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Message from the Director

Picture of Giovanna Ceserani
Jul 13 2021

Dear CESTA friends, 
The rhythms of summer have set in. At CESTA we continue to adjust, but now amid much more hopeful signs. Though we are still operating remotely, the campus is reviving with the presence of more than a thousand undergraduates, including hundreds of first-year students experiencing residential Stanford for the first time while enrolled for the summer quarter.

It’s a pleasure to introduce the participants in our summer programs, which are now in full swing. Please meet the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Interns, working hard on 13 projects, and our current graduate mentors, Merve Tekgürler (from History) and Annie Lamar (from Classics). We also welcome the inaugural cohort of a pilot collaboration with Foothill Community College, launched with a grant from the Office of Community Engagement. Individual CESTA projects, meanwhile, continue their work. On July 8 the Modernist Archives Publishing Project, led by Alice Staveley, will host a round table on "Transatlantic Modernist Publishing" at 8 am PST. We admire the resilience and adaptability of everyone involved, which is helping this remote summer to be as vivacious as ever.

As we look forward to seeing everyone again this fall, it seems fitting to take stock of this past year--to keep in mind what everyone has been through, to reflect on what many have lost, and to linger appreciatively on the extraordinary exertions and resilience that these past sixteen months have required. In witness of the work done thanks to CESTA’s brilliant staff and community of students and faculty, we recently put together a year in review. We hope to see you at CESTA soon.
In gratitude,

"Giovanna" -- signature of Giovanna Ceserani


Giovanna Ceserani

Associate Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, of History 
Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Faculty Scholar
Faculty Director, CESTA (Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis)