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October 2021

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

October 28 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: 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: 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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CBD 2021: Planet Hope: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Future of Life on Earth

October 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Richard Louv speaks on “Nature-deficit disorder,” as he defined it in his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods as not a medical diagnosis, but a useful term – a metaphor — to describe what many of us believe are the human costs of alienation from nature, as suggested by recent research. Among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses, a rising rate of myopia, child and adult obesity, Vitamin D deficiency,…

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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: Guided Meditation in Memorial Church, Breathe Like Water: Sending a Deep Breath to Empathy

October 31 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Water is a site of profound beauty and suffering; a site in need of empathy. In this guided meditation, Roopa draws upon the metta, or loving-kindness tradition. Participants will be invited to pour an inhale into the body, like a vessel filling with pure, clean water. In the exhale, the body empties its vessel, and so on. We will notice empathy, send empathy within, and send empathy out, to water. The title, “Breathe Like Water,” draws on Bruce Lee’s classic…

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November 2021

CBD 2021: iPause #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: Actionable Hope in a Time of Planetary Change, Nicole Ardoin, PhD

November 1 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

As evidenced by the increasing severity of intense weather events, wildfires, and climate-related ecosystem shifts, among other wide-ranging challenges, our world is hurtling toward changes that are altering life as we know it. Yet, despite the bleak news on many fronts—including from the most-recent IPCC report— the hopeful side of this equation is that humans, individually and societally, are indeed capable of tremendous change. With this grounding and motivation, Professor Nicole Ardoin and her Social Ecology Lab at Stanford pursue…

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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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CBD 2021:Merging Science & Contemplative Practice for Climate Action, w/ Drawdown’s Crystal Chissell

November 2 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Project Drawdown has led years of research and analysis by scholars around the world to identify – based on review of scientific study and data collection by the world’s scientists – the proven technologies and practices that are most effective in reversing the buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere that have led to climate change. Results of this study were initially published in the New York Times best-selling book Drawdown, and since then in multiple publications freely available online.…

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The Attribution of Creative Work in a Benedictine Context, with James Grier

November 3 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Organized and hosted by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS). This week we will host the talk “The Attribution of Creative Work in a Benedictine Context: The Strange Case of Adémar de Chabannes (†1034)” by James Grier The CMEMS Workshop series meets most Wednesdays at 12:00 during the academic year. See the CMEMS website to see the list of upcoming speakers. Note for AY 2021-2022: In-person is only available to current Stanford members. Remote attendance is available:…

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CCSRE Chautauqua | Ato Quayson | Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature

November 4 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join us on November 4th for our autumn quarter Faculty Research Fellows Chautauqua. This book salon event will feature 2021-2022 fellow Ato Quayson focusing on his new book, Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Branislav Jakovljević (Theater and Performance Studies). Ato Quayson is the Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of English at Stanford.  His book examines tragedy and tragic philosophy from the Greeks through Shakespeare to the present…

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On Ebrahim Golestan: An Inquiry into “Tide and Mist”

November 5 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sahand Abidi is an essayist and critic. He studied drama at the fine arts faculty of Tehran University. He worked as a playwright, dramaturge, assistant director and actor in theatre, and taught courses on the history of theater. He has worked in different capacities on numerous films, documentaries and plays. Many of his essays on aspects of modern Iranian theatre, cinema, and literature (on Beyzaie, Chubak, Golestan, Kimiai, Nalbandian, etc.) have been published in various journals and books. He was…

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Cuba en el siglo XXI

November 5 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for a conversation on Cuba led by scholars and professionals within and outside Cuba who will discuss contemporary Cuba from a variety of perspectives. Going beyond the media headlines and coverage of the July 11th protest, the panelists will discuss Cuba from a longer term perspective primarily focused on the early 21st century and considering US-Cuban relations, Cuba in the US media, freedom of academic, literary, and artistic expression in Cuba, as well as other relevant topics concerning…

