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November 2018

Network Propaganda – Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

November 26 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Author Yochai Benkler sits down with Kelly Born to discuss Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. According to the New Yorker, the Washington conventional wisdom presupposes a kind of symmetry between our polarized political parties. Liberals and conservatives, it is said, live in separate bubbles, where they watch different television networks, frequent different Web sites, and absorb different realities. The implication of this view is that both sides resemble each other in their twisted views of reality.…

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Liu Lecture: Jenny Sabin, Matter Design Computation: Biosynthesis and New Paradigms of Making

November 27 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for Liu Lecture with speaker Jenny E. Sabin, Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. Lecture Title: Matter Design Computation: Biosynthesis and New Paradigms of Making Abstract: This talk will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, electrical and systems engineering, and architecture. Sabin’s collaborative research, teaching and design practice focus…

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Book Launch – Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

November 27 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The troubling ethics and politics of philanthropy. Are the announcements of Jeff Bezos or the operations of Chan Zuckerberg things we should celebrate? Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s benefit, Just Giving shows how such generosity not only isn’t the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. Big philanthropy is often an…

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Experiments in Blockchain: Q&A with artists Eve Sussman, Simon Lee and Snark.art CEO and Co-founder, Andrey Alekhin.

November 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Can the power of blockchain change the way art is made and collected?  Andrey of Snark.art, a blockchain laboratory, discuss with artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee how they create new artworks on blockchain. Lunch will be provided

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin: A film screening and Q&A

November 28 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a book signing from 5:30-6 pm in the lobby of Bishop Auditorium, followed by a screening of the documentary, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin at 6 pm. After the screening, Armistead Maupin and documentarian Jennifer Kroot will take questions from the audience.

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International Discussion Series: Reporting on America: Are We Surprised How We Got Here?

November 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bechtel International Center invites you to International Discussion Series talk on Reporting On America: Are We Surprised How We Got Here? Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12-1 PM Akilah Johnson, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Race has been in the forefront of news in the United States for the last decade, but it’s also been background noise that’s interfered with understanding the real state of affairs in the country. Taken collectively, these stories provide a nuanced picture of life in the U.S.…

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When and Where was Hindustan?

November 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor, is interested in the relationship between text, space and narrative. His areas of specialization include Muslim intellectual history in South and Southeast Asia; critical philosophy of history, early modern and modern South Asia. His first monograph, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2016) is an intellectual history of a text— the early thirteenth century Persian history called Chachnama— and a place— the medieval city of Uch Sharif…

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Creative Reading in the Galleries

November 29 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A collaboration with the Anderson Collection Experience the galleries in new ways with readings from lecturers teaching in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.

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The Next Revolution Will be Led by Women

November 29 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist, women’s rights activist, TV host of Tablet satirical news program and author of the memoir The Wind in My Hair. In 2014, Alinejad launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign, one of the many such efforts inside and outside Iran against the oppression of women in the Islamic Republic. She discusses her memoir and her experience in this movement.   The Stanford Bookstore will have copies of The Wind in My Hair available for purchase…

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December 2018

Angles on Art: Do Ho Suh’s Spaces Between

December 3 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Do Ho Suh (South Korea, b. 1962), Screen, 2005. ABS and stainless steel. © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Stanford graduate students Kelly Filreis (Art History), Russel Burge (History), and Alisha Cherian (Anthropology) discuss the Cantor’s current installation of Do Ho Suh’s The Spaces Between from their unique disciplinary perspectives. 

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The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

December 5 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Dr. Alex Schafran in a discussion about his book, The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics (University of California Press, October 2018). How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core? This is the story of the…

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Barbara Graziosi (Princeton), “Maker of Italy, Champion of Greek Love: Luigi Settembrini’s The Neoplatonists

December 7 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

In this paper, Graziosi discusses the fake ancient novel The Neoplatonists by Luigi Settembrini, one of the heroes of the Italian Risorgimento. This short homoerotic tale, which poses as a translation from the Greek, was rediscovered in the 1930s, but could not be published then, under Fascism, as it would have revealed the father of the fatherland Settembrini as the author of sodomitic fantasies. It eventually appeared in the 1970s: that sensationalist publication turned Settembrini into a gay icon overnight – and meanwhile…

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A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 7 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

All are welcome to this Service of Advent and Christmas readings and music, based on the famous Lessons and Carols Service held annually at King’s College, Cambridge. Festive music will be sung by the Memorial Church Choir and the Stanford Chamber Chorale.

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A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

All are welcome to this Service of Advent and Christmas readings and music, based on the famous Lessons and Carols Service held annually at King’s College, Cambridge. Festive music will be sung by the Memorial Church Choir and the Stanford Chamber Chorale.

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January 2019

A Conversation on Hans Hofmann

January 24, 2019 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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Maggie Nelson Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 28, 2019 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, 2019 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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Wes Studi in Conversation with Alexander Nemerov

January 29, 2019 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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The Future of Learning, Opportunity, and Work: The Future of Work and Learning in California

January 30, 2019 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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February 2019

Artists on the Future: Dana Schutz in conversation with Hamza Walker.

February 4, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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 the highest levels of human expression, creative thinking, and aesthetic impact into our deepest national conversations. In 2019, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University will bring three artists to…

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

February 5, 2019 4:15 pm - 5:45 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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Hannibal’s Secret Weapon: Recruiting Nature into His Arsenal

February 5, 2019 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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Stegner Fellow Reading with Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar and Jay Deshpande

February 6, 2019 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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Flight, Diaspora, Identity, & Afterlife: A Symposium on the Art of Michael Richards

February 8, 2019 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Presented by the Department of Art & Art History in conjunction with the exhibition Michael Richards: Winged, on view at the Stanford Art Gallery from January 22 through March 24, 2019, this symposium brings together a preeminent group of artists and Stanford scholars to explore and discuss themes Richards addressed throughout his life and artistic practice, including flight, diaspora, identity, and afterlife, specifically in the context of historic and ongoing social injustice and racial inequity. Free and open to the…

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500 Years of Leonardo, 1519-2019 — Living with Leonardo: Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

February 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SERIES: 500 YEARS OF LEONARDO, 1519-2019On May 2, 1519, the Renaissance artist, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci (1452– 1519) died at Clos Lucé in Amboise, France where he lived for the last three years of his life under the patronage of King Francis I. Leonardo could not have anticipated what a global icon of creativity and invention and perpetual museum exhibit he has become five hundred years later.  To commemorate the anniversary of Leonardo’s death, we are sponsoring a…

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