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House Description

Address: 
684 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305
Location: 
East Campus
Complex: 
Gerhard Quad
Housing Theme Type: 
Academic
Theme Name: 
Humanities Focus
Preassignment: 
Yes

Photograph of Ng House Community members studying on the house patio.

Opening originally in the fall of 2015, the Ng House is a vibrant hub—and physical home —for humanities activity on campus. Here, students from any major who share a passion for historical, philosophical, literary, cultural and artistic dimensions of the human experience live and learn together in a beautiful space.

The Ng House hosts lectures open to all Stanford students; organizes cultural field trips; fosters student-led activities around research interests; and serves as a gathering place for those who never tire of asking timeless questions. It partners with the Humanities Center, Structured Liberal Education (SLE), Stanford Live, and departments across campus for engaging programs and events both within the residence and across the university.

The dorm houses 120 upperclassmen in singles and two-room doubles, as well as three scholars in residence. These scholars include compelling visiting speakers and faculty, as well as a Stanford graduate student and postdoctoral fellow who live in the house for the full year.

The residence also features a reading room, a music practice room, and a creative workspace.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Elaine Treharne and Andy Fryett

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Elaine and Andy came to Stanford in the Fall of 2012 from the UK, by way of Florida. They moved into the Ng House last year, with their two dogs, two cats, and two children.

Elaine is a Professor in the Department of English, the Director of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and a Fellow of STS, specializing in Medieval Literature and the History of the Book. She collects vintage handwritten ephemera: notebooks, autograph books, scrapbooks. Andy is a Director at a local business.

Andy and Elaine are both keen musicians. They also love reading, watching British television, rugby and soccer, and drinking many many many cups of tea.

They are looking forward very much to helping students make the most of their wonderful Stanford experience, and their catchword for the year is ’Community’.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

 

What is the coolest thing about your house and community?

Opening originally in the fall of 2015, Ng House is a lively central location for humanities activity on campus (broadly Art, Art History, Classics, English, History, Literatures, Languages, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and related interdisciplinary programs), and physical home to students who share a passion for any dimension of the human experience. Ng House is a beautiful space, and a wonderful communal resource both for its residents and other Stanford students.

The mission of Ng House is to provide an integrated learning and living experience, promoting a culture of informed inquiry, intellectual curiosity, and spirited debate. Ng House hosts many events, facilitates student-initiated and student-led workshops, organizes field trips, and serves as the locus for those who are interested in what it means to be human. It partners with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Stanford Humanities Center, SLE, the Stanford Lively Arts, and related Stanford departments to bring leading scholars to the residence, and to encourage vibrant humanities programming on campus.

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What qualities make a successful new Ng House staff team member? 

Ng House staff enjoy supporting and encouraging the residents in the pursuit of their passions; empowering them to participate in intellectual exchange; and to broaden their interests through stimulating conversation. Ng House staff and students appreciate the value of the arts and humanities; for, as Michelle Obama said, “they define who we are as a people. That is their power―to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common.”

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house? 

We love the idea of gathering in the central lounge to drink tea, play music, talk about a lecture, read aloud, debate politics, try out some waltz steps, or watch a BBC drama (not all at once, and seldom scheduled).

Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…

A campus without humanities at its core fails to engage wholly with artistic, moral and ethical values. Researching and reflecting upon what it means to be human—what is the essence of humanity—must be at the center of our endeavors, informing our global future even as we learn about societies and cultures of the past. Stanford has always been committed to studia humanitatis, and at Ng House this inspires our ethos and our community.

Please note that all residents of Ng House must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Active participation in student-run workshops, at least one workshop in each of two quarters. Student workshops are reading and discussion groups that meet for 90 minutes each week. They are organized and run by the residents of Ng House. Students from other dorms are welcome to attend.
  2. Attendance at a minimum of one theme event per quarter.
  3. Participation in house events, such as visiting speaker seminars and local trips.
  4. A commitment to creating a vibrant and engaged community at Ng House.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Tier Requirement

Pre-assignment to Humanities House will REQUIRE the use of a TIER TWO Housing choice.

Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment

Pre-assignment to Ng House will be considered for students who can demonstrate a love for the arts and humanities, and a desire to engage with each other and the world through humanistic inquiry.

Requirements If Assigned

  • Active participation in a student-run workshop for at least two quarters. Student workshops are reading and discussion groups that meet for 90 minutes each week. They are organized and run by the residents of Ng House. Students from other dorms are welcome to attend.
  • Attendance at a minimum of one theme event per quarter.
  • Participation in house events, such as visiting speaker seminars and local trips.
  • A commitment to creating a vibrant and engaged community at Ng House.

House Staff

Resident Assistants (RA)
: 6
Resident Computing Consultant (RCC)
: 1