Bill Callahan Album Dream River Earns Critical Acclaim

A PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, Saree Kayne studies the organizational structure of the International Olympic Committee and its effect on the Olympic Games. During her free time, Saree Kayne enjoys reading Henry James novels and listening to the music of Bill Callahan.

Hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland, Bill Callahan has spent more than two decades making music and recording albums under both his name and the band name Smog. Considered one of the most influential bands among the indie folk movement of the 1990s, Smog produced classic albums such as Sewn to the Sky, The Doctor Came at Dawn, and Burning Kingdom, which feature stripped-down, understated instrumentation to accompany his trademark baritone vocals.

In 2013, Callahan released Dream River, the fourth album he recorded since dropping the Smog moniker in 2005. Hailed by music review outlets such as, which named the album one of the best of the year, Dream River features Callahan’s trademark subdued style while marking a departure from his previously melancholy themes.


Phi Beta Kappa Membership Requirements

Saree Kayne is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, where she is writing a dissertation on the relationship between the culture and the production of the Olympics. While studying at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, Saree Kayne was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

An academic honors organization, Phi Beta Kappa was established at the College of William and Mary in 1776 with the hope of encouraging liberty and freedom of thought and inquiry. The society invites all eligible academics to apply for membership. Members must meet the following requirements:

1. Members must be undergraduate students and candidates for a bachelor’s degree who have completed approximately three-quarters of their studies.

2. Members must have a good working knowledge of at least two languages.

3. Members should have completed at least one college-level course in math, statistics, or logic.

4. Members are encouraged to have a variety of courses to show breadth and depth of study.

5. Members must also possess good moral character.

To learn more or to apply for membership, visit

Department of Anthropology at Stanford: Graduate Student FAQ

graduate of the University of Chicago, Saree Kayne is a doctoral student in Stanford University’s cultural anthropology program. Prior to being admitted to Stanford for her PhD, Saree Kayne researched its graduate anthropology program carefully. Below are some commonly asked questions by prospective Stanford graduate students.

Q: How long does the average PhD program last?

A: Following the first three years of study, graduate students tend to do one to two years of fieldwork on average, and then spend time writing their dissertations. The entire process can take anywhere from five to many years, though the “average” time tends to be between seven and eight years for a degree in cultural anthropology.

Q: What are the funding options for graduate students?

A: At Stanford all admitted graduate students receive the same five year funding package for financial support, which includes a stipend and tuition costs. Stanford is exemplary in its graduate student funding and many other universities, if they offer funding at all, do not offer it uniformly for all their students. One significant benefit to being a funded graduate student is health insurance during the academic year.

Q: What is the estimated cost of living on campus at Stanford?

A: These costs vary, and depend on how much aid the student is receiving, both institutionally and personally. According to Stanford’s standard budget, total non-tuition expenses for an academic quarter (four months) are just over $9,000.