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April 2021

Translating Ulysses into Persian: A Century of Censorship

April 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Translating a work that employs inventive literary techniques is an already arduous task, however, negotiating with a system of imposed censorship makes the process of translating and publishing increasingly more intricate. In this talk, Akram Pedramnia explores the challenges of translating modernist works, like Lolita, Tender is the Night, as well as Ulysses, under a system of imposed censorship and discusses the methods she employs to evade it. Akram Pedramnia is an Iranian-Canadian author and translator. She has published three…

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Artist Talk with Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell at the SFMOMA

April 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for an online conversation with artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell, whose photographs are shown together (Floor 3, through Sep 6) as part of the series Bay Area Walls. In these commissions, both artists respond to the storefront murals and signage that have appeared in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. Alejo and Burrell will be in conversation with scholars Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and Kazumi Chin. This event is co-presented with Stanford University’s Institute for…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

April 22 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.  Featuring: Dr. Seema Yasmin reading an excerpt from her book of poetry, If God Was a Virus, and musical performances by Stanford colleagues. April 22, 2021  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 details about joining the webinar.

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary CLIMATE REFUGEES

April 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with Bechtel International Center, Palo Alto Libraries, Protect Our Planet, Stanford Film Societyand Students for a Sustainable Stanford. In celebration of Earth Day CLIMATE REFUGEES(89 minutes) Bangladesh/China/Tuvalu/USA  Director: Michael Nash Producers: Michael Nash, Justin Hogan A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more…

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CANCELED – SFJAZZ Collective with Lizz Wright: Joni Mitchell Tribute

April 22 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An octet made up of some of the top instrumentalists in jazz, the SFJAZZ Collective debuts a new lineup this year. Mixing interpretations of a major musical figure with their own compositions each season, this year they pay tribute to the genius of Joni Mitchell alongside new music by the group’s members, with a return guest visit from soulful vocalist Lizz Wright.

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The End of Official Color-blindness and the Rise of Anti-anti-racism in Latin America

April 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A few decades ago almost no Latin American countries included questions about race or ethnicity on national censuses. Today, the collection of such data is the dominant practice in the region. Most analysts of this shift have focused on the politics of recognition that pressured states to make afro-descendent and indigenous populations officially visible in statistics and social policy. In this talk, I draw attention to a different reading of this trend. The politics of recognition in Latin America is not merely a politics…

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Weintz Art Lecture Series: Denise Murrell

April 23 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Department of Art and Art History’s Weintz Art Lecture Series presents “Posing Modernity: A Retrospective View and Implications for Art History,” a lecture by Denise Murrell, Associate Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Denise Murrell will present an overview and critical framework for her 2018 Columbia University exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, and its iterations at the Musée d’Orsay Paris and at the Mémorial ACTe…

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Hands-On Mapping: The Story of a Blind Cartographer: Rumsey Map Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

April 23 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

On the event of the fifth anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center, please join us for a talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer.  Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial…

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CANCELED – The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist

April 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Stanford Live and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College have commissioned this new collaboration by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Vievee Francis, and visual artist Enrico Riley. A reflection on the murder of Eric Garner and the legacy of police brutality, the work is scored for soprano, tenor saxophone, and chamber ensemble. Performers include soprano Neema Bickersteth and Chicago jazz saxophonist Greg Ward.

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

April 25 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in an online environment with artists…

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STS Beyond the Classroom: Meet our Director Professor Paul Edwards

April 26 5:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Please join us for an informal chat with our STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, William J. Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus), University of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to ask and learn about career paths, academic research, and what STS really looks like beyond the classroom.

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Scott Silven: The Journey

April 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An extraordinary landscape.  A powerful connection. A unique moment in time.  Renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven invites you on a journey, from your home to his. Following a critically acclaimed world tour, this all-new online theatrical experience comes to you live from Silven’s home in rural Scotland. Hear a long-forgotten story, reveal the mysteries of your own mind, and unlock the secrets of Silven’s homeland through extraordinary illusions and feats of imagination.  This remarkable interactive experience explores your…

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Marcos territoriales, jurídicos e intelectuales con Johana Herrera y Kristina Lyons

April 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kristina Lyons y Johana Herrera Arango conversarán sobre los problemas territoriales, legales, socioecológicos y epistemológicos que conllevan los procesos de transición política de las últimas décadas, sobre todo después del año 2016. Ambas investigadoras nos compartirán sus experiencias en regiones distintas del país suramericano, analizando cómo interactúa el trabajo académico con el trabajo de campo. Kristina Lyons es profesora asistente de antropología y del Programa Penn en Humanidades Ambientales (PPEH) en la Universidad de Pensilvania. Su investigación actual se enfoca…

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Racial Reckonings and the Future of the Humanities

