Letters Home from Stanford
Sep 14, 2021
Alison Davis
Letters Home from Stanford

Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from the students of Stanford University and why it matters.

Los Gatos resident, author, and editor Alison Carpenter Davis will give a powerpoint presentation on her book Letters Home from Stanford, a collection of hand-written, typed, and electronic correspondence. Taken as a whole, the correspondence provides history and shows change, while still reminding us of what it means to be 18 or 19 years old, just trying to find our way. At its core, this book connects us across generations, geography, and the dinner table.

Alison Carpenter Davis, a former managing editor at Outside magazine, has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, The Independent (U.K.), the International Herald Tribune, and Stanford Magazine, among others. She also has authored the book Letters Home from Stanford. Al co-founded the Disability at Stanford Oral History Project, was recently interviewed by KCAT Public TV in Los Gatos, and is at work on a memoir. Al and her husband live in Los Gatos in a house where three kids and a dog once grew.