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December 2020

Stanford Giving Tuesday 2020

December 1

We may be apart, but we can still be Stanford together. In a year like no other, those in the Stanford community have faced enormous challenges, like COVID-19  and an upended student experience. But we continue to work together, solve problems, and lift each other up. Save the date for Giving Tuesday on December 1, when you can join the Stanford community in helping students, faculty, health care workers, researchers, and everyone connected to Stanford working to make the world…

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600 Highwaymen: A Thousand Ways

December 2

Guided by a score of instructions, questions, prompts, and physical directives, people who have never met build a series of performances for one another. Each installment of 600 Highwaymen’s A Thousand Ways explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical. Act One: A Phone Call. (Dec 2–6, approx. 1 hour long) Act Two: A Meeting. Face-to-Face. (February 2021, subject to change) Act Three: An Assembly. All of Us Together. (Spring…

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Art Breaks with Student Guides: Ashley Song, MA Earth Systems ’21

December 2 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ashley Song, MA Earth Systems ’21, will talk about “Contemporary Art and the Natural World”, featuring artworks from the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection Register on Eventbrite to recieve the Zoom link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-breaks-with-student-guides-ashley-song-ma-earth-systems-21-tickets-130065297807

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Conversations with Latin American Authors: Lina Britto

December 2 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Stanford Center for Latin American Studies, UC Davis Global Studies, and UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas presents: CONVERSATIONS WITH LATIN AMERICAN AUTHORS (a three-part series): December 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm PDT- Author Book: Marijuana Boom: The Rise and Fall of Colombia’s First Drug Paradise Author: Lina Britto, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University with commentator A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Professor of History, Western Washington University Register here for Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/authorconvo *These events are partially funded by the US Department of Education’s Title VI. 

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Book Talk: Man of My Time

December 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Set in Tehran and New York, Man of My Time is the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world.  After decades of working with ambivalence for the Iranian government, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father.  Tucked into a mint tin in Hamid’s pocket, the ashes propel him into an excavation of a lifetime of betrayals,…

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An Interdisciplinary Evening of History, Art and Math

December 3 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ian Hodder (Stanford/ Anthropology) on “What we learn from studying Çatalhöyük, one of the world’s earliest societies” Miriam Dym (Visual Artist & Systems Thinker) on her visual art based on infinitely variable and interactive pattern systems Vijaya Nagarajan (Univ. of San Francisco/ Theology and Religious Studies) on “Embedded Mathematics in Southern India’s Ritual Art of the Kolam” Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com  Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at Cambridge University where he obtained…

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Discussion of the film, “Walk with Me” by Professor Paul Harrison

December 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Prior to the film discussion: Please watch “Walk with Me,” a film directed by Marc J Francis and Max Pugh, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, from the comfort of your home. The film, starring Thich Nhat Hanh and Benedict Cumberbatch, takes us deep inside a Zen Buddhist community which practices the art of mindfulness in rural France and on the road in the United States.  The film is available for viewing through the following platforms: Documentary Mania:http://www.documentarymania.com/player.php?title=Walk%20with%20Me Kanopy with your public…

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Mapping the Heavens: Celestial Cartography from Ancient to Modern Times

December 4 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

In this online talk, Nick Kanas will explore the evolution of celestial cartography. People have observed the night sky since antiquity in an effort to predict celestial events and understand their place in the universe. Many cultures organized the stars into heavenly patterns that reflected issues important to them. In ancient Greece, the stars were placed in constellations that were viewed as allegorical representations of classical Greek heroes, heroines, and monsters. These images formed the backbone of the cosmological and…

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CANCELED – ‘Tis the Season with Cameron Carpenter

December 4 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind virtuoso returns to Bing Concert Hall with his International Touring Organ. This time he is joined by a local choir for a program of holiday music drawn from many corners of the choral and organ repertoire, both familiar and surprising. Carpenter’s jaw-dropping talents come together with holiday warmth and singers from our community in this special program.

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

December 4 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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CANCELED – Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

December 6 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite down-to-earth explainer of all types of music returns to Stanford Live for three performances. In the first part of each performance, Kapilow illustrates key points of the music and its creators. Then, the full piece is performed. To top off the experience, Kapilow and the musicians take part in a lively and in-depth Q&A with the audience. In this presentation, Kapilow dives into beloved Christmas songs—“White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow”—all written by Jewish composers.

