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October 2019

Digital Tools and Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences: Data Manipulation with R

October 16 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop is for those who know the basics of R and would like to get started working with their research data. We will look into the tools that R provides to manipulate and explore tabular data, including reshaping, summarizing, and plotting. You will learn how to use the tidyverse package, in particular dplyr, tidyr, and ggplot. Prerequisites: Introduction to R or basic R skills. Please come with R and RStudio installed. https://cengel.github.io/R-data-wrangling/ Registration is free and opens two weeks…

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Jaddoland: film screening and Q&A

October 16 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JADDOLAND explores the meaning of home and the search for belonging across generations. When the filmmaker returns to her hometown in the Texas panhandle to visit her mother, an artist from Iraq, she turns her lens on her mother’s increasingly isolated life, as well as the beauty and solace that emerge through her creative process. Soon, the filmmaker’s charismatic grandfather arrives from Iraq, prompting the filmmaker on a deeper search to understand her own roots and connections to the places…

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“America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today” with Pamela S. Nadell

October 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Informed by the shared values of America’s founding and…

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Brad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge

October 16 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Folly of Desire  Calling jazz pianist, arranger and composer Brad Mehldau eclectic is an understatement. Trained at the New School and influenced by McCoy Tyner’s piano jazz, Mehldau has done it all: he has his own trio, created art songs for Renée Fleming, riffed on show tunes, and even delved into German lieder. Join us at the Bing to experience Mehldau’s new song cycle The Folly of Desire, created with tenor Ian Bostridge. The evening’s program will also include…

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Research as Praxis: Examining the Possibilities and Constraints in Doing Ethical Academic Research

October 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing their skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Sessions will be held over lunch. Please check the website for location confirmation: haas.stanford.edu. Please RSVP here for an accurate headcount for food. This particular workshop will examine the question: What are the possibilities and constraints in doing academic research ethically? Speaker: Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D.North…

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Michael Como: “Roadways, Shrines and Spirits in Ancient Japan”

October 17 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract:Sometime near the start of the 8th century, the advent of urbanization helped spur two shifts of momentous importance for the material contexts in which the kami of the Japanese islands were worshipped. The first of these was constituted by a transformation in the material character of shrines: whereas in the 7th century shrines for kami worship were envisioned in terms of consecrated areas of natural environments, from the 8th century onwards shrines for kami worship increasingly took the form…

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Cafecito Quechua

October 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cafecito Quechua is a CLAS-sponsored student working group that brings together the Stanford and neighboring communities to learn about the Quechua language and culture. Our hope is to highlight the presence of the Quechua community in the Bay Area and to educate the Stanford community through weekly conversations and guest speakers open to all.  There will be presentations on topics such as Andean food, clothing, and music, which will appeal to both Quechua and non-Quechua speaking participants.  *All levels are…

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Ens Ekt

October 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The ENS EKT trio features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) in dialogue with the circular breathed multi-phonics and harmonic textures of David Bud (English born, Berlin-based) and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of Mad Pulse Maybe (Danish born, Berlin-based). The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation.  

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Stanford Litquake

October 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This year, the Bay Area’s annual book festival, Litquake, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Litquake began in 1999 as a day-long event and has since grown to be the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, composed of 200 events, 700 authors, and drawing over 21,000 attendees. To commemorate this special occasion, Stanford Litquake will bring to the stage five extraordinary writers currently teaching at Stanford who will read from their most recent works: Samina Ali (Madras on Rainy Days),…

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Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life

October 18 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life The category of “desaparecid@” is increasingly expanding, not because it’s ineffective but because it has grown to characterize and describe more and more: precarious lives, invisible subjects, nonpersons, and the living dead… they all fall into this category. And it’s all happening in “the streets”, forcing those of us in academia to rethink the concept. Currently, the disappeared are no longer just those who fall under the legal category of “forced disappearance of persons”,…

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Chucho Valdés

October 18 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jazz Batá  One of the most important exponents of Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés is spending his 70s touring the world. His father, famed pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdés, left Cuba in 1960. Father and son had little contact until shortly before Bebo’s death at age 94 in Stockholm. Valdés’ album, Jazz Batá 2, features piano and batá, an hourglass-shaped Yoruban drum, and a song called “100 years of Bebo”—a salute to Chucho’s father’s centenary this year.

