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January 2021

Tuesday Race Talk: Investment Performance and Racial Justice

January 26 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join Professor Rick Banks in a conversation with Daryn Dodson, Managing Director, Illumen Capital, about investment performance and racial justice in the US.  How can the tools of investment and private equity be used to address racial injustice?

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Lou Henry Hoover, Stanford Class of 1898, and the Rights of Women [VIRTUAL EVENT]

January 26 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

(Pacific Standard Time) Speaker: Elena Danielson, Hoover Institution Archivist, Emerita While very aware of the obstacles she faced as a woman, Lou Henry succeeded in four careers beyond that of “First Lady”: writer, geologist, architect, and philanthropist. She adroitly used her management skills to promote and expand the Girl Scouts, a non-controversial fit as “First Lady” but with a lasting national impact on the welfare of women. Elena Danielson’s recent book, Hoover Tower at Stanford University, includes a lot of…

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Art Breaks with Student Guides

January 27 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Join Stanford Student Tour Guides for a 30 minute art break talk every other Wednesday. You’ll hear about how objects at Stanford’s museums relate to different disciplines that each student is studying. RSVP on Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/art_breaks) to receive the Zoom link.  Jan. 27, 12pm PST | “Transformations in Painting after WWII” with Georgia Gardner, Art History & International Relations Major ’22 Come explore the connection between the postwar rearrangement of international power and priorities through the rise of visceral, gestural,…

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Black Turntable Music Culture in the 1980s, Prof Adam Banks, Stanford University

January 27 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Committed teacher. Midnight Believer. A Slow Jam in a Hip Hop world. Cerebral and silly, outgoing and a homebody. Vernacular and grounded but academic and idealistic too. Convinced that Donny Hathaway is the most compelling artist of the entire soul and funk era, and that we still don’t give Patrice Rushen enough love. He’s a crate digger, and DJ with words and ideas, and he believes that the people, voices and communities we bring with us to Stanford are every…

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Rad.live co-founder and CEO Tony Mugavero @ ETL

January 27 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

Tony Mugavero is the co-founder and CEO of Rad (formerly known as Littlstar), a consumer streaming platform delivering live and on-demand Esports, music, comedy and sports from companies like NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Whistle, Showtime, New Form, Law & Crime and more. Rad’s unique brand of edgy content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences, coupled with the ability to watch your personal collection of movies and VR videos, makes it a hub for next-generation viewers. The platform delivers a broad range of…

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Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change

January 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Ali Ansari will discuss the ideas that informed his book on political change in the Islamic Republic, the structure of the new state as it took shape under President Rafsanjani and the struggles to define it in the decades that followed, looking in particular at how both Marxian and Weberian concepts of the state and socio-economic structures can help us better understand the nature of the Islamic Republic. Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of…

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Transcending Caste with Isabel Wilkerson

January 28 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner, celebrated non-fiction writer, and prestigious journalist, joins the Stanford Community on January 28th to share her narrative and stories about race and inherent structural systems of racism found globally, as described in her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. For more information on this speaker please visit prhspeakers.com. This event is for the Stanford community, SUnet ID required. This event will not be recorded.

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Cafecito Quechua

January 28 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Stanford’s Cafecito Quechua promotes Andean issues and cultures, inviting members to share their experiences with and passion for the region and its cultures. Meetings take place once per week and are open to anyone who wishes to attend. We will be bringing relevant cultural topics and news of the Quechua-speaking regions to our Bay Area community, and encourage people to learn more about Andean cultures. Every week we will also be teaching the basics of Quechua language to anyone who comes…

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Caudillo Machine Culture: The Rise of Machine Culture in Rural Argentine, 19th century

January 29 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation examines two cultural narratives developed by two distinct groups (urban elite and rural folk) in Argentina during the nineteenth century. In this period, liberal elites developed an economic plan to transform agricultural practices and integrate the use of farm machinery and tools in everyday forms of crop farming and livestock raising to modernize the farming sector. Among these elites, the urban intellectuals sought more than to build an economy; they sought to build a nation-state, and hence, created…

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February 2021

Sharad Goel, MS & E, CS, Sociology and the Law School and Mutale Nkonde, Digital Civil Society Lab,

February 3 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Professor Goel, Assistant Professor of Management Science & Engineering, and by courtsesy in Computer Science, Sociology &  the Law School at Stanford University looks at public policy through the lens of computer science, bringing a computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary social issues. Some topics he has recently worked on are: policing practices, including statistical tests for discrimination; fair machine learning, including in automated speech recognition; and U.S. elections, including swing voting, polling errors, voter fraud, and political polarization.  …

