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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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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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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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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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Rhythms Multicultural Showcase

February 23 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rhythms is Stanford Sanskriti’s annual multicultural benefit showcase!  Here’s the list of groups performing:AfrobeatsAkasma BellydanceAllianceBallet FolkloricoKaorihivaKayumanggiLos SalserosRitmo de StanfordSpicmacayStanford BhangraStanford NoopurStanford RaagapellaStanford Tapth@tUrban Styles Held every year on Family Weekend, Rhythms brings several cultural groups together in dance and song to raise money for a good cause. All proceeds this year will contribute to Team Uplifting Punjab, a non-profit that strives to address and work on social issues in Punjab like education, women empowerment and drug addiction. Friends and family…

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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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“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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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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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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March 2019

Latin America’s Institutions: Lessons to Save Our Democracy

March 1 12:30 am - 1:20 am

Classical studies of Latin America argued that conflict between the president and the opposition in congress is a source of democratic instability. This presentation shows instead that conflictual institutions can help us protect democracy in times of political polarization. A comparative study of 18 Latin American countries between 1925 and 2016 yields important lessons to understand contemporary cases like Brazil and Venezuela, but also challenges to democracy in the United States. Aníbal Pérez-Liñan is Professor of Political Science and Global…

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Jinyu Liu (DePauw), “Non minus exul ero: The Banished Ovid’s Lamentations in Chinese”

March 1 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

When a Roman poet in exile bewails in Chinese, how would he sound? What are some of the strategies to mitigate the loss of poetic structure when Ovid’s elegiac poetry is transformed into Mandarin? Since exile poetry had a rich tradition in ancient China, to what extent can the Chinese exile poetry help with translating Ovid’s Tristia? As the current translator of Ovid’s Tristia and the Principal Investigator of the project that aims at translating all of Ovid’s works into Mandarin…

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

March 1 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. Inspired by the exhibition Josiah McElheny: Island Universe This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generoussupport of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. BrennerFamily Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education.

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Josiah McElheny in Conversation

March 2 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Island Universe creator Josiah McElheny will be in conversation with David Weinberg, distinguished university professor, and chair of the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University. McElheny collaborated with Weinberg to make the necessary calculations and conceptualize his installation’s forms.Click here to register for this free event. #cantorislanduniverse Image: Josiah McElheny (U.S.A., b. 1966) Island Universe, 2008. Dimensions variable. Chromed aluminum, handblown glass and electric lights. © Josiah McElheny. Photo © Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube, London

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble with special guest Ray Vega: History of the Latin Tinge

March 3 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz trumpeter Ray Vega and the acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble as they take important repertoire from American Jazz and re-arrange it with a “Latin Tinge” to illustrate the key connections between the music of North and Latin America. Mr. Vega has transformed works by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and others specifically for this concert presentation. Mr. Vega is a veteran of the New York Jazz and Latin Jazz scene, having played for…

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Making of Manto with Director Nandita Das

March 4 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Journey of Making Manto: From the Written Word to the Moving Image” Join us for a conversation with Director Nandita Das, Change-maker Asha Motwani, and Stanford Professors Jisha Menon and Usha Iyer about the intersections of cinema, literature, and the sub-continent’s history in the context of the 2018 film Manto.  The film, Manto(2018), is a story of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man trying to make sense of it all. It follows the life of maverick writer Saadat Hasan Manto and his journey from India to Pakistan following India’s independence from the…

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The Art and Politics of Belgrade Surrealism

March 6 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Belgrade Surrealist group, the second organized point in the international diffusion of Surrealism, was one of the most important Surrealist groups outside France as it developed a characteristic identity in its activities in the years from 1926 to 1932. Its full historical significance comes to the fore when examined from beyond the perspective of literature and art, because the Surrealist experimental politics of form was articulated in line with cultural, psychological, existential, socio-political and other issues inherent to the…

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Departure: The Story of My Life

March 6 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Raam’s one-man performance is a tribute in word and song to the legacy of his late father, Kavous Seyed Emami, an Iranian/Canadian professor and environmentalist, who was unjustly imprisoned under false pretenses in January of 2018, and subsequently died under suspicious circumstances two weeks later. Blending his own musical style with intimate stories of his life, he weaves an emotional roller coaster of a narrative that reveals a window into the life of his father and the aftermath of his…

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Gendered Embodied Structures of Violence: Mam Women Seeking Justice in Guatemala and the U.S.

March 7 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Prof. Lynn Stephen, Latin American Perspectives’ (LAP) lecturer and keynote speaker of the “Access to Gendered Justice: Advances and Obstacles in Guatemala and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective” symposium (on March 8th, 2019), will open the symposium with a talk on Mam women seeking justice in Guatemala and the U.S.: The concept of gendered embodied structures of violence deliberately acts to disrupt an assumed public/private binary and to make visible plural forms of violence and suffering through their everyday, processual,…

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Access to Gendered Justice: Advances and Obstacles in Guatemala and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective

March 8 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This symposium explores recent advances and obstacles to accessing gendered justice in Guatemala and the United States in both formal and other venues such as indigenous justice systems. Both Guatemala and the U.S. have recently opened up new formal avenues for survivors of gendered violence to receive justice. Guatemala, which passed one of the hemisphere’s first and most comprehensive femicide laws in 2008, has specialized courts that hear cases of femicide, physical, sexual, psychological, and economic violence against women and…

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Artist Lonnie Holley: Conversation and Concert

March 8 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lonnie Holley, one of the most innovative contemporary artists and musicians working today, will be speaking and performing in concert at the Cantor. From 5:30–6 PM, Holley will be in conversation with the Cantor’s Assistant Curator of American Art Aleesa Alexander. The conversation will take place inside the exhibition, The Medium Is the Message: Art since 1950, which features four previously unexhibited works by the artist. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950, his experimental practice is driven by a desire…

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University Singers: Russian Choral Music

March 9 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ concert of Russian choral music: Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Rachmaninoff: Excerpts from the All-Night Vigil Stravinsky: Mass

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Art Focus Lectures | Tina Modotti & the Mexican Renaissance

March 13 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Tina Modotti’s photographs of 1920s Mexico symbolically represent the post-revolutionary period sometimes called the Mexican Renaissance. “Her work flowers perfectly in Mexico and harmonizes with our passion,” said painter Diego Rivera of Modotti’s seamless fusions of politics and art. Modotti’s work resonates with that of Rivera but also that of others in her circle like Frida Kahlo, David Alfaros Siqueiros, and Edward Weston. We will consider Modotti’s photographs in the context of the roiling and hopeful period that was 1920s…

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