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November 2018

Network Propaganda – Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

November 26 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Author Yochai Benkler sits down with Kelly Born to discuss Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. According to the New Yorker, the Washington conventional wisdom presupposes a kind of symmetry between our polarized political parties. Liberals and conservatives, it is said, live in separate bubbles, where they watch different television networks, frequent different Web sites, and absorb different realities. The implication of this view is that both sides resemble each other in their twisted views of reality.…

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International Discussion Series: Reporting on America: Are We Surprised How We Got Here?

November 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bechtel International Center invites you to International Discussion Series talk on Reporting On America: Are We Surprised How We Got Here? Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12-1 PM Akilah Johnson, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Race has been in the forefront of news in the United States for the last decade, but it’s also been background noise that’s interfered with understanding the real state of affairs in the country. Taken collectively, these stories provide a nuanced picture of life in the U.S.…

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When and Where was Hindustan?

November 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor, is interested in the relationship between text, space and narrative. His areas of specialization include Muslim intellectual history in South and Southeast Asia; critical philosophy of history, early modern and modern South Asia. His first monograph, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2016) is an intellectual history of a text— the early thirteenth century Persian history called Chachnama— and a place— the medieval city of Uch Sharif…

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The Next Revolution Will be Led by Women

November 29 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist, women’s rights activist, TV host of Tablet satirical news program and author of the memoir The Wind in My Hair. In 2014, Alinejad launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign, one of the many such efforts inside and outside Iran against the oppression of women in the Islamic Republic. She discusses her memoir and her experience in this movement.   The Stanford Bookstore will have copies of The Wind in My Hair available for purchase…

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Gallery Talk: Contact Warhol: Photography Without End

November 30 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Lexi Johnson and Jon Davies, PhD candidates in the Department of Art and Art History, will lead a gallery talk through the exhibition Contact Warhol. See the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Office of…

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Building True Relationships

November 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Real relationships in the days of virtual interaction seem unreal, but yet we all thrive to be in true and lasting relationships. Learn how spirituality does not just mean packing your bags off to be a hermit in the Himalayas, but to be happily situated in deep and meaningful relationships with people you care. 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Talk on Building True Relationships 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm –  Free Vegetarian Dinner & Networking RSVP stanfordbhaktiyoga@gmail.com so that we…

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December 2018

Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fall Concert

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present its first performance of the academic year! The group will present repertoire spanning the full range of the Latin Jazz idiom — classic salsa from greats such as Celia Cruz and El Gran Combo, Latin jazz pieces from masters such as Orlando “Maraca” Valle, and unique arrangements of songs by American artists such as Thelonious Monk and the even the Eagles! Join us for a unique blend of music from…

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fall Concert

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Program TBA.

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Angles on Art: Do Ho Suh’s Spaces Between

December 3 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Do Ho Suh (South Korea, b. 1962), Screen, 2005. ABS and stainless steel. © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Stanford graduate students Kelly Filreis (Art History), Russel Burge (History), and Alisha Cherian (Anthropology) discuss the Cantor’s current installation of Do Ho Suh’s The Spaces Between from their unique disciplinary perspectives. 

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Human Cities Expo 2018

December 5 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Join us for the annual Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities. The Fall 2018 Expo will feature interactive exhibits, student presentations, and keynote talks from distinguished scholars and practitioners.  Exhibits Tech Museum of Innovation // Community Voices Prototype exploring stories of climate change impact Earth Island Institute // Brower Youth Awards featuring young leaders making strides in the environmental movement Clarity // Air Quality Deployments…

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Barbara Graziosi (Princeton), “Maker of Italy, Champion of Greek Love: Luigi Settembrini’s The Neoplatonists

December 7 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

In this paper, Graziosi discusses the fake ancient novel The Neoplatonists by Luigi Settembrini, one of the heroes of the Italian Risorgimento. This short homoerotic tale, which poses as a translation from the Greek, was rediscovered in the 1930s, but could not be published then, under Fascism, as it would have revealed the father of the fatherland Settembrini as the author of sodomitic fantasies. It eventually appeared in the 1970s: that sensationalist publication turned Settembrini into a gay icon overnight – and meanwhile…

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Meet the Makers Autumn 2018

December 12 9:30 am - 11:00 am

More than 100 brilliant STUDENT MAKERS from the Product Realization Lab present their AMAZING Spring Quarter projects! Products include innovations in sports equipment, consumer goods, fine jewelry, education and health devices, agricultural tools, and MORE!

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February 2019

Richard Serra’s Sequence Returns

February 6, 2019 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sometimes a work of art leaves both metaphorical and physical marks, causing us to consider the physical space it occupied, as well as its impact, long after it’s gone. Such is the case with Richard Serra’s massive steel sculpture Sequence (2006), one of the distinguished artist’s greatest achievements. On loan and housed from 2011 to 2015 outdoors, near the Cantor’s North Lawn, Sequence literally left behind its footprint, reminding visitors where all 235 tons of it once stood. And now, after being indoors at SFMOMA for the past several years, Sequence is returning to the Cantor…

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Wooden Fish Ensemble – NEW DATE!