April 28 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The term “reckoning” denotes acts of calculation, estimation and debts paid. It can carry a sense of a future settlements. It also refers to “ideas, opinions and judgments” as in the phrase, “I reckon.” To what extent, and how, might we imagine a racial reckoning via new work in arts and humanities? The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions: Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago and Yale to “center” racial justice in the pursuit of…

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A Cultural Conversation: Betty Shamieh & Lou Hamou-Lhadj

April 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Betty Shamieh, a leading Arab-American playwright and a Denning Visiting Artist at Stanford, will host a conversation and interview with Lou Hamou-Lhadj, an Academy Award Nominated Writer/Director of North African heritage.  Together, they will discuss the origins of their early works, current creative projects, and how issues of race and identity inform the stories they tell. Betty Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays. Her productions include THE BLACK EYED (New York Theatre Workshop & The Magic Theatre), TERRITORIES  (EU Capital of Cuture…

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Talks with the Artists: An Interview with Enrique Chagoya

April 29 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late ’70s, and also in Europe in the late ’90s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters, Chagoya examines the recurring subject of…

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Women with a Movie Camera: Khaidu and Its Quest for Women’s Cinema

April 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the 1970s, Khaidu, the first South Korean women’s film collective, was at the forefront of a new feminist aesthetic that opposed the highly male-dominant and repressive culture of “yusin”—a term literally meaning revitalization, but de facto referring to the absolute rule of Park Chung Hee. Through experimental filmmaking, performance, and the organization of small film festivals where they could exhibit their work, Khaidu members transformed themselves from students at a prestigious women’s college with limited work options into filmmakers…

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Between Fiction and Reality: Young Adult Literature, Justice, and the Next Generation

April 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Since 2000, young adult literature has been a publishing powerhouse, popular with readers across a variety of demographics, but especially designed for the newly recognized category of personhood: the adolescent. Through narratives and characters exploring contemporary adolescence as informed by questions of diversity, race and class-based violence and the legal system, this genre engages their adolescent readers through narratives grounded in the harsh realities of today’s unjust world. Our next Humanities Center Arts + Justice Research Workshop will center these…

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Walk the Line

April 29 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Each week, Stanford Under the Stars: Movie Nights at Frost brings a selection of movies featuring actors who attended Stanford and various iconic Northern California filming locations. Opening weekend screenings highlight Reese Witherspoon who studied English literature at Stanford in the mid-1990s before leaving to pursue a career in acting. In 2017, Witherspoon returned to campus for the View from the Top speaker series hosted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Following Walk the Line, the series will screen Sing and Election. The rise of country music…

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Crime Narratives

April 30 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Friday, April 30th for the “Crime Narratives” event at the Center for the Study of the Novel. We are delighted to welcome Andrea Goulet, Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Robinson, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, and Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor and Director, Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. 

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2021 Stanford Gender, Equity, and Justice Summit

April 30 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Stanford Women’s Community Center has the pleasure of announcing:  The Gender Equity and Justice Summit which will take place on April 29-30, 2021!  After a year of uncertainty, it is the joy of the Women’s Community Center to announce that we will be featuring Actress and Activist, Dominique Jackson, alongside a panel of inspiring local activists to share their wisdom, stories, and journey to activism with the Stanford community and beyond. The Summit will take place on Zoom over…

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Spring 2021 Haydn Festival: CCRMA

April 30 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Stanford University, will present six livestreamed concerts from the Stanford Campus and the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The performances shine a spotlight on Haydn’s monumental Opus 76 string quartets — his crowning achievement for chamber music and six of the greatest quartets ever written. Each concert will be a feast for the eyes and ears, with the SLSQ performing in iconic venues on the Stanford campus. Viewers will be invited…

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April 30 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Each week, Stanford Under the Stars: Movie Nights at Frost brings a selection of movies featuring actors who attended Stanford or various Stanford and Northern California filming locations. Opening weekend screenings highlight Reese Witherspoon who studied English literature at Stanford in the mid-1990s before leaving to pursue a career in acting. In 2017, Witherspoon returned to campus for the View from the Top speaker series hosted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In addition to Sing, the series includes Witherspoon movies Walk the Line and Election.  Dapper…

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May 2021


May 1 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Each week, Stanford Under the Stars: Movie Nights at Frost brings a selection of movies featuring actors who attended Stanford or various Stanford and Northern California filming locations. Opening weekend screenings highlight Reese Witherspoon who studied English literature at Stanford in the mid-1990s before leaving to pursue a career in acting. In 2017, Witherspoon returned to campus for the View from the Top speaker series hosted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In addition to Election, the series will screen Sing and Walk the Line. Jim McAllister (Matthew…

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CANCELED – Sundays with the St. Lawrence: with pianist Inon Barnaton

May 2 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Hailed by the New Yorker “not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection,” the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its fabled partnership with Stanford. The quartet remains a cultural cornerstone of the University, directing the music department’s Chamber Music Program, concertizing at Stanford Live, hosting a popular summer seminar, and running the Emerging String Quartet Program.

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