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September 2018

Cien Años de Alegría: Celebrating Fernando Alegría’s Centennial

September 26 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fernando Alegría (1918-2005), Stanford Professor of Latin American Literature, award-winning novelist, poet, and literary critic, spent much of his life away from his native Chile, living and teaching in the United States. Special screening of Viva Chile M…! The film follows Alegria’s life through his poetry,with testimonials from those who knew him best. Followed by Q & A with the film producer Marcia Campos Free and open to the public but MUST reserve HERE.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History—A Conversation Between Steven J. Zipperstein and Ari Y. Kelman

September 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pogrom is a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the 20th century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells us the horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery—with gripping clarity and an admirable brevity. —Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize–winning Author of American Pastoral  In his most recent book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History, historian Steven Zipperstein describes how the provincial city of Kishinev, located at the edge…

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Contact Warhol: Photography Without End

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

See the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Office of the President, Stanford University. Please be advised that some images in this exhibition may not be appropriate for young viewers. IMAGE: Andy Warhol (U.S.A.,…

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October 2018

Book Launch – Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy

October 1 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Co-authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey sit down with Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen to discuss the new second edition of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy. Philanthropy is a booming business, with hundreds of billions of dollars committed to the social sector each year. Money Well Spent, an award-winning guide on how to structure philanthropy so that it really makes a difference, offers a comprehensive and crucial resource for individual donors, foundations, non-profits, and scholars who focus on and…

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Gallery Talk: Roger Steffens “Vietnam, Psyops, & Born on the Fourth of July”

October 5 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Speakers Roger Steffens (b. 1942) is a Brooklyn, New York born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer. Steffens began photographing while serving in Vietnam. His work in the Psychological Operations (Psyops) Unit lead him to found a refugee campaign for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. During the final 26 months of the 1960s, Steffens witnessed the Tet Offensive and worked from the DMZ to the Mekong Delta with a wide variety of other nationalities…

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“The Book of Ruth and the Question of Migration: From S.Y. Agnon to Adi Nes” with Ilana Pardes

October 9 5:30 pm

Ilana Pardes is the Katharine Cornell Professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Director of the Center for Literary Studies. Her work has focused on the nexus of Bible, literature, and culture as well as on questions of aesthetics and hermeneutics. She is the author of Countertraditions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (University of California Press, 2000), Melville’s Bibles (University…

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Taking Charge of Your Education: Pathways for Humanities PhDs

October 9 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the School of Humanities & Sciences for wine and cheese and a chance to meet fellow grads in other humanities and arts departments, as well as a variety of campus leaders. Lanier Anderson (Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts) and Matthew Tiews (Associate Vice President for the Arts) will speak briefly about how you can take advantage of Stanford’s resources to plan broadly for your future. We will also distribute a guide to key professional development opportunities for…

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Book Talk: With Open Eyes

October 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Zakaria Hashemi is an acclaimed director, novelist, documentary filmmaker for television, and the lead actor in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Brick and Mirror.” He discusses his book With Open Eyes (2004), a memoir-like novel describing his experiences as a filmmaker intimately involved in the Iran-Iraq war. Hashemi was discovered by Farough Farrokzad and introduced to Mr. Golestan; their collaboration has continued for the last half century.  Event is in Farsi.  To find out more about Iranian Studies events please join our mailing…

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Lecture: Blackboard

October 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curator Yinshi Lerman-Tan, PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Art History, speaks about the exhibition Blackboard, which brings together works that imitate, resemble, or feature a blackboard, to consider the relationship between art and education. The “blackboards” on view interrogate schooling, authority, literacy, form, and color. Blackboard will be a part of the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms, a platform for artists and museums to encourage civic engagement. IMAGE: Claes Oldenburg (U.S.A., b. Sweden, b. 1929), M.…

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Book Talk: Moon Brow

October 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Shahriar Mandanipour discusses his new book Moon Brow, about a young soldier who reemerges from the Iran-Iraq war missing a limb and most of his memory. He is haunted by the vision of a mysterious woman whose face he cannot see. Shahriar Mandanipour is one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature, the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 essays in literary theory, literature and art criticism, creative writing, censorship, and…

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Stegner Fellow Reading

October 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry. Names to be announced.

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Curator Talk: Queer Warhol

October 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The program examines Andy Warhol’s wide-ranging participation in the gay culture of the 1970s, from photographs of drag queens to sexually explicit imagery. A presentation by exhibition co-curator Richard Meyer, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, will be followed by spotlight tours in the galleries. In the exhibition Contact Warhol, see the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s iconic work. This…

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Populist Challenges to Democracy

October 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

How do populism and nationalism challenge democracy? Can they instead help to sustain it? This panel explores the causes of the global populist upsurge, from popular discontent to economic shocks. Nationalism and populism are powerful, compatible, and resonant ideologies. As a result, they can legitimate leaders and mobilize citizens – and pose dramatic challenges to liberal democracy.  This is the first of three public symposia during the 2018-19 academic year to be hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in…

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Stanford Bookstore Meet the Author: Alison Carpenter Davis

October 25 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a book event with Stanford alumna Alison Carpenter Davis, celebrating her first book, Letters Home From Stanford. Remember those late-night imaginings, questions, and debates that you and dorm mates engaged in back at the Farm? Letters Home from Stanford, a published collection of letters, emails, and texts sent home by generations of Stanford’s undergrad and grad-school students, gives you a cross-generational gab session. These students—some alive, some not—continue to engage, inspire, and challenge you—just like the gang…

