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May 2019

A Musical Evening with Tagore featuring Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya

May 25 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An exclusive concert by internationally renowned singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, which will mark Stanford’s first ever Rabindra Jayanti celebrations. Each song will be prefaced in English with brief background information and accompanied with projected English subtitles.   This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited spaces entry is by invitation only, RSVP below. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. Besides being Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, winning the literature…

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

May 26 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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Production | Lighten Up! A Comedy Festival about Colorism

May 29 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Colorism affects our daily lives – how we groom ourselves, our relationship with the sun, what we buy, how we vote, and how we perceive each other. It is such an everyday, insidious oppression that has utterly absurd day-to-day effects. Simply put, it’s ripe for comedy. This 3 day festival will include two Stanford Artists performances and a performance by Peacock Rebellion. Tickets and More Information are available at our website https://lightenupcomedy.weebly.com/

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“1919-1929: Dissecting a Decade of Violence in Jewish History” with Elissa Bemporad

May 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center – CUNY. She is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. Her new book, entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms,…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary SKID ROW MARATHON

May 30 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents HUMAN DIGNITY series co-presented with Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, International Law Society, Stanford Film Society, Stanford Human Rights Law Association and Stanford Public Policy. SKID ROW MARATHON(85 min) US    Director: Mark HayesProducers: Gabriele Hayes, Doug Blush When a criminal court judge starts a running club on the Los Angeles notorious Skid Row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. SKID…

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Staging History: Relics and Lutherans in New World Festivals

May 31 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

After the European conquest and occupation of the Americas, emerging colonial societies placed great importance on public festivals. Religious feasts and political affairs became occasions for hosting elaborate festivals that often featured theatrical performances. Many of them had a particular relationship to history. Throughout the sixteenth century, playwrights and actors (conquistadors, missionaries, and Amerindians) repeatedly evoked battles set in the Old World, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Rather than reproducing these events faithfully, they re-imagined them through the lens of…

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Angles on Art, Gallery Talk: Stephanie Syjuco: I Am An . . .

May 31 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford graduate students Jennie Waldow (Art History), Emma Brush (English), and Calvin Cheung-Miaw (Modern Thought & Literature) discuss Stephanie Syjuco’s monumental banner I Am An . . . from their unique disciplinary perspectives. IMAGE: Stephanie Syjuco (U.S.A., b. 1974), I Am An . . ., 2017. Cotton fabric mounted on ceiling rack. © Stephanie Syjuco. Modern and Contemporary Art Fund, 2019.49. Installation view at the Cantor Arts Center. Photograph by Johnna Arnold.

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Redefining Happiness

May 31 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Abstract: Most of us probably don’t believe we need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it, and we often use the term to describe a range of positive emotions, including joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude. However to understand the causes and effects of happiness, and to maximize it in every moment we first need to define it. In this discussion, we will explore the inner dynamics of happiness in its different facets so that we…

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June 2019

Inside the Museum, Outside the Art World: Understanding a History of Self-Taught Art in the US

June 6 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, and Aleesa Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a conversation about self-taught and “outsider” artists in relation to the history of modern art in the United States. Together they will address issues of amateurism, formal training, and institutional systems of aesthetic judgment, inclusion, and exclusion. The conversation will focus on the life and work of Morris Hirshfield (1872-1946), a Brooklyn tailor and slipper manufacturer who is one of…

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

June 30 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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July 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

July 28 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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August 2019

Public Tour | Memorial Church

August 25 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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October 2019

From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West

October 6 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Orchestra Now, conducted by Jindong Cai  2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Transcon-tinental Railroad across the U.S. From 1862-1869 some 20,000 Chinese laborers, the vast majority of workers, built the rail line through the Sierra Nevada and across the Nevada and Utah deserts, enduring terrible extremes of winter and summer and other brutal working conditions. In commemoration, the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University and the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music…

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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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Conference on AI, People, and Society

October 28 12:00 am

Just us for HAI’s fall conference on AI, People, and Society. The symposium will feature keynote remarks from: Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn; Partner, Greylock Partners DJ Patil, Head of Technology, Devoted Health Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc. Check back later for further details and registration.

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National Geographic Live

October 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Guttenfelder “A Rare Look – North Korea and Cuba”  For more than 20 years, National Geographic photojournalist David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.

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November 2019

Minorities

November 1 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

by Company Red Virgo Minorities (少數民族)—a work by “boy wonder” choreographer Yang Zhen (楊朕)—includes a cast of actors, dancers, and a singer who hail from Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and Europe. It is the final installment of Zhen’s trilogy of works that examine society roles and class divisions in China. A coproduction of the Taipei Arts Festival and Dance Munich, Minorities explores how minority identities in China fit (or don’t fit) in the narrative of a harmonious One China.

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NASSIM

November 7 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

by Nassim Soleimanpour  From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experience. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. But will they understand each other? Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us. NASSIM follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over…

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Harlem 100

November 20 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

feat. Mwenso & the Shakes with special guests  Hosted by Michael Mwenso, whose band Michael Mwenso and the Shakes draws its inspirations from around the globe, this multimedia variety show created in collaboration with Harlem’s National Jazz Museum captures the Harlem Renaissance’s spirit, sights, and sounds. It highlights the words and music of Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters, and pays tribute to the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and other venues of…

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January 2020

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

January 22, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jason Moran & The Harlem Hellfighters  Composer and pianist Jason Moran, artistic director of the Kennedy Center Jazz program and a MacArthur fellow, presents a meditation on the life, combat service, and legacy of American musician and jazz composer James Reese Europe, who created the band of World War I’s African-American 369th regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, and helped popularize jazz throughout France.

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February 2020

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

February 7, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A chance encounter brought them together: the brilliant fiddler and blue-grass virtuoso Rhiannon Giddens, and Italian jazz piano and percussion master Francesco Turrisi. After meeting in Italy, they found they shared folk traditions reaching back to American minstrelsy and the Sicilian tarantella—and even farther, to Africa and the Middle East. Now, Giddens and Turrisi explore their cultural crossovers in this vivacious concert at the Bing.

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March 2020

Michael Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

March 4, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Israeli conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim, together with his friend, Palestinian author/scholar Edward Said, founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999 to bring Arab and Israeli musicians together as a literal example of harmony in light of the political conflicts that continue to divide the Middle East. In the orchestra’s 20th year, Daniel’s son—violinist Michael Barenboim—formed the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, a group drawn from the larger orchestra to provide a chamber group that would extend the orchestra’s reach and message around the…

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April 2020

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

April 23, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Produced by Volcano Theatre with Moveable Beast Collective and co-commissioned by Stanford Live  In 1911, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin wrote Treemonisha, the first opera about life post-slavery by a black person. Fusing classical, folk, and gospel, it bore ragtime’s syncopations. Thematically, it was ahead of its time. But nobody would risk producing a black composer’s work, and five years later Joplin was buried in a pauper’s grave and the work was thrown away. Now, reconstructed with new libretto and orchestrations…

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