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October 2019

“America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today” with Pamela S. Nadell

October 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this groundbreaking history, Pamela Nadell asks what does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? Weaving together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter poet Emma Lazarus to union organizer Bessie Hillman and the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nadell shows two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place. Informed by the shared values of America’s founding and…

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Research as Praxis: Examining the Possibilities and Constraints in Doing Ethical Academic Research

October 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing their skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Sessions will be held over lunch. Please check the website for location confirmation: haas.stanford.edu. Please RSVP here for an accurate headcount for food. This particular workshop will examine the question: What are the possibilities and constraints in doing academic research ethically? Speaker: Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D.North…

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Michael Como: “Roadways, Shrines and Spirits in Ancient Japan”

October 17 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract:Sometime near the start of the 8th century, the advent of urbanization helped spur two shifts of momentous importance for the material contexts in which the kami of the Japanese islands were worshipped. The first of these was constituted by a transformation in the material character of shrines: whereas in the 7th century shrines for kami worship were envisioned in terms of consecrated areas of natural environments, from the 8th century onwards shrines for kami worship increasingly took the form…

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Cafecito Quechua

October 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cafecito Quechua is a CLAS-sponsored student working group that brings together the Stanford and neighboring communities to learn about the Quechua language and culture. Our hope is to highlight the presence of the Quechua community in the Bay Area and to educate the Stanford community through weekly conversations and guest speakers open to all.  There will be presentations on topics such as Andean food, clothing, and music, which will appeal to both Quechua and non-Quechua speaking participants.  *All levels are…

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Stanford Litquake

October 17 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This year, the Bay Area’s annual book festival, Litquake, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Litquake began in 1999 as a day-long event and has since grown to be the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, composed of 200 events, 700 authors, and drawing over 21,000 attendees. To commemorate this special occasion, Stanford Litquake will bring to the stage five extraordinary writers currently teaching at Stanford who will read from their most recent works: Samina Ali (Madras on Rainy Days),…

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Continuing Studies Student Reading at the Stanford Bookstore

October 18 9:30 am - 11:30 am

On Friday, October 18, the Stanford Bookstore will host a reading featuring students who recently completed the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. From 9:30-11:30am, students will share 5-minute selections from the books they completed after their years studying the craft with Stanford Continuing Studies. There’s a coffee shop inside the bookstore, so come grab a cup of joe and listen to some wonderful writing from novels that are finished, but yet to hit the presses! Free and open to…

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Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life

October 18 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

Desaparecidos vivos: Absence, Invisibility and Bad Life The category of “desaparecid@” is increasingly expanding, not because it’s ineffective but because it has grown to characterize and describe more and more: precarious lives, invisible subjects, nonpersons, and the living dead… they all fall into this category. And it’s all happening in “the streets”, forcing those of us in academia to rethink the concept. Currently, the disappeared are no longer just those who fall under the legal category of “forced disappearance of persons”,…

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Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

October 18 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford. Reception to follow.  How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and ’60s? What are the ways that moments of discovery—Eureka!—and the persona of the chemist have been shown? How has the chemistry of film itself been understood? And when it is…

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Celebration of Mind

October 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Martin Gardner was considered one of the preeminent magicians of the 20th century, an expert on Lewis Carroll, a champion puzzler, and the creator of recreational mathematics. Every year, mathematicians, magicians, and artists gather from around the country for Celebration of Mind to play, perform, and provoke the pleasures of mathematics, perception, and illusion—all in the spirit of Gardner. The Celebration of Mind at Stanford includes an artist, a magician, and a mathematician, who will lead an aesthetically and delightfully…

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“And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?” Book Presentation by Lawrence Weschler

October 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Long-time New Yorker writer and noted non-fiction author Lawrence Weschler comes to the Cantor to present his most recent book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks. Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks (author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) in the early 1980s when he set out to profile the neurologist for The New Yorker. Over the ensuing four years, the two men worked closely together until, for personal reasons, Sacks asked Weschler…

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‘A Feeling That Excrement Was Dripping from My Tongue’

October 22 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Liberal institutions, from art museums to higher education are under pressure from feminists and identity-oriented progressives to treat newly created categories of offense, umbrage and vulnerability as public health issues, to shut down injurious forms of expression. Advocates of proscription, code-making, shaming and speech regulation on the cultural left  are partnering with corporate HR departments and campus administrators to advocate job loss and penury as suitable punishments for an expanding range of offenses, especially when it comes to sexuality. Is…

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

October 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with visual artist Lynda Benglis and Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist.  ABOUT THE PROGRAM Artists on the Future provides renowned international artists and cultural thought leaders with a platform to catalyze alternative perspectives on urgent socio-political questions and create dialogue between different communities in Silicon Valley and beyond. Best known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures, Lynda Benglis came to prominence at the height of the second-wave feminist movement in the 1960s. Since then, the renowned…

