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September 2017

“Blade Runner”

September 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the Ridley Scott classic film Blade Runner as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.  

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Product Design

September 26 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Stephen Lim, Product Design. We finally have a full quarter to work on a game at Stanford, so we must make the most of that time and carefully choose what we deliver. We often get caught up with what we want to do, but it is more important to think about what we offer. What do you want to stand out for? Games are a subjective art, so it’s not easy to convince players why your game will be especially…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Zootopia (2016) Byron Howard

September 27 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A smash hit at the box office, Disney’s Zootopia returns to the classic question of the relationship between predator and prey— this time within the utopian city of Zootopia, where all species live together in harmony thanks to modern technology.  Although the plot may be simple: a country bunny goes to the big city to pair up with a wily fox and uncover a criminal conspiracy, the film’s implications for how we might think about nature and animals in urban…

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Collision Stories

September 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us as we start off the new academic year with some high volume electronics courtesy of Collision Stories, a four-piece abstract sound brigade based in San Francisco, CA. Its members are Jorge Bachmann, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones. Instruments may include analog and digital synthesizers, guitar, bass, turntables, percussion, theremin, and handmade sound machines. The four members came together after having encountered each other over a number of years, crossing paths here and there as they wove…

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Last Thursdays at the Anderson: Film Screening: Herb & Dorothy

September 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. They proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt,…

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

September 28 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane.” Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a…

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Film Screening: “Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary”

September 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Directed by Adam Soch, Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary (2015, 104 minutes) covers the extraordinary life of Iranian-born American theatrical maverick Reza Abdoh (1963-1995). Soch is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. Throughout the 1990s, he collaborated closely with Reza Abdoh on many of his most acclaimed productions, including Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice, Bogeyman, Tight Right White, and Quotations from a Ruined City. In many ways, Reza Abdoh resembles the seminal Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Both of these prodigiously talented artists reflected in…

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October 2017

Robin Sharp, violin, and Lori Lack, piano

October 1 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Music faculty violin lecturer Robin Sharp is joined by pianist Lori Lack for this recital of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Poulenc, and Schumann.

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Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition

October 3 12:00 am

Celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Stanford Art Gallery, the Department of Art & Art History presents Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition, on view October 3-December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm. Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was the last nationally recognized leader of the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  In 1917 he resigned the directorship of the San Francisco Art Institute to become head of the Stanford University Museum (today’s Cantor…

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Taking Charge of Your Education: Pathways for Humanities PhDs

October 4 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the School of Humanities & Sciences for wine and cheese and a chance to meet fellow grads in other humanities and arts departments, as well as a variety of campus leaders. Lanier Anderson (Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts) and Matthew Tiews (Associate Vice President for the Arts) will speak briefly about how you can take advantage of Stanford’s resources to plan broadly for your future. We will also distribute a guide to key professional development opportunities for…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: The Holy Mountain (1926) Arnold Fanck

October 4 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Arnold Fanck’s classic film The Holy Mountain (Der Heilige Berg) turns to the sublime force of the landscape as the backdrop for an intense, triangular love story.  Starring Leni Riefenstahl and the German Alps, this film offers a chance to discuss the ways that humans interact with and depict inhospitable environments and the implications this may have— both for Riefenstahl’s later propaganda films, and the changing roles nature plays as both a “background” and a main character in modern cinema.…

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“The Golem”

October 4 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the 1920 classic film The Golem as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival. 

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Opening Reception | Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition

October 5 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Stanford Art Gallery, the Department of Art & Art History presents Lasting Impressions of Pedro de Lemos: The Centennial Exhibition, on view October 3-December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm. Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was the last nationally recognized leader of the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  In 1917 he resigned the directorship of the San Francisco Art Institute to become head of the Stanford University Museum (today’s Cantor…

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Reiko Ohnuma: “When Animals Speak: Speaking Animals in the Pāli Jātakas”

October 5 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: The Pali Jātaka collection contains many stories that might be described as “animal fables,” featuring highly anthropomorphized animal characters who think, speak, plan, and reason, much in the manner of human beings. Their use of human language and the fact that they speak, not only to each other but also (in many cases) to the human beings they encounter, sharply distinguishes them not only from the more naturalistic animals depicted elsewhere in Buddhist literature, but also from the Buddhist doctrinal…

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Pegasus Physician Writers: The Body as Temple

October 5 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Physicians, residents and medical students read their original poetry, essays and short stories on the topic of  “The Body as Temple”

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Shahnameh and its Oral Traditions

October 5 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jalil Doostkhah is an eminent scholar of Iranian literature and culture, with an abiding interest in the country’s grand epic, Shahnameh. He has published extensively on different aspects of the country’s ancient culture and religion as well as on the textual history and meaning of Shahnameh. He will be discussing his research on some of the oral sources of Shahnameh as well as the role of the rich tradition of ritualized recitation of the text, or Naggali, in its preservation…

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Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study

October 5 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since 2012, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. He is President of the InterAcademy Partnership, a past President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a distintguished public policy adviser and advocate for science and the arts. For his contributions to science, he has received the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award…

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A Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

October 5 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is part of the Tehnology & Human Values series. Fowler is one of three authors this year, who will speak about their work in relation to ethics and science fiction.  Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the California Book Award for Fiction for 2013, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the first year the prize…

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Workforce & Learning Pathways In A Period Of Dynamic Change

October 6 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

The pipelines for highly skilled talent are global. Around the world, organizations compete aggressively to recruit the best and the brightest minds to invent a digital transformation. There is a shortage of highly skilled talent for the digital transformation. Older workers are now falling out of the workforce because they lack means to upgrade to the digital mindset and technologies. The pipeline of young STEM-savvy talent is not sufficient. Access to global talent, once a panacea for Silicon Valley and…

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Saint Michael Trio featuring Robin Sharp, violin: Delineating Dvořák

October 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Russell Hancock, Michel Flexer, and Department of Music Lecturer Robin Sharp, violin, are the Saint Michael Trio. The genius of Czech master Antonín Dvořák is explored in this “informance” utilizing slides, demonstrations, and extensive commentary. Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65, will be featured.

