The slang name for Stanford University is the “Farm”. And of course it begot the enriched Hi-Tech entrepreneurial giant we call Silicon Valley. I missed it when it came out, but here’s Ken Auletta’s fine New Yorker piece on the relationship between the two.
Most importantly this is a superb profile of Stanford’s President, John Hennessy as he has dealt with all of the recent challenges to Higher Ed in the steroidal environment of Palo Alto. A worthwhile read.