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May 2018

Stanford Gu-zheng Ensemble and Stanford Chinese Music Ensemble

May 26 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Stanford Guzheng Ensemble is a group of Stanford students from all disciplines, drawn together by their interest in gu-zheng (Chinese harp). This instrument is considered the ancestor of other Asian instruments such as the Japanese koto. Led by renowned gu-zheng player Hui You, the ensemble explores both traditional and contemporary pieces for gu-zheng. The Stanford Chinese Music Ensemble is Stanford’s official student group committed to playing a variety of traditional Chinese instruments and music. Conducted and directed by Hui You,…

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墨境 Ink Worlds: Gallery Talk Series

May 30 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Michael Knight, consulting curator of the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Collection, discusses the history of the collection. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, which considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting…

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Traveling Exhibit: Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100

May 31 12:00 am

Stanford Libraries is pleased to present Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 traveling exhibit in partnership with the Estonian Museum of Occupations. “We have always harnessed a great inner power, even in the darkest and most difficult times,” President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid has said of this serendipitous moment in her country’s history. “To become masters of our own homes, our own country.” The purpose of this traveling exhibit, Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 is…

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Robert Daniel DeCaroli: “Snakes and the Rain: Nāga Imagery, Water Management, and Buddhist Rainmaking Rituals in Early South Asia”

May 31 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Abstract: When considering the water-related challenges that confronted the monks and architects involved with rock-cut monasteries, it becomes apparent that the veneration of nāgas complimented methods of hydraulic engineering designed to regulate the flow of water at the sites. The highly visible nature of this arrangement helps to explain the emergence of ritual texts, primarily dating to after the fourth century CE, in which Buddhist ritualists adopt the role of rainmakers. The ritualists invariably invoke a special relationship with the…

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June 2018

The 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence

June 1 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

The Stanford University Libraries will be hosting a conference at Stanford University that will celebrate two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the 100th anniversary of independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The 2018 AABS conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence will bring together scholars interested in Baltic studies from all over the world and foster collaboration between Baltic and Stanford researchers. The…

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Exhibit Opening: Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100

June 2 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for an opening of the following exhibit at the Stanford Shopping Center’s Center Pavilion: Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 “We have always harnessed a great inner power, even in the darkest and most difficult times,” President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid has said of this serendipitous moment in her country’s history. “To become masters of our own homes, our own country.” The purpose of this traveling exhibit, Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at…

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An Open-Air Celebration of Baltic Culture

June 2 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us for a special event of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence: An Open-Air Celebration of Baltic Culture This open-air evening program will feature musical and dance performances by several Baltic and American groups. The Seattle-based Mägi Ensemble, a women’s chamber choir that performs and records compositions from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will perform a program of both intricate Baltic choral compositions along with traditional folk songs and modern arrangements. Compositions by Ester Mägi,…

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Stories of Exile, Reckoning, and Hope: A Reading by Ruta Sepetys, Julija Sukys, and Inara Verzemnieks

June 3 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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This open-air celebration of literature will feature three prominent writers who have explored themes of Baltic exile, reckoning, and hope in their work. Ruta Sepetys is the author of the riveting novel Between Shades of Gray, which deals with one Lithuanian family’s harrowing journey to Siberia and their daily struggle for survival in a labor camp. Julija Šukys uses letters, documents, and oral histories to weave together a compelling portrait of her Lithuanian grandparents in Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and…

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Film Screening: Ashes in the Snow (2018)

June 3 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Join us for the closing ceremony of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence, featuring the screening of the following film: Ashes in the Snow (2018) The 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University will conclude with the screening of “Ashes in the Snow” (2018). The film is based on the New York Times best-selling novel “Between Shades of Gray” written by Carnegie Medal winning author Ruta Sepetys. The film is produced and directed by Marius Markevicius…

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Spring Concert

June 3 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present its final performance of the academic year! In addition to our usual mix of traditional salsa, Latin jazz, Cuban timba and son, we’ve got a few new wrinkles this time around — Puerto Rican plena, a John Coltrane classic, and old school R&B and funk — all with a Latin tinge! The concert includes songs composed or performed by greats such as Los Van Van, Tito Rodriguez, Conjunto Libre, Stevie…

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Time and Again: Patterns of Repetition in the Political Language of 20th-Century Germany

June 5 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Throughout the 20th-century and to this day, notions of ‘process’ (Prozessbegriffe) such as modernization or globalization, rationalization or digitization, have been prominent and popular forms of conceptualizing temporal change. Since they were largely unknown in the 19th century, they point to a particular, deep seated structure of 20th century’s historical self-reflection and political language. Especially in Germany, thinking history – in one way or another – as a social, natural or technological ‘process’ has played a persistent role in various…

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DLCL Spring Film Series: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Victor Erice

