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February 2018

Tinker Conference – Sujetos del latinoamericanismo: actores, redes y teorías

February 24 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A one-day event on current trends in the scholarly study of Latin American literature andculture. Participants will address different aspects of subject formation and the emergence of“subjects” within the field. Panels consider three dimensions of these topics: impersonality,ethics, and theory.

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 24 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters  This gallery talk, with Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.  MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward…

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Alex Ross on Leonard Bernstein, Subversive All American

February 26 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From his electrifying 1943 debut with the New York Philharmonic onward, Bernstein was lionized as a home-grown hero of American music: composer, conductor, Broadway collaborator, radio, and television personality. His works symbolized mid-century America at its confident, casual peak. At the same time, Bernstein expressed sharply leftist views, which left him vulnerable to Cold War attacks and made an object of suspicion as late as the Nixon administration, as White House tapes show. Alex Ross, the music critic of The…

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March 2018

Author Julie Lythcott-Haims on Mixed Race Identity, Racism, and What it Takes to Thrive

March 1 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Come hear  New York Times best-selling author and Stanford American Studies Alum Julie Lythcott-Haims read from and discuss her critically acclaimed new book, Real American: A Memoir  “Real American is a courageous, achingly honest meditation on what it means to come to consciousness as a mixed race child and adult in a nation where Black lives weren’t meant to matter,” writes Michelle Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Caucasia author Danzy Senna calls the book “a cathartic…

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Early Modern Intermediality International Conference

March 2 12:00 am

Organized by Fabio Barry (Stanford) and Evonne Levy (Toronto)Stanford University, 2-3 March 2018 This conference addresses the theme of “intermediality” in early modern art (c. 1400-1650). From the fifteenth century on, the diversification of media and growing dialectic between modalities of art making catalyzed the theorization of media. Successive themes included disegno vs. colore, the paragone, the bel composto, and others. Central to these theorizations was the role of disegno (“drawing”/”design”). By the mid-sixteenth century, Italian theorists upheld disegno as…

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

March 3 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives  …

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An Afternoon of Jewish Humor: The Jokes, the Comics, the Stories, and Their Interpretations

March 4 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please note: this event previously listed a different location. It will now take place in CEMEX Auditorium at the GSB Knight Management Center. Join us for a lively afternoon with Michael Krasny, who (he admits) has been telling Jewish jokes since he could say “oy vey!” and (others claim) knows more of them than anyone else on the planet. He was finally persuaded to put hundreds of his favorites into his bestselling book, Let There Be Laughter, accompanied by his wise…

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Taming the Shamanic Impulse: The Emergence of the Hasidic Master with Rabbi Arthur Green

March 6 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture Dr. Arthur Green was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian; his work seeks to form a bridge between these two distinct fields of endeavor. Educated at Brandeis University and…

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Food, Memoir, and Narrative: The Story Only You Can Tell

March 6 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Veronica Chambers is a a four-time New York Times best-selling author who specializes in creativity and collaboration. In this talk, she’ll discuss her James Beard award-winning collaborations with chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Eric Ripert and her most recent cookbook project, Between Harlem and Heaven which she co-wrote with Harlem chefs JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls. She’ll also talk about the Earth Systems class she is teaching at Stanford this quarter, “Environmental and Food System Journalism,” and how food writing can open…

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Intimate Brushes: Manuscript Exchange between Korean and Chinese Intellectual Communities in the late 18th and Early 19th Centuries

March 8 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here. About the talk: After the advent of the printing and publishing boom in early modern East Asia, intellectuals in late-18th and early-19th century Korea and China turned to enduring practices of producing and circulating handwritten and hand-drawn materials in ink-and-brush as a way of forming and maintaining bonds of friendship with one another. Initially occasioned by encounters during the Chosŏn diplomatic travels to China, the exchanges involved a range of scribal…

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A Reflection on My Last Novel: Ask the Mirror

March 8 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher, and human rights activist.  Chahla’s writings both in Persian and French include essays, research articles, short stories, and novels. She discusses her newest book, Ask the Mirror (2015), and reflects on literature and exile. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Redemptive Hope in the Age of Trump with Akiba Lerner

March 9 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Akiba J. Lerner, Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University Akiba received his B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University in 2007. He taught at Stanford from 2007-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought, theologies of hope, Jewish social ethics, political theology, American pragmatism and contemporary liberal thought. This will be a book talk and the Stanford Bookstore will be…

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The missing Self in the Selfie

