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November 2017

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. 69with Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano

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Gallery Talk: Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

November 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Please join Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, for a Gallery Talk in Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Roberts was the curator of Curiouser at the Blanton, where the show originated. 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…

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Publishing – Building Resonance with Players

November 28 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dean Takahashi, Publishing – Building Resonance with Players. In this talk, Dean will provide an overview of the history of games journalism and highlight examples where developers have been particularly successful (and unsuccessful) at marketing their games. Dean will discuss strategies to build resonance with an audience and how developers can draw the right kind of attention to their games. Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He has been a tech journalist for more than 25 years,…

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Our Bodies Our Selves: Reproductive Rights at the January 21, 2017 Women’s March

November 28 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of American Studies 2nd Art & Social Criticism Lecture Series… This lecture takes a critical look at the proliferation of outspoken, unflinching, DIY signs on reproductive rights—expressions of agency and exuberant creative energy—at the January 21, 2017 Woman’s March. Hertz asks compelling questions about the imagery on these signs and what they communicate about reproduction,gender, and sexuality. The lecture takes stock of what we do and do not have in common, culturally and biologically, across various social markers including…

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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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Séverine Ballon, cello: Works for cello and multichannel electronics – NEW DATE!

November 28 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 research 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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A Conversation with Victoria Hanna

November 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please note that this conversation will be in Hebrew Jerusalem-based Victoria Hanna is known for mesmerizing interpretations of traditional Jewish texts (both Hebrew and Aramaic) that combine traditional Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary genres, such as rap and hip-hop. But it was her first official video single, “Aleph-Bet,” that garnered more than 68,000 views in the first week, signaling that her unique, experimental sound is perhaps going more mainstream.

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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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“Her” and “Ex Machina”

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

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

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Ancestral Cartographic Rituals (work-in-progress) | James Luna and Denise Uyehara

November 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What happens when Indigenous artists test their DNA? How do their findings confirm, authenticate, or contradict traditional creation stories?  In this new interdisciplinary work-in-progress, award-winning performance artists James Luna and Denise Uyehara investigate “cultural authenticity,” as it relates to Pacific Rim, evolution and migration, and the here and now. Ancestral Cartographic Rituals responds indirectly to current-day tribal DNA testing, incorporating live performance, video and original music which interweaves the past and present, autobiography and cultural identity, with poignancy and humor.…

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University Singers

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ performance of Brahms’ German Requiem, Op. 45, arranged for two pianos. Kumaran Arul and George Barth – both Department of Music faculty – are the collaborative pianists, while soprano Jasmine Ying Miller and baritone Kenneth Goodson are the featured soloists.

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The Place of Woodblock Illustrations in the Late-Ming Media Landscape

November 30 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here. About the talk: Block illustrations allow the reader of a printed book to experience a space of visual and tactile relishing, an actual or aspirational connoisseuristic gesture that renders information, texts, or knowledge in the form of beguiling “things.” The late Ming (mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries) is known as the golden age of Chinese woodblock illustrations. What claims on viewer-consumers’ attention and behavior were made by these illustrations, and how? This…

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Intersections: Artist Talk: Mary Weatherford with John Zurier

November 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist Mary Weatherford, whose piece black painting was gifted to the museum, will discuss her work and process with contemporary California abstract painter John Zurier. Mary Weatherford possesses a remarkable ability to overlap deep, sultry colors in abstract paintings that radiate light, energy and movement. Critics have praised the artist, born in 1963 in Ojai, Calif., for her achievements in layering vinyl-based acrylic paint known as Flashe, and for her distinctive use of deliberately draped neon lighting tubes that further electrify her…

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The Wise Women – Free preview for Stanford students, staff, and faculty

November 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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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

