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January 2019

Laetitia Sonami: Ideas & Machines

January 22 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Laetitia Sonami, composer, sound installation artist, and technologist, discusses her forty-year musical trajectories and encounters. Sonami has studied with Eliane Radigue, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Joel Chadabe. She moved from France to the U.S. in the late seventies to pursue her interest in electronic music, away from the more conservative French institutions of the time. After several years performing with home-made electronics and spoken words, she started developing the “lady’s glove” in 1991, an elegant elbow-length glove studded with…

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How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience

January 22 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience with Luke Wilson, Maria Menéndez, MD, and Molly Pearson, CCLS. Together Luke, Maria, and Molly have been working for the Stanford CHARIOT Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) to help treat patients using emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive projectors. Over the past two years, the Stanford CHARIOT Program at LPCH has helped treat thousands of patients using emerging technologies. The tools they develop are used…

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Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series | Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!

January 24 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Ge Wang will present the first talk in the Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series, “Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!” on Jan. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC, to be followed by a reception. (This lecture will be streamed live on our Facebook page a few minutes before the start time.) Topic What is the nature of design, and the meaning it holds in human life? What does it mean to design well?…

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Opening Reception | Michael Richards: Winged

January 24 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents Michael Richards: Winged, a solo exhibition of sculpture and drawing dedicated to the late artist Michael Richards (1963–2001). The exhibition, curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, is on view at the Stanford Art Gallery from January 22 through March 24, 2019. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 24, 5–7 pm, and an academic symposium on Friday, February 8. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Michael Richards was working in…

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“The Talmud as Icon: How an Ancient Oral Text Came to Embody Judaism” with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

January 24 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Talmud as Icon: The Babylonian Talmud is a Jewish scripture whose content has been central to the practice of Judaism and Jewish ideology for over a millennium. Because of this centrality, the Talmud has also found itself reviled and persecuted as the paradigmatic symbol of Jews and Judaism. This talk will focus on various aspects of the Talmud’s symbolic life. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University. A lifelong student of the Talmud with a…

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A Conversation on Hans Hofmann

January 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair & Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Lucinda Barnes, former chief curator and director of programs and collections at the Berkeley Art Museum will be in conversation on the Anderson Collection’s Fall Euphony by Hans Hofmann which will be included in the exhibition Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction at BAMPFA in February 2019.

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Hume Drop-in Writing Tutoring at El Centro Chicano y Latino

January 27 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Drop-in writing tutors are undergraduates who have been trained to help students at any stage of the writing process and can work with any piece of writing, from a Thinking Matters or PWR essay to a grant proposal or cover letter.

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Maggie Nelson Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Tom Atwood Part of the Lane Lecture Series Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and the author of five books of non-fiction. Her books include The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, and The Argonauts– “a beautiful, passionate and shatteringly intelligent meditation on what it means not to accept binaries but to improvise an individual life that says, without fear, yes, and.”—Chicago Tribune. Nelson is also the author of four collections of poetry. In 2016 she was awarded…

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Maggie Nelson Colloquium part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 29 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Atwood Part of the Lane Lecture Series Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and the author of five books of non-fiction. Her books include The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, and The Argonauts– “a beautiful, passionate and shatteringly intelligent meditation on what it means not to accept binaries but to improvise an individual life that says, without fear, yes, and.”—Chicago Tribune. Nelson is also the author of four collections of poetry. In 2016 she was awarded…

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Liu Lecture: Tahira Reid, When Diversity and Engineering Intersect: Adventures in the Research and Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Lab

January 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for Liu Lecture with speaker Tahira Reid, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and director of the Research in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Laboratory. Lecture title: When Diversity and Engineering Intersect: Adventures in the Research and Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design (REID) Lab Abstract: In this talk, Tahira will describe several research and engineering projects that were largely inspired by observations and personal experiences as a woman and a woman of color.  Although engineers…

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Wes Studi in Conversation with Alexander Nemerov

January 29 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Drawing from his rich life experience, Studi has moved audiences with unforgettable performances in Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Heat, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar and Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn. Most recently Studi starred opposite Christian Bale in the critically acclaimed Hostiles, directed by Scott Cooper, with whom he is collaborating on…

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Rooted Words IX: Solastalgia

January 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Rooted Words is a quarterly reading series. We welcome attendees to come and read short pieces (5 minutes or less, please) of their own writing, new or old, usually related to a theme for each meeting. All are welcome to come join the cammaraderie, and share a piece of writing if they wish. Rain or shine–look for us in the barn if the weather is foreboding. Solastalgia, January 30, 2019: With winter upon us, it is time perhaps to contemplate the particular…

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The Future of Learning, Opportunity, and Work: The Future of Work and Learning in California

