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February 2020

Carly Lave: Double Visions

February 18 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us for a lunchtime showcase and conversation with choreographer and American Studies, TAPS, and Honors in the Arts alum Carly Lave!Tuesday, Feb. 18, 12:00-1:30, Pigott Theater *Lunch provided* RSVPs are appreciated to apotemski@stanford.edu, by 2/14 if possible A former double major in American Studies and Dance, who received Honors in the Arts for a piece entitled “Duality,” Carly Lave ’15 has been creating boundary-crossing choreography ever since, most recently as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Germany, in work probing relationships between humanness, art, and…

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Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy

February 18 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Come hear journalist Eilene Zimmerman, author of the new book Smacked, talk about her journey exploring these issues after the death of her ex-husband, a law firm partner who died of substance abuse. Zimmerman was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, and copies of Smacked will be available for purchase. Register for the event here. 

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The Embryo Hunts in Public: Eugenics, the Atomic Bomb, and the Politics of Visibility in Japan

February 18 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

About the talk: In the mid 1960s, fetal images emerged in the limelight in film and visual culture across national boundaries, from Lennart Nilsson’s photo essay “Drama of Life Before Birth” (LIFE, April 30, 1965) to the opening roll of Wakamatsu Kōji’s exploitation classic The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) and Stanley Kubrick’s famous Star Child at the close of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Engaging in dialogue with feminist critique of those fetal images, my presentation sheds new light…

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Film Screening: Buena Vista Social Club

February 18 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As we celebrate its 20th anniversary, join us for the Buena Vista Social Club. Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American…

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CANCELED – Ocean Vuong Reading, the Stein Visiting Writer

February 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ocean Vuong Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservation required.  Photo Credit: Tom Hines Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 19 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award,…

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Louise Glück Colloquium, the Mohr Visiting Poet

February 19 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Louise Glück Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Photo by Katherine Wolkoff The Mohr Visiting Poet. Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply…

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Alexandra Hawley and Melody Holmes

February 19 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Victoria Ding, Dante Dullas, and Papa Odita-Honnah — flute students of Alexandra Hawley and Melody Holmes — perform with guitarist Kendrick Shen. Repertoire includes works of Burton, Damase, Dutilleux, Clarke, and Martin. Admission Info Free

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Crossing the Caspian:Persia and Europe, 1500-1700

February 19 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Curator Alexandria Brown-Hejazi, Ph.D. candidate in Art and Art History at Stanford, introduces the exhibition Crossing the Caspian which explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. Light refreshments will be served. Please note the time change from 5:30-7:00pm.  IMAGE: Attributed to Mu’in Musavvir (or his school) (Iran, active c. 1630–1697), Portrait of the “Pillar of the State,” the Grand Vazir Saru Taqi, before 1645. Gift of the Estate of Marion B. Pierstorff, 2005.97

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What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Tressie McMillan Cottom

February 19 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender. With tens of thousands of readers amassed over years of writing and publishing, McMillan Cottom’s columns have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington…

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A Stegner Reading with Matthew Denton-Edmundson and Claire Meuschke

February 19 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Matthew Denton-Edmundson Claire Meuschke Free and open to the public. Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Matthew Denton-Edmundson and Claire Meuschke. Matthew Denton-Edmundson earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He then managed a farm in south western Virginia. His work has appeared inRaritanandThe Hedgehog Review. Claire Meuschke grew up in the San Francisco Peninsula on what once was Ohlone land. Her debut poetry collectionUpendis forthcoming from Noemi…

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The Organ Symphonies of Louis Vierne

February 19 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Music of great drama, poetry, longing, playfulness, pathos, exuberance, and deep sorrow. The six remarkable organ symphonies of Louis Vierne (1870-1937) tower over the organ music of the late romantic era. He was, for 37 years, the organist of Notre Dame de Paris, and it is with that building that his music is so closely identified. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth, the symphonies will be performed on the Murray Harris organ in historic Stanford Memorial Church.…

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Another Look Book Club: Mary McCarthy’s “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood”

February 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“If I could not win fame by goodness, I was ready to do it by badness.” ~ Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) Join us on Wednesday, February 19, for the “Another Look” book club discussion of Mary McCarthy’s Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. In her 1957 book, the author describes living among a complicated, sometimes abusive, extended family after her her parents died during the 1918 flu epidemic. She writes with merciless wit and frankness. While appreciating the classical foundation her Catholic education…

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Stanford New Ensemble

February 19 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New works by Stanford undergraduate composers Noah Berrie, Mitchell Garmany, Joss Saltzman, Tiffany Shi, Brody Skiff, and Kevin Su will be performed by Stanford New Ensemble, Jimmy Chan, Michael Downing, Tony Gennaro, Erica Hwang, Gaby Li, Hanna Yip, and Friction Quartet (Otis Harriell, Lucia Kobza, Doug Machiz, and Kevin Rogers) with direction by Hans Kretz. Plus: Terry Riley’s In C will be performed around The Knoll.

