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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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The Cantor Arts Center is open Memorial Day, May 27!

May 27 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spend the day visiting special exhibitions on view, plus new works and acquisitions recently installed in our galleries. Don’t miss out on free parking available at certain lots around campus.  IMAGE: Artist unknown, U.S.A., Small United States Flag. Fabric and beads. Stanford Family Collections, JLS.17874. On view in the Stanford Family Room Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm.Always free. CLOSED TUES

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Murals of Tibet: a talk with Thomas Laird

May 30 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

On May 30, 2019 the Rumsey Map Center will host a talk titled, Murals of Tibet with photographer Thomas Laird. Hidden amidst soaring snowy mountains, deep valleys, and desolate deserts are some of the greatest treasures of Buddhist culture and Tibetan heritage. For more than a decade, photographer Thomas Laird traveled the length, breadth, and far-flung corners of Tibet’s plateau to capture the land’s spectacular Buddhist murals in all their sublime vastness, intricacy, and their spiritual, emotional, and psychological enrichment.  Schedule:…

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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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Halle O’Neal: “Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art”

May 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: My project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative vignettes pictorialize the content of the scriptures. This talk delves into the materiality of the objects and the dynamic viewing encouraged by such rich surfaces…

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CANCELED – Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

May 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, assistant curator of American art, Cantor Arts Center, and Elizabeth Kessler, lecturer, American Studies Program, and American Studies Program coordinator.

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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

Case Studies Series: Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe

June 5 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Photo: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, (detail) 2008. Chrome-plated aluminum, handblown and molded glass, electric lighting, and rigging. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London Hear an interdisciplinary public discussion about Island Universe, a monumental work inspired by the origin of the universe. Speakers for this case study include Susan Dackerman, John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center, and Andrei Linde, Professor of Physics, Stanford University. Professor Linde is one of the authors…

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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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Meet the Makers Spring 2019

June 7 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

More than 100 brilliant STUDENT MAKERS from the Product Realization Lab present their AMAZING Spring Quarter projects! Products include innovations in sports equipment, consumer goods, fine jewelry, education and health devices, agricultural tools, and MORE! Admissions Info: Free to the public

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

June 7 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. Study Hall: Celebrate the beginning of exams at the Cantor: quiet study spaces in the galleries, artmaking bar, and free coffee and donuts. 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…

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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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September 2019

The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford

September 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

When Leland Stanford Jr. died unexpectedly just before his 16th birthday, he had already established himself as a dedicated collector who showed extraordinary curiosity about the world. The museum, founded 125 years ago in conjunction with the opening of the university that bears his name, was to provide education and serve as a reminder of young Leland’s enthusiasm for collecting.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Cantor Arts Center has invited Mark Dion, known for his work on the history…

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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized…

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October 2019

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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Contemplation By Design Summit

October 29 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Free events will be offered Oct. 29 – Nov. 7, 2019 to further balance, tranquility, resilience, and creative excellence. CBD Summit participants will have the opportunity to take a break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full 2019 Summit schedule will be posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php. Registration will open on September 10, 2019. All events are FREE. Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resileince, well-being and…

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February 2020

National Geographic Live

February 26, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dr. Kara Cooney “When Women Ruled the World”  When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way…right? Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable.

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May 2020

Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?

May 6, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Music of Cole Porter   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 evening at Bing Concert Hall, Kapilow explores the songs of iconic American songwriter Cole…

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Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?

May 7, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John Adams’ Shaker Loops  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 intimate Bing Studio presentation, Kapilow dives into composer John Adams’ Shaker Loops, which will be performed by the Alexander…

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