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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 2021

New West: Innovating at the Intersection

May 5 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The mid-century linen postcard, recognized for its color-saturated hues and textured finish, evolved as a rare hybrid of the mediums of photography, painting, and mass printing. New West, a comprehensive publication of this popular art form, explores the evolution of the American West through these vibrant and compelling images. Join us as Wolfgang Wagener and Leslie Erganian discuss their award-winning book New West: Innovating at the Intersection, Examining the Transformation of the West to Shape a Sustainable Future. The American…

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‘Traitors’ of Justice and Graphic Ethnography

May 6 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Conflict and Post-conflict situations are often marked by the urgency and need for reconciliation. But is reconciliation always linked to justice, peaceful processes or peaceful outcomes? How is the figure of the ‘traitor’ – ‘the enemy within’ – linked to the commonly conjoined twins of justice and reconciliation? What is the role of graphic ethnography in tracing these gaps and tumultuous configurations? What intertextual, intercitational registers do graphic novels draw on? The lecture will call into question the figuration of…

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Conversations with Latin American Authors: Sayak Valencia on Gore Capitalism

May 7 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis Global Affairs, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas y SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures presents the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: Gore Capitalism May 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm PST Book: Gore Capitalism Author: Sayak Valencia, Historian, Writer, & Activist Commentator: Irmgard Emmelhainz, independent translator, writer and researcher Introductions by Cheyla Samuelson, associate professor at SJSU. Livestream: https://tinyurl.com/livestreamgc RSVP for Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/gcapitalism *This event is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s…

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A History I am Not Writing: Sexuality, Exemplarity, South Asia

May 7 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The incitement of the talk’s title, “A History I Am Not Writing,” summons a paradoxical labor for histories of sexuality in South Asia: to read the archival exemplar precisely for what it cannot hold. There is no stabilizing recuperation of historical detail on offer here, but more an exhortation to think the exemplar of sexuality as an absorbing and abundant discursive presence, reassembled through our every act of reading. Bypassing the seductive heroics of recuperative historiography, this talk proffers a…

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An Evening of Ghazals: Naseeruddin Shah in conversation with Jisha Menon

May 8 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Globally renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah will recite, translate, and discuss ghazals apposite to the current political moment in South Asia and the world. The recital will be followed by a conversation with Jisha Menon, Director of the Center for South Asia and Director of the Stanford Arts Institute, and audience Q&A. May 8, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00 PM Pacific (May 9, 2021 | 8:30 – 9:30 AM India) — Naseeruddin Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including…

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“On the Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces”: A tribute to Michel Serres by Jean-Pierre Dupuy

May 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The Department of French and Italian presents The 2021 Michel Serres Distinguished Lecture “On the Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces”A tribute to Michel Serres by Jean-Pierre Dupuy (Stanford University) At once a mathematician, a philosopher, and a poet, Michel Serres was the Blaise Pascal of the 20th century. Like Pascal, he did not conceal the dread he felt before an infinite universe where “the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.” Pascal’s quest for a center was thwarted not…

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Smart Photography: Producing Great Photos

May 27 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover the skills required for outstanding digital photos, explore the latest technologies (hardware/camera and software) to help create professional-looking photos. A great photo will add significant value to any communication project — yet getting that perfect photo can be a significant challenge. We often find ourselves searching endless photo libraries of un-useable options, spending hundreds of dollars for a high-end stock photo, or stressing about copyrights of an image found online. Imagine grabbing your smartphone or DSLR camera, stepping out…

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July 2021

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

July 28 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and also represent creativity and endurance. IMAGE: Gordon Parks (U.S.A., 1912–2006), Emerging Man, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University

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September 2021

Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

September 22 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of identity, social justice, and humanity’s changing relationship with nature. IMAGE: Ambreen Butt (Pakistan, b. 1969), Untitled, 2008. Hard ground and soft ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, and chine collé, with hand-coloring. Palmer Gross Ducommun Fund, 2011.38.5 Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm. CLOSED TUES

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