125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Published : Monday, April 9, 2018 | 12:17 PM
On Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts an event for Alison Carpenter Davis, editor of Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University, a book that evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to students across colleges, generations, and the country.
Introducing Davis will be Joanna Hartigan, former Director of College Counseling at Flintridge Preparatory School. Davis and Hartigan met more than 35 years ago at Westlake, where they worked on a committee together when Hartigan was Dean of the Middle School and Davis was a high school senior. Hartigan believes strongly in the book’s value to current and upcoming college students, as well as their parents.
Far from being just about Stanford, this collection of handwritten and electronic correspondence covers a time in our lives when many of us leave home for the larger world, setting out to discover purpose, meaning, self—and how to do the laundry. Ultimately, this book is about being human.
Walk the Quad with Lucy, member of the Pioneer Class, who headed west to Stanford in 1891, and Laine, feisty member of the Class of 2016. Live history as Hope celebrates the end of World War l; congratulate Burnham when he makes the newspaper staff on his second try in 1923; root for Carol in 1946 as she survives a 25 minute-grilling by her law professor in front of her classmates, which include 125 men—and two other women; meet Joe and Pete in the 1960s and learn their story of friendship and searing loss; follow M.C.’s academic journey, then reflect on it with her shortly before she graduates in Economics, the very subject in which she’d struggled so much as a freshman. From desks, benches, and patches of grass across campus and the decades, these students inform, engage, challenge, and inspire us—capturing a much broader story about growing up and making our way.
A current Stanford freshman from Southern California has this to say about Letters Home: “Reading about the struggles to decide on a major in 1901 [then] hearing about a student switching from CS to Philosophy in 2015 really gives a reader perspective about the process of discovery and maturing that is a common thread… ”
A Hamilton College sophomore from Northern California adds: “I found Letters Home relatable, comforting, and fascinating. I loved seeing that my own college experience did not differ too drastically from the experiences of other students…”
Alison Carpenter Davis grew up in Los Angeles, attended the then- Westlake School for Girls, and graduated from Stanford in 1979 with degrees in Psychology and Communications. Her essays have appeared in Stanford magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, and The Des Moines Register, among others. She was formerly an editor at Outside magazine and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She believes in the power of stories to connect people across generations and the dinner table. She lives in Los Gatos, CA., with her husband. They have three grown children.
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.