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January 2018

Framing in Time: Photographs from the Cantor Arts Center Reimagined

January 24 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Each of the short, student-made films in this exhibition will appropriate and reimagine a photograph from the Cantor’s collection. Striving to shed new light on the original context of the photographs, the films will be shown alongside the Cantor photographs that served as their inspiration. The short films were made by Stanford students in Assistant Professor of Art Srdan Keca’s “Archival Cinema” class during fall quarter 2017.

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The Concept of Love in Medieval Persian Sufi Poetry

January 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Bahman Solati has taught Persian Language and Literature at several universities. He discusses the concept of love and the definition of the beloved in medieval Persian poetry. His books include: Persian Words of Wisdom, The Rubayyiat of Hakim Umar Khayyam, and The Reception of Hafiz, and his newest book The Wine Goblet of Hafez. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Heterogeneous Critique; A Proposal from a Latin American(ist) Point of View

January 26 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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Curator Tour of The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution

January 26 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Join Hoover Institution research fellow and exhibition co-curator Bertrand M. Patenaude for a tour of the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower). Click here for more information about the exhibition. More dates in this series: February 16 at 12PM February 23 at 12PM

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Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture

January 31 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Metal sculpture created directly by the artist’s hand is the focus of a new exhibition by Sydney Skelton Simon, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History, whose proposal was selected in the fall. Featuring small-scale sculptures, photographs, and sound recordings, this exhibition explores modes of working with metal that depart from more traditional casting methods.

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Africa Table – ‘N’appartenir’ or the Impossible Sense of Belonging

January 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Center for African Studies for our weekly lunchtime lecture series. Speaker: Karim Miské, Filmmaker & Writer, FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2017-18, Stanford University Karim Miské is film-maker and novelist. Miské made a number of documentaries for twenty years on a wide range of issues including colonial legacies, hip hop culture, informal economy, freedom of press, and bioethics. His widely-acclaimed debut novel Arab Jazz (2012) won the English PEN Award. His recent works are autobiographical graphical novels N’appartenir (“Unbelonging”, 2015) and S’appartenir (“Belonging”, 2016). Miské is FSI-Humanities Center…

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A Conversation with Hillary Olcott, curator of the Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire Exhibition

January 31 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Hillary Olcott’s exihit runs until Feburary 11, 2018 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. For information about the exhibit, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2u0Cp6j

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A Jewish Musical Journey with Yanky and Shulem Lemmer

January 31 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 and Jeremiah Lockwood, PhD candidate in Education and Jewish Studies. 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…

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February 2018

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

February 1 10:00 am - 5:00 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. The most up-to-date schedule can be found on the conference website. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, January 29th.  This year’s conference theme focuses…

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International Discussion Series Talk with Alexander Key: Current State of Arabic Poetry

February 1 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Current State of Arabic Poetry Join us for a talk with Alexander Key, who is currently teaching a survey of Arabic poetry from 550 to 2017. He is an assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford, and his book “Language Between God and the Poets” will come out from Berkeley later this year. Alexander is currently working on comparative poetics across English and Arabic, and has written a number of…

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Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed

February 1 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Misagh Parsa is a professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College. He discusses the causes of the 1979 Revolution, its social, economic and political outcomes; revisits the Green Movement and the causes of its failure; and offers likely paths for future development and democratization. His most recent book is Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed (2016).

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The Matter of Photography in the Americas

February 7 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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Because I Said So: Exploring Power and Powerlessness in Rabbinic Thought with Rabba Yaffa Epstein

February 8 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies  Yaffa received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She…

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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 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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In Search of Modern Iran

February 8 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Abbas Amanat is Professor of History and International Studies and Director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies. He discusses his new book Iran: A Modern History.

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Your Computer is on Fire: Critical Perspectives on Computing and New Media

February 9 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Your Computer is on Fire is a 1-day intensive workshop addressing a wide variety of themes centrally important to Media Studies, the History of Computing, Communication, STS, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, among others. Topics will include: – Machine Ethics– Algorithmic Politics– Techno-racial formations– Dialect normativity– Critical Media– and more CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa Halcyon M. Lawrence, Georgia Institute of Technology 
 Marie Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison  Mitali Thakor, Northwestern University Safiya…

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Wooden Fish Ensemble

February 9 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wooden Fish Ensemble performs works by Boudewijn Buckinx, Hyo-shin Na, and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as Japanese folk songs.

