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January 2021

Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change

January 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Ali Ansari will discuss the ideas that informed his book on political change in the Islamic Republic, the structure of the new state as it took shape under President Rafsanjani and the struggles to define it in the decades that followed, looking in particular at how both Marxian and Weberian concepts of the state and socio-economic structures can help us better understand the nature of the Islamic Republic. Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of…

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Cross-Cultural Influence in Media: Post-Partition in Pakistan and Post 9/11 in Afghanistan

January 28 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Through a matrix of star and genre study, Salma Siddique will focus on the ineradicable presence of Bombay in the film culture produced in Lahore after partition. Wazhmah Osman will expand upon her argument that the post-9/11 media boom has enabled critical dialogue and debate, providing Afghans with a semblance of democratic process. Yet at the same time the larger forces of imperialism, warlordism, and war undermine the gains made. Speaker Bios: Dr. Salma Siddique is a witting historian and…

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Transcending Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

January 28 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner, celebrated non-fiction writer, and prestigious journalist, joins the Stanford Community on January 28th to share her narrative and stories about race and inherent structural systems of racism found globally, as described in her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. For more information on this speaker please visit prhspeakers.com. This event is for the Stanford community, SUnet ID required. This event will not be recorded.

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Cafecito Quechua

January 28 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Stanford’s Cafecito Quechua promotes Andean issues and cultures, inviting members to share their experiences with and passion for the region and its cultures. Meetings take place once per week and are open to anyone who wishes to attend. We will be bringing relevant cultural topics and news of the Quechua-speaking regions to our Bay Area community, and encourage people to learn more about Andean cultures. Every week we will also be teaching the basics of Quechua language to anyone who comes…

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Caudillo Machine Culture: The Rise of Machine Culture in Rural Argentine, 19th century

January 29 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation examines two cultural narratives developed by two distinct groups (urban elite and rural folk) in Argentina during the nineteenth century. In this period, liberal elites developed an economic plan to transform agricultural practices and integrate the use of farm machinery and tools in everyday forms of crop farming and livestock raising to modernize the farming sector. Among these elites, the urban intellectuals sought more than to build an economy; they sought to build a nation-state, and hence, created…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

January 31 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CCRMA Live’s Quarantine Sessions continue! The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in…

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February 2021

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

February 5 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Cantor’s newest major exhibition focuses on the subject of contemporary migration, immigration, and the displacement of peoples. Drawing inspiration from British-Somali poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art examines how the forces of migration touch us all, radically destabilizing ideas of home, place, transit, and belonging in the 21st century.  IMAGE: Reena Saini Kallat (India, b. 1973), Woven Chronicle, 2011–16. Circuit boards, speakers, electrical wires, and fittings; single‑channel audio (10:00 minutes); approximately…

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Justice as Art, as Artifice and as Advertising Billboard

February 17 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This talk explores, in a preliminary manner, how the ‘normal’ art and artifice of delivering justice and accepting what is delivered as justice in a highly unequal society, changes under authoritarian regimes. What happens when justice assumes the form of an advertisement for the ruling regime? Drawing on recent acts of omission and commission by the Indian Supreme Court, Nandini Sundar will look at what is being advertised, who is advertising, and who is being persuaded. When the law acts…

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Conversations with Latin American Authors Series: The Art of Memory (Stefano Varese)

February 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis Global Studies, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas y SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures presents the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm PSTAuthor Stefano Varese, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis will discuss his new book The Art of Memory: An Ethnographer’s Journey with comments by Charles R. Hale, Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/svareseLivestream link: https://tinyurl.com/livestreamVarese  *These events are partially funded by…

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March 2021

Virtual Exhibition Opening: Mapping the Islamic World: The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

March 26 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Join us for the online live opening of Mapping the Islamic World: The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires, the David Rumsey Map Center’s newest virtual exhibition. Guest curator Alexandria Brown-Hejazi, Stanford PhD candidate, will discuss the maps and cartographic studies of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India. Our thanks to the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies for their co-sponsorship which made this exhibition possible.  The exhibition opening will take place Friday, March 26, 2021 on Zoom and follows…

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July 2021

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

July 28 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and also represent creativity and endurance. IMAGE: Gordon Parks (U.S.A., 1912–2006), Emerging Man, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University

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April 2022

Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

April 6, 2022 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of identity, social justice, and humanity’s changing relationship with nature. IMAGE: Ambreen Butt (Pakistan, b. 1969), Untitled, 2008. Hard ground and soft ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, and chine collé, with hand-coloring. Palmer Gross Ducommun Fund, 2011.38.5 Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm. CLOSED TUES

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