SCHEDULE* *Subject to Change FRIDAY DECEMBER 1, 2017 9:00-9:30: WELCOME Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)Opening Remarks and Logistics 9:30-11:00 Fiona Ross, “Informing and Inspiring Non-Latin Type Design through Collections-based Research – with particular focus on South Asian Scripts” Thomas Huot-Marchand, “From the Imprimerie Nationale to ANRT (France): a Tradition of Designing Non-Latin Types for Scholarly Purpose” Craig Eliason, “The Picasso of Type: How ‘Exotic’ Scripts Catalyzed Bodoni’s Modern-Face Types” Introduction by Thomas S. Mullaney 11:00-11:15: COFFEE BREAK 11:15-12:45 Bruce Rosenblum,…

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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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Mia Farinelli, soprano: Voice Recital – NEW DATE!

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mia Farinelli’s program will feature songs and arias. She will be accompanied by Kevin Tang, clarinet, and others to be announced. | Note: This concert has been rescheduled from Nov. 11. Program Mozart: An ChloëKovàcs: Hommage à Manuel de Falla Hahn: À Chloris, L’heure éxquise, and Quand je fus pris au PavillonMozart: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mioSchumann: Three RomancesBellini: Vaga luna che inargentiMoore: Dearest MamaSchubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen

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CANCELED – Voice Studio of Kathryne Jennings

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been rescheduled on December 3rd.

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The Wise Women

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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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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CANCELED – Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art at Stanford

December 2 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Robery W. Cherny, Professor Emeritus of History, San Francisco State University Robert Cherny’s talk will cover Victor Arnautoff’s life and career, with special attention to his 24 years as a faculty member of the Stanford Art Department. Arnautoff (1896-1979) was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956 and took the 5th Amendment. Cherny will focus on Arnautoff’s experience with Wallace Sterling and the Stanford Advisory Board in the mid-1950s against the context of this controversy. He will…

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

December 2 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters This gallery talk with Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting…

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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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Play: The War Owl

December 2 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The War Owl looks at the evils of war as initially rendered in Iran’s grand epic poem, Shahnameh, and revisited by Bahar, the country’s twentieth century master lyricist. The play is written and directed by Reza Allamehzadeh, with the solo performance of Hamid Abdolmaleki and live musical accompaniment by Faramarz Aslani.  Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra

December 2 7:30 pm - 8:30 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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The Wise Women

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fall Concert

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The ensemble presents a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the Afro-Latin genre, mixed together in new and exciting ways. The evening includes songs composed or performed by greats such as Celia Cruz, Sonora Ponceña, Issac Delgado, Rubén Blades, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.  There is something for everyone — American jazz standards, rumba, classic salsa, Cuban timba and Latin jazz — and you will definitely *feel* the rhythm! Directed by Murray Low, the…

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Voice Studio of Kathryne Jennings

December 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Students in Katheryne Jennings’ voice studio present a recital (Program TBA.) This event was rescheduled from December 1st.

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Apologizing for Genocide: In/Justice, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Peoples in Australia (and the United States)

December 4 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Image credit: Barbara Ries © 2013 On February 13, 2008, as his first official act as Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd formally apologized to the country’s indigenous communities for their prolonged maltreatment. In particular, in “the Apology” Rudd brought attention to Australia’s infamous “Stolen Generations,” countless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) children kidnapped from their families by the government and placed with whites in an effort to “modernize” and “civilize” them. In asking indigenous Australians to forgive the unforgiveable, to begin healing the unhealable, Rudd also looked ahead, adding “The…

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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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The Ghost Ship Fire. One Year Later

December 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A Conversation about the Hazards of Starting out as an Artist. Featuring:Cynthia Daignault, Stanford B.A., 2001Kamau Patton, Stanford M.F.A., 2007Michelle Kuo, Stanford B.A., 1999Alexander Nemerov, Moderator Image: Gustave le Gray. Brig in Moonlight.  VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. Subscribe to announcements alike

