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November 2017

Publishing – Building Resonance with Players

November 28 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dean Takahashi, Publishing – Building Resonance with Players. In this talk, Dean will provide an overview of the history of games journalism and highlight examples where developers have been particularly successful (and unsuccessful) at marketing their games. Dean will discuss strategies to build resonance with an audience and how developers can draw the right kind of attention to their games. Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He has been a tech journalist for more than 25 years,…

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Our Bodies Our Selves: Reproductive Rights at the January 21, 2017 Women’s March

November 28 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of American Studies 2nd Art & Social Criticism Lecture Series… This lecture takes a critical look at the proliferation of outspoken, unflinching, DIY signs on reproductive rights—expressions of agency and exuberant creative energy—at the January 21, 2017 Woman’s March. Hertz asks compelling questions about the imagery on these signs and what they communicate about reproduction,gender, and sexuality. The lecture takes stock of what we do and do not have in common, culturally and biologically, across various social markers including…

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The Evasive Bodies of May’s Photo Studio: Images from Chinatown

November 30 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Note the new time: begins at 4:15pm Join us for a lecture presented by Professor Marci Kwon (Art & Art History) as part of the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s ArtsWest series. As described by Professor Kwon, “This lecture will explore the remarkable body of photographs produced by May’s Photo Studio, the first Chinese-run photography studio in San Francisco’s Chinatown. From its opening in 1923 until the mid-1960s, wife-and-husband Isabella May Lee and Leo Chan documented weddings, special events, Cantonese opera productions,…

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The Place of Woodblock Illustrations in the Late-Ming Media Landscape

November 30 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here. About the talk: Block illustrations allow the reader of a printed book to experience a space of visual and tactile relishing, an actual or aspirational connoisseuristic gesture that renders information, texts, or knowledge in the form of beguiling “things.” The late Ming (mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries) is known as the golden age of Chinese woodblock illustrations. What claims on viewer-consumers’ attention and behavior were made by these illustrations, and how? This…

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Intersections: Artist Talk: Mary Weatherford with John Zurier

November 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist Mary Weatherford, whose piece black painting was gifted to the museum, will discuss her work and process with contemporary California abstract painter John Zurier. Mary Weatherford possesses a remarkable ability to overlap deep, sultry colors in abstract paintings that radiate light, energy and movement. Critics have praised the artist, born in 1963 in Ojai, Calif., for her achievements in layering vinyl-based acrylic paint known as Flashe, and for her distinctive use of deliberately draped neon lighting tubes that further electrify her…

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December 2017

CANCELED – Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art at Stanford

December 2 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Robery W. Cherny, Professor Emeritus of History, San Francisco State University Robert Cherny’s talk will cover Victor Arnautoff’s life and career, with special attention to his 24 years as a faculty member of the Stanford Art Department. Arnautoff (1896-1979) was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956 and took the 5th Amendment. Cherny will focus on Arnautoff’s experience with Wallace Sterling and the Stanford Advisory Board in the mid-1950s against the context of this controversy. He will…

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Play: The War Owl

December 2 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The War Owl looks at the evils of war as initially rendered in Iran’s grand epic poem, Shahnameh, and revisited by Bahar, the country’s twentieth century master lyricist. The play is written and directed by Reza Allamehzadeh, with the solo performance of Hamid Abdolmaleki and live musical accompaniment by Faramarz Aslani.  Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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The Ghost Ship Fire. One Year Later

December 4 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A Conversation about the Hazards of Starting out as an Artist. Featuring:Cynthia Daignault, Stanford B.A., 2001Kamau Patton, Stanford M.F.A., 2007Michelle Kuo, Stanford B.A., 1999Alexander Nemerov, Moderator Image: Gustave le Gray. Brig in Moonlight.  VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. Subscribe to announcements alike

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Apologizing for Genocide: In/Justice, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Peoples in Australia (and the United States)

December 4 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Image credit: Barbara Ries © 2013 On February 13, 2008, as his first official act as Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd formally apologized to the country’s indigenous communities for their prolonged maltreatment. In particular, in “the Apology” Rudd brought attention to Australia’s infamous “Stolen Generations,” countless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) children kidnapped from their families by the government and placed with whites in an effort to “modernize” and “civilize” them. In asking indigenous Australians to forgive the unforgiveable, to begin healing the unhealable, Rudd also looked ahead, adding “The…

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Designing for Feeling

December 5 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Robin Hunicke, Designing for Feeling. Robin will describe how to put the final polish on a great player experience and a call to action of what to do with the game after it’s complete. This talk will also cover Robin’s personal path, lessons learned from Journey, and leadership at Funomena. Robin Hunicke is the Co-Founder of the independent game studio Funomena, which creates experimental games for Console, PC, VR & AR platforms (Luna, Woorld and Wattam) in the heart of…

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A Bridge Taken for a Wall, a Wall Taken for a Bridge: On Persian Art, Poetry, and Translation

December 7 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book on poetry in a global age. This talk on poetry, art, and East-West translation ranges from ancient Iran to medieval Byzantium and the Abbasid era to modern Iran and Ireland. The lecture is in three parts. The first looks at the Persian artistic influences via Byzantium on a modern Irish poet that have passed largely unrecognized (a bridge…

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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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A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 9 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 2018