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Opening Reception: Enrique Chagoya: Detention at the Border of Language

October 23 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Detention at the Border of Language, a survey of paintings, drawings, prints, and multiples by Enrique Chagoya, on view October 22–December 6, 2019, at the Coulter Art Gallery in the McMurtry Building. Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-6 pm. I believe that everybody is an alien. I think that we all come from somewhere else. Nobody is pure ethnically. Those times are gone. Maybe there was never any…

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Rooted Words XI: “The Time Is Now”

October 23 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Rooted Words is a community reading series, emerging from the Earth Systems Program and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences but enthusiastically open to all. We meet on the fifth Wednesday of each quarter under the spreading blue oaks near the Electioneer Road gates at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Students, staff, faculty, friends and community members are all welcome to bring a short sample of their own writing to share (5 minutes or shorter please) or…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Brendan Bowles and Derrick Austin

October 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Brendan Bowles  Derrick Austin  Free and Open to the Public. Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Brendan Bowles and Derrick Austin  Brendan Bowles was born in London, Ontario. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an MFA from UMass Amherst. His work has been published and produced for stage and radio and has been generously supported by fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown,The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and…

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Seeing the World from Above: An Evening with Aerial Photographer George Steinmetz

October 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For more than thirty years, George Steinmetz has been flying through the air like a bird, capturing breathtaking photographs of remote deserts, obscure cultures, and the mysteries of science and technology. His powerful work has been featured in The New York Times and in more than forty National Geographic photo essays. With a restless curiosity for the unknown, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali desert) to the virtually unknown tree people…

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“Nostalgia for the Present: Forgetting the Torah in Rabbinic Judaism” with Mira Balberg

October 24 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The idea that the Torah was collectively forgotten in the past, or is destined to be forgotten in the future, is a recurring trope in the rabbinic literature of late antiquity. The talk explores the origins of this idea as well as its development and various uses in rabbinic literature. It proposes that the rabbis’ engagement with the notion that the Torah is not eternal, but rather bound to be lost, offers a prism though which we can learn both…

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Rakugo in the World: Traditional Japanese performing arts crossing borders

October 25 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

About the talk: Rakugo is a form of Japanese performing arts that has more than 300 years of tradition. The performer tells humorous stories by using only a couple of props and maneuvering his facial expressions and tones of voice. Even old stories of feudal era Japan can bring about laughter from the audience in the present-day Japan. But rakugo transcends not only the time but also space. Recently rakugo performers have been performing rakugo in English and brought the…

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What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Alexander Chee

October 28 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Essayist and novelist Alexander Chee will join HPWP Director Laura Goode for a discussion about craft and career. The author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, as well as the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Chee is a contributing editor at the New Republic and an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, T Magazine, Slate, Vulture, and many others.…

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Layli Long Soldier Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

October 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Layli Long Soldier Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet , The American Reader , The Kenyon Review Online , BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship,…

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Layli Long Soldier Colloquium, part of the Lane Lecture Series

October 29 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Layli Long Soldier Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet , The American Reader , The Kenyon Review Online , BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship,…

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“Jewish Law and Modesty: Hair Covering, Body Covering, and Living in a Revealing Society “

October 29 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch colloquium with Michael Broyde (Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law). TBA

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CBD 2019: Professor Grant Parker discusses Aristotle’s Way: How ancient wisdom can change your life

October 29 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Discover how Aristotle can be a resource for your happiness. Professor Grant Parker, Stanford Dept. of  Classics, chair 2015-18, will explore Aristotle’s practical ideas on virtue, work, friendship and happiness as portrayed in Edith Hall’s book Aristotle’s Way. In a 2019 New York Times book review, John Kaag, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, wrote “Aristotelian life is…about identifying the particular talents or natural proclivities that each of us has, and then pursuing a path, consistently and…

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Bhante Sujato: “Translating a 2500 year-old Sacred Text for a Modern Audience”

October 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: Venerable Bhante Sujato spent two years translating the four Nikayas of the Pali Canon into English, primarily for SuttaCentral. His aim was to prepare a text that embodied the Buddha’s virtues of accessibility and inclusivity. In this talk he will discuss some of the guiding principles for his translation, as well as insights he gleaned along the way. This event belongs to the following series: TT & WF Chao Distinguished Buddhist Practitioner Lectures Bio: Bhante Sujato is an Australian…

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The 2019 Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguised Lecture

October 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Following over a year of investigation and collaboration with Stanford students and researchers, artist Mark Dion revealed The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death and Mourning at Stanford at the Cantor Arts Center. The installation presents over 700 objects associated with the Stanford family assembled in cabinets reminiscent of the great cabinets of curiosities in art history and of Victorian mourning cabinets. In this presentation, Dion discusses his Stanford project, its relationship to installations he has created at other universities, and many…

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