of.

Another of Rodin’s sculptures was that of the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.

Most of Rodin’s statues are part of a collection called “Gates of Hell” which show people is various stages of despair in the fictional version of Dante’s Inferno.

Auguste Rodin had spent 37 years creating the various sculptures for “The Gates of Hell” while in Paris.

The “Gate to hell” in the “Rodin Sculpture Garden”.

Ambassador Earl Eikenberry, Flashback 2017, Stanford University, Uncategorized

Flashback 2017: Former Ambassador Earl Eikenberry Speaks at Stanford University

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, with Erik Jensen and Mehdi Hakimi

In November 2017, I saw former Obama administration ambassador Earl Eikenberry spoke on a panel, with Erik Jensen and Mehdi Hakimi.  The topics were the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the educational development of the country after the US led war against the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden’s Al Queda in began in October 2003.  There were promising statistics, such as the increased enrollment of women in grade level schools, and colleges in that country.   In 2017, about half of the students enrolled with the law school of the American University of Afghanistan were women.

The panel discussed that there has been opposition to progress amungst traditionalists and hardliners sympathetic to conservative Islamic rule.  American University faced multiple attacks from the Taliban, due to conservative Islamic objection to the westernization of Afghani students through that institution.  Since then, the school has added additional security and barriers to prevent future attacks from the Taliban and other groups.

You can read more about the American University of Afghanistan’s recovery after the multiple Taliban attacks in August 2017 here:


Stanford University

The Main Quadrangle Of Stanford University

The mains quadrangle of Stanford University consists of the Memorial Church and the Memorial Arch.

In addition there is a student erected plaque dedicated to Stanford veterans of the Spanish American War.

In additional there are statues in Memorial Court that were built by Rodin, the creator of the “Thinker Statue” in San Francisco. The statues on campus are dedicated to the veterans of the Hundred Years’ War.

Overall, is the original and most beautiful part of Stanford University.