Becoming Frankenstein: On Risky Aspirations

January 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This Pegasus Physician Writers reading will be part of the celebration of this event at Stanford called Frankenstein@200 that is being coordinated by Medicine and the Muse. Frankenstein has been called the first new myth since ancient times. We all know the story, but in brief, Shelley relates the story of a young medical student who, after a traumatic loss, decides to take up the ultimate challenge of…

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Claire Messud Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 22, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of six previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

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Heterogeneous Critique; A Proposal from a Latin American(ist) Point of View

January 26, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle By introducing the concept of “heterogeneous critique”, I propose a theoretical and methodological framework and an alternative to universalist approaches in literary and cultural criticism, approaches which even include the trend to apply Anglo-Saxon postcolonialist positions on Latin American cultures. I will analyze the decline of universalist theory exemplified by the crisis of literary history and the emergence of a new regionalism in Latin American cultural critique which tries to overcome the invisibility of local theoretical…

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February 2018

St. Olaf College Choir Concert

February 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is the premier a cappella choir in the United States. For over a century, the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry. Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder,F. Melius Christiansen. Since its founding in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir has set a standard in the choral art, serving as…

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Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

February 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual. Bio: Phillip E. Bloom…

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Darlene Love

February 9, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For more than 50 years, singer Darlene Love has been making rock and roll’s world go ‘round. In the early 1960s, she was part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound for “He’s a Rebel,” doing backing (as well as uncredited lead) vocals for “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” and scores of other hits. With the 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, she became the best-known unknown in rock history. Joined for part of the program by the Stanford Symphony…

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Studio Lecture Series: Manuel Rocha Iturbide

February 15, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sonic Intermidia. The woks of Manuel Rocha Iturbide. In this lecture, the composer and artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide will talk about his different works (composition, sound sculpture and sound installation, conceptual art, graphics, etc) both in the fields of visual art and music, focusing his attention on leading concepts that drive his ideas such as complexity, deconstruction, emptiness and chance, and giving utterance to the different elements that conform a transkdisciplinary work or art, like context, time, space and intermediality…

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Pioneers in Educational Globe-trotting: Stanford Travel/Study at 50

February 20, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speaker: Brett S. Thompson, Director, Stanford Travel/Study Program

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Heather Blair: “What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture”

February 22, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument…

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Takács Quartet

February 23, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Blessed with a nigh-otherworldly gift for chamber artistry, the Takács Quartet, in the latest of its highly anticipated visits to the Bing, partners with Canadian piano virtuoso MarcAndré Hamelin for the Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1. Beethoven’s Opus 131 Quartet and Schubert’s Quartettsatz are also on the program for this Boulder, Colorado–based quartet.

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March 2018

Barbara Rossetti Ambros: “On Talking Terms with Mihotokesama: Material and Bodily Practices of a Jōdo Shin Healer”

March 1, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract:  The life story of Takumi Toyoko (b. 1929) illustrates the material and corporeal practices of popular Jōdo Shin in the Hokuriku region. At the intersection between a secret Jōdo Shin confraternity and a healer with an open clientele, Takumi and her devotees challenge stereotypical notions of Jōdo Shin as being opposed to magic and folk traditions. Rather than emphasizing scriptural authority, Takumi communicates directly with the Buddha Amida and wields her own body as a vehicle of salvation. Yet Amida…

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Rev. Shojun Ogi: “Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism”

March 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Historically, especially after World War II, Japanese Buddhist temples became focused mainly on conducting funeral rituals, various commemorative memorials, the selling of talismans, and conducting prayer rituals in the name of good fortune, happiness and safety. This led Japanese society, including both Buddhist priests and public at large to come to believe that Buddhism was only relevant regarding death or wishes. However, recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, some Buddhist priests have begun creating and implementing…

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A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 12, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated…

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April 2018

James A. Benn: “Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China”

April 21, 2018 12:00 am

Abstract: In this seminar we will read selected passages from the chapter on self-immolation (sheshen pian 捨身篇) in the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist compendium Fayuan zhulin 法苑珠林. We will see how the compiler of the work—Daoshi 道世 (596?–683) places a range of somatic practices including burning the body within the context of the propagation of Buddhism. We will note how he deploys key jātaka tales and Mahāyāna sutras as scriptural supports for the practice, and reflect on his choice of hagiographical material from China. Bio: James A. Benn…

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Hisham Matar Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 23, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Diana Matar Part of the Lane Lecture Series Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his adult life in London. His critically acclaimed 2016 memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and received the PEN America Book of the Year Award. In The Return, he recounts his search for his father, who was…

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May 2018

Tim H. Barrett: “A Possible Buddhist Influence on Chinese Political Thought”

May 3, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: Much work has been done in recent decades on the way in which Chinese rulers made use of Buddhism to bolster their power, but in fact some Buddhist ideas concerning kingship found in South Asian materials were quite negative. China was in imperial times an autocracy in which such negativity towards kingship generally did not flourish. But if we look carefully, is there really no trace at all of these Buddhist ideas entering the Chinese tradition of political thought? …

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Rupert Gethin: “On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters”

May 17, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the…

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Oliver Freiberger: “Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism’s Boundaries in Ancient India”

May 24, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.” Bio: Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and…

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