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Graduate Students Workshop: “Buddhist Theories of Embodiment”

October 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Graduate Students Workshop: “Foul Wombs, Lacquered Devices, and the Ancient Tampon: Reading (Critically) for Female Agency in Indian Buddhist Texts” Abstract: Scholarly literature on the female body in Indian Buddhism has focused on the extreme negativity of its representations and usually posited its bad effects on women.  Vinaya scholarship on Buddhist monasticism has emphasized its paternalism, assuming the creation and implementation of vinaya to be elite, androcentric, and rigidly hierarchical. This paper reconsiders the question of the agentive female in…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

October 8 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. OCTOBER: GET CURIOUSERActivities, workshops and performances inspired by the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser CANTOR & ANDERSON Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity…

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Thomas Schultz, piano

October 8 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz presents a solo piano recital. Program Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D.960Franz Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie, D.760Hyo-shin Na: Variations

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Design Your Social Impact Career

October 9 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to turn your interests in social impact into a job after you graduate!  Meet with leaders from over 50 social impact organizations to get first-hand insight into their career paths, their organization’s work, and their fields more broadly. Come away with strategies and contacts for your job search. While some organizations may be recruiting now or later in the year, note that this is not a jobs/recruiting fair.

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Malcolm Bilson: Piano Colloquium – NEW TIME!

October 10 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Malcolm Bilson’s presentation, “Urtexts, Old Recordings, Taste,” will examine new ideas about taste in composition and especially in performance, with particular attention to evidence from historical recordings. Mr. Bilson has been in the forefront of the period instrument movement for more than forty years. He has been a key contributor to the restoration of the early piano to the concert stage and fresh recordings of the mainstream repertory. He has toured with many of the world’s most important early instrument…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Chasing Ice (2012) Jeff Orlowski

October 11 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A timely and well-received documentary about the environmental photographer James Balog, Chasing Ice attempts to document the fleeting visions at the ends of the earth, where climate change is drastically reshaping our globe.  Narrating both the struggles of an individual artist and the struggles of the planet to sustain human life, Orlowski’s film connects planetary concerns to the individual and the audience member across breathtaking, never-before-seen depictions of an intensely sensitive landscape.

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“Robocop”

October 11 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the classic film Robocop as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival. 

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Robert Huw Morgan Organ Recital

October 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

University Organist, Robert Huw Morgan, in concert.

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FILM: Divino Inferno [Rodin and The Gates of Hell]

October 12 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Divino Inferno [Rodin and The Gates of Hell] (2017)A film by Bruno AveillanWritten by Zoé Balthus and Bruno AveillanRunning time: 60 minutes Screening followed by a Q&A with Bruno Aveillan, Zoé Balthus and Dr. Jean Baptiste Chantoiseau, Editor at Musée Rodin (Paris). Produced by ARTE, National French Museum Guild (RMN), NOIR, and Quad & Fix Studio, the 60-minute documentary is based around one of Auguste Rodin’s most emblematic works, The Gates of Hell. Divino Inferno reveals the little-known story behind The Gates of Hell – one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in…

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Those First Flowers of the Americas: Cafà, Bernini, and ‘Soft Sculpture’ at the Crossroads | Shawon Kinew

October 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents Those first flowers of the Americas: Cafà, Bernini, and ‘soft sculpture’ at the crossroads, a lecture by Shawon Kinew.  In 1670, a sculpture of Rose of Lima carved of Carrara marble —weighing approximately 1.6 tons— was shipped from Rome, traversing a sea, an ocean, an isthmus, and cruising along the Pacific coast, before finally landing in Lima, Peru. Carved by Melchiorre Cafà in the beautiful “soft style” of Roman Baroque art, the…

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Artist Talk: Akram Khan in Conversation

October 16 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Internationally renowned choreographer Akram Khan speaks with Professor Jisha Menon (Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford Center for South Asia) about his varied career merging the classical Indian Kathak with contemporary dance forms, collaborating with an array of noted artists from Peter Brook to Kylie Minogue, and creating his current dance-theater work Until the Lions adapted from the classical Indian epic The Mahabharata.

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InTransit: 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 17 12:00 am

The Stanford Department of Art & Art History presents InTransit, the 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view October 17 through December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 19, from 4-6pm. This exhibition features a selection of artwork made by undergraduates, campus wide. “It is very refreshing to see the creativity and energy thriving among our undergraduates. InTransit is only a sample of a wider experience across disciplines that our students engage in throughout different departments. We tried…

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Ajahn Jayanto: “A Call of the Heart: A Monk’s Life Today”

October 17 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Ajahn Jayanto will offer reflections on his life as a Theravada Buddhist monk in England, Thailand, and the U.S., and why the ancient Buddhist monastic vocation has become meaningful to increasing numbers of people in our modern societies. Bio: Ajahn Jayanto was born in Boston in 1967. During his university years a period of world travel kindled a great interest in the spiritual life. In 1989 he joined the monastic community of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati…

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Frankenstein@200 Opening Colloquium: What is Monster? What is Human?

