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January 2021

Tuesday Race Talk: Investment Performance and Racial Justice

January 26 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join Professor Rick Banks in a conversation with Daryn Dodson, Managing Director, Illumen Capital, about investment performance and racial justice in the US.  How can the tools of investment and private equity be used to address racial injustice?

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Lou Henry Hoover, Stanford Class of 1898, and the Rights of Women [VIRTUAL EVENT]

January 26 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

(Pacific Standard Time) Speaker: Elena Danielson, Hoover Institution Archivist, Emerita While very aware of the obstacles she faced as a woman, Lou Henry succeeded in four careers beyond that of “First Lady”: writer, geologist, architect, and philanthropist. She adroitly used her management skills to promote and expand the Girl Scouts, a non-controversial fit as “First Lady” but with a lasting national impact on the welfare of women. Elena Danielson’s recent book, Hoover Tower at Stanford University, includes a lot of…

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January Finding and Using Maps Online Workshop

January 27 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open to the general public: on January 27, 2021, the David Rumsey Map Center is offering an online, live map-finding workshop over Zoom. We will walk participants through the different digital map resources available. We will share tips and tricks on searching and finding maps that are online with an emphasis on historical or rare maps. Please RSVP using this form. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants a day prior to the workshop.

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Black Turntable Music Culture in the 1980s, Prof Adam Banks, Stanford University

January 27 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Committed teacher. Midnight Believer. A Slow Jam in a Hip Hop world. Cerebral and silly, outgoing and a homebody. Vernacular and grounded but academic and idealistic too. Convinced that Donny Hathaway is the most compelling artist of the entire soul and funk era, and that we still don’t give Patrice Rushen enough love. He’s a crate digger, and DJ with words and ideas, and he believes that the people, voices and communities we bring with us to Stanford are every…

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Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change

January 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Ali Ansari will discuss the ideas that informed his book on political change in the Islamic Republic, the structure of the new state as it took shape under President Rafsanjani and the struggles to define it in the decades that followed, looking in particular at how both Marxian and Weberian concepts of the state and socio-economic structures can help us better understand the nature of the Islamic Republic. Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of…

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Cross-Cultural Influence in Media: Post-Partition in Pakistan and Post 9/11 in Afghanistan

January 28 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Through a matrix of star and genre study, Salma Siddique will focus on the ineradicable presence of Bombay in the film culture produced in Lahore after partition. Wazhmah Osman will expand upon her argument that the post-9/11 media boom has enabled critical dialogue and debate, providing Afghans with a semblance of democratic process. Yet at the same time the larger forces of imperialism, warlordism, and war undermine the gains made. Speaker Bios: Dr. Salma Siddique is a witting historian and…

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Transcending Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

January 28 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner, celebrated non-fiction writer, and prestigious journalist, joins the Stanford Community on January 28th to share her narrative and stories about race and inherent structural systems of racism found globally, as described in her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. For more information on this speaker please visit prhspeakers.com. This event is for the Stanford community, SUnet ID required. This event will not be recorded.

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Cafecito Quechua

January 28 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Stanford’s Cafecito Quechua promotes Andean issues and cultures, inviting members to share their experiences with and passion for the region and its cultures. Meetings take place once per week and are open to anyone who wishes to attend. We will be bringing relevant cultural topics and news of the Quechua-speaking regions to our Bay Area community, and encourage people to learn more about Andean cultures. Every week we will also be teaching the basics of Quechua language to anyone who comes…

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Caudillo Machine Culture: The Rise of Machine Culture in Rural Argentine, 19th century

January 29 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation examines two cultural narratives developed by two distinct groups (urban elite and rural folk) in Argentina during the nineteenth century. In this period, liberal elites developed an economic plan to transform agricultural practices and integrate the use of farm machinery and tools in everyday forms of crop farming and livestock raising to modernize the farming sector. Among these elites, the urban intellectuals sought more than to build an economy; they sought to build a nation-state, and hence, created…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

January 31 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CCRMA Live’s Quarantine Sessions continue! The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in…

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February 2021

Sharon Bridgforth Artist Talk

February 3 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, the National Performance Network and is a New Dramatists alumnae. Sharon has served as a dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and was co-writer and performer for Amara Tabor-Smith’s, “REVIVAL: Millennial Remembering in the Afro NOW.” She has been in residence with: Brown University’s MFA…

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Sharad Goel, MS & E, CS, Sociology and the Law School and Mutale Nkonde, Digital Civil Society Lab,

February 3 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Professor Goel, Assistant Professor of Management Science & Engineering, and by courtsesy in Computer Science, Sociology &  the Law School at Stanford University looks at public policy through the lens of computer science, bringing a computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary social issues. Some topics he has recently worked on are: policing practices, including statistical tests for discrimination; fair machine learning, including in automated speech recognition; and U.S. elections, including swing voting, polling errors, voter fraud, and political polarization.  …

