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August 2021

SGS Summer Film Festival: Cafe Transit

August 11 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This year the Stanford Global Studies Summer Film Festival will be held virtually. Join us from your home as we watch seven films from around the world that focus on the theme “Feeding your Soul.” The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies invites you to watch Cafe Transit from home at a time that works for your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a post-screening discussion with actress Fereshteh Sadreorafaei. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom information.…

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September 2021

SGS Summer Film Festival: Honeyland

September 1 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies invites you to a screening and discussion of Honeyland. Watch the film from home at a time that works for your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a post-screening discussion. Film synopsis: Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude…

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

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of science and nature, identity and social conflict, art collecting, and history. 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-Sun, 11am – 5pm. CLOSED MON & TUES

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October 2021

Contemplation By Design Summit, Oct. 25 -Nov. 2, 2021

October 25

FREE events will be offered October 25 – November 2, 2021, to further individual, community, and planetary health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good.   The 2021 Summit focuses on a contemplative approach to climate change and skills to cultivate healthy relationships among humans and earth systems through wise, compassionate, competent action. The intention of the Summit is to deepen awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and to cultivate skillful stewardship of our personal and planetary…

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CBD 2021: An Astronaut’s Perspective: Earth views inspiring us to care for our planet

October 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

As an astronaut, Steve Smith will reveal how his life journey to being able to travel really fast – Mach 25 or 25 times the speed of sound to be exact – also paradoxically, rendered sublime mindful realizations regarding the power of living with kindness toward oneself, toward others, and toward our planet.  His 3-decade effort to fulfill his childhood dream, mapped in several colorful childhood sketches of spaceship travel, included suffering a near-fatal 11-day illness as a 15 year-old that…

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CBD 2021: Contemplating Earth: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing with Sam Mickey

October 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

There is great diversity in how humans can relate to the vast panoply of beings composing the life, land, air, and water of Earth. This talk presents an integrative vision of different ways of being in the natural world and the different kinds of knowledge that they entail, such as the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of Indigenous communities, the affective knowledge that comes with religious love and devotion, the scientific knowledge of a biologist or cosmologist, the aesthetic knowledge of someone listening to or…

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CBD 2021: Inner Transformation and Sustainability with Christine Wamsler

October 26 8:15 am - 9:00 am

Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program will explore the topic of inner transformation from the perspective of sustainability. She will address questions including: What do we currently know about the interplay of inner transformation and sustainability? And what is needed for this interplay to move forward to reach the goals for sustainable development? Christine will illuminate the gap that exists between the current trends and…

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CBD 2021: Awakening Radical Compassion with Tara Brach

October 26 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The medicine our world calls for is compassion; we need to love ourselves and each other into healing.  While compassion arises naturally, the flowering of full, mature compassion—Radical Compassion—requires training. This talk focuses on the RAIN meditation, a four-step weave of mindfulness and self-compassion that brings healing to difficult emotions. RAIN is an acronym for a four-step process: recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture.  Beginning with befriending our inner life, we’ll explore widening the circles of compassion to include all living beings.   The session will include…

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CBD 2021: Weaving the Web of Meaning: Sustainable Flourishing Rooted in Recognizing Interrelatedness

October 26 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our dominant worldview tells us we’re split between mind and body, separate from each other, and at odds with the natural world. This worldview has passed its expiration date: it’s based on a series of flawed assumptions that have been superseded by modern scientific findings. In this talk, based on themes from his new book, The Web of Meaning, author Jeremy Lent will discuss how another worldview is possible—recognizing our deep interrelatedness with all of life. Showing how modern scientific…

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CBD 2021: At the Center of All Things is Interdependence with Dekila Chungyalpa

October 27 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Over 85% of the world subscribes to a faith. Over half of the schools worldwide are run by faith institutions. Collectively, faiths are the 3rd largest category of financial investors. And yet, for the most part, they are not recognized as a stakeholder group by mainstream environmental and climate movements, let alone as a crucially important one that could change the trajectory we are on today. Over the last 12 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has worked with a diverse group of…

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CBD 2021: Quaker Values and the Quaker Contemplative Practice of Silent Worship with Steve Curwood

October 27 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Steve Curwood, host and executive producer of Living on Earth, will talk about the role of his Quaker upbringing in creating and sustaining his dedication to environmental journalism for 30 years. His award-winning weekly environmental news and information program is broadcast and distributed by more than 250 public radio stations. In this keynote address, Steve will Illuminate the Quaker values that are fundamental to how he approaches his work and his life. He will describe ways in which those values…

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CBD 2021: Valuing Nature in Personal Practice and Societal Transformation with Gretchen C. Daily

October 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An awakening is underway, to the values of nature and the risks and devastating costs of its loss. Stanford Professor Gretchen Daily will describe new science to quantify nature’s benefits to people and integrate them into decision-making – in planning, policy, finance, and practice. Gretchen will relate the arc of advances in science, in understanding nature’s contributions to a range of benefits from crop pollination and coastal climate resilience to mental health in cities. Through stories, she’ll describe the innovation…

