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August 2019

SGS Summer Film Festival: Plastic China

August 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Directed by Jiu-Liang Wang (China, 2016) Followed by Q&A discussion with Matthew Kohrman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University This film documents a plastic recycling facility in a small town dedicated to the business of processing plastic waste. The facility is operated by two families: the family of the owner and a family of employees. Eleven-year-old Yi-Jie works alongside her parents while dreaming of attending school. Kun, the facility’s ambitious foreman, hopes for a better life. Plastic China examines global consumption and culture…

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October 2019

Opening Reception: Reversals: Sixth Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

October 3 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Reversals: Sixth Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view October 1 through December 1, 2019, at the Stanford Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 3, 4-6 pm.  “As curator of the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the Stanford Art Gallery, I want to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to and supported this extraordinary celebration of the arts at Stanford. The vision that shapes the exhibit is a campus-wide…

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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

By Bryce Dessner Marking 30 years since the death of groundbreaking photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, composer/conductor Bryce Dessner (The National) brings us Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a powerful work that explores the origins and impact of Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography. Created with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with the vocal group Roomful of Teeth and an eight-player ensemble, Triptych includes music, projections of Mapplethorpe’s images, and poetry.

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Living Art History Lecture Series: Jolene Rickard

October 7 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents the inaugural lecture of the new speaker series, Living Art History: Race, Methodology & Praxis, by Jolene Rickard, Director of the American Indian Program and Associate Professor in the History of Art and Art Departments at Cornell University.  Jolene Rickard is an artist, curator, professor, and visual historian whose focus is art history and indigenous studies. She is of Native American Tuscaroran heritage (western New York State). She received a Bachelor of…

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Opening Reception: Ala Ebtekar

October 17 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Ala Ebtekar, on view October 15 through December 1, 2019, at the Coulter Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 17, 4-6 pm. Details to come.  Free and open to the publicOn view: Tuesday–Sunday, 12–6 pm Opening reception: Thursday, October 17, 4-6 pm VISITOR INFORMATION: Coulter Art Gallery is located at 355 Roth Way, in the McMurtry Building of the Stanford campus. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after…

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Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

October 18 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford. How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and 1960s? 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 said that two actors on screen…

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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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CBD 2019: Sound Bath for Pausing the Mind and Refreshing the Body with Danny Goldberg

October 29 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Participants will lie down in Savasana to experience the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans claim that sound can both “tune the soul” and affect our community well-being. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions and cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations…

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CBD 2019: Sound Bath for Pausing the Mind and Refreshing the Body with Danny Goldberg

October 29 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Participants will lie down in Savasana to experience the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans claim that sound can both “tune the soul” and affect our community well-being. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions and cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Mary Raftery

October 30 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Mary will lead a guided mindfulness meditation that helps center the mind and support awareness of our inner “weather report.” All meditators are welcome, including anyone with prior expereince, or no experience. Instructor: Mary Raftery, former Executive Director at Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, is a meditation teacher through Residential Education.  About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and evenings throughout the week at locations…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Skills for P.E.A.C.E. with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, CBD

October 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome to the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit. In this session, we will begin to experience renewal, peace of mind and well-being by pausing to quiet the striving mind, engage the senses, relax and replenish. We will explore the fundamental role of contemplative practices in creating a life of sustained excellence, service, joy, compassion, wisdom and health — a life lived fully. Learn practical evidence-based contemplative skills for enjoying the power of the pause. Activities will cultivate the 5 states of…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Practices for Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Stress in Youth

October 30 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

With Victor G. Carrion, MD and Chi Kim The benefits and feasibility of children learning yoga and mindfulness practices in a school-based program will be presented by Dr. Carrion. He will share information about his work on early life stress and the integration of mindfulness practices into his treatment of youth who face adversity. In collaboration with Pure Edge, Inc. and the Ravenswood City School District, Dr. Carrion just completed a longitudinal multi-method study on the effectiveness of the Pure…

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National Geographic Live

October 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

David Guttenfelder “A Rare Look – North Korea and Cuba”  For more than 20 years, National Geographic photojournalist David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Jeffrey A. Martin

October 30 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeffery Martin will lead a Guided Meditation focused on cultivating a personal sense of well-being and developing tools for personal transformation in daily life. This session will include short examples of several meditation practices to introduce participants to the fact that different practices offer different benefits.  Instructor: Jeffery A. Martin, PhD, is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Tarika Lovegarden

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Rejuvenate from your life source and inner being by discovering how to become centered in the moment—Here-Now— using your senses as a doorway. Learn to set your worries aside, unplug from non-stop thinking and enjoy a peaceful, clear mind. Instructor: Tarika Lovegarden, is an author, founder and meditation teacher at Lovegarden Meditations, and an instructor at the Health Improvement Program. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings…