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary THE PROVIDERS

February 3 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with the Stanford Medical School Medicine and the Muse, MFA Program in Documentary Film, Stanford Film Society and Santa Clara County Library District THE PROVIDERS (85 min) US Directors/Producers: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green, Jamie Meltzer, Sally Jo Fifer Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, film follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics…

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Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

February 4 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Domenico Ingenito discusses his new book Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry (Brill, December 2020). The book explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Sa’di Shirazi (d. 1282 CE), one of the most revered masters of classical Persian literature. Relying on a variety of sources, including unstudied manuscripts, Professor Ingenito presents the so-called “inimitable smoothness” of Sa’di’s lyric style as a serene yet multifaceted window into the uncanny…

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March to March: Bearing Witness to Injustice via Comic Art

February 4 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This panel will feature comics scholar Dr. Hillary Chute, Stanford legal scholar Richard Ford, and National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times Best Selling co-author (with John Lewis) for their multi-award winning graphic narrative series March, Andrew Aydin. Long held as an important medium for trauma, personal narrative, and change, these panelists will discuss the import and role of visual art in the ongoing fight for justice.  Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, was raised by a single mother…

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When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

February 5 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Cantor’s newest major exhibition focuses on the subject of contemporary migration, immigration, and the displacement of peoples. Drawing inspiration from British-Somali poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art examines how the forces of migration touch us all, radically destabilizing ideas of home, place, transit, and belonging in the 21st century.  IMAGE: Reena Saini Kallat (India, b. 1973), Woven Chronicle, 2011–16. Circuit boards, speakers, electrical wires, and fittings; single‑channel audio (10:00 minutes); approximately…

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

February 8 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Shirin Neshat and Abbas Miliani, Director of Iranian Studies and Adjunct Professor at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. The conversation will be moderated by Stanford’s interim Senior Associate Vice President for the Arts, Matthew Tiews.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political issues…

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Second Sunday at Home

February 14 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

The Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection offer family-friendly art activities every Second Sunday of the month! Join our Zoom session with hands-on art activities, interactive Q & A, art stories and more. Check back closer to the event for more information on the theme of the month and the activity guide. https://museum.stanford.edu/museums-home#SecondSunday You can register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-sunday-family-art-making-tickets-125549218091 The session will also be streamed via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cantorarts). You can watch past editions of Second…

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Justice as Art, as Artifice and as Advertising Billboard

February 17 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This talk explores, in a preliminary manner, how the ‘normal’ art and artifice of delivering justice and accepting what is delivered as justice in a highly unequal society, changes under authoritarian regimes. What happens when justice assumes the form of an advertisement for the ruling regime? Drawing on recent acts of omission and commission by the Indian Supreme Court, Nandini Sundar will look at what is being advertised, who is advertising, and who is being persuaded. When the law acts…

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Jumatatu Poe Artist Talk

February 17 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jumatatu Poe is a dance/performance-based artist, educator, organizer, and voyager based in Philadelphia. Their early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where their Pan-Africanist parents studied and worked, but formal dance training did not start until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. Their work continues to be influenced by various sources, including foundations in those living rooms and parties, early technical training in contemporary African dance, continued study…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

February 18 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times. Join us! Stuck@Home Concert February 18, 2021  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fY69HZDmRYeAxHbmJxTLGw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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All This Rising: The Humanities in the Next Ten Years

February 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Phenomenology of Distance in Early Modern Hispanic Geopolitics Lecture by Ricardo Padrón Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia  Our understanding of early modern history is mediated by maps that have little to do with the way space and distance was lived and conceived during the period. During the long sixteenth century, bounded territories mattered less than routes and distances, measured in terms of the time and effort it took to traverse them. This point is crucial to understanding,…

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Conversations with Latin American Authors Series: The Art of Memory (Stefano Varese)

February 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis Global Studies, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas y SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures presents the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm PSTAuthor Stefano Varese, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis will discuss his new book The Art of Memory: An Ethnographer’s Journey with comments by Charles R. Hale, Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/svareseLivestream link: https://tinyurl.com/livestreamVarese  *These events are partially funded by…

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March 2021

Be Steadwell Artist Talk

March 10 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be Steadwell is a musician, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC.  In their live performances, Be utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.  Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming LGBTQ content.  Be’s goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and generally marginalized weirdos feel seen and loved. With a BA from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University​, Be’s love for music expands into filmmaking​. …

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Second Sunday at Home

March 14 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

The Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection offer family-friendly art activities every Second Sunday of the month! Join our Zoom session with hands-on art activities, interactive Q & A, art stories and more. Check back closer to the event for more information on the theme of the month and the activity guide. https://museum.stanford.edu/museums-home#SecondSunday You can register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-sunday-family-art-making-tickets-125549218091 The session will also be streamed via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cantorarts. You can watch past editions of Second…

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