January 30 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SERIES: THE FUTURE OF LEARNING, OPPORTUNITY, AND WORKThe digital revolution is transforming the character of work as we know it. The character of learning must change as well, requiring educators and learners alike to become more flexible in response to ongoing technological and economic change. This series assembles three internationally recognized thought leaders at the cutting edge of the revolution in learning to share their visions of the future and advise today’s educators on how to build it.  The Future…

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Érik Bullot on Performing the Screening

January 31 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Performing the Screening: On the Disappearance of the Projectionist One can observe currently the disappearance of the projectionist. It is a discreet event, but real. What does it mean exactly? For a long time, the medium of cinema has been considered a performative art. The projectionist had to handle the projector, prepare the rolls, perform the screening, test the different machines, and be present behind the window of the projection booth as a shadow. Now the digital projection does not…

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Mutual Radicalization: How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

January 31 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Radicalization has become a serious global problem. This talk explores mutual radicalization, where groups and nations push each other to extremes. Drawing from well-established psychological principles, a model of mutual radicalization is presented and international and national case studies are used as illustrative examples. Fathali M. Moghaddam is Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science and Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal ‘Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology’. His most recent…

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February 2019

Adrienne Mayor (Stanford), “Gods and Robots: Ancient Dreams of Technology”

February 1 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Long before technology made robots possible, Greek mythology envisioned ideas about creating artificial life—and grappled with ethical concerns about technology. As early as Homer, Greeks imagined robotic servants, animated statues, and even ancient versions of artificial intelligence. Many sophisticated robotic devices were actually built in antiquity, reaching a climax with the creation of a host of self-moving devices and automatons in the ancient city of learning, Alexandria, the original Silicon Valley. Join Adrienne Mayor as she explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and AI were foreshadowed in ancient myth. Adrienne Mayor is a…

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Artists on the Future, The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series

February 4 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us to hear from artist Dana Schutz in conversation with Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART. Read Dana and Hamza’s biographies here.  ABOUT ARITIST ON THE FUTUREThe Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. Artists on the Future is a new conversation series that will pair world-famous artists with thought leaders from various fields to talk about issues vital to our society. These public events will bring those working at…

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CESTA Seminar Series with Estelle Freedman & Natalie Jean Marine-Street

February 5 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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The Clayman Institute Winter Artist’s Salon featuring Amara Tabor-Smith

February 5 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Conjure Art in the dance performance work of Amara Tabor-Smith – in this conversation with Dance maker Amara Tabor-Smith, the artist will share excerpts from her dance theater works and discuss why she calls her performance work “Conjure Art”. Amara is an Oakland based choreographer/performance maker who describes her work as Afro Futurist Conjure Art. Her dance making practice utilizes Yoruba spiritual ritual to address issues of social and environmental justice, race, gender identity and belonging. She is a 2018…

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The Canticle of the Birds: Part I

February 5 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

**Please note this lecture is in two parts: February 5 and 7** The Iranian mystic `Attâr’s magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or “Canticle of the Birds”, tells of the quest of all the world’s birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world’s most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his…

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Hannibal’s Secret Weapon: Recruiting Nature into His Arsenal

February 5 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca, may have been the ancient pioneer of weaponizing nature to expand the power of his typically smaller army in combat engagements. While surprise was almost always one of his greatest assets, especially combined with deep military intelligence and psychological operations, Hannibal’s deep knowledge of local environments and topographies allowed him to exploit his enemies’ vulnerabilities. He invariably arrived first before battle and turned the local conditions into advantages. During the Second Punic War, he made…

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What Matters to Me and Why – Jonathan Levin

February 6 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The What Matters to Me and Why series encourages reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University. Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business The third talk of this year’s series features Jonathan Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is an economist with…

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Intuitive Intelligence Meditation

February 6 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Increase your intuitive intelligence, while sharpening your mind! Accessing your intuition is like having a GPS guide you through your professional and personal life. Intuition enhances your logical mind, providing you with a “gut check”, to aid with discernment and choices. You may have already experienced moments of being guided by your intuitive wisdom. Imagine what it would be like if you simply knew which direction to take in your life, and what choices to make on a day-to-day basis to accomplish what’s important to…

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Art Focus Lectures | Stanford University: Founding Visions & Turning Points

February 6 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

The Stanford University campus fosters a dynamic culture that supports high academic and research standards and nurtures well-rounded students—all in a setting that leverages the juxtaposition of the serious and the irreverent. This is also evident in the contrast of the central campus and the open space of the foothills. This presentation explores how Stanford continues to reinvent and translate the original vision of the founders in its planning and architecture. Specifically, this lecture will highlight the transformation of the arts district, and recently completed projects including the…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar and Jay Deshpande

February 6 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar and Jay Deshpande Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar grew up in Hyderabad, India. She holds an MFA from Boston University, where she won the William A. Holodnak Prize for fiction. Her writing has appeared in Salamander Magazine. She lives in Berkeley, CA, and is working on her first novel. Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger, named a top debut of 2015 by Poets & Writers, and of the…

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