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Reflections on the Origins of the Iranian Revolution of 1979

February 15 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Michael Axworthy is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the co-director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Exeter. He discusses different explanations for, and interpretations of, the 1979 revolution, with a particular look at the significance of religion. His most recent book is Iran: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017). *Image taken from cover of book Revolutionary Iran by Professor Axworthy

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Pioneers in Educational Globe-trotting: Stanford Travel/Study at 50

February 20 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Stanford Travel/Study began in 1968, at a time when Stanford, like many universities, was the site of student unrest. Rixford Snyder, ’30, MA ’34, PhD ’40, historian and retired dean of admissions, had recently taken over programming for the alumni summer college. He had the idea to hold the summer program on a riverboat in Europe—alumni and their families would listen to lectures while cruising the Rhine River. That trip inspired a whole program of international travel led by Stanford…

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Heather Blair: “What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture”

February 22 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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Art Focus Lecture | Intimacy and the Art of Visual Storytelling

February 28 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

In the digital age, we are deluged with visual information and an overabundance of images. What distinguishes Ed Kashi’s work is the intimacy and complexity of his storytelling. This lecture will span a range of stories, issues, and approaches that represent the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. The lecture will touch on such diverse issues as Syrian refugees and the impact of oil in the Niger Delta to stories closer to home about immigration and…

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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 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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Taming the Shamanic Impulse: The Emergence of the Hasidic Master with Rabbi Arthur Green

March 6 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture Dr. Arthur Green was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian; his work seeks to form a bridge between these two distinct fields of endeavor. Educated at Brandeis University and…

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Navigating the Social Sector Job Search: Speed Advising Session

March 8 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Still amid the search for a job or summer internship? It’s not too late to drop by the Haas Center for a speed advising session and productive study break. Advisors on the Cardinal Careers team, as well as other specialized staff at the Haas Center, will sit down with you to brainstorm organizations, positions, and connections to help you find, land, and prepare for a job/internship.

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Rev. Shojun Ogi: “Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism”

March 8 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 Reflection on My Last Novel: Ask the Mirror

March 8 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher, and human rights activist.  Chahla’s writings both in Persian and French include essays, research articles, short stories, and novels. She discusses her newest book, Ask the Mirror (2015), and reflects on literature and exile. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Redemptive Hope in the Age of Trump with Akiba Lerner

March 9 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Akiba J. Lerner, Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University Akiba received his B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University in 2007. He taught at Stanford from 2007-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought, theologies of hope, Jewish social ethics, political theology, American pragmatism and contemporary liberal thought. This will be a book talk and the Stanford Bookstore will be…

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble with guest John Santos: Latin Jazz, Jazz Latin

March 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the performance, interpretation, and study of Afro-Latin music and its fusion with North American jazz. It is the ensemble’s belief that the evolution of “American music” is not indigenous to the United States but rather encompasses developments and influences from Latin and South America as well. Established in Winter 2008 by director Murray Low, the group has made rapid progress since its inception and is now one of the finest academic performing…

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The Power of Photography for Social Change

March 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

REZA is an acclaimed photojournalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, as well as a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel. He discusses the importance of using images to serve social change, by training younger generations to become the actors of the future. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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April 2018

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

April 4 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Stanford University is organizing Frankenstein@200. This yearlong series of courses, lectures, conferences, and a film festival will highlight the relevance of Shelley’s text today, as artificial intelligence and advances in engineering and medicine increasingly blur the divide between man and machine. An associated exhibition drawn from the Cantor’s permanent collection will explore the idea of what defines humanity in the age of Frankenstein.

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James A. Benn: “Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China”

April 21 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 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 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 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 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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June 2018

Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Spring Concert

June 3 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the performance, interpretation, and study of Afro-Latin music and its fusion with North American jazz. It is the ensemble’s belief that the evolution of “American music” is not indigenous to the United States but rather encompasses developments and influences from Latin and South America as well. Established in Winter 2008 by director Murray Low, the group has made rapid progress since its inception and is now one of the finest academic performing…

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