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September 2020

CBD 2020: Renewing Resilience & Respect: Contemplative Skills for Personal and National Well-being

September 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Impermanence, uncertainty and change are abundantly apparent right now. Contemplative practices build our capacity to engage with these realities with resilience, respect, and compassion. The pandemic, economic strife, racial upheaval, and the polarized political process illuminate immortality, disparities, inequalities, and immorality. The salience of these challenging issues offers the opportunity to no longer distract ourselves from engaging with what has been with us all along, but now can no longer be ignored. Contemplative practices (CP) cultivate the capacity to wholeheartedly…

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Contemplative Resources for Dialogue: Spirituality, Nonviolent Communication & Relational Awareness

September 30 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Contemplative practice is usually considered an individual, internal process.  Join author and teacher Oren Jay Sofer for a discussion around leveraging contemplative tools for meaningful conversation around today’s pressing issues of equity, justice, and ecological survival. The talk will include a brief overview of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication and the relevance of mindfulness and associated practices for effective dialogue. This event is part of the free Stanford Contemplation By Design Summit, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2020. The full…

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October 2020

Materia: Money & War

October 1 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We are thrilled to announce that materia’s sixth year will kick off on October 1, 2020 with a discussion on Money & War led by PhD Candidates Colin Drumm (History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz) and Harleen Kaur Bagga (Art History, Stanford). Colin and Harleen have shared the following descriptions of their brief talks:  Colin Drumm (History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz)“Sovereign Servility”This talk will discuss monetary politics and the limitations of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). The discussion will be…

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CBD 2020: new America: Race & Restoring The Democracy That Never Was

October 1 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Known for her willingness to sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love, Rev. angel Kyodo williams notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” She inspires a contemplative approach to evolving democracy in America and illuminates the collective process of transformative change . In this talk Rev. angel will address the fact that while in many ways we have been confronted with grasping the limits…

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First Friday | TAPS Associate Professor Young Jean Lee

October 2 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

October’s First Friday presentation will be from TAPS Associate Professor Young Jean Lee, who will describe her approach to, and experiences with, cross-cultural theater-making in her own work. She will also talk about how to acknowledge and navigate your own privilege when collaborating with people from marginalized groups that you don’t belong to.

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Books at the Center: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

October 2 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Published in August 2019, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books challenges the alarmists of our mass-mediated age, concerned that the sun has set on the age of the printed book. Price argues that no such golden age of reading ever existed, that the present has no monopoly on distractibility, and that the experience of focused reading has always been highly contextual: shaped by readers’ ideas of what it means to read, and so profoundly informed by their relationship to…

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CBD 2020: The Inner Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Between Doubt and Commitment

October 2 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

King often had to overcome his insecurities and doubts in order to inspire other people to join the struggle for civil and human rights. What can we learn from how King balanced his self-doubt with a strong commitment to change the world? Speaker: Prof. Clayborne Carson is the founder of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, where he is also the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History. In 1985, Coretta Scott King invited…

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Economies of Aging: Growing Old in Contemporary Cuba (LACWG Event)

October 2 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Please join the Latin America and the Caribbean Working Group for the discussion session Economies of Aging: Growing Old in Contemporary Cuba withElix Colón, PhD Candidate. Department of Anthropology – Stanford University. Our session will take place next Friday, October 2 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM via Zoom. The abstract can be found below. The presentation will be in English. Q&A in English and Spanish.  Please RSVP here for the Zoom link and the readings.

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CBD 2020: Liberation Through Love and Rage

October 2 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As Audre Lorde has written, there is so much data in our anger. One of the things that we can learn is how to let our anger show us where we have been hurt. We can let this great unveiling happen through the profound practice of radical love. When we embrace this deep wish to be happy, then we can move into the cultivation of our anger, which can place us into a direct relationship with our rage. While anger…

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Daniel Pearl Harmony for Humanity Concert

October 4 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This annual concert honors the life and memory of Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002. This year’s concert, as part of Contemplation by Design, will feature music affirming the hope and harmony that characterized Daniel’s approach to bringing peoples and cultures of the world closer to one another. The program includes a selection of prerecorded works by:  Patricia Alessandrini Giancarlo Aquilanti Utku Asuroglu Johann Sebastian Bach Constantin Basica Jonathan Berger Chris Chafe Davor Branimir…

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California Exposures: Envisioning Myth and History

October 6 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stanford historian Richard White partners with his son, photographer Jesse Amble White.  From the publisher: “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” This indelible quote from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance applies especially well to California, where legend has so thoroughly become fact that it is visible in everyday landscapes. Our foremost historian of the West, Richard White, never content to “print the legend,” collaborates here with his son, a talented photographer, in excavating the…

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Colin Quinn: An Overstated Book Tour