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“And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?” Book Presentation by Lawrence Weschler

October 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Long-time New Yorker writer and noted non-fiction author Lawrence Weschler comes to the Cantor to present his most recent book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks. Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks (author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) in the early 1980s when he set out to profile the neurologist for The New Yorker. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler…

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‘A Feeling That Excrement Was Dripping from My Tongue’

October 22 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Liberal institutions, from art museums to higher education are under pressure from feminists and identity-oriented progressives to treat newly created categories of offense, umbrage and vulnerability as public health issues, to shut down injurious forms of expression. Advocates of proscription, code-making, shaming and speech regulation on the cultural left  are partnering with corporate HR departments and campus administrators to advocate job loss and penury as suitable punishments for an expanding range of offenses, especially when it comes to sexuality. Is…

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

October 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Lynda Benglis and Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned international artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political questions and create dialogue between different communities in Silicon Valley and beyond. Best known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures, Lynda Benglis came to prominence at the height of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1960s. Since then, the renowned…

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Algorithms and Analytics: Connecting the Learner and the Learning

October 23 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Measuring, analyzing, and reporting data about learners, learning systems and learning programs have all contributed to understanding and optimizing learning experiences. To better accomplish learning – both personalized and at scale – many of these measurements, and the feedback they provide, are being instrumented and automated. Even with the consideration of integrative competencies such as critical thinking, decision-making and resilience in learning objectives, the algorithms driving many learning analytics are yet based primarily on objective functions that derive mainly from…

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Digital Tools and Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences: Data Manipulation with Python

October 23 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop teaches basic data manipulation with Python using the Pandas library, and will cover topics such as loading data into a Pandas DataFrame, performing basic cleaning and analysis, and visualizing relevant aspects of a dataset. Prerequisites: You should be familiar with basic Python syntax and fundamental programming concepts such as variables, functions, and control flow. If you need a refresher, check out A Byte of Python (https://python.swaroopch.com/) Registration is free and will open two weeks prior to the workshop…

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Sumathy Sivamohan – FILM: Sons and Fathers, followed by Q &A with director

October 23 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Tamil musician, Rex Periyasamy, is the lead composer of Sinhala films. At the height of his career he marries Kanthi, a Sinhala woman, in keeping with the multicultural milieu of the country’s film industry. They settle down to a life of prosperity, hopes, and dreams for themselves and their son, Lucky, and daughter, Mala. Sons and Fathers turns the creative lens upon the history of the film industry in Sri Lanka and its chequered path, by narrating the story of…

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Rooted Words XI: “The Time Is Now”

October 23 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Rooted Words is a community reading series, emerging from the Earth Systems Program and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences but enthusiastically open to all. We meet on the fifth Wednesday of each quarter under the spreading blue oaks near the Electioneer Road gates at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Students, staff, faculty, friends and community members are all welcome to bring a short sample of their own writing to share (5 minutes or shorter please) or…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Brendan Bowles and Derrick Austin

October 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Brendan Bowles  Derrick Austin  Free and Open to the Public. Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Brendan Bowles and Derrick Austin  Brendan Bowles was born in London, Ontario. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an MFA from UMass Amherst. His work has been published and produced for stage and radio and has been generously supported by fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown,The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and…

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Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

October 23 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Steve Reich “Daniel Variations” & “Different Trains”  This annual concert honors the life and memory of Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002. The program will feature Steve Reich’s “Daniel Variations,” which quotes the Book of Daniel as well as Pearl himself, as well as the Grammy winning “Different Trains,” a work that reflects on the plight of the European Jewish community during World War II.

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Alumni Oral Histories at Reunion Weekend

October 24 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) wants to hear about the Stanford alumni’s experiences of their class. At each Reunion Homecoming Weekend, SHS Oral History Program staff and volunteers conduct interviews for the Stanford Alumni Stories collection. During 2019 Reunion Homecoming Weekend, the Society will focus especially on the experiences of the classes of 1959, 1969, 1994 and 1999, but all alumni are welcome! Interviews will last about 30 minutes. Interview topics include life at student residences, student groups and communities,…

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“Nostalgia for the Present: Forgetting the Torah in Rabbinic Judaism” with Mira Balberg

October 24 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The idea that the Torah was collectively forgotten in the past, or is destined to be forgotten in the future, is a recurring trope in the rabbinic literature of late antiquity. The talk explores the origins of this idea as well as its development and various uses in rabbinic literature. It proposes that the rabbis’ engagement with the notion that the Torah is not eternal, but rather bound to be lost, offers a prism though which we can learn both…

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Open House: Newly acquired medieval and early modern books and manuscripts

October 25 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

On Friday, October 25th, 2019, there will be an Open House featuring newly-acquired manuscripts and rare books in the Barchas Room of the Special Collections Department of Green Library from 11:00am-2:00pm. A particular focus of this event will be a selection of Ottoman manuscripts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian with Islamic Studies and South Asian Studies curator Ryan Perkins on hand to discuss the strong manuscript traditions in the Islamicate world and the relatively late adoption of print.  In addition,…

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Žibuoklė Martinaitytė: In Search of Lost Beauty

October 25 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a New York-based Lithuanian composer whose works explore the tensions and longings of identity and place. “In Search Of Lost Beauty” is a sequence of audiovisual novellas for violin, cello, piano, electronics, and video

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AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance

October 28

HAI’s October 28-29 conference on AI Ethics, Policy, and Governance at Stanford University will convene experts and leaders from academia, industry, civil society, and government to explore critical and emerging issues related to understanding and guiding AI’s human and societal impact. Through plenary discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops we will explore the latest research, delve into case studies, illuminate best practices, and build a global community of research, policy, and practice committed to ensuring that AI benefits humanity.  Questions to…

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