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September 2018

Case Studies: Damien Hirst’s The Void

September 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Focusing on one particular object on view, Case Studies is a series of public conversations between art historians and faculty from other disciplines. Case Studies is the first of several new programs designed to heighten the Cantor’s role as a campus hub for critical inquiry and cross-disciplinary discourse on the visual arts. Damien Hirst’s The VoidDuring fall quarter 2018, Case Studies will be devoted to Damien Hirst’s The Void. Filled with thousands of colorful pills fabricated by the artist, The Void resembles a gigantic, mirrored medicine…

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Wynton Marsalis in Conversation

September 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis is one of America’s most beloved advocates for culture and the arts in public life. He joins Stanford Professor of Education Adam Banks for a conversation about jazz, the relationship between the arts and community, and the irrepressible spirit of New Orleans—that singular blend of civic performance and cultural memory that has sustained the Big Easy through three centuries of adversities and triumphs.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History—A Conversation Between Steven J. Zipperstein and Ari Y. Kelman

September 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pogrom is a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the 20th century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells us the horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery—with gripping clarity and an admirable brevity. —Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize–winning Author of American Pastoral  In his most recent book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History, historian Steven Zipperstein describes how the provincial city of Kishinev, located at the edge…

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October 2018

Book Launch – Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy

October 1 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Co-authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey sit down with Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen to discuss the new second edition of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Philanthropy is a booming business, with hundreds of billions of dollars committed to the social sector each year. Money Well Spent, an award-winning guide on how to structure philanthropy so that it really makes a difference, offers a comprehensive and crucial resource for individual donors, foundations, non-profits, and scholars who focus on and…

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Dohee Lee: Singing Body Workshop

October 2 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, Dohee Lee studied Korean dance, music, percussion and vocals at the master level. Dohee’s work focuses on integration of traditional forms and contemporary arts through music, movement, images, costumes and installations. Dohee will lead her singing body workshop: Through breath and rhythm, we tune our body instrument and free our voices to explore sounds, songs and movement. This workshop expands participants’ vocabularies with feelings, energies, memories and stories to create new art.

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Maureen Fan: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

October 3 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

Join us for a conversation with Maureen Fan, co-founder and CEO at Baobab Studios, an Emmy-award winning virtual reality animation studio. Before Baobab Studios, Fan held several senior production and project management roles, including VP of Games at Zynga. With interests in film, gaming and the consumer web, she’s been named one of The Most Creative People of the Year by Ad Age. Fan graduated from Stanford with an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in computer science, art and psychology, and from…

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Dürer’s Knots: A Wired Renaissance | Susan Dackerman, John & Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center

October 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dürer’s Knots: A Wired Renaissance Around 1507, the German artist Albrecht Dürer created a set of six woodcut “knots,” ornamental images based on Islamic metalwork. The knots embody the entwined networks of early modern European and Islamic artisanal and industrial practices. These works also speak to the movement of natural resources and manufactured goods along trade routes within Europe and across the Mediterranean. The talk presents research for a forthcoming exhibition on Dürer and the Islamic world. Image: Susan Dackerman, John & Jill…

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Pegasus Stanford Physician Writers: What is it REALLY Like? Life After Medical School

October 4 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Readings by members of the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford about what life is really like after medical school. 

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Gallery Talk: Roger Steffens “Vietnam, Psyops, & Born on the Fourth of July”

October 5 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Speakers Roger Steffens (b. 1942) is a Brooklyn, New York born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer. Steffens began photographing while serving in Vietnam. His work in the Psychological Operations (Psyops) Unit lead him to found a refugee campaign for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. During the final 26 months of the 1960s, Steffens witnessed the Tet Offensive and worked from the DMZ to the Mekong Delta with a wide variety of other nationalities…

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“The Book of Ruth and the Question of Migration: From S.Y. Agnon to Adi Nes” with Ilana Pardes

October 9 5:30 pm

Ilana Pardes is the Katharine Cornell Professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Director of the Center for Literary Studies. Her work has focused on the nexus of Bible, literature, and culture as well as on questions of aesthetics and hermeneutics. She is the author of Countertraditions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (University of California Press, 2000), Melville’s Bibles (University…

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On Love: What It Is and How It Inspires Great Art

October 9 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Why do we feel the desire for connection? How have our ideas about love and its various forms—romance, family ties, friendship, intimacy, and community—changed through time? What natural forces drive the need to bond, and how do we understand and express this through our different cultures? How do we make it everlasting through art? An interdisciplinary panel of experts in culture, science, and music, unpack the amorous dimension of Stanford Live’s season theme about the profound human experiences of Life,…

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Videographic Deformations: How (and Why) to Break Your Favorite Films | Jason Mittell

October 10 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Deformative criticism has emerged as an innovative site of critical practice within media studies and digital humanities, revealing new insights into media texts by “breaking” them in controlled or chaotic ways. Media scholars are particularly well situated to such experimentation, as many of our objects of study exist in digital forms that lend themselves to wide-ranging manipulation. Building on Jason Mittell’s experiments with Singin’ in the Rain and his “Frankenstein’s Television” video (included in Stanford’s Videographic Frankenstein exhibit), this presentation discusses a…