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Hadi and His Alam

October 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Hadi Khorsandi is a UK-based, exiled Iranian satirist and poet. He published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the US. His new book The Fake Diaries of Alam is a spoof on The Diaries of Alam, one of the best-selling Iranian books in recent years by the powerful court minister Asadollah Alam about his relationship with the Shah. Khorsandi will read excerpts from the…

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Donna Zuckerberg (Eidolon), “‘How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes’: The Alt-Right’s Infatuation With Stoic Philosophy”

October 26 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Stoicism and the Alt-Right may seem to be an unlikely pairing: the far-right internet is motivated by irrational hatred and rage, traits that are fundamentally incompatible with Stoic thought. In this lecture, Donna Zuckerberg will explore the Red Pill community’s odd fascination with this ancient philosophy and the role classical antiquity plays in far-right online discourse. Donna Zuckerberg received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online Classics publication (www.eidolon.pub).…

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Gallery Talk Series: Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age

October 26 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Curator Melissa Yuen, curatorial fellow for American and European art to 1900, discusses the exhibition, which considers how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, the exhibition highlights the importance of nature for artists and the public, both of whom increasingly were affected by machines, cities, and crowds. TALKS IN THIS SERIES: Friday, September 14, 12:30 PMFriday, October 26, 12:30 PM IMAGE: William…

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2018 Contemplation by Design Summit: Oct 30 – Nov 8

October 30 12:00 am

SAVE THE DATES Free events will be offered Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2018 to further balance, tranquility, resilience, and creative excellence. CBD Summit participants will have the opportunity to take a break from their high-level output of productivity and innovation in order to rest and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full 2018 Summit schedule is posted in September at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit.php

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CBD 2018: Using Fiction and Poetry to Deepen Your Presence to Life

October 30 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Like meditation, fiction and poetry have long been a vehicle for creating greater presence to ourselves, others, and our world. In this workshop, you will explore how to turn your encounters with stories into contemplative practices, with many of the same benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices. Join us to experience how to use fiction and poetry to reflect deeply and create more intimacy in all of your relationships. Instructor: Jonah Willihnganz, M.F.A., Ph.D., has taught literature and writing at…

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November 2018

CBD 2018: Keynote with Roshi Joan Halifax – Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

November 1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets for this Contemplation By Design keynote event will be available in September along with tickets to all other Contemplation By Design Summit sessions. Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She has lectured on the subject…

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CBD 2018: Guided Meditation and Quiet Reflection

November 1 9:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Join us for meditation and reflective discussion after Roshi Joan Halifax’s talk at Memorial Church, led by Carole Pertofsky and Andrew Todhunter, two community leaders in contemplative practice at Stanford. Carole is Director of Wellness and Health Promotion student Services at Stanford University, where she teaches courses about the science and art of happiness, emotional intelligence, resilience and well-being. Carole is a national speaker, professional consultant, leadership and wellness coach, and seminar leader. When she isn’t teaching, coaching, or speaking,…

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Gallery Talk: Brent Procter “Remembering the Overseas Weekly in Vietnam”

November 2 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Speaker Brent Procter began his journalism career in his native New Zealand in 1963 in provincial and metro newspapers. He first joined the Overseas Weekly, Pacific Edition in 1969 as a freelancer. Upon Ann Bryan’s departure from the Overseas Weekly, Procter served as the paper’s Saigon bureau chief from 1970 to 1971. Over the course of his 40-year career in journalism in the United States, he covered topics spanning Watergate to Oprah Winfrey. Procter returned to New Zealand…

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CBD 2018: Presence Under Pressure: The playful gift of the improviser’s mindset

November 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Improvisers have the reputation of being fast and funny. But the true value of practicing collaborative creativity is the opportunity to develop your powers of listening, suspending judgment, and paying attention to the moment. There is a quality of human play, often suppressed after childhood, that is essential for creativity, connection and joy. Instructor: Dan Klein is a lecturer in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, as well as the Graduate School of Business. He teaches workshops on creativity,…

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Emily Greenwood (Yale), “Troubling the Classical Commonplace: Reading Ancient Athenian Legal Speeches After Frederick Douglass”

November 2 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This lecture will explore the relationship between narration, subjecthood, embodiment, and identity in extant Athenian legal oratory in dialogue with the writings and speeches of Frederick Douglass and subsequent African American thought, opening up critical questions about the role of readers and audiences in shaping the Classics that we read. Emily Greenwood is Professor of Classics and Chair of the Department of Classics at Yale University. Her research focuses on Ancient Greek Historiography (Herodotus and Thucydides) and the complex dialogue…

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H. K. Gruber’s Frankenstein: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Friends

November 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Breakaway contemporary Viennese composer Heinz Karl Gruber’s Frankenstein mixes his classical, Schoenbergian 12-tone and Vienna Boys’ Choir influences to amazing effect. His version of this classic tale of man’s ill-fated quest to transcend biology (and mortality) is a true monster mash-up with bells and whistles. Gruber has sung the narrative chansonnier role a thousand times, often with the BBC Philharmonic, where he is conductor. Now baritone Tyler Duncan and percussionist Dustin Donahue join the St. Lawrence String Quartet and other musicians for…

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