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Recovering the humanities in the heart of Silicon Valley

The Zephyr Institute is a community of scholars, students, and professionals committed to gaining a fuller understanding of the human person and the common good.

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Who we are

Find out more about our mission at Stanford and in Silicon Valley

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What we do

Explore our upcoming events and programs

Upcoming Events

  • Bioethics Reading and Discussion Group
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Sep 28
    Details will be sent upon acceptance
    Sep 28, 4:00 PM PDT – Sep 29, 5:00 PM PDT
    Details will be sent upon acceptance
    A reading and discussion group for physicians and physicians-in-training, led by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
  • Ethics Reading Group - The Abolition of Man
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Oct 05
    Zephyr Institute
    Oct 05, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    A reading and discussion group on C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, led by Molly Gurdon Pinkoski
  • Tragedy Comes to America: A Seminar on 'The Godfather'
    Oct 10, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    A seminar on 'The Godfather' Films with Titus Techera (American Cinema Foundation)
  • Zephyr Philosophy Club 2022-2023
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Oct 11
    Atherton
    Oct 11, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
    Atherton, Atherton, CA, USA
    A monthly philosophy gathering for high school students, led by Dr. Molly Oshatz (Zephyr Institute)
  • The Pandemic and its Aftermath: Restoring Trust in America's Institutions
    Oct 14, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM PDT
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    A Zephyr salon with Scott W. Atlas in conversation with Aaron Kheriaty
  • Can You Still Have Fun at Stanford?
    Wed, Oct 19
    Zephyr Institute
    Oct 19, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM PDT
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    A Zephyr salon on Stanford's new social order with Ginevra Davis (Palladium Magazine)
  • 2022-2023 Undergraduate Fellowship: What is Liberal Education?
    Oct 22, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Stanford University
    This fellowship is open to undergraduate students at Stanford University. The deadline for applications to the Fall Term Fellowship is Friday, September 30th. The Fall 2022 seminar will be on October 22 and will be led by Peter Berkowitz (Hoover Institution, Stanford University).
  • Carl Schmitt's Land and Sea
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Oct 24
    Zephyr Institute
    Oct 24, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    A reading and discussion group on Carl Schmitt's "Land and Sea," led by Courtney Hodrick.
  • Republics and Revolutions (Fall 2022)
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Nov 10
    Zephyr Institute
    Nov 10, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
    Republics and Revolutions is a dinner reading group for young professionals in the Bay Area.

We are hiring!

Stanford undergraduates are invited to apply for an internship at the Zephyr Institute.

Zephyr Internship AY 2022-2023

This is a part-time position for the duration of the academic year (though quarter-long appointments are possible). Interns will be involved in the planning and execution of Zephyr’s academic programs and in campus outreach and promotions. Pay is competitive and hours total between 2 and 5 hours per week. Hours are flexible, but you should be available to assist on-site with most or all of Zephyr’s events during the academic term. Zephyr events generally take place after 5:15 pm on weekdays, and rarely on weekends.
 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply by September 26th. To apply, please write to Molly Gurdon Pinkoski (mpinkoski@zephyr.org), with a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for two references.

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Support meaningful intellectual inquiry by giving to Zephyr.
As a non-profit organization, we rely entirely on the support of donors to continue our mission. All donations are tax-deductible.