June 6 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Victor Erice’s 1973 film depicts the war-torn countryside of post-Civil War Spain from a child’s perspective, forcing viewers to rethink the ways that conflict affects society’s most marginalized subjects and the ways children resist the political power struggles they may or may not understand. Erice’s film is also remembered for its subtle critique of the Francoist regime and the way classic tales such as Frankenstein are propagandized for political purposes. Discussion will focus on analyzing the structures, actors, and acts…

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墨境 Ink Worlds: Gallery Talk Series

June 8 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Richard Vinograd, Christensen Fund Professor in Asian Art in the Department of Art and Art History, will explore the visionary qualities of several paintings in Ink Worlds, involving celestial imagery, invented words and worlds, mental landscapes, and the potentials of the ink medium. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, which considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections,…

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Public Tour: 墨&#22659 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

June 8 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Public Tours: Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Friday through Sunday at 2:30pm Ink Worlds considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct genre whose achievements…

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Meet the Makers Spring 2018

June 8 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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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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DLCL Spring Film Series: Inglourious Basterds (2009) Quentin Tarantino

June 13 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An all-star cast joins Quentin Tarantino’s panache for over-the-top action in this bold rewriting of an alternative history of the fall of Hitler. Tarantino’s second-highest grossing film, boasting a suite of awards and nominations, is a delightful retelling of the ways the marginalized, the outnumbered, and the most unexpected members of society join together to fight against fascism. Discussion will focus on analyzing the structures, actors, and acts of resistance, rebellion, and revolt in international film. In particular we will…

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SGS Summer Film Festival: “In Between”

June 13 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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IN BETWEEN (2016, dir. Maysaloun Hamoud) follows the lives of three strong and independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they’re aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by their country and their families. Click here to view trailer. In Arabic with English subtitles. Q&A with Dr. Ramzi Salti will follow the film screening.  Dr. Salti…

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Alphabété: The World Through the Eyes of Fréderic Bruly Bouabré

June 20 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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View an original pictographic alphabet as well as brightly colored postcard-size illustrations from this contemporary African artist and poet. Caption: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Cheik Nadro) (Côte d’Ivoire, 1923–2014), A yellowed banana offering a divine painting, here, “the sword” plays the role of a sacred prince favorable to a sweet union. (Une banana jaunie offrant une divine peinture, ici, “l’épée” joue le role d’un prince sacré favorable à une douce union.), 2006. Colored pencil and ink on cardstock. Gift of Stefan…

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SGS Summer Film Festival: “Ice Cream”

June 20 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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In Saba Riazi’s new film “Ice Cream,” Maryam, a 30 year old woman in Tehran, lost her job and apartment, and is forced to move in with her grandmother. She is trying hard to make things work and in doing so, she faces herself, eating ice-cream. This funny, semi-autobiographical film seamlessly combines animation and live action into a poetic meditation about identity and belonging. Saba Riazi is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at CUNY’s Queens College and teaching as…

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Film Screening: Waiting for Kiarostami

June 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Inspired by a true story, “Waiting for Kiarostami” focuses on the life of a medical student (Dorsa) at Ningbo University in China who has to choose between her father’s wish for her to become a doctor, and her own passion to become a singer and an actress while the director Abbas Kiarostami wants her for his latest film in China. The film has received six awards from the Five Continents International Film Festival. The film is directed by the award-winning…

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墨境 Ink Worlds: Gallery Talk Series

June 29 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow for Asian Art, gives an overview of the exhibition Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, which considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct…

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July 2018

SGS Summer Film Festival: “Like Father, Like Son”

July 11 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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2013/2014 Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, 120 minutes.  Free and open to the public. Synopsis:  A father faces a tough decision after learning that his son is not his own due to a hospital error. Forced to choose between raising his biological child or the one he has reared since birth, he begins to question everything he knows about fatherhood. Click here to watch the trailer. The film screening will be followed by an audience Q&A session with Stanford Japanese lecturer…

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墨境 Ink Worlds: Gallery Talk Series

July 25 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Ellen Huang, Curatorial Fellow for Asian Art, gives an overview of the exhibition Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, which considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct…

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August 2018

SGS Summer Film Festival: A Season in France

August 22 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (France, 2017) Q&A with Rebecca Wall, Department of History, Stanford University Abbas has fled the war-torn Central African Republic with his two children to live in France, where he awaits political asylum. A French woman falls in love with him. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision. View trailer. This film is part of the annual Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival running most Wednesdays from June 13 to September 12. This year’s…

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SGS Summer Film Festival: Quit Staring At My Plate

August 29 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

When Marijana’s dominant father falls ill, she takes over his role as the head of the family. This new power allows her to explore her sexuality and her inner strength and gives her a taste of freedom. View trailer. Directed by Hana Jušić, (Croatia, 2016). Q&A to be announced. These films are part of the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running most Wednesdays from June 13 to September 12. This year’s festival features ten films from around the world that focus on…

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