October 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dean for Religious Life Jane Shaw moderates a panel featuring Denise Gigante, Shane Denson, Aleta Hayes, Russ Altman, and Hank Greely as they launch the Stanford Frankenstein@200 Initiative. 

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Frankenstein@200 Opening Colloquium: What is human? What is monster?

October 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Moderator: Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life, Professor of Religious Studies Panelists:Denise Gigante, Professor of EnglishShane Denson, Assistant Professor of Art and Art HistoryAleta Hayes, Lecturer, Theater and Performance StudiesRuss Altman, Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, of Genetics, of Medicine, of Biomedical Data Science, and, by courtesy, of Computer ScienceHank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and, by courtesy, of Genetics

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The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, ranging in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of the traditional Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to Japan. The Buddha’s Word highlights the written word not simply as the visual counterpart to speech but as a thing of beauty and sacredness in and of itself. IMAGE: Artist unknown (Nepal, 12th C.), Pages from a Manuscript of…

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The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery, Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery at the Cantor Arts Center and the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 this exhibition examines the political, social, and cultural upheavals that transformed Russia in the final decades of the Romanov dynasty and the first years of Soviet Communism. Jointly organized by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center, this dual-site exhibition features a wide variety of art objects and…

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Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations

October 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. Drawing from Cantor’s rich collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformations examines the dynamic ways in which caves, be they mountain grottoes or kilns, tunnel-like chambers made of earth and clay, interface mundane and mystical realms. This exhibition presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of…

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Launch Your Social Impact Career with a Post-Graduate Fellowship (Info Session #1)

October 18 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Attention Seniors! Passionate about serving in the public interest? Don’t have plans for next year? Explore our post-graduate fellowships: funded full-time opportunities to work with a mentor in a public mission-driven organization of your choosing. Come to our informational session to learn about former Fellows’ experiences and get insider tips on the application process.

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The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story | Professor Alex Nemerov

October 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story, a lecture by Professor Alexander Nemerov, Chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.  How is something that is not there still present in a photograph?  What is the importance of seeing a photograph in this way? This lecture is free and open to the public with advance registration Image: George Barnard, Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train, 1864.…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Microcosmos Claude Nuridsany

October 18 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Oscillating between the grotesque, the comedic, and the sublime, Nuridsany’s microscopic look into the intimate lives of insects and other tiny life forms challenges what we have come to expect from a nature film.  What Microcosmos’ incredible camera work allows us to see in this too-often dismissed world provokes our deeply-held views about the non-human and forces us to confront the complex insect lives we often turn away from in horror, disgust, and disdain.  (Screened in French with English subtitles)

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“Pinocchio”

October 18 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the Disney animated classic Pinocchio as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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Opening Reception | InTransit: 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 19 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art & Art History presents InTransit, the 4th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view October 17 through December 3, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, October 19, from 4-6pm. This exhibition features a selection of artwork made by undergraduates, campus wide. “It is very refreshing to see the creativity and energy thriving among our undergraduates. InTransit is only a sample of a wider experience across disciplines that our students engage in throughout different departments. We tried…

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Artist Talk: Nina Katchadourian

October 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Brooklyn-based artist, Nina Katchadourian, discusses her artistic practice and the exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser on view in Pigott Family Gallery at Cantor Arts Center from September 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018. This program is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration is required. Doors open at 6pm. Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative…

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Anti-Clericalism in Medieval Persian Poetry

October 19 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Leonard Lewisohn is Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter where he teaches Islamic Studies, Sufism, history of Iran, as well as courses on Persian texts and Persian poetry in translation. He specializes in translation of Persian Sufi poetic and prose texts. He has authored many books including Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari (London: Curzon Press 1995), and…

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Performance: The On Hold Music Dance Party

October 19 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for dancing after hours at Cantor Arts Center. The On Hold Music Dance Party, a concept invented by artist Nina Katchadourian, is a dance party consisting of music and other sounds recorded entirely from phone calls where she was placed on hold. Collaborating with DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow), Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) spins this raw material into a surprisingly dynamic and extremely danceable set. The On Hold Music Dance Party  will be performed from 9…

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The Pill: Chemistry, Art & Art History and the Legacy of Carl Djerassi

October 20 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Departments of Art & Art History, and Chemistry at Stanford University present The Pill: Chemistry, Art & Art History and the Legacy of Carl Djerassi. A renaissance man in every sense of the word, Stanford professor Carl Djerassi is widely known for his remarkable achievements in chemistry and the arts. The world-renowned scientist, artist, poet and novelist is remembered most as the man who sparked a cultural revolution by developing the first oral contraceptive, which earned him the nickname,…

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Gallery Talk: The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford

October 21 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center, Paul Harrison, George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, and Michaela Mross, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University for a gallery talk in The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford. The Buddha’s Word @ Stanford showcases Buddhist manuscripts and prints held at the Cantor and in Stanford libraries, ranging in dates from around the 11th century to the early 20th century, and coming from various parts of…

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Gallery Talk: Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation

