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April 2020

Fundamentals of Online Teaching Workshop

April 1 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This workshop provides instructors with teaching strategies for creating an inclusive and effective online learning experience for students. We will look at key principles of online pedagogy, including how to build community with students, and also Q&A issues that arise in the transition to the online environment.

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Gita Wisdom

April 1 7:20 pm - 8:50 pm

Join the Stanford Hindu Students Association for an evening of kirtans (devotional singing), philosophical discussions and mantra meditation using the following Zoom link: URL :  https://stanford.zoom.us/j/655674844 Dial in : +18333021536,,655674844#

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

April 3 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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4/3 Facilitating Inclusion and Equity Online *note updated day/time*

April 3 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Educational research shows that creating inclusive and equitable learning environments promotes learning for all students. In the absence of face-to-face interactions, and in the presence of differential access to technologies and other learning support systems, it is imperative for instructors to implement strategies for creating inclusion and equity online. In this workshop, you will: Reflect on features that make learning environments inclusive and equitable Identify and commit to teaching strategies for creating inclusion and equity online Collaboratively troubleshoot potential challenges…

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CANCELED – First Friday | For Stanford Students

April 3 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In support of Stanford University’s guidance to protect the health and safety of our community and communities beyond our campus, we have canceled the First Friday scheduled for April 3. 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…

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CANCELLED: Another Look Book Club: William Kennedy’s “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game”

April 7 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been CANCELLED for April 7, due to concerns about COVID-19 . Please go to anotherlook.stanford.edu for further updates as events unfold. Please join us for the “Another Look” book club discussion of William Kennedy’s Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, the Pulitzer prizewinning novelist’s 1978 novel about a pool hustler and poker player during the 1930s. Kennedy has been called the Bard of Albany, but he began his career as a reporter. After a stint in the military and in Puerto Rico, he…

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CANCELED – Margaret Atwood in Conversation

April 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood will make a visit to Bing Concert Hall for a discussion. Author of more than fifty books including The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Edible Woman, Atwood is the recipient of the Booker Prize, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Her 2019 release, The Testaments, is a joint winner of the Booker Prize. This event has been canceled. We believe it is our responsibility to take reasonable steps…

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CANCELED – Fruits of Gardens: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Textual Pleasures in late Qajar Iran

April 14 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This talk will introduce a previously unknown miscellany in Arabic and Persian, titled Fawākah al-Basātin (Fruits of Gardens), written and compiled c. 1912-1914 by Hājj Mirzā Mohammad Tehrāni. The author was a sugar merchant who also dealt in books and, judging by the contents of this volume, he must have been well versed in Persian classics and had good command of Arabic. Although this volume was produced during one of the more eventful periods of Iran’s modern history, there is…

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CANCELED – The Living World: Reflections on Earth, Nature and Humanity with Author and Scientist Carl Safina

April 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Given the instances of community spread of COVID-19 in California and elsewhere, Stanford University is taking prudent steps that help to inhibit, rather than accelerate, the spread of the virus; therefore, many events that bring participants to campus through May 15 are being cancelled or postponed. Please regularly check this webpage for updates regarding this event. ***** Carl Safina has become a leading voice for conservation, widening his interests from what is at stake in the natural world…

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Rachel Kushner Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series [POSTPONED]

April 27 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED. Rachel Kushner Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Photo credit: Courtesy of The Tuesday Agency  Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by Stanford Art Institute as part of their yearlong Art +Justice series with a special focus on Arts, Race and Mass Incarceration.  Rachel Kushner is among America’s most exciting writers. Her novels and essays explore contemporary art, culture, revolutionary politics, modernism, and feminism with unmatched wisdom and grace.…

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Rachel Kushner Colloquium, part of the Lane Lecture Series [POSTPONED]

April 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED. Rachel Kushner Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Photo credit: Courtesy of The Tuesday Agency Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by Stanford Art Institute as part of their yearlong Art +Justice series with a special focus on Arts, Race and Mass Incarceration.  Rachel Kushner is among America’s most exciting writers. Her novels and essays explore contemporary art, culture, revolutionary politics, modernism, and feminism with unmatched wisdom and grace.…

