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September 2020

SCBE Seminar: Keith Wailoo, The Ethical Predicament of Genetic Innovation

September 29 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Keith Wailoo, PhD is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs. He is jointly appointed in the Department of History and in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is former Vice Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, former Chair of History, and current President of the American Association for the History of Medicine (2020-2022). His research straddles history and health policy, touching on drugs and drug policy, on the politics of race…

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Stanford 2020 Contemplation By Design Summit

September 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Free events start today, and are offered Sept. 30– Oct. 6, 2020, to further individual and community health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good in these unprecedented times.  Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resilience, well-being, wisdom, compassion, and sustainable, ethical, purposeful service. Summit participants will have the opportunity to cultivate perspective, meaningful purpose, and contemplative practices that refresh and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2020 Summit…

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October 2020

Stanford 2020 Contemplation By Design Summit

October 1 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Free events offered today and daily through Oct. 6, 2020, to further individual and community health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good in these unprecedented times.  Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resilience, well-being, wisdom, compassion, and sustainable, ethical, purposeful service. Summit participants will have the opportunity to cultivate perspective, meaningful purpose, and contemplative practices that refresh and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2020 Summit schedule is posted…

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Stanford 2020 Contemplation By Design Summit

October 2 7:15 am - 8:30 am

Free events today and daily through Oct. 6, 2020, to further individual and community health and well-being, and creative excellence to serve the greater good in these unprecedented times.  Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resilience, well-being, wisdom, compassion, and sustainable, ethical, purposeful service. Summit participants will have the opportunity to cultivate perspective, meaningful purpose, and contemplative practices that refresh and renew the mind-body-spirit. The full Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2020 Summit schedule is posted…

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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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First Friday: For Stanford Students

October 2 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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Community Hour with Salamishah Tillet

October 3 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Salamishah Tillet, Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing, Rutgers University, Newark, and Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home, will be our special guest on the Community Hour on Saturday at 1pm PST.  We will discuss Black feminism, art and activism, and surviving sexual violence. This Community Hour will be on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Instagram Live:  @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.Elizabeth Gilbert is the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things; and City of Girls. For more information…

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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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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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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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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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Conference: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob

October 29 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Scholars discuss the life and work of Shahrokh Meskoob, one of modern Iran’s most respected and acclaimed public intellectuals, literary critics, and memoirists. His papers were recently donated to Stanford’s Green Library and include hundreds of letters from some of Iran’s most prominent intellectuals, thousands of pages of notes, and first drafts of many of his manuscripts. This conference celebrates the launch of the archive. Links to panelist presentations will be emailed one week before the discussion. Join the live Zoom…

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November 2020

First Friday: For Stanford Students

November 6 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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December 2020

First Friday: For Stanford Students

December 4 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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January 2021

Robbie Kubala on Desire-Satisfaction in Proust

January 20, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Robbie Kubala is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University, where I also taught in the Core Curriculum. His research interests include normative ethics (esp. non-ideal moral theory), aesthetics (esp. aesthetic normativity), and philosophy in/of literature (esp. Proust).

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An Evening with an Immigrant: Inua Ellams

January 23, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, awardwinning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 at age 12, moved to Ireland for three years, and then returned to London to work as a writer and graphic designer. Littered with poems, stories, and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing…

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February 2021

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

February 5, 2021 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

In February 2021 the Cantor will open a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary migration, immigration, and the displacement of peoples. Drawing inspiration from British-Somali poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art examines how the forces of migration touch us all, radically destabilizing ideas of home, place, transit, and belonging in the 21st century.  IMAGE: Reena Saini Kallat (India, b. 1973), Woven Chronicle, 2011–16. Circuit boards, speakers, electrical wires, and fittings; single‑channel…

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Mother to Mother: Reconciliation and Remembrance

February 27, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Featuring a soprano solo, string quartet, and texts read by Stanford students, this performance is a reflection on the story of Amy Biehl (1967–93), a Stanford undergraduate alumna and Fulbright Scholar who died in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic election. A newly commissioned piece by distinguished South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen anchors a program that explores heartfelt responses to tragedy and urgently seeks ways forward.

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July 2021

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

July 28, 2021 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition celebrating work by groundbreaking African American artist Gordon Parks, who used his camera to confront racism and also represent creativity and endurance. IMAGE: Gordon Parks (U.S.A., 1912–2006), Emerging Man, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation. The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University

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April 2022

Paper Chase: Ten Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cantor

April 6, 2022 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience over 100 acquisitions to the Cantor’s collection that investigate issues of identity, social justice, and humanity’s changing relationship with nature. IMAGE: Ambreen Butt (Pakistan, b. 1969), Untitled, 2008. Hard ground and soft ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, and chine collé, with hand-coloring. Palmer Gross Ducommun Fund, 2011.38.5 Admission Info Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am – 5pm, Thurs until 8pm. CLOSED TUES

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