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February 2019

“Partition as a Traveling Theory? A transnational perspective on the history of Palestine’s Partition, 1937-1947” with Arie M. Dubnov and Laura Robson

February 21 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The idea that the physical division of a territory along ethno-religious lines into separate sovereign nation-states is a desirable modus operandi is not new; but in the twenty-first century it has suddenly reemerged, conveniently divorced from its disastrously violent history, as a fashionable technique of “conflict resolution.” This talk challenges the idea of partition as a natural (if regrettable solution) to ethnic strife by locating its historical origins: in the British and French interwar attempts to lengthen the lives of…

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Open House @ Archaeology Collections

February 21 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

STANFORD COMMUNITY MEMBERS: If you’ve been wondering who we are, what we have, or what we do, here’s a chance to find out.  450 Serra Mall Bldg 460 (Margaret Jacks Hall) Basement Rm 020

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David Behrman: Interactive Situations

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Behrman’s program will include revivals of two pieces from the early days of electronic / computer music, as well as one or two recent ones. These are pieces in which the electronics provide situations to be explored rather than fixed compositions with specific instructions to performers. The concert will follow a week of collaborative work with Mills College students during Behrman’s residency there, and will feature participation by two of the Mills grad students. David Behrman has been active…

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Medieval Matters: Medieval and Modern Ideas of Diet and Health

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SERIES: MEDIEVAL MATTERSMedieval Matters is a series of public lectures co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the community group The Sarum Seminar. It explores the relevance of medieval history and culture to understanding the modern world.  Medieval and Modern Ideas of Diet and HealthDespite certain differences, ideas of balance and equilibrium in diet were as important in the Middle Ages as they are today. Medieval people believed in humoral theories based on…

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Finding Balance in Life – From the Inside

February 22 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Abstract: Life balance is an important topic. Maintaining a healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can be a tremendous boost to our productivity and success as well. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way. The big question is…What does life balance really mean? What would a balanced life look like to us? And most…

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The Power of the Pause Meditation Retreat at Stanford

February 23 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

For thousands of years, people have taken contemplative retreats, time spent away from one’s normal life, for the purpose of cultivating resilience and equanimity, while deepening meaning, compassion, and wisdom. This Saturday immersion retreat offers you the experience of listening deeply to your body, spirit, and mind while being guided by an experienced teacher in a beautiful setting. Within the nourishing atmosphere and beauty of Stanford’s campus, a combination of teaching, practice, and reflection provides a transformative learning experience. Join us for contemplative practice…

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Josiah McElheny: Island Universe

February 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bringing artist Josiah McElheny’s Island Universe to the Cantor is a rare opportunity to examine both cutting-edge art and physics. The monumental installation of five hanging chandeliers is a visual response to recent theories of the multiverse, an elaboration of the Big Bang theory. The installation is both visually stunning and carefully constructed according to measurements that map the history of time.

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Kerry Tribe: The Elusive Word

February 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Cantor Arts Center will be presenting two films by Los Angeles-based visual artist Kerry Tribe. The first, Critical Mass (2013), on view from February 23–April 29, features a live, performed reenactment of a couple’s heavily edited argument taken from Hollis Frampton’s experimental 1971 film by the same name. Tribe offers modern viewers a fresh look at the struggle to find the words to express how one feels. IMAGE: Kerry Tribe (U.S.A., b. 1973), Critical Mass, 2013. Single-channel video projection with…

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The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950

February 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

It is the medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action. —Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium Is the Message” Using works created since 1950, this exhibition explores the relationship between subject, content, and the materials that informed each object’s production.  The exhibition is divided into three broad categories that explore the notion of “medium” in its various contexts: a means of communication, the materials from which an art object is created, and a mediating apparatus…

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STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE

February 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artist Shannon Ebner’s work is part of an ongoing, multimedia, and genre-defying project that began in 2016. Comprised of audio recordings, photographs, and literary components, Ebner’s STRAY investigates the ways in which objects and language can shift away from their intended uses, creating new meanings in the process. Through examining these limits, she explores the role of the artist in the act of creation. IMAGE: Shannon Ebner (U.S.A., b. 1971), STRAY, 2017. Audio (left: Susan Howe, “Articulation of Sound Forms…

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Public Tour | Memorial Church

February 24 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stone carvings, mosaics, and stained glass make Stanford Memorial Church the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Meet at the church entrance in the Main Quad Public Tours: Fridays at 1 pm and last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am Request a private tour from Mon-Thurs 9 am-12 pm, 1 pm- 5 pm. Subject to availability.

