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April 2021

Translating Ulysses into Persian: A Century of Censorship

April 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Translating a work that employs inventive literary techniques is an already arduous task, however, negotiating with a system of imposed censorship makes the process of translating and publishing increasingly more intricate. In this talk, Akram Pedramnia explores the challenges of translating modernist works, like Lolita, Tender is the Night, as well as Ulysses, under a system of imposed censorship and discusses the methods she employs to evade it. Akram Pedramnia is an Iranian-Canadian author and translator. She has published three…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

April 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times.  Featuring: Dr. Seema Yasmin reading an excerpt from her book of poetry, If God Was a Virus, and musical performances by Stanford colleagues. April 22, 2021  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fY69HZDmRYeAxHbmJxTLGw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about joining the webinar.

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary CLIMATE REFUGEES

April 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with Bechtel International Center, Palo Alto Libraries, Protect Our Planet, Stanford Film Societyand Students for a Sustainable Stanford. In celebration of Earth Day CLIMATE REFUGEES(89 minutes) Bangladesh/China/Tuvalu/USA  Director: Michael Nash Producers: Michael Nash, Justin Hogan A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more…

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The End of Official Color-blindness and the Rise of Anti-anti-racism in Latin America

April 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A few decades ago almost no Latin American countries included questions about race or ethnicity on national censuses. Today, the collection of such data is the dominant practice in the region. Most analysts of this shift have focused on the politics of recognition that pressured states to make afro-descendent and indigenous populations officially visible in statistics and social policy. In this talk, I draw attention to a different reading of this trend. The politics of recognition in Latin America is not merely a politics…

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Hands-On Mapping: The Story of a Blind Cartographer: Rumsey Map Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

April 23 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

On the event of the fifth anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center, please join us for a talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer.  Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

April 25 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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STS Beyond the Classroom: Meet our Director Professor Paul Edwards

April 26 5:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Please join us for an informal chat with our STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, William J. Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus), University of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to ask and learn about career paths, academic research, and what STS really looks like beyond the classroom.

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Marcos territoriales, jurídicos e intelectuales con Johana Herrera y Kristina Lyons

April 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kristina Lyons y Johana Herrera Arango conversarán sobre los problemas territoriales, legales, socioecológicos y epistemológicos que conllevan los procesos de transición política de las últimas décadas, sobre todo después del año 2016. Ambas investigadoras nos compartirán sus experiencias en regiones distintas del país suramericano, analizando cómo interactúa el trabajo académico con el trabajo de campo. Kristina Lyons es profesora asistente de antropología y del Programa Penn en Humanidades Ambientales (PPEH) en la Universidad de Pensilvania. Su investigación actual se enfoca…

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Racial Reckonings and the Future of the Humanities

April 28 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The term “reckoning” denotes acts of calculation, estimation and debts paid. It can carry a sense of a future settlements. It also refers to “ideas, opinions and judgments” as in the phrase, “I reckon.” To what extent, and how, might we imagine a racial reckoning via new work in arts and humanities? The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions: Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago and Yale to “center” racial justice in the pursuit of…

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Women with a Movie Camera: Khaidu and Its Quest for Women’s Cinema

April 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the 1970s, Khaidu, the first South Korean women’s film collective, was at the forefront of a new feminist aesthetic that opposed the highly male-dominant and repressive culture of “yusin”—a term literally meaning revitalization, but de facto referring to the absolute rule of Park Chung Hee. Through experimental filmmaking, performance, and the organization of small film festivals where they could exhibit their work, Khaidu members transformed themselves from students at a prestigious women’s college with limited work options into filmmakers…

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Crime Narratives

April 30 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Friday, April 30th for the “Crime Narratives” event at the Center for the Study of the Novel. We are delighted to welcome Andrea Goulet, Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Robinson, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, and Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor and Director, Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. 

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Spring 2021 Haydn Festival: CCRMA

April 30 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Stanford University, will present six livestreamed concerts from the Stanford Campus and the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The performances shine a spotlight on Haydn’s monumental Opus 76 string quartets — his crowning achievement for chamber music and six of the greatest quartets ever written. Each concert will be a feast for the eyes and ears, with the SLSQ performing in iconic venues on the Stanford campus. Viewers will be invited…

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May 2021

New West: Innovating at the Intersection

May 5 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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‘Traitors’ of Justice and Graphic Ethnography

May 6 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

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Conversations with Latin American Authors: Sayak Valencia on Gore Capitalism

May 7 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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Spring 2021 Haydn Festival: Stanford University Department of Music

May 7 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Stanford University, will present six live streamed concerts from the Stanford Campus and the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The performances shine a spotlight on Haydn’s monumental Opus 76 string quartets — his crowning achievement for chamber music and six of the greatest quartets ever written. Each concert will be a feast for the eyes and ears, with the SLSQ performing in iconic venues on the Stanford campus. Viewers will be…

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

May 7 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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

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

May 8 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Russophone Literature in Ukraine: Developments and Trends – with Andrey Kurkov

May 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, a former prison warden turned journalist, is now one of Ukraine’s most successful literary exports. He authors over 20 novels and 10 books for children in both Russian and Ukrainian languages, which are translated into 37 languages. His novels were adapted to the screen and for the theater, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin and his latest novel Grey Bees (which details the ongoing war in Ukraine as viewed by a mild-mannered beekeeper). In this…

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

May 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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

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Eurovision and Intervision: The Politics of Europe’s Song Contests

May 14 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The annual Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s longest-running and most popular television shows, having been first staged in 1956. The European Broadcasting Union, the Eurovision Song Contest’s organiser, has always maintained that the contest is a non-political event that promotes cooperation among the European Broadcasting Union’s members, national public service broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean rim. Yet, as entries in it represent states, the Eurovision Song Contest has always reflected political relations in Europe and…

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Spring 2021 Haydn Festival: Anderson Collection at Stanford University

May 14 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Stanford University, will present six live streamed concerts from the Stanford Campus and the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The performances shine a spotlight on Haydn’s monumental Opus 76 string quartets — his crowning achievement for chamber music and six of the greatest quartets ever written. Each concert will be a feast for the eyes and ears, with the SLSQ performing in iconic venues on the Stanford campus. Viewers will be…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

May 20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times.  Recognizing AAPI Health Awareness Month and Honoring Asian Grandmothers May 20, 2021  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about joining the webinar.

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Conversation with filmmakers and co-author: HBO Documentary “TINA” and “Happiness Becomes You”

May 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Description: As a recording artist, Tina Turner’s career spans sixty years, and most recently includes a series of interfaith albums called Beyond. For nearly fifty of those years, Turner has practiced SGI Nichiren Buddhism. In 2020, she released Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good (Atria), co-authored with Taro Gold and Regula Curti. This memoir details the role of Buddhism in her life and career. Her religious practice was also captured in the 2021 HBO Films…

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Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America

May 24 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Acclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Stanford Professor of Communication Fred Turner join forces to give an unseen view of the heart of the tech world.  It’s hard to imagine a place more central to American mythology today than Silicon Valley. To outsiders, the region glitters with the promise of extraordinary wealth and innovation. But behind this image lies another Silicon Valley, one segregated by race, class, and nationality in complex and contradictory ways. Its beautiful landscape lies atop underground streams…

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