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April 2021

Translating Ulysses into Persian: A Century of Censorship

April 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Translating a work that employs inventive literary techniques is an already arduous task, however, negotiating with a system of imposed censorship makes the process of translating and publishing increasingly more intricate. In this talk, Akram Pedramnia explores the challenges of translating modernist works, like Lolita, Tender is the Night, as well as Ulysses, under a system of imposed censorship and discusses the methods she employs to evade it. Akram Pedramnia is an Iranian-Canadian author and translator. She has published three…

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Artist Talk with Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell at the SFMOMA

April 22 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for an online conversation with artists Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell, whose photographs are shown together (Floor 3, through Sep 6) as part of the series Bay Area Walls. In these commissions, both artists respond to the storefront murals and signage that have appeared in San Francisco and Oakland during the pandemic. Alejo and Burrell will be in conversation with scholars Dr. Tiffany E. Barber and Kazumi Chin. This event is co-presented with Stanford University’s Institute for…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

April 22 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.  Featuring: Dr. Seema Yasmin reading an excerpt from her book of poetry, If God Was a Virus, and musical performances by Stanford colleagues. April 22, 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 details about joining the webinar.

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Weintz Art Lecture Series: Denise Murrell

April 23 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Department of Art and Art History’s Weintz Art Lecture Series presents “Posing Modernity: A Retrospective View and Implications for Art History,” a lecture by Denise Murrell, Associate Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Denise Murrell will present an overview and critical framework for her 2018 Columbia University exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, and its iterations at the Musée d’Orsay Paris and at the Mémorial ACTe…

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The End of Official Color-blindness and the Rise of Anti-anti-racism in Latin America

April 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A few decades ago almost no Latin American countries included questions about race or ethnicity on national censuses. Today, the collection of such data is the dominant practice in the region. Most analysts of this shift have focused on the politics of recognition that pressured states to make afro-descendent and indigenous populations officially visible in statistics and social policy. In this talk, I draw attention to a different reading of this trend. The politics of recognition in Latin America is not merely a politics…

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Hands-On Mapping: The Story of a Blind Cartographer: Rumsey Map Center’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

April 23 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

On the event of the fifth anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center, please join us for a talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer.  Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial…

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STS Beyond the Classroom: Meet our Director Professor Paul Edwards

April 26 5:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Please join us for an informal chat with our STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, William J. Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus), University of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to ask and learn about career paths, academic research, and what STS really looks like beyond the classroom.

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Marcos territoriales, jurídicos e intelectuales con Johana Herrera y Kristina Lyons

April 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kristina Lyons y Johana Herrera Arango conversarán sobre los problemas territoriales, legales, socioecológicos y epistemológicos que conllevan los procesos de transición política de las últimas décadas, sobre todo después del año 2016. Ambas investigadoras nos compartirán sus experiencias en regiones distintas del país suramericano, analizando cómo interactúa el trabajo académico con el trabajo de campo. Kristina Lyons es profesora asistente de antropología y del Programa Penn en Humanidades Ambientales (PPEH) en la Universidad de Pensilvania. Su investigación actual se enfoca…

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Racial Reckonings and the Future of the Humanities

April 28 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The term “reckoning” denotes acts of calculation, estimation and debts paid. It can carry a sense of a future settlements. It also refers to “ideas, opinions and judgments” as in the phrase, “I reckon.” To what extent, and how, might we imagine a racial reckoning via new work in arts and humanities? The recently formed Centering Race Consortium brings together researchers at four institutions: Brown, Stanford, the University of Chicago and Yale to “center” racial justice in the pursuit of…

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Women with a Movie Camera: Khaidu and Its Quest for Women’s Cinema

April 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the 1970s, Khaidu, the first South Korean women’s film collective, was at the forefront of a new feminist aesthetic that opposed the highly male-dominant and repressive culture of “yusin”—a term literally meaning revitalization, but de facto referring to the absolute rule of Park Chung Hee. Through experimental filmmaking, performance, and the organization of small film festivals where they could exhibit their work, Khaidu members transformed themselves from students at a prestigious women’s college with limited work options into filmmakers…

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Between Fiction and Reality: Young Adult Literature, Justice, and the Next Generation

April 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Since 2000, young adult literature has been a publishing powerhouse, popular with readers across a variety of demographics, but especially designed for the newly recognized category of personhood: the adolescent. Through narratives and characters exploring contemporary adolescence as informed by questions of diversity, race and class-based violence and the legal system, this genre engages their adolescent readers through narratives grounded in the harsh realities of today’s unjust world. Our next Humanities Center Arts + Justice Research Workshop will center these…

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Crime Narratives

April 30 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Friday, April 30th for the “Crime Narratives” event at the Center for the Study of the Novel. We are delighted to welcome Andrea Goulet, Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, Michelle Robinson, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, and Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor and Director, Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. 