October 21 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art at Cantor Arts Center for a gallery talk in Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation. Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation presents a focused look at caves and kilns, aka “earthly hollows,” as symbolic and physical passages of transformation. Drawing from Cantor’s rich collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, Earthly Hollows: Cave and Kiln Transformation examines the dynamic ways in which caves, be they mountain grottoes or kilns, tunnel-like chambers made…

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Between Information Aesthetics and Design Amplification | Professor Claus Pias

October 23 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Media, Architecture, and Computing (ca. 1970) Around the year 1970, “technocratic” themes such as planning theory, semiotics, mathematics, cybernetics, and designs based on algorithms and set theory became widespread aspects of architecture. A juxtaposition of the “Stuttgart School” and the “Architecture Machine Group” will reveal the fundamental differences between the reception of cybernetics in Germany and the United States. Whereas in Germany the discussion centered on scientific aesthetics, a computer-based critique of art, and the promises of quantification and objectivity,…

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Pedro de Lemos: A Visionary Who Transformed American Art

October 25 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An Illustrated Public Talk with Curator, Dr. Robert W. Edwards After a brief introduction, which summarizes the advancement of Pedro de Lemos (1882-1954) as a celebrated artist, educator, and proponent of the Arts & Craft Movement, the focus turns to his astonishing innovations in the field of printmaking.  In the early 1900s etchings, aquatints, and color block prints were considered esoteric and expensive disciplines that were taught at a few established art schools and universities.  In a series of publications…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Rivers and Tides (2001) Thomas Riedelsheimer

October 25 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Riedelsheimer’s documentary Rivers and Tides offers a rare glimpse of the creations of British environmentalist artist Andy Goldsworthy.  Goldsworthy’s works, created in natural settings from local materials including rocks, leaves, icicles, and mud, challenge notions of the proper setting, audience, and purpose of art, even as arguably some of the most natural artworks one might create.  The film Rivers and Tides allows these uniquely fleeting works to be preserved on screen as it dives deeply into the creative process of…

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“A.I. Artificial Intelligence”

October 25 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film A.I. Artificial Intelligence as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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The Russian Revolution Comes to Stanford: Alexander Kerensky on Campus

October 26 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution Alexander Kerensky was the charismatic leader of the Provisional Government that held a tenuous grip on power in Russia between the fall of the Romanovs in February 1917 and the storming to power of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. Kerensky first visited Stanford in 1955 and spent much of the next ten years on campus, conducting research in the Hoover Library & Archives, teaching seminars, giving guest lectures, and appearing on…

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Launch Your Social Impact Career with a Post-Graduate Fellowship (Info Session #2)

October 26 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Attention Seniors! Passionate about serving in the public interest? Don’t have plans for next year? Explore our post-graduate fellowships: funded full-time opportunities to work with a mentor in a public mission-driven organization of your choosing. Come to our informational session to learn about former Fellows’ experiences and get insider tips on the application process.

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The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story | Professor Alex Nemerov

October 26 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents The Destruction of Hood’s Ordnance Train: A Love Story, a lecture by Professor Alexander Nemerov, Chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.  How is something that is not there still present in a photograph?  What is the importance of seeing a photograph in this way? This lecture is free and open to the public with advance registration (opens early September) Image: George Barnard, Destruction of Hood’s…

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

October 26 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses In Dialogue: African Arts. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even…

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NOON CONCERT: Brass Students of McDowell Kenley

October 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Brass students are featured in this noontime recital (Program TBA.) 

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Halloween Concert: Stanford Wind Symphony and Stanford Symphony Orchestra

October 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The annual Halloween Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony will include music from Game of Thrones and Hamilton, as well as selections by John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and others. Plus, the ever-popular Costume Competition, making this a concert you won’t want to miss!

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Launch Your Social Impact Career with a Post-Graduate Fellowship (Info Session #3)

October 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Attention Seniors! Passionate about serving in the public interest? Don’t have plans for next year? Explore our post-graduate fellowships: funded full-time opportunities to work with a mentor in a public mission-driven organization of your choosing. Come to our informational session to learn about former Fellows’ experiences and get insider tips on the application process.

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Tracy K. Smith Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

October 30 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths Part of the Lane Lecture Series Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe…

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November 2017

2017 Contemplation by Design Summit: Nov 1 – Nov 9

November 1 12:00 am

SAVE THE DATES Free events will be offered Nov. 1-9, 2017 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 2017 Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php

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About Face: Intimacy and Abstraction in Photographic Portraits

November 1 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in thirteen photographs by celebrated photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Gutmann, Barbara Morgan, and Edward Weston. Dating from the 1920s to the early 1940s, each striking photograph captures a likeness and the mood set by the subject’s personality. Taken in close proximity  or  cropped  in the darkroom,  they present  their  subjects  in great detail but also allow passages of abstraction  to emerge from  the  clean  geometry of  the compositions.IMAGE:…

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NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

November 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cello students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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In Search of Miki: Hayakawa, a “Forgotten” American/Japanese/Woman Artist in Pre-WWII California | ShiPu Wang

November 1 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda Hayakawa ShiPu Wang, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Merced, recounts his circuitous pursuit of the “lost” paintings of Hayakawa (ミキ早川, 1899-1953), a critically-acclaimed California artist who is largely unknown today. Through piecing together scattered details of Hayakawa’s enigmatic life, Wang recovers an Exclusion-era history of a vibrant, multi-racial/cultural artistic community in which the artist and her compatriots defiantly thrived. This talk is drawn from Wang’s new book, The…

