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October 2021

CBD 2021: iPause #3 Awareness, Tangerine Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics

October 28 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Meditation is not only for the sitting cushion, but also for while we are walking, lying down, or even eating. Allow Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns to guide you in a delicious and powerful new way to enjoy your morning fruit. PLEASE BRING your own TANGERINE or ORANGE to this guided practice session.** Ecology, interbeing, and engaged action, as featured in Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet are firmly rooted in daily…

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The Multiplicity Turn: Theories of Identity from Poetry to Mathematics

October 28 9:30 am - 11:30 am

October 28, 2021 at 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  Jean-Christophe Goddard (Philosophy, Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (Anthropology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) Moderator: Gabriel Catren (SPHERE—Science, Philosophie, Histoire, Université Paris Diderot, CNRS).*This event will be held in French  About the Collaborative Research Project:In the last century, major breakthroughs in our understanding of ‘identity’ have changed the way that we think about ourselves and the world around us. In the Humanities, fields such as Race…

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CBD 2021:Compassion, Gratitude, Awe:Self-transcendent Emotions for Collective & Planetary Well-being

October 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this talk Professor Dacher Keltner will present the latest science of self-transcendent emotions, including compassion, gratitude, and awe. He will discuss the place of self-transcendent emotions in biological and cultural evolution. Prof. Keltner will focus on how they shift the self from narrow concerns about rewards and desires, to prosocial tendencies, including toward the environment, and a sense of being part of something larger than the self.  He will conclude with a consideration of secular practices to cultivate such…

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Camera as Witness Presents the 24th UNAFF

October 28 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Presents the 24th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) Session 16 4:00 PM / MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (US, 56 min) 5:10 PM / AULCIE (Israel/US, 72 min)6:40 PM / Panel “Mental Health and Sports” (FREE Admission) Session 17 8:00 PM / PRESERVING THE HOLOCAUST (Poland/US, 11 min)8:20 PM / IRAQ’S LOST GENERATION (Iraq/Syria/US, 52 min)

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Cardinal Careers Fellowships Info Session – For Graduating Seniors and CoTerms

October 28 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

If you are a graduating senior or co-term interested in public service careers, come to this information session to learn about Stanford-exclusive, Cardinal Careers Fellowships! The fellowships provide full-time, mentored experiences in nonprofit or governmental organizations. Hear from fellowship alumni and get tips for your applications. The fellowships covered at this info session include: Community Impact Fellowship: Work for a specific participating public interest organization in the SF Bay Area. Be part of a professional development cohort. Occasional placements in…

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CBD 2021: Valuing Nature in Personal Practice and Societal Transformation with Gretchen C. Daily

October 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An awakening is underway, to the values of nature and the risks and devastating costs of its loss. Stanford Professor Gretchen Daily will describe new science to quantify nature’s benefits to people and integrate them into decision-making – in planning, policy, finance, and practice. Gretchen will relate the arc of advances in science, in understanding nature’s contributions to a range of benefits from crop pollination and coastal climate resilience to mental health in cities. Through stories, she’ll describe the innovation…

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CBD 2021: iPause #4 Guided Meditation, How Not To Be Afraid of Strong Emotions

October 29 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Climate change and the ensuing disease, destruction, and devastation warrant strong emotions which can include anxiety, fear, and despair. Skillful response to those emotions facilitates wise compassionate competent action to address climate change. This guided meditation practice will cultivate your skillful response to strong emotions. Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “it may not be possible to avoid suffering, but if you know how to suffer, you suffer much less.” In this session we will practice a guided meditation and explore…

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Film screening: There Is No Evil

October 29 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP to receive the Zoom link for the October 29 dicussion with the film’s director, Mohammad Rasoulof.  The film will be made available October 26-28 and the link will be emailed to registrants ahead of time.  About the film: Filmed in secret and banned in its home country, Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear-winning film is an anthology of four short stories, each focused on a person affected by the capital punishment system in a country that commits more executions per capita…

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CBD 2021: Your Mind on Awe with Florence Williams

October 29 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Research has shown that spending time in nature can make you not only happier but kinder, more compassionate and more purpose-driven. In this talk, science journalist Florence Williams will unpack the new science of awe, explaining how experiencing it gives us perspective, makes us feel part of something larger, and provides windows of opportunity for meaningful change. Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcaster. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,…

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Camera as Witness Presents the 24th UNAFF

October 29 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Presents the 24th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) Session 18 4:00 PM / FRENEMIES (Cuba/US, 86 min)5:40 PM / COUP 53 (Iran, 119 min)7:40 PM / Panel “From Havana to Tehran – Strained Relations” (FREE Admission) Session 19 9:00 PM / CARTERLAND (US, 122 min)

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Innovation—Designing Technology in the Era of Distraction with Ruchika Sikri

October 29 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Explore the potential of “good-for-humans technology” that is designed to support connection with oneself, nature, and the Cosmos. Ms. Sikri will illuminate how technology that cultivates introspection, empathy, social connections, and compassion can uplift humanity and be good for the planet. Problems of technology, such as the ones featured in the 2020 documentary “The Social Dilemma”  and described as “an existential threat to humanity,” have prompted recent rigorous efforts to turn the tide of technology. New endeavors seek to stop…

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CBD 2021: Planet Hope: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Future of Life on Earth

October 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Richard Louv speaks on “Nature-deficit disorder,” as he defined it in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods as not a medical diagnosis, but a useful term – a metaphor — to describe what many of us believe are the human costs of alienation from nature, as suggested by recent research. Among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses, a rising rate of myopia, child and adult obesity, Vitamin D deficiency,…