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May 2021

Art Breaks with Student Guides

May 5 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Click here to RSVP for this event. 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 to receive the Zoom link.  Apr. 7, 12pm PDT | “The Face of Manual Labor” with Lorena Diosdado, Art Practice Major & Education Minor ’21 Come explore how themes of construction and labor in Jacob Lawrence’s artwork and…

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New West: Innovating at the Intersection

May 5 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The mid-century linen postcard, recognized for its color-saturated hues and textured finish, evolved as a rare hybrid of the mediums of photography, painting, and mass printing. New West, a comprehensive publication of this popular art form, explores the evolution of the American West through these vibrant and compelling images. Join us as Wolfgang Wagener and Leslie Erganian discuss their award-winning book New West: Innovating at the Intersection, Examining the Transformation of the West to Shape a Sustainable Future. The American…

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‘Traitors’ of Justice and Graphic Ethnography

May 6 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Conflict and Post-conflict situations are often marked by the urgency and need for reconciliation. But is reconciliation always linked to justice, peaceful processes or peaceful outcomes? How is the figure of the ‘traitor’ – ‘the enemy within’ – linked to the commonly conjoined twins of justice and reconciliation? What is the role of graphic ethnography in tracing these gaps and tumultuous configurations? What intertextual, intercitational registers do graphic novels draw on? The lecture will call into question the figuration of…

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Conversations with Latin American Authors: Sayak Valencia on Gore Capitalism

May 7 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Stanford CLAS, UC Davis Global Affairs, UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas y SJSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures presents the Conversations with Latin American Authors series: Gore Capitalism May 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm PST Book: Gore Capitalism Author: Sayak Valencia, Historian, Writer, & Activist Commentator: Irmgard Emmelhainz, independent translator, writer and researcher Introductions by Cheyla Samuelson, associate professor at SJSU. Livestream: https://tinyurl.com/livestreamgc RSVP for Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/gcapitalism *This event is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s…

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A History I am Not Writing: Sexuality, Exemplarity, South Asia

May 7 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The incitement of the talk’s title, “A History I Am Not Writing,” summons a paradoxical labor for histories of sexuality in South Asia: to read the archival exemplar precisely for what it cannot hold. There is no stabilizing recuperation of historical detail on offer here, but more an exhortation to think the exemplar of sexuality as an absorbing and abundant discursive presence, reassembled through our every act of reading. Bypassing the seductive heroics of recuperative historiography, this talk proffers a…

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Berkeley/Stanford Symposium

May 8 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The fifth annual Berkeley/Stanford Symposium at SFMOMA presents Touch Me (Not): Making Contact. The Berkeley/Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts organized by graduate students in art history at Stanford and UC Berkeley. The ascendance of COVID-19 has forced us to reconsider the facets of our lives that we took for granted before. One of these is the day-to-day experience of contact, touch, breath, and life. This year’s Berkeley/ Stanford Graduate Symposium seeks to address…

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An Evening of Ghazals: Naseeruddin Shah in conversation with Jisha Menon

May 8 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Globally renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah will recite, translate, and discuss ghazals apposite to the current political moment in South Asia and the world. The recital will be followed by a conversation with Jisha Menon, Director of the Center for South Asia and Director of the Stanford Arts Institute, and audience Q&A. May 8, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00 PM Pacific (May 9, 2021 | 8:30 – 9:30 AM India) — Naseeruddin Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including…

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Russophone Literature in Ukraine: Developments and Trends – with Andrey Kurkov

May 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, a former prison warden turned journalist, is now one of Ukraine’s most successful literary exports. He authors over 20 novels and 10 books for children in both Russian and Ukrainian languages, which are translated into 37 languages. His novels were adapted to the screen and for the theater, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin and his latest novel Grey Bees (which details the ongoing war in Ukraine as viewed by a mild-mannered beekeeper). In this…

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“On the Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces”: A tribute to Michel Serres by Jean-Pierre Dupuy

May 14 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The Department of French and Italian presents The 2021 Michel Serres Distinguished Lecture “On the Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces”A tribute to Michel Serres by Jean-Pierre Dupuy (Stanford University) At once a mathematician, a philosopher, and a poet, Michel Serres was the Blaise Pascal of the 20th century. Like Pascal, he did not conceal the dread he felt before an infinite universe where “the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.” Pascal’s quest for a center was thwarted not…

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Eurovision and Intervision: The Politics of Europe’s Song Contests

May 14 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The annual Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s longest-running and most popular television shows, having been first staged in 1956. The European Broadcasting Union, the Eurovision Song Contest’s organiser, has always maintained that the contest is a non-political event that promotes cooperation among the European Broadcasting Union’s members, national public service broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean rim. Yet, as entries in it represent states, the Eurovision Song Contest has always reflected political relations in Europe and…

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Art Breaks with Student Guides

May 19 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Click here to RSVP for this event. 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 to receive the Zoom link.  Apr. 7, 12pm PDT | “The Face of Manual Labor” with Lorena Diosdado, Art Practice Major & Education Minor ’21 Come explore how themes of construction and labor in Jacob Lawrence’s artwork and…

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CANCELED – 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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Conversation with filmmakers and co-author: HBO Documentary “TINA” and “Happiness Becomes You”

May 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Description: As a recording artist, Tina Turner’s career spans sixty years, and most recently includes a series of interfaith albums called Beyond. For nearly fifty of those years, Turner has practiced SGI Nichiren Buddhism. In 2020, she released Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good (Atria), co-authored with Taro Gold and Regula Curti. This memoir details the role of Buddhism in her life and career. Her religious practice was also captured in the 2021 HBO Films…

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