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The Stanford Workshops on
Political and Social Issues

Students looking at the Stanford curriculum see little relation between the courses being offered and the problems of our society—urban blight and the ghetto ... outrageous influence of the military. . . pollution and destruction of the environment. . . .

And even where courses are directed to the study of particular problems, active engagement in possible solutions is rarely considered.

We are a few students who feel that the urgency of these problems warrants a more active approach, and have organized several workshops to study issues of local and national concern directly—specifically in order to consider what can be done about them.

— from the first SWOPSI catalogue,
fall 1969