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Roanne Kantor- What Indian Poets Imagined Latin American Literature Could Do

February 20 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“The one from which we aught to learn”: What Indian Poets Imagined Latin American Literature Could Do In 1969, the poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra wrote to his friend Adil Jussawalla “my heart’s theory–we’re part of Latin America…and their literature is the one from which we aught to learn.” While we might think of Salman Rushdie and magical realism as the primary literary articulation points between these two regions, it was Mehrotra, Jussawalla, and their earlier generation of multilingual, polymath artists who…

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Creating Equitable Learning Environments

February 20 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What makes students feel welcome and empowered to succeed in a course, and what makes them feel shut out and demoralized? Join us in this new CTL workshop to:   experience how inequality emerges in an unstructured learning environment identify teaching strategies that more equitably structure learning environments  practice making small but powerful changes in the way you speak to your students     For more information, contact Kritika Yegnashankaran at kyegnashankaran@stanford.edu

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Weintz Art Lecture Series: Rosalyn Deutsche

February 20 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History’s J. Fred Weintz and Rosemary Weintz Art Lecture Series presents “Christopher D’Arcangelo’s Elliptical Interruptions,” a lecture by Rosalyn Deutsche, professor of art history at Barnard College. In 1975, a very young artist named Christopher D’Arcangelo chained himself to the main doors of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. That same year, he staged related guerilla performances at the city’s other major art museums. These actions, occupations, or demonstration/questions, as D’Arcangelo variously called…

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Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic

February 20 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“An inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic. More than half of Iran’s citizens were not alive at the time of the 1979 Revolution. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian regime faces the paradox of any successful revolution: how to transmit the commitments of its political project to the next generation. New media ventures supported by the Islamic Republic attempt to win the…

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Brave New Faith Film Series: “Soumaya”

February 20 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

“Soumaya” is a film by Waheed Khan and Ubaydah Abu-Usayd with support from the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France/ Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). Q&A discussion will follow the screening with film director Ubaydah Abu-Usayd and representatives from the CCIF, the leading anti-Islamophobia organization in France that fought the real Soumaya’s case. 6:30 pm doors open7:00 pm film screening followed by Q&ARefreshments will be served Film Description: Soumaya is dismissed unexpectedly from her managerial position after 14 years at…

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Ezra Buchla | Alex Chechile

February 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A double bill of electronic musicians. | Program TBA.

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CANCELED – CCSRE FSS – Vision & Justice

February 21 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This Vision & Justice Project is organized around a guiding question: How has visual representation both limited and liberated our definition of American citizenship and belonging? Today, as we are awash with images through the scale of technology and live in an increasingly polarized climate in the United States—sociologists tell us that we come into close contact with those who do not share our political and religious views less and less—it is increasingly pictures: photographs, videos, films that show us…

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Meaningful Inefficiencies – Civic Design in an Age of Digital Expediency

February 21 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Public trust in the institutions that mediate civic life—from governing bodies to newsrooms—is low, and many organizations assume that greater efficiency will build trust. As a result, these organizations are quick to adopt new technologies to enhance what they do. However, efficiency, in the sense of charting a path to a goal with the least amount of friction, is not always built on a foundation of trust. Meaningful Inefficiencies is about the practices that challenge the normative applications of “smart…

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Storytelling Workshop with Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

February 21 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. He was also a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, Montana Quarterly, ESPN.com, The Yellow Medicine Review and The Atlantic. He is currently completing a story collection.

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Cognitive Literary Studies Today

February 21 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

How do cognitive sciences contribute to our understanding of narrative? Professors Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana), Haiyan Lee (Stanford), and Lisa Zunshine (Kentucky) will present the latest reserach on cognitive literary studies. The panel will take place on February 21 at 4 pm in the Terrace Room (Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460). A small reception will be held at 3:45 pm. Make sure to arrive early for refreshments and hors d’oeuvre. This event is free and open to the public. Here is…

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We Shall Overcome

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring Damien Sneed  Musical director, pianist, and multi-talented producer Damien Sneed’s concert celebration of the life, times, and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. includes a chorale and star soloists. The performance features an array of gospel, spirituals, and inspirational popular standards immortalized by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Tina Turner, and many others.

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Postponed: Rite of Spring

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yang Liping  Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping—a 2018 judge on So You Think You Can Dance: China—brings her stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Stanford. A product of her native Chinese culture intermingled with the Tibetan concept of nature and life, Liping’s Rite of Spring spins an abstract legend of the path of salvation embodied by the sacrificial peacock. Through spectacular set design and exquisite costumes, the production creates a distinctive universe where time, space, and life coexist in endless…

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