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CBD 2021:Compassion, Gratitude, Awe:Self-transcendent Emotions for Collective & Planetary Well-being

October 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this talk Professor Dacher Keltner will present the latest science of self-transcendent emotions, including compassion, gratitude, and awe. He will discuss the place of self-transcendent emotions in biological and cultural evolution. Prof. Keltner will focus on how they shift the self from narrow concerns about rewards and desires, to prosocial tendencies, including toward the environment, and a sense of being part of something larger than the self.  He will conclude with a consideration of secular practices to cultivate such…

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CBD 2021: Your Mind on Awe with Florence Williams

October 29 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Research has shown that spending time in nature can make you not only happier but kinder, more compassionate and more purpose-driven. In this talk, science journalist Florence Williams will unpack the new science of awe, explaining how experiencing it gives us perspective, makes us feel part of something larger, and provides windows of opportunity for meaningful change. Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcaster. Her most recent book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative,…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Innovation—Designing Technology in the Era of Distraction with Ruchika Sikri

October 29 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Explore the potential of “good-for-humans technology” that is designed to support connection with oneself, nature, and the Cosmos. Ms. Sikri will illuminate how technology that cultivates introspection, empathy, social connections, and compassion can uplift humanity and be good for the planet. Problems of technology, such as the ones featured in the 2020 documentary “The Social Dilemma”  and described as “an existential threat to humanity,” have prompted recent rigorous efforts to turn the tide of technology. New endeavors seek to stop…

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CBD2021: Attuning to the Web of Meaning: An Introduction to the Practice of Liology with Jeremy Lent

October 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Following Jeremy Lent’s talk on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the themes of his new book, The Web of Meaning, this workshop explores an integrative framework that attunes to the meaning that arises from our intrinsic connectedness within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world. Liology (pronounced lee‐ology) comes from the Chinese word li that means “the organizing principles.” This interactive workshop introduces Liology as an embodied investigation into the organizing principles of the dynamic patterns that make up…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Environmentalism with Paul Wapner

October 30 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can we live meaningfully in this moment of environmental intensification?  This session will reflect on the interface between our inner lives and planetary realities, and explore how contemplative practice can assist in finding greater purpose, sensitivity, and sanity in our environmental efforts.  Environmental issues challenge not simply our technological, economic, and political lives but also our very identities as human beings.  Please join us for an interactive session dedicated to the profundity of environmental challenges and the rewards of…

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CBD 2021: Contemplative Practices for Integrating Multiple Perspectives with Sam Mickey

October 30 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As a follow-up to Sam Mickey’s talk on Monday, Oct. 25 on the themes of his new book, Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing, this workshop introduces practices and tactics for bringing together multiple ways of being and knowing. This workshop includes strategies for cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue, as well as specific exercises for integrating different perspectives. In this integrative approach to perspective taking, contemplative exercises allow you to attune to the psychological dynamics of other individuals,…

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CBD 2021: Cultivating Awareness Practices in the Wisdom and Wonder of Nature with Mark Coleman

October 30 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mark Coleman, author and insight meditation teacher, will share inspiring ways to develop your contemplative practice in the great outdoors! Drawing from his decades of teaching meditation in the wild, Mark will discuss the benefits of these practices in nature as an avenue for cultivating awareness and waking up to our interconnectedness. The natural world is an incredible source of support and inspiration. Amidst an increasing ecological crisis, Mark aims to inspire spiritual awakening and love for our planet.  Also, an…

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CBD 2021: The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature with Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith

October 31 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside, but, when we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well-gardened Mind, will discuss how gardening can answer deep existential needs. She will present recent research showing that connecting to nature alleviates symptoms…

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CBD 2021: Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Practice Workshop with Mark Coleman

October 31 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meditation in nature can help us to connect more deeply to our environment, to each other, and to ourselves. Through a variety of guided nature-based practice, Mark will lead participants in fostering this connection to the natural world. Being outdoors with a contemplative awareness, we can sense how we are held and nourished by the intricate web of life in every moment, with every breath. Intimacy with nature can teach us how to be at peace with ourselves, and in…

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November 2021

CBD 2021: iPause Session 6: Meditation in Nature Wherever You Are with Mark Coleman

November 1 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Enjoy experiencing connection with the natural world from many places! During this meditation, Mark Coleman will guide participants to enter the natural world from wherever they are — be it at a desk or in a cubicle, or in a garden or park. Offering a means to tap into the innate wisdom of nature even when it feels less tangibly available, this practice is appropriate for all levels of experience in any setting. Start your workweek with a taste of…

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CBD 2021: Faith, Pain, and the Faraway: A Meditation on Landscape Painting with Alexander Nemerov

November 1 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Sanford Gifford (1823-1880) made perhaps the most beautiful of all Hudson River School landscapes. Most notably, he was famed for his portrayal of the distance. Far horizons—hazy, luminous, otherworldly—were his special fascination. In this talk Alexander Nemerov will explore Gifford’s faith in the faraway in light of his close relationship with his troubled older brother Charles. Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford. He is the author of many books,…

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February 2022

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

February 23, 2022 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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