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What Matters to Me and Why

What Matters to Me and Why is a presentation and discussion series featuring Stanford Faculty and Administrators addressing life questions. The purpose of What Matters to Me and Why is to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University. The presenter is encouraged to share how s/he has chosen to live her/his life, the core values s/he has adopted, and the personal choices s/he has made. We also encourage the presenter to choose any other topic that fits her/his definition of “what matters to me and why.”

Program History | Past WMMW Speakers


Wednesday, January 22, 2019

12:00-1:00 pm, CIRCLE Common Room (Old Union, 3rd floor)

Matthew Tiews is Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement at Stanford University.

Matthew Tiews is Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement at Stanford University. In this newly created position, Matthew is responsible for activating the campus community as a vital part of the vision and mission of the university. As a first priority, he is leading the process of developing a vision for the White Plaza area as a new Town Center for Stanford. 

Matthew previously worked to implement Stanford’s university-wide Arts Initiative from 2010 to 2018, first as executive director of arts programs, then as associate dean for the advancement of the arts and finally as associate vice president for the arts. As part of the Initiative, he was responsible for bringing online the new facilities in Stanford’s Arts District, particularly Bing Concert Hall and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and he developed Roble Arts Gym and other student-facing facilities across campus. He created numerous interdisciplinary programs drawing on Stanford’s research strengths, and he led a strategic capacity effort deliver a new curricular requirement in Creative Expression. 

Prior to that, Matthew served at the Stanford Humanities Center; at the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley; at the Stanford Humanities Laboratory; and as managing editor of the journal Modernism/modernity. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a doctorate from Stanford in comparative literature. He is co-editor of the multidisciplinary publication Crowds (Stanford University Press, 2007), which won the Modernist Studies Association book prize.



2019-2020 What Matters to Me and Why Schedule

Fall Quarter 2019

October 2: Jenny S. Martinez, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School

November 13: Srinija Srinivasan, Co-founder of Loove and Vice-Chair of the Stanford Board of Trustees


Winter Quarter 2020

January 22: Matthew Tiews, Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement


Spring Quarter 2020

Spring events have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions on campus.