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Roble at 100: The History and Future of Residential Life, Education and Sustainability in Stanford’s Oldest Dorm

October 11 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

4:30 p.m. Reception | 5:00-6:00 p.m. Program Speakers: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford Law School; Resident Fellow, Roble Hall James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist, Stanford University When it opened in 1918 as Stanford’s residence for women, Roble Hall was hailed as “one of the most modern and best equipped dormitories in the United States.” An architecturally unique…

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Book Talk: With Open Eyes

October 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zakaria Hashemi is an acclaimed director, novelist, documentary filmmaker for television, and the lead actor in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Brick and Mirror.” He discusses his book With Open Eyes (2004), a memoir-like novel describing his experiences as a filmmaker intimately involved in the Iran-Iraq war. Hashemi was discovered by Farough Farrokzad and introduced to Mr. Golestan; their collaboration has continued for the last half century.  Event is in Farsi.  To find out more about Iranian Studies events please join our mailing…

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Lecture: Blackboard

October 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curator Yinshi Lerman-Tan, PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Art History, speaks about the exhibition Blackboard, which brings together works that imitate, resemble, or feature a blackboard, to consider the relationship between art and education. The “blackboards” on view interrogate schooling, authority, literacy, form, and color. Blackboard will be a part of the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms, a platform for artists and museums to encourage civic engagement. IMAGE: Claes Oldenburg (U.S.A., b. Sweden, b. 1929), M.…

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Book Talk: Moon Brow

October 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Shahriar Mandanipour discusses his new book Moon Brow, about a young soldier who reemerges from the Iran-Iraq war missing a limb and most of his memory. He is haunted by the vision of a mysterious woman whose face he cannot see. Shahriar Mandanipour is one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature, the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 essays in literary theory, literature and art criticism, creative writing, censorship, and…

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The 2018 Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: El Anatsui in Conversation

October 17 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Internationally acclaimed artist, El Anatsui will be in conversation with Sylvester Ogbechie, professor of art history, UC Santa Barbara. The work Uwa by the artist is in the Cantor’s permanent collection and is currently on view in the Thomas K. Seligman gallery. Anatsui is known for large-scale sculptures, composed of resources typically discarded, that draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund. IMAGE: ©El Anatsui. Courtesy of the…

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Stegner Fellow Reading

October 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry. Names to be announced.

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Case Studies: Damien Hirst’s The Void

October 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Focusing on one particular object on view, Case Studies is a series of public conversations between art historians and faculty from other disciplines. Case Studies is the first of several new programs designed to heighten the Cantor’s role as a campus hub for critical inquiry and cross-disciplinary discourse on the visual arts. Damien Hirst’s The VoidDuring fall quarter 2018, Case Studies will be devoted to Damien Hirst’s The Void. Filled with thousands of colorful pills fabricated by the artist, The Void resembles a gigantic, mirrored medicine…

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Curator Talk: Queer Warhol

October 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The program examines Andy Warhol’s wide-ranging participation in the gay culture of the 1970s, from photographs of drag queens to sexually explicit imagery. A presentation by exhibition co-curator Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, will be followed by spotlight tours in the galleries. In the exhibition Contact Warhol, see the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This…

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Hadi and His Alam

October 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hadi Khorsandi is a UK-based, exiled Iranian satirist and poet. He published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the US. His new book The Fake Diaries of Alam is a spoof on The Diaries of Alam, one of the best-selling Iranian books in recent years by the powerful court minister Asadollah Alam about his relationship with the Shah. Khorsandi will read excerpts from the…

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Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon), “‘How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes’: The Alt-Right’s Infatuation With Stoic Philosophy”

October 26 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Stoicism and the Alt-Right may seem to be an unlikely pairing: the far-right internet is motivated by irrational hatred and rage, traits that are fundamentally incompatible with Stoic thought. In this lecture, Donna Zuckerberg will explore the Red Pill community’s odd fascination with this ancient philosophy and the role classical antiquity plays in far-right online discourse. Donna Zuckerberg received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online Classics publication (www.eidolon.pub).…

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Film Screening | The Voice of Hagia Sophia

October 26 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Documentary film, 24 minutes, 2018 An acoustic and visual exploration of the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istabul (Turkey), built by emperor Justinian in the sixth century and recognized as the largest domed interior in the Mediterranean before the Renaissance rebuilding of St. Peter’s. For centuries, resonant voice and bounded light worked together in this magnificent interior to evoke the divine. Today as a museum, the function of the space has changed and no singing is allowed inside. Stanford’s interdisciplinary project…

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Photography, Archives, and Apophenia: Lukas Felzmann on the Intersection of Nature and Culture

October 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This lecture will trace Lukas Felzmann’s work across time and the western landscapes as seen through the lens of contemporary photography. From New Mexico and Nevada across California and all the way out to the Farallon Islands, Felzmann will talk about building archives and how this led him to book making, presenting work from all six of his monographs, focusing on and ending with Apophenia his most recent publication. Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns with random…

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2018 Contemplation by Design Summit: Oct 30 – Nov 8

October 30 12:00 am

SAVE THE DATES Free events will be offered Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018 to further balance, tranquility, resilience, and creative excellence. CBD Summit participants will have the opportunity to take a break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full 2018 Summit schedule is posted in September at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php

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