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DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Science is Fiction (1927) Jean Painlevé

November 1 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Our screening of selected films from Painlevé’s short, surreal, scientific nature films will focus on his depiction of the underwater world.  Known for his innovations in underwater photography film, Painlevé’s eccentric take on nature film shows us just how experimental the early attempts of capturing the strange lifeforms of the sea could be.  (Screened in French with English subtitles)

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“Bride of Frankenstein” and “Olympia”

November 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the classic films Bride of Frankenstein and “Olympia” (from Tales of Hoffmann) as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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Lead the Nation from Sacramento: Find Jobs in State Government

November 2 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Looking for job experience that combines your passions – from public health to the environment – and your love for the Golden State? Learn about career, fellowship, and internship opportunities in state government from some of Sacramento’s public policy superstars. CREAM will be served to those who RSVP. Panelists: Kiyomi Burchill, Deputy Secretary at California Health and Human Services Emilio Camacho, Chief of Staff for Commissioner David Hochschild at California Energy Commission Akua Adeneke McLeod, Summer 2017 SIG Fellow at…

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Whose city? Reclaiming public space as a step towards municipal approach to politics in Belgrade

November 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Photographer Luka Knežević-Strika will deliver a lecture on the topic: “Whose city? Reclaiming public space as a step towards municipal approach to politics in Belgrade.” More details to be announced.

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In Conversation: Jed Perl with Alexander S. C. Rower

November 2 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jed Perl, art critic and writer, discusses his new book Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898 – 1940 with Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. Perl’s book is the first ever biography of Alexander Calder, the acclaimed twentieth-century sculptor. This program is presented in collaboration with PACE Palo Alto. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program. This program is free and open to the public, but seating…

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Jenny Q Chai

November 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai. An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” – New…

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Shenson Recital Series: Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano, and Brent Funderburk, piano – “Words to Love and Live By”

November 5 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Program: Zilcher, Honegger, Copland, Wolf, Ives, and Bolcom Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano, has performed at Marlboro Music; Steans Musical Institute, Ravinia; Rockport Chamber Music Festival; MUSE/IQUE, Los Angeles; New York’s Five Boroughs Music Festival; Fabbri Chamber Concerts; The Song Continues; Ensemble for the Romantic Century; Juilliard ChamberFest; FOCUS!; and New York Festival of Song. 

Ms. O’Connell is currently based in New York City, where she lives with her husband. Brent Funderburk, piano, has partnered with world-class singers and instrumentalists in concert and on recording. He has…

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CBD 2017: Using Stories to Deepen Your Presence to Life

November 6 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Like meditation, stories and storytelling have long been a vehicle for creating greater presence to ourselves, others, and our world. In this workshop, you will explore how to turn your encounters with stories into contemplative practices, with many of the same benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices. Join us to experience how to use stories and storytelling to reflect deeply and create more intimacy in all of your relationships. Instructor: Jonah Willihnganz, MFA, PhD, has taught literature and writing at…

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Physical Theater Workshop with Naomi Louisa O’Connell and Matthew Chapman

November 6 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This Physical Theater Workshop for Stanford students with Naomi Louisa O’Connell (soprano) and Matthew Chapman (Stanford faculty, TAPS) is free and open to the public.

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CBD 2017: Walking Meditation and Contemplation of Memorial Church Inscriptions

November 7 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Join us in the awe-inspiring tranquility of Memorial Church for a walking meditation. The event will be centered on the inscriptions carved in the sandstone interior walls of this beautiful sacred space. Assembled by Jane Stanford, these inscriptions represent a collection of instructive and inspirational quotes to nourish the soul and spirit. Facilitators: The Rev. Joanne Sanders, D.Min, Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford, preaches and presides regularly at services in Memorial Church. She has brought contemplative practices such…

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The 5th Element: The Future and Promise of Hip Hop Pedagogy

November 8 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

This convening is designed for hip hop educators, community arts advocates, teaching artists, and those interested in the liberatory possibilities of hip hop pedagogies. It will feature: A keynote by South African hip hop pioneer and educator Emile YX (Heal the Hood Project/Black Noise) A panel featuring H. Samy Alim, Casey Wong, the Mural Music and Arts Project, and East Palo Alto Academy High School A panel on hip hop feminist pedagogies featuring Joan Morgan  Workshop sessions led by leading…

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CBD 2017: What Makes Living Things Tick, The Restless Clock

November 8 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ever since the beginnings of modern science in the 17th century, philosophers and scientists have used clockwork as a metaphor to describe the universe and the natural world. Clockwork generally makes one think of something rigid, rote, constrained, something that ticks along without changing. However, hidden within this centuries-old clockwork metaphor is a tradition of people who have understood clocks, and nature, very differently: as restless, responsive, and dynamic. These renegades include the German philosopher Leibniz who first described living…

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

November 8 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses In Dialogue: African Arts. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even…

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CBD 2017: Keynote with Alice Walker – Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart: Noticing where you are, and who or what is there with you

November 8 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets for this Contemplation By Design keynote event are available through the Stanford Ticketing Office starting Tuesday, September 12th at 9:00am by clicking HERE. (Registration for all other Contemplation By Design Summit sessions is available at: contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php  The summit is November 1-9, 2017.) “No one escapes a time in life when the arrow of sorrow, of anger, of despair pierces the heart. For many of us, there is the inevitable need to circle the wound. It is often such a surprise to find it…

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Stanford Jazz Orchestra

November 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Jazz Orchestra welcomes its new director, Michael Galisatus. Mr. Galisatus, currently Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, also directs the Miles Ahead Big Band for Stanford Jazz Workshop.