October 6 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

How can a nation composed of states that range from Utah (“The church of states”) to Vermont (“The state of relevant old people”) possibly hang together? In Colin Quinn’s new book “Overstated,” the popular comedian, social commentator, and star of the Netflix specials and off-Broadway shows Red State Blue State, The New York Story, and Unconstitutional tackles the condition of our union today. Tune in to hear the stand-up comedian from Brooklyn discuss his new book “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States” with moderators…

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: NASRIN

October 8 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP to receive a link for the screening and live panel discussion.  NASRIN is an immersive portrait of attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the world’s most prominent human rights activists and political prisoners. Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman, produced by Marcia Ross, and secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make it, the film also tells the story of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.  Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children,…

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Conditional Citizens: Laila Lalami in conversation with Alexander Key

October 8 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth–such as national origin, race, or gender–that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today.…

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Hagia Sophia Public Forum: Part 1

October 9 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please RSVP by clicking here to get Zoom link. Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of world architecture, having served many different functions throughout its 1500 years of history: built as the cathedral of Constantinople in 532-537, then converted into a mosque 1453 when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks, and then transformed into a museum in 1934 by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The secularization emphasized the universal, historical value of the monument over the more…

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Community Engaged Research – What it is, What it isn’t, and Is it for you?

October 12 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop series is designed with Stanford graduate students in mind who are interested in learning more about and developing their skills around community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Community-based research differs from “traditional” research in that it aims to cultivate non-hierarchical relationships between “researchers” and “communities.” Within this research approach, community members are also researchers and work side by side with university researchers in the design, conceptualization, and actualization of a…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

October 15 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.    Stuck@Home Concert October 15, 2020  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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A Lecture by Deana Lawson

October 15 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art and Art History, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity present a lecture by Deana Lawson.  Deana Lawson is a photo-based artist born in Rochester, New York. She received her MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Her work examines the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, desire, and religious-spiritual aesthetics. Her practice borrows from simultaneous…

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Hagia Sophia Public Forum: Part 2

October 16 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please RSVP by clicking here to get Zoom link. Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of world architecture, having served many different functions throughout its 1500 years of history: built as the cathedral of Constantinople in 532-537, then converted into a mosque 1453 when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks, and then transformed into a museum in 1934 by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The secularization emphasized the universal, historical value of the monument over the more…

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Presidential Lecture in the Humanities: Achille Mbembe

October 20 10:00 am - 11:30 am

“Futures of Life & Futures of Reason” Achille MbembeUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Achille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies writing today. A Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand), Johannesburg, South Africa, Mbembe is the author of numerous books including On the Postcolony (University Of California Press, 2001), Critique of Black Reason (Duke University Press, 2017), Necropolitics (Duke University Press, 2019), Brutalisme (Editions La Découverte, 2020) and Out of the Dark…

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The Redistributed University: Lecture by Sarah Nuttall

October 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sarah NuttallUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Johannasburg Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, and co-editor of many books including Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa; Senses of Culture; Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis and Loadshedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa. Recent essays, among others,…

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Artist Eamon Ore-Giron in conversation with poet and scholar Edgar Garcia

October 22 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Ore-Giron and Garcia will discuss the artist’s practice through a lens of abstraction and in relation to the history and symbolism of gold. The color gold features prominently in Ore-Giron’s ongoing series of Infinite Regress paintings, and the speakers will consider how we might decolonize and reevaluate this precious metal. Artist Eamon Ore-Giron has been awarded the 2020-2021 Presidential Residency for the Future of the Arts at the Anderson Collection and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Ore-Giron’s work draws on…

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Revealing History: Voices from the Stanford Oral History Program [VIRTUAL]

October 29 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Why is oral history special? What can we learn about the history of Stanford that the documents in the archives don’t always tell us? Join us for a listening tour of the Stanford oral history collections and a compelling demonstration of the power of this most personal of historical methodologies. You’ll learn about the history of Stanford’s unique volunteer-driven oral history program from program manager and Stanford alum Natalie Marine-Street, experience the excitement conveyed in oral history interviews, and watch…

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Part One: Exploration with Eamon Ore-Giron

October 29 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A two-part exploration of depictions of Latin American and border cultures through the moving image and sound. Artist Eamon Ore-Giron will present a selection of film clips, artist videos, and footage documenting different indigenous and folkloric performances that have influenced his practice. His body of work, which spans painting, video, and music, makes manifest a history of transnational exchange. This two-part program will highlight works that feature formal qualities and nuanced depictions of cross-cultural evolution and particular subcultures and traditions…

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November 2020

Conversation with Jason De León, and Angela Garcia, joined by Stanford students

November 5 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Join us on a conversation between Jason De León, Angela Garcia, Associate Professor in Anthropology, Jon Ayon Alonso, MFA in DocFilm, a Student Guide/writer for the publication, and others. This conversation is presented in conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition Hostile Terrain 94.

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