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January 2020

Persian Poetics

January 24 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

At the interface of Self and Other, what theories of the lyric subject are elaborated in Persian literature, both medieval and modern? What are the philosophical foundations underlying discussions of poetic practice and how do these practices in turn affect our understanding of an individual poetics? Is there a point where poetics turns into ethics? And how do we, as members of the Western academy, justify our critical practice with regard to a tradition to which we are, in essence,…

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February 2020

Carceral Imaginaries: A Panel on Arts, Race, and Incarceration

February 12 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Stanford Arts Institute for a panel discussion with leading scholars on Carceral Imaginaries: A Panel on Arts, Race, and Incarceration. The panelists will explore the intersection of criminal justice and narratives of incarceration. From the preservation of African music and dance by criminalized fugitives to contemporary representations of incarcerated youth, this panel will consider what the arts can illuminate about mass incarceration in America. Ashley Lucas is Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama and Director of the Prison Creative…

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Into the Twilight Zones: Art and Virtual/Augmented Reality in the West

February 27 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Event Speakers Jeremy Bailenson: Thomas More Storke Professor of Communications, Stanford University Elizabeth Merrit: Vice President of Strategic Foresight, Center for the Future of Museums Yelena Rachitsky: Executive Producer of Media, Oculus/Facebook Jennifer Steinkamp: VR Artist It is the intention of this symposium to explore the challenges, opportunities, and limitations that the emergence of virtual and augmented reality offers artists and museums based in the American West. This event will investigate the ways art and technology are driving how art…

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March 2020

Celia Dropkin Symposium

March 10 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Stanford’s Celia Dropkin Symposium will include a reading by Jerome Rothenberg of the Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin’s poems, along with his own original interpretive translations; a round table discussion of Dropkin’s work and its reception by three scholars, moderated by Gabriella Safran; and a recital of new songs on Dropkin poems by Jeremiah Lockwood with Jewlia Eisenberg.

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May 2020

Music and the Brain: Concert

May 1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Friday night concert launches this year’s Music and Brain Symposium, bringing together scholars, scientists, and artists across multiple disciplines to explore aspects of music as a human behavior. | Program and admission details TBA.

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Music and the Brain Symposium

May 2 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The annual Music and Brain Symposium brings together scholars, scientists, and artists across multiple disciplines to explore aspects of music as a human behavior. Speakers: Elaine Chew, Edward Large, Yakir Levin, Moshe Barr, Caroline Palmer, David Huron, Takako Fujioka, and Noah Fram  Program and admission details TBA.

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The Third Annual Stanford-Duke Philosophy & Literature Graduate Conference: In & Out of Context

May 8

In “What is New Formalism?,” a state-of-the-discipline essay published in PMLA in 2007, Marjorie Levinson retraces the decades-long debate between formalism and historicism. Her overview presents a microcosm of literary studies by showing the different methods, values, and aims that guide our ideas and practices. She cites a diverse set of ambitions in the field: to defend the literary, to sustain our sense of shared humanness, to awaken our somatic self-awareness, to stimulate our sense of wonder, to help us…

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