The Stanford Sphere was founded in October 2017 by Ravi Veriah Jacques and Christina Egerstrom. The Sphere was envisaged as a non-doctrinaire left-wing newspaper that would diversify campus discourse. The founders understood that there existed two fundamental problems with political discourse on campus: first a claustrophobic “liberal consensus” that constrained meaningful and interesting debate; second, Stanford’s lack of a strong left-wing intellectual presence. The Sphere was designed to remedy both.
Beyond its leftist and contrarian inclinations, the Sphere is shaped by the cosmopolitan character of its writers. Half of the writers at the Sphere are international students. We believe this adds an exciting dimension to our project, and allows us to avoid the American exceptionalism which all too often constrains discourse within the U.S.
We are particularly indebted to Professor Kathryn Olivarius for advice and support, alongside Professor Joel Beinin and Professor Claybourne Carson.