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Kendrick Shen, piano and guitar

February 24 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Kendrick Shen’s recital will feature Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango, and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez performed on guitar.

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Dawn Harms: Adventures in Music

February 25 9:30 am - 10:30 am

From Bach to the Orange Blossom Special, Dawn Harms presents a family music show to delight children — who might find themselves playing a violin for the first time, or composing a piece right before your very eyes (and ears)! There’s something for everyone — both entertaining and educational. | Presented in partnership with the Friends of Music at Stanford.

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[CANCELLED] Dawn Harms: Adventures in Music

February 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

From Bach to the Orange Blossom Special, Dawn Harms presents a family music show to delight children — who might find themselves playing a violin for the first time, or composing a piece right before your very eyes (and ears)! There’s something for everyone — both entertaining and educational. | Presented in partnership with the Friends of Music at Stanford. Note: Both presentations of this event are the same program.

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“The Zohar: Pritzker Edition” with Daniel Matt

February 25 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the first ever full translation of the Zohar into English. Daniel Matt’s translation, recently published by Stanford University Press in a twelve-volume set, has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”  At this event, Alan Harvey and Ariel Mayse will discuss the significance of the publication, and Professor Matt will read and discuss selections from his translation. Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been…

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Muller Chamber Choir Concert

February 25 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of their upcoming U.S. tour in 2019, Müller Chamber Choir will be performing at the beautiful Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus. This event is generously sponsored by Stanford University’s Office for Religious Life and presented by ArtsSV. 

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CESTA Seminar Series with Jure Leskovec

February 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh

February 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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

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Art Focus Lectures | Star Light, Star Bright: Art, Astronomy, & The Night Sky

February 27 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Pictures from high-powered telescopes, such as NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, have conditioned us to imagine the cosmos as vividly colored and brilliantly lit, a sublime landscape of stars. Such views balance the need for scientifically valid representations with a desire for aesthetically powerful ones. How might these scientific images come into conversation with artistic representations? This lecture will review the history of 20th- and 21st-century astronomical images alongside the work of Joseph Cornell, Vija Celmins, Spencer Finch (all in the…

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Unapologetically Muslim: Fatimah Asghar in Conversation

February 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with poet and Brown Girls web series co-creator, Fatimah Asghar. Asghar is complicating and challenging the mainstream narratives of Islam with her bold writing and authentic and complex characters. The evening will begin with a selection of poems from Asghar’s recent collection, If They Come For Us, and conclude with a conversation between the artist and A-lan Holt, Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Program will last 60…

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Special Collections Open House

February 28 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In celebration of Green Library’s 100th Anniversary, we are bringing out some of Special Collections’ valued treasures. Don’t miss the opportunity to see John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize medal, a 15th-century manuscript, Buckminster Fuller models, Stanford’s original Founding Grant, and so much more. In addition to our Open House, a special unveiling will take place of the sculpture Buchstela by artist Ivon Illmer. Green Libraray: Beyond100Jane Stanford’s grand and visionary plan in the early 1900s to expand the footprint of the university’s library was based on her…

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Creative Reading in the Galleries

February 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Experience the galleries in new ways with readings from original work by faculty and students in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.

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Creative Reading in the Galleries with Sarah Frisch, Sara Michas-Martin and Nina Schloesser Tárano

February 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A collaboration with the Anderson Collection Experience the galleries in new ways with readings from original work by lecturers teaching in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program. Sarah Frisch is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, the VQR, and The New England Review. She has won a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. She is a 2017 winner of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for…

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Our Sublime but Vulnerable World: The Photography of Camille Seaman

February 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For more than a decade, internationally celebrated photographer Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions. Her large format photographs of icebergs that appeared in her prize-winning book, Melting Away, are both sublime and intriguingly intimate because, as she says, “I treat these as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of my ancestors. I seek a moment in their life in which they convey their unique personality.” This remarkable work was followed by a second book, The…

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Stanford Baroque Soloists: 17th Century German Masters – The Wild West of Western Music

February 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Baroque Soloists, under the direction of Anthony Martin, presents their Winter program of music for strings by Biber, Schmeltzer, Weichlein, Scheidt, and Buxtehude.

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