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CBD 2019: Guided Meditation with Sri Yellapregada

October 31 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Sri will lead guided meditation on present moment awareness with expressions of gratitude, supported by light music. All levels of meditators are welcome. Instructor: Sri Yellapregada, Senior Privacy Program Manager at the Stanford University Privacy Office. About the program: As part of the 2019 Contemplation by Design Summit, Guided Meditation sessions are offered in the mornings and evenings throughout the week at locations on the main and satellite Stanford campuses. Participants are offered the opportunity to experience and learn about contemplative practices…

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CBD 2019: Mindful Yoga in Windhover with Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design

October 31 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Mindfulness and breath are central to yoga. They are also central to Stanford’s beautiful contemplative space, Windhover. Begin your morning in the serenity of Windhover; join us for a mindful practice. The practice wil begin with sun salutations, and flow into standing and floor poses while helping you to listen to your body, and compassionately and wisely respect your capabilities. Suitable for all levels. PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your yoga mat. Tia Rich, PhD, Director, Contemplation by Design (CBD), has…

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CBD 2019: Living From Open Awareness — “Waking Up” as the heart of contemplative life

October 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With Dustin DiPerna With a blend of both theory and practice, this session will explore how fundamental shifts in identity and awareness serve as the foundation for a contemplative life. Together, we will discuss the implications of recent findings in the neuro-scientific study of advanced meditative states. We will examine how shifts in awareness can become persistent traits rather than simply temporary states. And we will explore a few basic tools you can use to bring meditation practice into your…

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CBD 2019: Identifying the Contemplative Practice that Best Fits You & Your Needs

October 31 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

With Jeffery A. Martin, PhD All contemplative practices are not equally effective, and even the most effective ones aren’t necessarily for everyone. For over a decade our research has shown that “finding your fit” is essential to maximize the effectiveness of contemplative practices. This session will outline the practical points from the research to date, and include an experiential component to help you identify the best practice or practices for you. Jeffery A. Martin, PhD, is a founder of the Transformative…

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November 2019

CBD 2019: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dan Seigel, MD

November 1 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This lecture provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life. An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness, this lecture will teach viewers how to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.” Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you…

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CBD 2019: Contemplative Technologies Exhibit and Exploratorium

November 2 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With Jeffery A. Martin, PhD and Nichol Bradford, MBA Drop in and explore the cutting edge of technology for contemplation from around the world. Science and technology are pushing the boundaries of what contemplation means. Fifty years ago, the revolution began with brainwave and heart-based biofeedback. Today, the latest sensor technologies are not only more ubiquitous and accurate, but have been further turbocharged by AI and emboldened by the cloud. They not only provide windows and advice into how to…

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CBD 2019: Healing Qigong with David Wei

November 2 8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Chinese have an idiom, “Good circulation – good health.”  From this view, stasis is the root cause of all degenerative conditions, making movement the primary means of preventative health care. Daoists have maintained countless methods of movement aimed to improve health by simply improving circulation.     Participants will learn to assess their own vascular health along with various methods for improving overall circulatory function. Both solo and partnered work will be introduced.            …

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CBD 2019: 1 to 1,000 Grains: A mindful holistic process for equity, inclusion and well-being

November 2 9:00 am - 10:15 am

With Ken Singleton, PhD At the non-profit 1 to 1,000 Grains we follow a novel, multi-faceted strategy for confronting adverse trends in physical and financial health within low-income communities. Our affirmative coaching empowers families with actionable knowledge; achieves sustained impact with accountability; and is grounded in trust built upon long-term commitments to the communities we partner with. In this, session we will share our mindful and holistic process for inspiring healthful behaviors. Kenneth Singleton, PhD, is the Adams Distinguished Professor of…

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CBD 2019: Acupuncture and Acupressure Self-care Skills for Contemplative practice

November 2 9:45 am - 11:00 am

With Amalia Reeves and Dr. Sue Kim We will discuss the history of acupuncture and the origins of acupressure. Participants will learn the basic theory underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the basis of most of the acupuncture practiced in the United States. We will teach practical self-care acupressure points for relieving tension and stress; and demonstrate acupuncture technique on a few participants who wish to volunteer for this. Amalia Reeves is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc), certified by the California…

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CBD 2019: Body Mapping Workshop with Cari Costanzo, PhD

November 2 9:45 am - 11:15 am

Body Mapping is a creative tool that combines self-reflection with artistic expression to develop a visual ‘map’ of one’s life story. In this workshop, a partner will trace an outline of your body onto a life-size canvas or paper. Guided by a meditation designed to honor your past, present, and future, you will use paint, photos, words, collage and other materials to represent visually the central embodied experiences of your life. This unique Body Mapping workshop utilizes an anthropological lens,…

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