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BeWell & Creative Together

February 4 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Creativity is important for wellness. Join BeWell for a day of creative exploration through storytelling, improv, vision boarding, Zentangle, music, dance and more to learn more about boosting your creativity skills. You are welcome to attend all sessions or drop in and out throughout the day. The event is free. Visit the portal by clicking “Join the event” on the right-hand side to learn more about the sessions and instructors. Register before the event to receive a reminder email. Speakers…

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Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

February 4 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Professor Domenico Ingenito discusses his new book Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry (Brill, December 2020). The book explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Sa’di Shirazi (d. 1282 CE), one of the most revered masters of classical Persian literature. Relying on a variety of sources, including unstudied manuscripts, Professor Ingenito presents the so-called “inimitable smoothness” of Sa’di’s lyric style as a serene yet multifaceted window into the uncanny…

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

February 8 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Shirin Neshat and Abbas Miliani, Director of Iranian Studies and Adjunct Professor at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. The conversation will be moderated by Stanford’s interim Senior Associate Vice President for the Arts, Matthew Tiews.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political issues…

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A Conversation with Isaac Julien: Migration and Film

February 9 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

When Home Won’t Let You Stay artist Isaac Julien will be in conversation with Cantor Arts Center Curator Maggie Dethloff and Ruby City Contemporary Art Center Director Elyse A. Gonzales to give audiences a deeper understanding of his work and practice. February 9, 2021 1 PM PST Click here to register through Eventbrite and receive the Zoom Link. This public program will be preceded by an online film screening of The Leopard, a single screen film that poetically examines the…

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The Clayman Institute Artist’s Salon Featuring Valerie Miner

February 9 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

The Artist’s Salon presents writer and artist-in-residence Valerie Miner. Celebrating the publication of her 15th book, Valerie will talk about telling stories as well as read from her new book of short fiction. Bread and Salt, Miner’s fifth collection of short stories, uses the metaphor of “salvage” to consider the reclamation of the natural environment, human relationships, and material objects. The stories are about forgiveness, reunion, rescue, repair, return and restoration as Miner reveals how family and friendship are enriched by…

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Organ Recital

February 10 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist, will be performing Plainsong-based works performed on three of the organs of Stanford Memorial Church including works by Thomas Preston, Nicolas de Grigny, Jean Langlais, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Visit the ORSL website for the live stream link.

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Jumatatu Poe Artist Talk

February 17 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jumatatu Poe is a dance/performance-based artist, educator, organizer, and voyager based in Philadelphia. Their early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where their Pan-Africanist parents studied and worked, but formal dance training did not start until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. Their work continues to be influenced by various sources, including foundations in those living rooms and parties, early technical training in contemporary African dance, continued study…

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MasterClass founder and CEO David Rogier @ ETL

February 17 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

David Rogier is the founder and CEO of MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the best. Growing up, Rogier loved learning but struggled in school. Determined to reinvent the traditional learning model, he created MasterClass in 2015. MasterClass has since transformed the lifelong learning category by providing intimate access to the world’s best practitioners, from Stephen Curry (basketball) to Margaret Atwood (writing), Martin Scorcese (filmmaking), Sarah Blakely (entrepreneurship) and Serena Williams (tennis). This appearance by David Rogier…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

February 18 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times. Join us! Stuck@Home Concert February 18, 2021  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fY69HZDmRYeAxHbmJxTLGw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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All This Rising: The Humanities in the Next Ten Years

February 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Phenomenology of Distance in Early Modern Hispanic Geopolitics Lecture by Ricardo Padrón Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia  Our understanding of early modern history is mediated by maps that have little to do with the way space and distance was lived and conceived during the period. During the long sixteenth century, bounded territories mattered less than routes and distances, measured in terms of the time and effort it took to traverse them. This point is crucial to understanding,…

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Conversations with Latin American Authors Series: The Art of Memory (Stefano Varese)

February 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis Global Studies, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas y SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures presents the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: February 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm PSTAuthor Stefano Varese, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis will discuss his new book The Art of Memory: An Ethnographer’s Journey with comments by Charles R. Hale, Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/svareseLivestream link: https://tinyurl.com/livestreamVarese  *These events are partially funded by…

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March 2021

Inside the Center: Book Talk with Marci Kwon

March 31 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Enchantments:Joseph Cornell and American Modernism Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is best known for his exquisite and alluring box constructions, in which he transformed found objects—such as celestial charts, glass ice cubes, and feathers—into enchanted worlds that blur the boundaries between fantasy and the commonplace. Art historian and Humanities Center fellow Marci Kwon will discuss her new book, Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism, an innovative and interdisciplinary account that reveals enchantment’s relevance to the history of American mid-century American art. Kwon explores…

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May 2021

National Geographic Live: Wild Hope with Ami Vitale

May 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From documenting war zones to donning a panda suit to remain anonymous among giant pandas, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale shares her images and adventures from a career spent “living the story.”

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