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“My Fair Lady”

November 8 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the classic film My Fair Lady as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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CBD 2017: Contemplative Concert in Bing Concert Hall

November 9 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Through music, dance and song, experience PEACE: Pause, Exhale, Attend mindfully, Connect with nature/yourself/others and Express. The concert includes performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, pianist Eric Tuan, baritone Steve Goodman and original choreography by Diane Frank. Faculty and Staff will earn a BeWell berry by attending this concert.

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“Daihannya Tendoku-e” Performed by Karyōbinga Shōmyō Kenkyūkai

November 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kashōken, an internationally renowned ensemble of Japanese Shingon priests, will perform a Daihannya Tendoku, a “rolling reading” of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā sūtra) at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and with 600 fascicles also the longest text in the Buddhist canon. Since the…

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Stanford Wind Symphony: Fall Concert

November 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Wind Symphony’s program.

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Ani Choying Drolma: “Buddhist Chants and Songs”

November 11 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Choying Drolma was born in Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents in 1971. Her education and spiritual training were supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was well-trained in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies performance, and was quickly advanced to the position of chanting master in the nunnery. Her singing talent was first discovered by the famous American guitarist Steve Tibbetts, during his visit to Nagi Gompa. Thanks to Steve Tibbett’s effort, Ani Choying Drolma’s first…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

November 12 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. CANTOR & ANDERSON Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate. Art Packs: Check out an…

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Stanford Philharmonia

November 12 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Stanford Philharmonia presents the West Coast premiere of new music by Anthony Burgess, the British composer-novelist best known as the author of A Clockwork Orange. 2017 marks the centenary of Burgess (1917-1993), who composed Petite Symphonie pour Strasbourg in 1988 to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the founding of Strasbourg in 12 B.C. Stanford faculty violinist Owen Dalby and his wife, violist Meena Bhasin, perform Mozart’s great Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, with Schubert’s Symphony No. 6…

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The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

November 13 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This event is for current Stanford students and faculty only. About the talk: China’s entry in to modernity was not just traumatic, but uproarious. As the Qing last dynasty fell, prominent writers compiled jokes to form collections called “histories of laughter.” In the first years of the republic, novelists, essayists, and illustrators used humorous allegories to make veiled critiques of the new government. Yet political and cultural discussion repeatedly erupted into invective, with critics gleefully jeering rivals in public. Farceurs…

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Building a Shared Urban Future: From Creative Democracy to Participatory Planning

November 13 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

With the growing changes in cities across the world, citizens are demanding and expecting new ways of engaging with their urban environments. This special evening panel will bring together interdisciplinary perspectives from design, public policy, and the arts to explore theories and framing of citizen participation and new possibilities for engaging the urban populace at large. From topics of creative democracy in public policy, participatory planning in public housing, to maker activities in public spaces, how might we build a…

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World of Thieves: A Global History of the Chinese Swindle Story

November 14 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please RSVP here.  Free and open to the public. About the talk: Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last 20 years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats of London…

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Launch Your Social Impact Career with a Post-Graduate Fellowship (Info Session #4)

November 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Attention Seniors! Passionate about serving in the public interest? Don’t have plans for next year? Explore our post-graduate fellowships: funded full-time opportunities to work with a mentor in a public mission-driven organization of your choosing. Come to our informational session to learn about former Fellows’ experiences and get insider tips on the application process.

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Stanford University Press: Celebrating 125 Years of Publishing (tentative date)

November 14 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speakers: Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press Kate Wahl, Editor-in-Chief, Stanford University Press

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Gallery Talk: In Dialogue: African Arts

November 15 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Amanda M. Maples, Curatorial Fellow for African and Indigenous American Art, discusses Uwa by El Anatsui. In Dialogue represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor’s own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. The exhibition will prompt the viewer, both new to and familiar with African arts, to wonder — who, where, when, why and even what is…

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NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh

November 15 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Harpsichord students of Elaine Thornburgh will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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“Die Puppe” and “Making Mr. Right”

November 15 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the films Die Puppe and Making Mr. Right as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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Stanford Chamber Chorale: The Wisdom of the Moon

November 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Chamber Chorale, directed by Stephen Sano, opens its 2017-18 season with a richly varied recital of a cappella literature from the American and European choral traditions, performed in the stunning acoustic of Stanford Memorial Church. Featured will be a triptych of evocative settings about the moon by Winges, Chilcott, and LaBarr, juxtaposed with paired settings of the Ubi caritas and Cantate Domino texts by Duruflé, Monteverdi, Jackson, Rutter, Elberdin, and others. Also included will be gems we’ll be preparing for our Pacific Northwest tour later in the academic…

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Serve a Year, Fulfill a Mission: Service Year Programs

November 16 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Interested in education, the environment, disaster relief, health care, or any other imaginable pressing world issue? Consider taking a service year to help leading organizations achieve their missions. Service Year Alliance CEO Shirley Sagawa, along with representatives from a variety of service year programs, will share opportunities to spend a year doing meaningful work alongside diverse, driven people. CREAM will be served to those who RSVP.