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Talks with the Artists: An Interview with Xiaoze Xie

December 8 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Talks with the Artists: An Interview with Xiaoze Xie Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm PDT (live captioning provided) Join us for our next interview in the Talks with the Artists series where we speak with artists that have contributed to the SRWC art collection. Xiaoze Xie received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. His work has been internationally exhibited at venues such…

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The Digital Dilemma in the Time of COVID

December 8 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

This is episode 11 in the CASBS series Social Science for a World in Crisis. Learn more about the series here. Stanford’s Human Screenome Project is a co-sponsor of this event. Panelists: Nilam Ram (Stanford), Byron Reeves (Stanford), Abby Smith Rumsey (CASBS board of directors), Maryanne Wolf (CASBS board of directors, UCLA).Moderator: John Markoff (Stanford) Digital technologies present a dilemma. They have become indispensable for learning skills, building knowledge, working, playing, and socially connecting. The COVID pandemic has accelerated our…

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Art Breaks with Student Guides: Laurel Foster, Mechanical Engineering ’22

December 9 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Laurel Foster, Mechanical Engineering ’22, will talk about the “Mechanisms of Making”, featuring artworks from the Cantor Arts Center. Register on Eventbrite to recieve the Zoom link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-breaks-with-student-guides-laurel-foster-mechanical-engineering-22-tickets-130066525479

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Tribute to Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian

December 10 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a celebration in memory of the life and work of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). We will host some of the foremost masters of classical Iranian music who collaborated with him or were his student. Maestros Rambod Sodeif, Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, Dariush Talai, Mohammadreza Darvishi, Ali Akbar Moradi, and Ms. Fariba Davoodi will each discuss the legacy of Maestro Shajarian and perform a piece in his memory. Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program is grateful to Maestro Nazeri…

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Inside the Center: Book Talk with Niloofar Haeri

December 10 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Say What Your Longing Heart DesiresWomen, Prayer & Poetry in IranFollowing the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government set out to Islamize society. Muslim piety had to be visible, in personal appearance and in action. Iranians were told to pray, fast, and attend mosques to be true Muslims. The revolution turned questions of what it means to be a true Muslim into a matter of public debate, taken up widely outside the exclusive realm of male clerics and intellectuals. Anthropologist Niloofar…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

December 10 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times. Join us! Stuck@Home Concert December 10, 2020  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fY69HZDmRYeAxHbmJxTLGw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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CANCELED – A Chanticleer Christmas

December 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Chanticleer at Memorial Church. San Francisco’s treasured men’s vocal ensemble creates a new Christmas program each year, activating the church’s gorgeous acoustics to create a feeling of community and serene beauty.

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Cultivating Healthy Self Esteem

December 11 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are often torn between –  ‘Who we aspire to be’ vs ‘who we actually are’.‘How others want to mold us’ vs ‘how we want to naturally grow’‘What makes us feel good about ourselves in the short-term’ vs ‘what makes us good in the long-term’ How can we resolve these tensions by cultivating a healthy sense of self-esteem? Discover a locus of self-worth that goes beyond our net worth. 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Mantra Meditation  7:30 pm – 9:00…

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CANCELED – Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring

December 11 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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 reincarnation.

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Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

December 12 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his long time collaborators—designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray, and producers Pomegranate Arts—join together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love. In a year when so many have lost so much, Mac is here to remind us of the collective power of our chosen families. All ticketbuyers will be invited to a special…

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Second Sunday at Home

December 13 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

December Second Sunday at Home: Celebrating with Color and Pattern Explore the art of Yinka Shonibare with greeting card and book cover making activities, as featured in the upcoming exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. Join our Zoom session with hands-on art activities, interactive Q & A, art stories and more. You can register for the event here. Check back closer to the event for more information on the activity guide. You will also find…

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CANCELED – Pink Martini Holiday Spectacular

December 13 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pound for pound, no other band does what Pink Martini does. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with more than 50 of the world’s great orchestras and recorded nine albums. With the combined power of a dozen musicians, they offer a rollicking mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop. Come break in the holidays with a swingin’ good time at the Bing.

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An Interdisciplincary Evening of Astronomy, Conceptual Art and Cinema

December 17 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daniela de Paulis (Artist in Residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in the Netherlands) on her conceptual art based on space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence  (live from Europe) Janine Marchessault (Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University) on “Media, Utopias, Ecologies” (live from Canada) Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer, a trans-disciplinary artist, licensed radio operator and radio telescope operator. From…

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SJW Saturdays 3

December 19 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Stanford Jazz Workshop’s third and final SJW Saturdays event is on December 19, featuring live online presentations by SJW faculty members Valerie Troutt (Black Women in Jazz), JJ Kirkpatrick (The New Orleans Jazz Trumpet Family Tree), and Jim Nadel (Backstage with Jim Nadel). You’ll love these engaging and informative webcasts, and you also get all-weekend access to pre-recorded video lectures, lessons, panel discussions, and more.

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