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October 2019

Digital Tools and Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences: Data Manipulation with R

October 16 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is for those who know the basics of R and would like to get started working with their research data. We will look into the tools that R provides to manipulate and explore tabular data, including reshaping, summarizing, and plotting. You will learn how to use the tidyverse package, in particular dplyr, tidyr, and ggplot. Prerequisites: Introduction to R or basic R skills. Please come with R and RStudio installed. https://cengel.github.io/R-data-wrangling/ Registration is free and opens two weeks…

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Jaddoland: film screening and Q&A

October 16 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JADDOLAND explores the meaning of home and the search for belonging across generations. When the filmmaker returns to her hometown in the Texas panhandle to visit her mother, an artist from Iraq, she turns her lens on her mother’s increasingly isolated life, as well as the beauty and solace that emerge through her creative process. Soon, the filmmaker’s charismatic grandfather arrives from Iraq, prompting the filmmaker on a deeper search to understand her own roots and connections to the places…

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“America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today” with Pamela S. Nadell

October 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Informed by the shared values of America’s founding and…

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Auditions | Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

October 16 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TAPS Winter Main Stage, Everybody, is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Branden Jacob Jenkins, directed by TAPS Artistic Director Prof. Michael Rau. This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.

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Brad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge

October 16 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Folly of Desire  Calling jazz pianist, arranger and composer Brad Mehldau eclectic is an understatement. Trained at the New School and influenced by McCoy Tyner’s piano jazz, Mehldau has done it all: he has his own trio, created art songs for Renée Fleming, riffed on show tunes, and even delved into German lieder. Join us at the Bing to experience Mehldau’s new song cycle The Folly of Desire, created with tenor Ian Bostridge. The evening’s program will also include…

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Research as Praxis: Examining the Possibilities and Constraints in Doing Ethical Academic Research

October 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing their skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Sessions will be held over lunch. Please check the website for location confirmation: haas.stanford.edu. Please RSVP here for an accurate headcount for food. This particular workshop will examine the question: What are the possibilities and constraints in doing academic research ethically? Speaker: Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D.North…

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Queer Arts Initiative: Poetry

October 17 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Want to create your own queer art piece? Come learn from Jones Lecturer in Poetry Charif Shanahan! This weekly series will delve into the work of contemporary queer poets and give students space to create their own pieces with visiting artists and opportunities for personal feedback. this is one series you won’t want to FOMO over this Fall Quarter. All are Welcome, No experience Necessary! Writing Supplies, Snacks, and Lots of Queer Validation Provided 🖤 Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter…

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Queer Arts Initiative: Poetry

October 17 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Want to create your own queer art piece? Come learn from Jones Lecturer in Poetry Charif Shanahan! This weekly series will delve into the work of contemporary queer poets and give students space to create their own pieces with visiting artists and opportunities for personal feedback. this is one series you won’t want to FOMO over this Fall Quarter. All are Welcome, No experience Necessary! Writing Supplies, Snacks, and Lots of Queer Validation Provided 🖤 Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter…

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Michael Como: “Roadways, Shrines and Spirits in Ancient Japan”

October 17 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract:Sometime near the start of the 8th century, the advent of urbanization helped spur two shifts of momentous importance for the material contexts in which the kami of the Japanese islands were worshipped. The first of these was constituted by a transformation in the material character of shrines: whereas in the 7th century shrines for kami worship were envisioned in terms of consecrated areas of natural environments, from the 8th century onwards shrines for kami worship increasingly took the form…

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Cafecito Quechua

October 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cafecito Quechua is a CLAS-sponsored student working group that brings together the Stanford and neighboring communities to learn about the Quechua language and culture. Our hope is to highlight the presence of the Quechua community in the Bay Area and to educate the Stanford community through weekly conversations and guest speakers open to all.  There will be presentations on topics such as Andean food, clothing, and music, which will appeal to both Quechua and non-Quechua speaking participants.  *All levels are…

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Ens Ekt

October 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The ENS EKT trio features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) in dialogue with the circular breathed multi-phonics and harmonic textures of David Bud (English born, Berlin-based) and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of Mad Pulse Maybe (Danish born, Berlin-based). The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation.  

