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April 2019

#mediaX2019 Conference: Digital Communities and the Augmented Human Experience

April 25 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

People are social by nature and they engage in many types of communal interests. No longer defined by locale or physical presence, many communities are now virtual. People interact in multiple communities, that are nested or inter-connected in complex ways. Online communities have become mainstream for business, professional education, information, interests, and pleasures. Whether physical or virtual, “community” implies both an individual perception and a collective sense of belonging, trust and mutual influence. The sense of a shared experience is…

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Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain | Exhibition Opening and Symposium of talks Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | Exhibition dates April 25th, 2019 – September 30, 2019 

April 25 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

The exhibition will feature a variety of ways in which the two porous mediums overlap in inquiries about space, both geographical and metaphorical. Artists include Zoe Leonard, Trevor Paglen, Tauba Auerbach, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Agnes Denes, John Pfahl, Ed Ruscha, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Felix Gonzalez-Torres.There will be maps in dialogue with the art, by pioneering cartographers, such as J. C. Fremont, R. Buckminster Fuller, Richard Saul Wurman, Zero per Zero, Charles Joseph Minard, Joseph Salway, F. W. von Egloffstein,…

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The Workshop on Literature & Theory in India- Neha Kamdar-Chaudhury

April 25 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Neha Kamdar-Chaudhury, a Stegner Fellow at the Creative Writing Program at Stanford and contemporary Indian fiction author, will present a reading from her first novel.

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Seishi Karashima: “Buddhism as a Cultural Bridge Between India and China”

April 25 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: With the spread of Buddhism to China and translations of Buddhist scriptures into Chinese, Indian culture and ideology began to exert an enormous influence on Chinese culture, literature, art, medicine, astronomy, and so on and further, on all the other East Asian cultures as well. My mentor, Dr. Ji Xianlin (季羡林, 1911-2009), a professor at Peking University, one of China’s best-known scholars and founder of Indology in China, once said, “If you want to explore Chinese philosophy, (or) history…

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Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

April 25 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Nancy Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art, Department of Art & Art History, and Thomas Ryckman, professor, Philosophy Department.

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The Art of Iranian Classical Music: History, Context, and Purpose

April 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, will lead a discussion/workshop on the history, context, and purpose of Iranian classical music. Parissa is known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style. She is the most prominent and influential Iranian female classical singer of the past fifty years. Parissa studied the repertoire of radif and old tasnifs with Mahmoud Karimi and Abdollah Davami, two of the most celebrated masters of Persian vocal music. She worked for Iran’s National Radio and…

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Dafna Naphtali: Audio Chandelier | Hans Tammen: Endangered Guitar

April 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This double-bill event at CCRMA Stage will include two different artists’ programs in one evening. Dafna Naphtali‘s Audio Chandelier: Gears, Outtakes, Fry is made up of individual grains of nearly static sound dispersed to 8-16 speakers and altered as granular synthesis illuminates and refracts moments in time. In each of this set of three pieces, field recordings and audio samples and live vocals are processed as one “grain” is sent to each speaker available. By manipulating the grains of sound…

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Special Film Screening with Ian Thomas Ash “-1287”

April 26 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

About the film:During deeply intimate conversations with the filmmaker after she learns she is going to die, Kazuko challenges cultural and social norms speaking candidly about her own life and death while she grapples with what it means to be honest and live happily.  As she nears the end of her life, through observations about love, money, marriage and death, Kazuko develops a deeper intimacy both with herself and the filmmaker, while inviting the viewer to deeply consider their own…

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Parissa in Concert: Recitals of the Nightingale

April 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, performs with Amir Hossein Pourjavady, Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo, and Ali Pajooheshgar. The performance includes vocals, the setar, tombak, kamancheh, and oud. (image courtesy of the Farhang Foundation)

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Kahlil Joseph in Conversation

April 26 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kahlil Joseph is the 2018-2019 Presidential Resident Artist at Stanford University. In collaboration with The Office of the Vice President for the Arts,  The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) will host a public screening and conversation with the director, including screenings of the artist’s video work: Until the Quiet Comes (music by Flying Lotus), Wildcat and Process (music by Sampha). Kahlil Joseph will also screen and share reflections on his newest film work, BLKNWS, which is on view at…

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At The Illusionist’s Table

April 26 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After sell-out runs around the world, At The Illusionist’s Table is coming to Stanford Live. In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours, and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately, leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

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Nitin Sawhney & Stanford Symphony Orchestra

April 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of stories and music with celebrated composer and producer Nitin Sawhney alongside the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.  Nitin Sawhney’s recent collaborations include works written for for Paul McCartney, Sting, The London Symphony Orchestra, A.R. Rahman, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Shakira, Ellie Goulding, Cirque Du Soleil, John Hurt and more—he also performs extensively all around the world. To date, he has scored over fifty films and a number of video games including Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey…

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Miles Petrie: Senior Voice Recital – NEW DATE!