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Studio Lecture Series: Nicola López

November 16 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Human-built Structures: Giants, Hybrids and Unnatural Systems Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University in New York City.  Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape.  Her focus on describing ‘place’ stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology and it has been fueled by time spent working and traveling in different landscapes.  López has received support for her work through…

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NOON CONCERT: Voice Students of Claire Giovannetti

November 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Voice students are featured in this noontime concert.

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Peninsula Symphony with Stanford Symphonic Chorus: 25th Anniversary Stanford Concert – NEW DATE!

November 17 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The festive annual collaboration between the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony reaches its 25th Anniversary in an all-English program of grand and gorgeous music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, directed by Mitchell Sardou Klein and Stephen M. Sano. Program Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Edward Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 6with Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano Note: The previously announced date for this event, November 11, was incorrect.

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Peninsula Symphony with Stanford Symphonic Chorus: 25th Anniversary Stanford Concert

November 19 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The festive annual collaboration between the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony reaches its 25th Anniversary in an all-English program of grand and gorgeous music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, directed by Mitchell Sardou Klein and Stephen M. Sano. Program Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Edward Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 6with Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano

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How to Write Epic Fellowship Applications (Workshop #1)

November 28 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Hume Writing Center staff at the Haas Center for an evening of brainstorming and essay drafting. A great cure for writer’s block, this workshop will help you develop pages of ideas, a new set of writing tools, and the redefined focus and perspective you need to write a personal statement and essays for Post-Graduate Fellowship and Cardinal Quarter applications.

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

November 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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University Singers

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singer’s program in Bing Concert Hall. (Program TBA)

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Séverine Ballon, cello: Works for cello and multichannel electronics

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Séverine Ballon‘s work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. She studied the cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. During 2004-05, she was an academist at the Ensemble Modern (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie). She perfected her contemporary cello…

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“Her”

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents the critically acclaimed film Her as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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December 2017

Face/Interface: Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World

December 1 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

In connection with the 2017-18 Stanford University Libraries exhibition, “Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective,” this international conference brings together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction beyond the Latin alphabetic world. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Aaron BellBruce RosenblumC. Ryan PerkinsChuck BigelowCraig EliasonFiona RossGerry LeonidasJo De BaerdemaekerJohn BerryJohn HudsonJuan BruceKen LundeKris HolmesLara CaptanLiron Lavi TurkenichLiu ZhaoNeil PatelNeil TrujilloRamsey NasserScott KlemmerThomas Huot-MarchandThomas S. MullaneyZachary Scheuren REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faceinterface-type-design-and-hci-beyond-the-western-world-tickets-37745774628

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NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

December 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra welcomes its new conductor, Paul Phillips! The SSO opens its 2017-18 season with music from France and Russia, along with a work by the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, a Helsinki native who has lived in Paris since 1982, bridging both musical worlds. Her “oceanic” tone poem, Ciel d’hiver (“Winter Sky”), beautifully complements Debussy’s La Mer. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations, performed by Concerto Competition winner Danna Xue, round out the program. Program Hector…

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

December 2 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Associate Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane”. Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday…

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

December 2 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator at Cantor Arts Center, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser explores several major bodies of work by celebrated Stanford-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian including video, photography, sculpture, and sound art. Katchadourian’s work reveals the creative potential, to use the artist’s words, that “lurks within the mundane.” Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity and creativity, and to see our everyday surroundings as a…

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra welcomes its new conductor, Paul Phillips! The SSO opens its 2017-18 season with music from France and Russia, along with a work by the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, a Helsinki native who has lived in Paris since 1982, bridging both musical worlds. Her “oceanic” tone poem, Ciel d’hiver (“Winter Sky”), beautifully complements Debussy’s La Mer. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations, performed by Concerto Competition winner Danna Xue, round out the program. Program Hector…

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How to Write Epic Fellowship Applications (Workshop #2)

December 4 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Hume Writing Center staff at the Haas Center for an evening of brainstorming and essay drafting. A great cure for writer’s block, this workshop will help you develop pages of ideas, a new set of writing tools, and the redefined focus and perspective you need to write a personal statement and essays for Post-Graduate Fellowship and Cardinal Quarter applications.

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NOON CONCERT: SLSQ Emerging String Quartet Program – Tesla Quartet

December 6 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. (Program TBA.) Sponsored by the Stanford Department of Music and The Stanford Arts Institute of the Associate Dean. Special thanks to Peter and Helen Bing.

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DLCL Fall Film Series: Samsara (2011) Ron Fricke

December 6 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ron Fricke’s visual spectacle Samsara harkens back to the tradition of silent nature films while incorporating the specific imagery and anxieties of the twenty-first century.  Filmed in 25 countries around the world over the course of five years, Samsara probes tensions between the sublimity of faith, modern technology, and natural wonders, and the mundanity and ferocity of everyday human experience that only film, with a variety of cutting-edge cinematographic techniques and technologies, can capture.

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Fall Chamber Music Showcase

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ensembles from the Stanford Chamber Music program perform.

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Early Music Singers: Music of the Reformation

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers’ program, “Music of the Reformation,” which marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with music by Ludwig Senfl, Johann Walter, Hans Leo Hassler, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz.

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“Westworld”

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Film Studies 119/319 “Synthetic Humans” presents portions of the critically acclaimed series Westworld as part of the Frankenstein@200 Film Festival.