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Robbie Kubala on Aesthetic Fraudulence, Achievement, and Value

April 29 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). Robbie will connect some observations about fraudulence (emerging from readings of Ben Lerner’s novel Leaving the Atocha Station, the film Whiplash, and the TV show Mad Men) to some…

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CANCELED – Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Mark Greif

April 30 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Given the instances of community spread of COVID-19 in California and elsewhere, Stanford University is taking prudent steps that help to inhibit, rather than accelerate, the spread of the virus; therefore, many events that bring participants to campus through May 15 are being cancelled or postponed. Please regularly check this webpage for updates regarding this event. ***** SERIES: STANFORD WRITERS IN CONVERSATIONEach program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community.…

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May 2020

CANCELED – First Friday: For Stanford Students

May 1 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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CANCELED – A Company of Authors

May 2 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Given the instances of community spread of COVID-19 in California and elsewhere, Stanford University is taking prudent steps that help to inhibit, rather than accelerate, the spread of the virus; therefore, many events that bring participants to campus through May 15 are being cancelled or postponed. Please regularly check this webpage for updates regarding this event. ***** For the 17th consecutive year, an amazing group of Stanford writers will be discussing their recently published books. Each author will…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with F.T. Kola and Jim Whiteside

May 6 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

* At this time, we are working to host this event online. Additional information will be forthcoming. F.T. Kola Jim Whiteside Free and open to the public F.T. Kola was born in South Africa and grew up in Australia. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2015 and received a Miles Morland foundation grant in 2017. Her work has…

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A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

May 13 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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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

May 13 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where she writes about Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The Atlantic, Wired, The New Republic, New York, Harper’s, and the Times Magazine. Her first book, “Uncanny Valley,” is a memoir of her time in the tech industry.  From The New York Times review: In her extraordinary new book, “Uncanny Valley,” Anna Wiener recounts what made her, a 25-year-old woman with an “affectedly analog” life in New York City, abandon her job…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Kate Folk and Hieu Minh Nguyen

May 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

*At this time, we are working to host this event online. Additional information will be forthcoming. Kate Folk  Hieu Minh Nguyen Free and open to the public. Kate Folk was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, and has lived in San Francisco since 2008. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming inMcSweeney’s Quarterly,Zyzzyva,One Story, Prairie Schooner, andGranta, among others. She’s received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center, and is a 2016-19 Affiliate Artist at the…

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Democracy, Disrupted: How Data Killed Facts

May 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tickets (free) will be required for this event. Ticket information will be available at the beginning of Spring quarter. Our May 2020 Wesson Lecture will be given by Jill Lepore. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her 2018 book, These Truths: A History of the United States, is an international bestseller and was named one of Time magazine’s top ten non-fiction books of…

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[CANCELLED] What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Jill Lepore

May 29 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has ben CANCELLED

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June 2020

CANCELED – First Friday: For Stanford Students

June 5 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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September 2020

The Third Annual Stanford-Duke Philosophy & Literature Graduate Conference: In & Out of Context

September 25

Stanford’s Philosophy and Literature Initiative and Duke’s Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature (PAL) is delighted to invite you to the 3rd Stanford-Duke Philosophy+Literature Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on September 25 and September 26 at Stanford University’s Margaret Jacks Hall. Caroline Levine (Cornell University, English) and Jan Zwicky (University of Victoria, Philosophy) will be the keynote speakers. This year’s conference topic, “In & Out of Context” brings together doctoral students and scholars that work at the intersection of philosophy and literature, the arts, media studies…

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The Third Annual Duke-Stanford Philosophy & Literature Graduate Conference: In & Out of Context

September 25 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Stanford’s Philosophy and Literature Initiative and Duke’s Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature (PAL) is delighted to invite you to the 3rd Duke-Stanford Philosophy+Literature Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on September 25-26 at Stanford University’s Margaret Jacks Hall. Caroline Levine (Cornell University, English) and Jan Zwicky (University of Victoria, Philosophy) will be the keynote speakers. This year’s conference topic, “In & Out of Context” brings together doctoral students and scholars that work at the intersection of philosophy and literature, the arts, media studies to reflect…

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October 2020

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

October 2 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

In October 2020 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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