April 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Miles Petrie, accompanied by pianist Steven Lightburn, performs musical theater works by Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Schönberg & Boublil, Kooman & Dimond, and Webber, as well as classical works by Schumann, Wolf, Schubert, Fauré, and Puccini. Miles will also be joined by guest performers Chloe Wintersteen and Cassidy McCleary.  Note: This event was rescheduled from Saturday, April 27.

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Go Forth

April 26 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Go Forth draws inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a text originally intended to provide the deceased with a blueprint to the afterlife. Incorporating analog projections, chanting, and dance, the work animates a series of burial rituals. The audience enters through a photographic installation that provides an initiation into the mythological landscape of the work. The performance proposes burial not as erasure but as offering restitution that creates space for the presence of the absent, the longed for and…

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A Company of Authors

April 27 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Presentation of Books by Stanford Faculty  For the 16th consecutive year, an impressive group of Stanford writers will be discussing their recently published books. Each author will make a brief presentation and be available for conversation and book signing. This program is hosted by Peter Stansky, Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford. Drop in, or even better, indulge yourself by spending the entire afternoon in the company of these bright, entertaining, and stimulating writers. At the event, the Stanford…

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At The Illusionist’s Table

April 27 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

After sell-out runs around the world, At The Illusionist’s Table is coming to Stanford Live. In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours, and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately, leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

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Music in Motion: Kaki King, Nitin Sawhney, and The Thunderstruck Project

April 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kaki King—the first female on Rolling Stone’s “guitar god” list—is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, unique tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitars, and stunning visual performances. At Music in Motion, King will perform an excerpt from The Neck is the Bridge to the Body, featuring visual projections. Composer and producer Nitin Sawhney‘s residency at Stanford University began with Stanford Live’s October presentation of Dystopian Dream, a dance work starring Honji Wang and Sebastien Ramirez featuring music by Sawhney. A visit…

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At The Illusionist’s Table

April 27 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

After sell-out runs around the world, At The Illusionist’s Table is coming to Stanford Live. In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours, and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately, leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

April 28 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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Tiffany Jiang: Senior Flute Recital

April 28 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Senior Tiffany Jiang performs works for flute by Copland, Debussy, Fukushima, Mozart, and Schwantner with accompanist Lori Lack, piano.

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The Illusionist’s Table

April 28 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

After sell-out runs around the world, At The Illusionist’s Table is coming to Stanford Live. In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours, and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately, leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

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At The Illusionist’s Table

April 28 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

After sell-out runs around the world, At The Illusionist’s Table is coming to Stanford Live. In the Frost Amphitheater Green Room, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven will host an evening of fine dining interwoven with illusion, magic and storytelling. Candles flicker, smooth whisky pours, and the conversation stirs. This awe-inspiring experience reveals the mysterious side of human nature, and ultimately, leads to a place that suggests untold possibilities.

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Compline: An Evening Service of Song

April 28 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Compline (pronounced “komp-lin”) A reflective, contemplative 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All are welcome. Sundays, 9:00 – 9:30 pm (during the academic year with the exception of university holidays and academic breaks) in Memorial Church. Crescendo will be singing this evening.  Upcoming Compline dates May 5 Valley Presbyterian Church Choir May 12 St Bede’s Choir May 19 Early Music Singers

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Iron Road (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

April 29 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening. About the film: Iron Road (2009) 90 minutes Historian Ronald Takaki stated it bluntly: “The construction of the…

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Ester Bianchi: “Modern Buddhism and the Theravāda Model in Republican China”

April 30 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Abstract: The presence of Theravāda-inspired forms of practice within Chinese Buddhism has become increasingly visible nowadays, particularly in the field of monastic discipline and meditation. I believe that understanding this presence necessitates inquiring into the very origins and foundations of the phenomenon. The talk will try to trace the spread of the Theravāda model of Buddhism in China throughout the twentieth century, in an attempt to examine how and when this tradition, though initially identified with the label “lower vehicle”,…

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