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Stanford Litquake

October 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This year, the Bay Area’s annual book festival, Litquake, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Litquake began in 1999 as a day-long event and has since grown to be the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, composed of 200 events, 700 authors, and drawing over 21,000 attendees. To commemorate this special occasion, Stanford Litquake will bring to the stage five extraordinary writers currently teaching at Stanford who will read from their most recent works: Samina Ali (Madras on Rainy Days),…

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Continuing Studies Student Reading at the Stanford Bookstore

October 18 9:30 am - 11:30 am

On Friday, October 18, the Stanford Bookstore will host a reading featuring students who recently completed the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. From 9:30-11:30am, students will share 5-minute selections from the books they completed after their years studying the craft with Stanford Continuing Studies. There’s a coffee shop inside the bookstore, so come grab a cup of joe and listen to some wonderful writing from novels that are finished, but yet to hit the presses! Free and open to…

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Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life

October 18 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life The category of “desaparecid@” is increasingly expanding, not because it’s ineffective but because it has grown to characterize and describe more and more: precarious lives, invisible subjects, nonpersons, and the living dead… they all fall into this category. And it’s all happening in “the streets”, forcing those of us in academia to rethink the concept. Currently, the disappeared are no longer just those who fall under the legal category of “forced disappearance of persons”,…

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Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

October 18 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford. Reception to follow.  How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and ’60s? What are the ways that moments of discovery—Eureka!—and the persona of the chemist have been shown? How has the chemistry of film itself been understood? And when it is…

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Chucho Valdés

October 18 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jazz Batá  One of the most important exponents of Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés is spending his 70s touring the world. His father, famed pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdés, left Cuba in 1960. Father and son had little contact until shortly before Bebo’s death at age 94 in Stockholm. Valdés’ album, Jazz Batá 2, features piano and batá, an hourglass-shaped Yoruban drum, and a song called “100 years of Bebo”—a salute to Chucho’s father’s centenary this year.

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Terry Riley and Gyan Riley

October 19 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic IN C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact changed the course of 20th-century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams and in the music of rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air…

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Celebration of Mind

October 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Martin Gardner was considered one of the preeminent magicians of the 20th century, an expert on Lewis Carroll, a champion puzzler, and the creator of recreational mathematics. Every year, mathematicians, magicians, and artists gather from around the country for Celebration of Mind to play, perform, and provoke the pleasures of mathematics, perception, and illusion—all in the spirit of Gardner. The Celebration of Mind at Stanford includes an artist, a magician, and a mathematician, who will lead an aesthetically and delightfully…

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Terry Riley and Gyan Riley

October 19 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic IN C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact changed the course of 20th-century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams and in the music of rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air…

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Enrique Chagoya: Detention at the Border of Language

October 22

The Department of Art and Art History presents Detention at the Border of Language, a survey of paintings, drawings, prints, and multiples by Enrique Chagoya, on view October 22–December 6, 2019, at the Coulter Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-6 pm. I believe that everybody is an alien. I think that we all come from somewhere else. Nobody is pure ethnically. Those times are gone. Maybe there was never any purity in human…

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“And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?” Book Presentation by Lawrence Weschler

October 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Long-time New Yorker writer and noted non-fiction author Lawrence Weschler comes to the Cantor to present his most recent book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks. Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks (author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) in the early 1980s when he set out to profile the neurologist for The New Yorker. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler…

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‘A Feeling That Excrement Was Dripping from My Tongue’

October 22 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Liberal institutions, from art museums to higher education are under pressure from feminists and identity-oriented progressives to treat newly created categories of offense, umbrage and vulnerability as public health issues, to shut down injurious forms of expression. Advocates of proscription, code-making, shaming and speech regulation on the cultural left  are partnering with corporate HR departments and campus administrators to advocate job loss and penury as suitable punishments for an expanding range of offenses, especially when it comes to sexuality. Is…

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Artists on the Future: The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series

October 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Lynda Benglis and Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned international artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political questions and create dialogue between different communities in Silicon Valley and beyond. Best known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures, Lynda Benglis came to prominence at the height of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1960s. Since then, the renowned…

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Algorithms and Analytics: Connecting the Learner and the Learning

October 23 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Measuring, analyzing, and reporting data about learners, learning systems and learning programs have all contributed to understanding and optimizing learning experiences. To better accomplish learning – both personalized and at scale – many of these measurements, and the feedback they provide, are being instrumented and automated. Even with the consideration of integrative competencies such as critical thinking, decision-making and resilience in learning objectives, the algorithms driving many learning analytics are yet based primarily on objective functions that derive mainly from…

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Digital Tools and Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences: Data Manipulation with Python

October 23 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop teaches basic data manipulation with Python using the Pandas library, and will cover topics such as loading data into a Pandas DataFrame, performing basic cleaning and analysis, and visualizing relevant aspects of a dataset. Prerequisites: You should be familiar with basic Python syntax and fundamental programming concepts such as variables, functions, and control flow. If you need a refresher, check out A Byte of Python (https://python.swaroopch.com/) Registration is free and will open two weeks prior to the workshop…

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