February 9, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wooden Fish Ensemble performs works by Hyo-shin Na along with Japanese and Korean folk songs. | This event was rescheduled from Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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500 Years of Leonardo, 1519-2019 — Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

February 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Leonardo is a unique figure in the history of world culture, attracting analysis at the highest level and a huge proliferation of crazy ideas. The lecture will look at selected incidents from Martin Kemp’s engagement with Leonardo over 50 years to show how the “detached and objective’ business of historical research becomes immersed in an unmanageable context of myth and wild theories. The moral will be that how information emerges, from whom, when and where shapes its reception in both…

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Josiah McElheny: Island Universe

February 23, 2019 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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February 23, 2019 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), SIGNAL ESCAPES, 2017. Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum, 7 parts.…

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April 2019

Venerable Tathālokā: “Powerful Challenges, Powerful Rewards Women Awakening Via the Renunciant Path in 21st Century Buddhism”

April 11, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: What was the Buddha’s unique and successful Middle Way vision of nekkhamma—“renunciation” which led to his goal of liberation? And why are an increasing number of 21st century women freely choosing such a renunciate path, aspiring to and entering Buddhist monastic life—and ordaining as bhikkhunīs—in light of all obstacles and hurdles, even with no traditional religious, social or family compulsion to do so? Ayyā Tathālokā will speak of the challenges, the rewards, and the surprising insights revealed in  thirty years of monastic life, as founding teacher of the first Theravāda Buddhist bhikkhunīs…

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Michael Radich: “The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra in the Religion of Sixth-Century China, as Glimpsed through ‘Sengchou’s’ Cave at Xiaonanhai”

April 18, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: The Mahāparinirvāṇa-mahāsūtra (particularly in the version entitled Da banniepan jing 大般涅槃經 T374, translated by Dharmakṣema ca. 421-432) was one of the significant texts in fifth- and sixth-century Chinese Buddhism, and had a tremendous impact on the formation of distinctive currents in Chinese and East Asian Buddhism over a much longer term. However, too little is still known about the way the text was received, and the way it figured in the religious life of Chinese Buddhists during this period.…

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May 2019

Saint Michael Trio Explores the Smetana Piano Trio in G minor

May 3, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bedřich Smetana was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood. He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. Using the “Informance” format, Stanford violin faculty Robin Sharp and her companions in the Saint Michael Trio will explore one of Smetana’s most sophisticated chamber compositions, a work rooted in personal tragedy: the Piano Trio in G minor.

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Fabio Rambelli: Music as Dharma: A Buddhist Philosophy of Music in the Sutra of Kinnara King Druma and Its Impact on Japanese Court Music (Gagaku) and Buddhist liturgical dance (bugaku hōyō)

May 9, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Early Buddhism had a negative attitude towards music and dance; the Vinaya codes explicitly prohibit monks, nuns, and lay followers not only from performing, but also from listening or watching performances. This stance is still standard in Theravada Buddhism. The Mahayana traditions took a different position; for them, at least some types of music and dances (those who contained Buddhist elements or could be used to promote Buddhism) could be considered offerings to the Buddhas and were therefore allowed. Moreover, canonical descriptions of the Pure…

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Louis Gabaude: “Buddhist Paths: to the Forest or to the Palace?”

May 16, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Buddhist studies in the West have been conditioned first by Greek and then by Christian conceptions of religion as a set of beliefs, doctrines or dogmas. This perspective may not take into account the initial conflicting dynamics of Buddhism, beginning with a renunciant's radical departure from the royal palace for the forest and developing, after the enlightenment, as a “return to the palace”, to social concerns and politics. This original contradiction has produced the entire history of Buddhism. Given the current preoccupation with “engagement”, might we…

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Halle O’Neal: “Word Embodied: Entangled Icons in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Art”

May 30, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: My project on the Japanese jeweled pagoda mandalas reveals the entangled realms of relics, reliquaries, and Buddhist scripture engendered through intricate interactions of word and image. The twelfth- and thirteenth-century mandalas use precisely choreographed characters from sutras rather than architectural line to compose the central icon of a pagoda. Surrounding this textual image, narrative vignettes pictorialize the content of the scriptures. This talk delves into the materiality of the objects and the dynamic viewing encouraged by such rich surfaces…

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September 2019

Mark Dion: Artist in Residence

September 18, 2019 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

When Leland Stanford Jr. died unexpectedly just before his 16th birthday, he had already established himself as a dedicated collector who showed extraordinary curiosity about the world. The museum, founded 125 years ago in conjunction with the opening of the university that bears his name, was to provide education and serve as a reminder of young Leland’s enthusiasm for collecting.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Cantor Arts Center has invited Mark Dion, known for his work on the history…

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