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Halloween Concert: Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony

October 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The annual Halloween Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Wind Symphony will include everything from chills to thrills, ending with the annual Costume Competition and a lucky winner serving as guest conductor for the encore.  Program I. Stanford Symphony OrchestraPaul Phillips, conductor Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt Seven O’Clock Shout – Valerie Coleman Theme from Jurassic Park – John Williams Pines of Rome: IV. “The Pines of the Appian Way” – Ottorino Respighi II. Stanford Wind SymphonyRussell…

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CBD 2021: iPause #5 Zen and the Art of Walking Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics

October 30 9:00 am - 9:45 am

To help society and the planet, to really help with discerning insight—knowing what to do, and what not to do day after day—take steps in walking meditation. Learn to arrive into life in the present moment by cultivating Thich Nhat Hanh’s powerful technique of mindful walking. Enjoy live guidance from the monks and nuns living in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village in France. Combining breath and steps with poetry and insight, experience firsthand that it can be possible to transform…

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CBD2021: Attuning to the Web of Meaning: An Introduction to the Practice of Liology with Jeremy Lent

October 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Following Jeremy Lent’s talk on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the themes of his new book, The Web of Meaning, this workshop explores an integrative framework that attunes to the meaning that arises from our intrinsic connectedness within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. Liology (pronounced lee‐ology) comes from the Chinese word li that means “the organizing principles.” This interactive workshop introduces Liology as an embodied investigation into the organizing principles of the dynamic patterns that make up…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Environmentalism with Paul Wapner

October 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can we live meaningfully in this moment of environmental intensification?  This session will reflect on the interface between our inner lives and planetary realities, and explore how contemplative practice can assist in finding greater purpose, sensitivity, and sanity in our environmental efforts.  Environmental issues challenge not simply our technological, economic, and political lives but also our very identities as human beings.  Please join us for an interactive session dedicated to the profundity of environmental challenges and the rewards of…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Practices for Integrating Multiple Perspectives with Sam Mickey

October 30 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As a follow-up to Sam Mickey’s talk on Monday, Oct. 25 on the themes of his new book, Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing, this workshop introduces practices and tactics for bringing together multiple ways of being and knowing. This workshop includes strategies for cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue, as well as specific exercises for integrating different perspectives. In this integrative approach to perspective taking, contemplative exercises allow you to attune to the psychological dynamics of other individuals,…

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CBD 2021: Cultivating Awareness Practices in the Wisdom and Wonder of Nature with Mark Coleman

October 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mark Coleman, author and insight meditation teacher, will share inspiring ways to develop your contemplative practice in the great outdoors! Drawing from his decades of teaching meditation in the wild, Mark will discuss the benefits of these practices in nature as an avenue for cultivating awareness and waking up to our interconnectedness. The natural world is an incredible source of support and inspiration. Amidst an increasing ecological crisis, Mark aims to inspire spiritual awakening and love for our planet.  Also, an…

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CBD 2021: The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature with Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith

October 31 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside, but, when we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well-gardened Mind, will discuss how gardening can answer deep existential needs. She will present recent research showing that connecting to nature alleviates symptoms…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

October 31 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 an online environment with artists…

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CBD 2021: Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Practice Workshop with Mark Coleman

October 31 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meditation in nature can help us to connect more deeply to our environment, to each other, and to ourselves. Through a variety of guided nature-based practice, Mark will lead participants in fostering this connection to the natural world. Being outdoors with a contemplative awareness, we can sense how we are held and nourished by the intricate web of life in every moment, with every breath. Intimacy with nature can teach us how to be at peace with ourselves, and in…

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November 2021

CBD 2021: iPause #6 Meditation in Nature Wherever You Are with Mark Coleman

November 1 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Enjoy experiencing connection with the natural world from many places! During this meditation, Mark Coleman will guide participants to enter the natural world from wherever they are — be it at a desk or in a cubicle, or in a garden or park. Offering a means to tap into the innate wisdom of nature even when it feels less tangibly available, this practice is appropriate for all levels of experience in any setting. Start your workweek with a taste of…

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CBD 2021: Actionable Hope in a Time of Planetary Change, Nicole Ardoin, PhD

November 1 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

As evidenced by the increasing severity of intense weather events, wildfires, and climate-related ecosystem shifts, among other wide-ranging challenges, our world is hurtling toward changes that are altering life as we know it. Yet, despite the bleak news on many fronts—including from the most-recent IPCC report— the hopeful side of this equation is that humans, individually and societally, are indeed capable of tremendous change. With this grounding and motivation, Professor Nicole Ardoin and her Social Ecology Lab at Stanford pursue…

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CBD 2021: Faith, Pain, and the Faraway: A Meditation on Landscape Painting with Alexander Nemerov

November 1 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Sanford Gifford (1823-1880) made perhaps the most beautiful of all Hudson River School landscapes. Most notably, he was famed for his portrayal of the distance. Far horizons—hazy, luminous, otherworldly—were his special fascination. In this talk Alexander Nemerov will explore Gifford’s faith in the faraway in light of his close relationship with his troubled older brother Charles. Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford. He is the author of many books,…

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Democracy Day

November 2

In June 2021, Stanford University designated Election Day—the Tuesday after the first Monday in November—an annual Democracy Day. Classes do not meet on this day, and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in programming designed to promote democratic participation, civic engagement, and community building. This year, on November 2, we will celebrate the first-ever Democracy Day at Stanford. Join us for: “Donuts & Democracy”—a deliberative poll about the influence of social media on politics. (Register here) “Is Democracy in Danger?“—a faculty panel moderated by former Ambassador to…

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