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Accomplishment – Book Talk with Sir Michael Barber

November 8 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

There is no secret formula for success. But what if there were a pattern you could follow? A way of mapping the route and navigating the obstacles that arise? Michael Barber has spent many years advising governments, businesses and major sporting teams around the world on how to achieve ambitious goals on time. In this book, he applies the wisdom he has gained from dealing with large, complex organizations and elite athletes to help anyone tackle their most challenging goals.…

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Zadie Smith Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

November 8 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Photo by Dominique Nabakov. Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Registration and Stanford ID required. Masks will be required. Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, before graduating in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including…

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Digital Humanities Public Lecture: Building the Global Medieval Sourcebook

November 9 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

How did medieval people think about love, death, and their own place in history? What did they think was funny? These are some of the questions explored by our project, which brings together stories, poems, jokes and other texts from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Americas. In this lecture, we introduce texts that have never been translated into English before. We also talk about how new technologies can be harnessed to bring research to new audiences,…

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Chasing India in Mexico City: Reflections on the Uncanny, with Taymiya Zaman

November 10 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Organized and hosted by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS). This week we will host the talk “Chasing India in Mexico City: Reflections on the Uncanny” by Taymiya  Zaman. The CMEMS Workshop series meets most Wednesdays at 12:00 during the academic year. See the CMEMS website to see the list of upcoming speakers. Note for AY 2021-2022: In-person is only available to current Stanford members. Remote attendance is available: please email meagank@stanford.edu for the Zoom link. Abstract:This…

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From Olmsted to the Future: Stewarding the Planning and Architecture of the Stanford Campus

November 10 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

[virtual event] Free and open to the public. Registration is required here. You will receive the webinar access information two days before the event. If you do not see the email in your Inbox or SPAM box, please send us an email at historicalsociety@stanford.edu. David Lenox, Stanford University Architect Stanford University was one of the few fortunate universities to have a master plan conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted prior to any building development. That brilliant framework plan continues to serve…

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National Geographic Live Greenwood: A Century of Resilience With Alicia Odewale

November 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

After a successful inaugural series in the 2019–20 season at Stanford Live, National Geographic Live returns to the Bing with informative, entertaining, and awe-inspiring events that bring the world closer by combining National Geographic’s media resources with live presentations by explorers, photographers, reporters, and scientists. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, archaeologist Alicia Odewale is uncovering stories of resilience in the hundred years since the attack on Black Wall Street in the city’s vibrant Greenwood district.

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Conversations with Latin American Authors: Africanness in Action

November 11 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis’ Hemispheric Institute on the Americas & SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures present the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil Author Talk By: Juan Diego Díaz, Assistant Professor, UC Davis Comments by: Juan Eduardo Wolf, Associate Professor, University of Oregon Book abstract: When people think of African music, the first ideas that come to mind are often of rhythm, drums, and dancing. These perceptions are…

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Curator’s Talk: Art/Object

November 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Virtually join graduate student curator, Jennie Waldow, to discuss her online exhibition, Art/Object: Contemporary Works between Mediums. You will receive a Zoom Link for the event after registering on Eventbrite here. We often categorize objects in an effort to make sense of them, but what if we aren’t able to? Our online exhibition, Art/Object: Contemporary Works between Mediums, considers this question through works in the collections of the Cantor and Bowes Library that fall between the cracks of obvious medium…

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Reclaiming John Steinbeck: Gavin Jones in Conversation with Daniel Lanza Rivers

November 18 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Based on Professor Gavin Jones’s recent book about John Steinbeck, this conversation will consider Steinbeck’s relevance to our contemporary world and his interest in pressing issues such as climate change, ecology, social injustice, and the fate of humanity on a precarious planet. Register here for the Zoom webinar. Speakers: Professor Gavin Jones (Stanford University) and Professor Daniel Lanza Rivers (San Jose State University)

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