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Designing for Feeling

December 5 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Robin Hunicke, Designing for Feeling. Robin will describe how to put the final polish on a great player experience and a call to action of what to do with the game after it’s complete. This talk will also cover Robin’s personal path, lessons learned from Journey, and leadership at Funomena. Robin Hunicke is the Co-Founder of the independent game studio Funomena, which creates experimental games for Console, PC, VR & AR platforms (Luna, Woorld and Wattam) in the heart of…

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Human Cities Expo 2017

December 6 12:00 am

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here.  Join us for the annual Stanford Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities. The Fall 2017 Expo features interactive exhibits, presentations from Human Cities Initiative classes, and keynotes from distinguished scholars and practitioners. Special highlights include an interactive project Fluid Cities, and community-based projects in Hong Kong, Beijing, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Exhibition hall open from 11am-6pm Schedule: 11am-12:00pm: Carol Mancke…

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

December 6 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives  …

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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 — named for the inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla — brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The Tesla Quartet was recently announced as the winner of this year’s John Lad prize, presented annually by the St. Lawrence String Quartet to exceptional emerging chamber ensembles. “Though free to think and…

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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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“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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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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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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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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Stanford Flute Ensemble

December 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Karen Van Dyke directs the Stanford Flute Ensemble’s program of works by Bizet, McMichael, Pixinghina, and others.

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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

December 9 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, discusses Rodin’s working process in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the human form. This installation spans three galleries and features nearly…

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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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Saxophone Choir Concert

December 10 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Sax Choir’s program will freature works by Leroy Anderson, Gustav Holst, and others.

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Stanford Baroque Soloists: Italy Before Corelli – NEW DATE!

December 11 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. Note: This event has been rescheduled from the previously announced date of Dec. 9.

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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

Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

January 13, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Russia’s Crown Reprised   Lascelle Meserve and Nicolas de Basily collected and cherished old Russia and its art. This gallery talk with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights their gifts to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives that make up part of the institution’s impressive holdings on the Russian Revolution and Imperial Russia. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern…

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NOON CONCERT: Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano

January 17, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Department of Music faculty members Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano, present a noontime performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”).

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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

January 18, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The MonumentsPlease join Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, for a discussion about The Burghers of Calais and Monument to Balzac in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the…

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Becoming Frankenstein: On Risky Aspirations

January 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This Pegasus Physician Writers reading will be part of the celebration of this event at Stanford called Frankenstein@200 that is being coordinated by Medicine and the Muse. Frankenstein has been called the first new myth since ancient times. We all know the story, but in brief, Shelley relates the story of a young medical student who, after a traumatic loss, decides to take up the ultimate challenge of…

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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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A Jewish Musical Journey with Yanky and Shulem Lemmer

January 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture This concert will be followed by a conversation with Mark L. Kligman, Professor and  Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music in Ethnomusicology and Musicology at UCLA. Mark Kligman specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music.  He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book, Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews…

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February 2018

Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference: (Re)Thinking Engaged Scholarship and Participatory Citizenship

February 1, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference highlights engaged scholarship and scholar-activism in institutions of higher education and in the community. We define engaged scholarship as diverse research, pedagogy, and creative performance—conducted in partnership with public, non-profit, or private stakeholders—focused on addressing critical social issues and contributing to the public good. This year’s conference theme focuses on the relationships between engaged scholarship and participatory citizenship, while highlighting interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches. Panel presentations will speak to questions and topics of inquiry…

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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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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 14, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Love & Revolution This Valentine’s Day gallery talk with Samira Bozorgi, assistant archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, focuses on some of the couples who appear in the exhibition including Catherine the Great and Peter III, Nicolas and Lascelle de Basily, and Soviet avant-garde artist couple Valentina Kulagina and Gustav Klutsis. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary…

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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

February 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The MonumentsPlease join Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, for a discussion about The Gates of Hell in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the human form. This installation…

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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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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 24, 2018 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters  This gallery talk, with Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.  MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward…

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 25, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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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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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

March 3, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives  …

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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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A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 12, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated…

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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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