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ESP Biography



GAURAB BANERJEE, Lifelong learner




Major: CS

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a sophomore majoring in CS and studying a little bit of everything.

I'm excited to teach at Splash 2019 and all of my classes are meant to be fun and laid back to provide a break from all the intense work you do at school. Hopefully, you'll be able to walk away with some skills or thoughts that many of us don't get until we come to Stanford!



Past Classes

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L6944: Waltz for Beginners in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Formals? Prom?? Do you want to learn how to dazzle a room with your dancing? Were you ever curious what it meant to feel like you were dancing on clouds? Have you ever wished you could waltz like Mia and Sebastian in La La Land? Well now is your chance to learn how to waltz! We'll start from the very basic steps, learn about what it means to be a great dance partner, and by the end have you dancing like stars. You'll learn tips and tricks that will come in handy both on the dance floor and in everyday life. This class is inspired by one of the most popular classes in the University! Notes: Absolutely no experience required in any kind of dance or music! Social dance is all about having fun and learning together. We rotate partners rapidly in class. Here’s an example from this year’s Stanford Viennese Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHdLiit0ZAU


L6947: Street Swing for Beginners in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Prom coming up? Ever hear a ~bop~ and wish you knew how to dance to it with some style and a partner in your arms? We will learn a dance known as Street Swing (aka Bugg aka 4-count Hustle) because it’s a grassroots American dance, meaning it’s super easy to pick up. If you can take 4 steps, you can dance it! We'll start from the very basic steps, pick up a bunch of really smooth moves, learn about what it means to be a great dance partner, and by the end have you dancing like stars. You'll learn tips and tricks that will come in handy both on the dance floor and in everyday life. This class is inspired by one of the most popular classes in the University! Notes: Absolutely no experience required in any kind of dance or music! Social dance is all about having fun and learning together. We rotate partners rapidly in class. Here’s an example from this year's Viennese Ball (we will be doing a dance similar to this, but easier that works with a lot of popular music like Shut Up and Dance): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOQx7VkStNE


L6949: Wander and Ponder: Asking Questions That Matter in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
The purpose of this class is not to teach you anything. It’s to create space to explore more deeply a couple of the listed topics (see below) and for you to get to know a few of your peers better. We will enjoy the beautiful outdoors and take a walk to a campus location of the group’s choosing such as the beautiful McMurtry terrace or Hoover pavilion or the Oval and have a discussion throughout our time together. Everyone is welcome, though this is truly a class where you get out of it what you put in. Ideally, the group will be comprised of people who are willing to share their thoughts and truly listen to each other. We are not looking for heated debate; rather, we are seeking expansion of understanding and inspiration to ask questions we didn’t know we had before. Note: If it is raining we will hold class inside. Many of these questions come from discussions I’ve had in the Stanford community. Please come to the class prepared with a couple of thoughts or ideas in response to some of the questions below. Potential Topics: Public Service: Why do we do service? How should we reconcile intentions in terms of outcomes? Themes- privilege, savior complex, intentionality, reflection, etc. Ethics of Big Tech: How do we reconcile the idea of CS and Social Good? Why do we consider societal benefit and high income to be goals on opposite sides of a spectrum? In what ways, if any, can/should we balance the good brought about by tech companies as opposed to the bad? Themes- AI, jobs, biases, wealth inequality, educational inequities, etc.