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November 2017

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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January 2018

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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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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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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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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April 2018

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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