Preference is given to early graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Course will focus on the restoration of the 1962 Cadillac DeVille project car as a design investigation. Topics include: what makes a car a classic? How does this car express luxury, and how is that different from contemporary luxury products? What does the car say about the American identity, and how has that changed over the past half-century? Every student can expect to get their hands dirty; prior automotive experience is not required but everyone is expected to be motivated to learn. Our goal is to have the... Read More
(Note: This course is open to the public upon registration with Stanford's Continuing Studies program)
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, it was a murder weapon. In the movie The Graduate, it was a symbol of youthful rebellion. In countless songs it has served as a metaphor for everything from sexuality to social status. It has shaped our cities and changed our history. It has expanded our horizons and determined our politics. It is the automobile.
In this course, we will explore the past, present, and future of the automobile, bridging the humanities, social... Read More
(Note: this class is now open to Stanford students outside of the Law School; undergraduates and graduate students can apply).
Self-driving cars and trucks are rapidly entering the mainstream. They raise key legal and policy questions, which this seminar explores through source materials (from case law to treaties), academic scholarship, and industry speakers. Topics include state and federal regulation, public and private standards, liability and insurance, privacy and security, and social norms. Because the course is intended to meaningfully advance -- rather than to merely... Read More
The car in American literature, history, and culture, provides hope and makes it possible to relocate, transcend social status, and reinvent oneself. In this class we will examine how the car allows Americans to navigate identity in new ways. Readings include: Fitzgerald, Stein, Steinbeck, Escovedo-Colton, Nabokov, Barrett, Walker, Murray, Simpson, Wolfe, Kerouac, Davis, Freeman, Gilroy, Lucasi, Hamper, Moore, and Nass.