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A Bridge Taken for a Wall, a Wall Taken for a Bridge: On Persian Art, Poetry, and Translation

December 7 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book on poetry in a global age. This talk on poetry, art, and East-West translation ranges from ancient Iran to medieval Byzantium and the Abbasid era to modern Iran and Ireland. The lecture is in three parts. The first looks at the Persian artistic influences via Byzantium on a modern Irish poet that have passed largely unrecognized (a bridge…

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Stanford Baroque Soloists: Italy Before Corelli

December 7 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Anthony Martin directs the Stanford Baroque Soloists’ program, “Italy Before Corelli,” featuring string music mostly from Venice in the 17th century composed by Castello, Marini, Gabrieli, Rossi, Monteverdi, Farina, and Corelli.

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Open Studios: Fall | 2017

December 8 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Open Studios is a self-guided art tour of our undergraduate student showcase from the Fall 2017 Art Practice courses: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Digital Art, Sculpture, Film and more..! This is a rare opportunity to see student artwork in the studios in which it was created. Previous, Open Studio, photos can be viewed here VISITOR INFORMATION:The McMurtry Building is located on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. The Stanford Art Gallery, room AG110 is located at the rear of the Art Gallery…

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Second Sunday: Family Day

December 10 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SECOND SUNDAY is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them most. CANTOR & ANDERSON Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in a hands-on art making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to participate. Art Packs: Check out an…

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Annual Messiah Sing / Play Along – NEW DATE!

December 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This annual “sing and play it yourself” celebration of Handel’s masterwork, conducted by Stephen M. Sano, is a favorite of campus and community! Orchestral parts will be provided, and singers may purchase scores at the door or bring their own.

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January 2018

Claire Messud Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 22, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of six previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

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Heterogeneous Critique; A Proposal from a Latin American(ist) Point of View

January 26, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle By introducing the concept of “heterogeneous critique”, I propose a theoretical and methodological framework and an alternative to universalist approaches in literary and cultural criticism, approaches which even include the trend to apply Anglo-Saxon postcolonialist positions on Latin American cultures. I will analyze the decline of universalist theory exemplified by the crisis of literary history and the emergence of a new regionalism in Latin American cultural critique which tries to overcome the invisibility of local theoretical…

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February 2018

The Matter of Photography in the Americas

February 7, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featuring artists from twelve different countries, this exhibition presents a wide range of creative responses to photography as an artistic medium and a communicative tool uniquely suited to modern media landscapes and globalized economies. The artists in this exhibition resist the impulse to “document” or “photograph anew” the world immediately around them. Instead, they employ a wide range of materials — from prints and drawings to photocopies and audio installations — to highlight the ways in which photography shapes our…

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Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

February 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual. Bio: Phillip E. Bloom…

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Pioneers in Educational Globe-trotting: Stanford Travel/Study at 50

February 20, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Brett S. Thompson, Director, Stanford Travel/Study Program

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Heather Blair: “What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture”

February 22, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument…

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March 2018

Barbara Rossetti Ambros: “On Talking Terms with Mihotokesama: Material and Bodily Practices of a Jōdo Shin Healer”

March 1, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract:  The life story of Takumi Toyoko (b. 1929) illustrates the material and corporeal practices of popular Jōdo Shin in the Hokuriku region. At the intersection between a secret Jōdo Shin confraternity and a healer with an open clientele, Takumi and her devotees challenge stereotypical notions of Jōdo Shin as being opposed to magic and folk traditions. Rather than emphasizing scriptural authority, Takumi communicates directly with the Buddha Amida and wields her own body as a vehicle of salvation. Yet Amida…

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Rev. Shojun Ogi: “Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism”

March 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Historically, especially after World War II, Japanese Buddhist temples became focused mainly on conducting funeral rituals, various commemorative memorials, the selling of talismans, and conducting prayer rituals in the name of good fortune, happiness and safety. This led Japanese society, including both Buddhist priests and public at large to come to believe that Buddhism was only relevant regarding death or wishes. However, recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, some Buddhist priests have begun creating and implementing…

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April 2018

Health Humanities Consortium Conference

April 20, 2018 12:00 am

A three-day celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.

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James A. Benn: “Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China”

April 21, 2018 12:00 am

Abstract: In this seminar we will read selected passages from the chapter on self-immolation (sheshen pian 捨身篇) in the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist compendium Fayuan zhulin 法苑珠林. We will see how the compiler of the work—Daoshi 道世 (596?–683) places a range of somatic practices including burning the body within the context of the propagation of Buddhism. We will note how he deploys key jātaka tales and Mahāyāna sutras as scriptural supports for the practice, and reflect on his choice of hagiographical material from China. Bio: James A. Benn…

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Hisham Matar Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 23, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Diana Matar Part of the Lane Lecture Series Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his adult life in London. His critically acclaimed 2016 memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and received the PEN America Book of the Year Award. In The Return, he recounts his search for his father, who was…

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May 2018

Tim H. Barrett: “A Possible Buddhist Influence on Chinese Political Thought”

May 3, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: Much work has been done in recent decades on the way in which Chinese rulers made use of Buddhism to bolster their power, but in fact some Buddhist ideas concerning kingship found in South Asian materials were quite negative. China was in imperial times an autocracy in which such negativity towards kingship generally did not flourish. But if we look carefully, is there really no trace at all of these Buddhist ideas entering the Chinese tradition of political thought? …

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Rupert Gethin: “On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters”

May 17, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the…

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Oliver Freiberger: “Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism’s Boundaries in Ancient India”

May 24, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.” Bio: Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and…

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