March 9 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Our smartphones are full of selfies.  Selfie is a private exploration of ourselves in the moment. Every time we click the shutter, we are making a subconscious psychological decision—this moment is important, where I am now or what I am doing now is worthy of capturing. However, if we don’t like the selfie, we can simply delete the photo and experiment with a different tilt of our face or another angle.  But does this repeated self-expression and self-exploration reveal who we really…

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A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 12 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The McCoy Center for Ethics and Society, in partnership with the Creative Writing Program, is pleased to present the explosive linguistic talent and boundary blurring short story writer and novelist, Aimee Bender. The author of three collections of short stories, a novel, and a novella, Bender is one of the most respected and anthologized fiction writers of her generation. From the groundbreaking debut Girl with Flammable Skirt to the emotive flavors of the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Bender’s prose is, in the words…

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Art Focus Lecture | The Art of Dante’s Divine Comedy

March 14 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

The Divine Comedy is one of the greatest works of western literature, and its narrative and dramatic elements have lent themselves for pictorial representation. This is particularly true for the Purgatory, whose seven stages correspond to the Seven Cardinal Sins. The first part of the presentation will introduce The Divine Comedy as a literary work and discuss its three parts: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. In the second part, we will move on to the illustrations in the work of Hieronymus…

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The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone

March 21 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor’s collection—a sowei mask, used by the women–only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Used in dance by senior women of the society, the sowei mask symbolizes knowledge of feminine grace and is part of a young girl’s initiation into adulthood. Thus, for many women of the region, beauty is literally performed into existence through ndoli jowei (the dancing sowei or the sowei mask in performance). IMAGE: Gola or Mende…

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April 2018

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

April 4 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Cantor’s contribution to the campus-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus reveals ways artists have represented the body, life, and death, as well as the boundary separating humanity from technology. IMAGE: Beth Van Hoesen (U.S.A., 1926–2010), Stanford (Arnautoff Class), 1945. Graphite and ink on paper. Gift of the Estate of Beth Van Hoesen

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Jewish Museums in Europe: Cabinets of Curiosities or Theatres of History with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

April 17 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What comes first? The collection or the story? What is the story the collection tells, and can the story the museum wants to tell be told through the collection? Given the politics of history and historical policies in Europe today, Jewish museums have a special role to play. Prague, Budapest, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow, Vienna – Jewish museums in these and other European cities have taken different approaches. Their strategies reflect not only the history of the institution and…

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Is AI the New Frankenstein? with Ken Goldberg

April 17 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Is AI the New Frankenstein? (Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley with Fred Turner, Stanford) In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay, Das Unheimliche, later translated into English as “The Uncanny”.  The essay and the concept of the Uncanny are familiar to literary theorists and art historians, who have charted its the literary and theatrical origins of the concept through the classic Jewish tale of the Golem through works by ETA Hoffman, Mary Shelley, Karel Capek, and Isaac Asimov, its…

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Hidden Beneath Diebenkorn’s “Window”

April 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Two hidden compositions lie below the surface of Window by painter and Stanford graduate Richard Diebenkorn, BA ’49. These hidden compositions were unknown to the art community except as barely visible reworkings, or pentimenti, until brought to light by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, during her fellowship in the Cantor’s Art+Science Lab. This installation shows the multiple layers uncovered through infrared reflectography as evidence—in a single painting—of the transition Diebenkorn was making in his art from figurative to still…

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2018 Medicine & the Muse Symposium

April 18 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Medicine & the Muse Symposium features medical students highlighting their scholarly work in health humanities research through presentations and posters, as well as showcasing artistic talents through performances of song, dance, music, poetry, film, and exhibits of artwork and photography. The theme for this year’s Symposium will be Paradoxes: Humanism at the Frontiers of Medicine, showcasing the necessity of humanism in medicine while also encapsulating the stories of those in the film to be screened at the Symposium’s end: The…

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A Reading with Ron Carlson, the Stein Visiting Writer

April 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ron Carlson’s most recent novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing is taught widely. He is the author of two books of poems, Room Service and The Blue Box. He has been awarded…

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Health Humanities Consortium Conference

April 20 12:00 am

A three-day celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.

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International Health Humanities Consortium Conference 2018

April 20 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

The Health Humanities Consortium promotes health humanities scholarship, education, and practices through interdisciplinary methods and theories that focus on the intersection of the arts and humanities, health, illness, and healthcare, with annual conferences sharing practices and scholarship. This year’s conference coincides with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and as such will highlight the themes of science’s risky aspirations and how the humanities help communicate them. Keynote speakers include Alexander Nemerov, Professor of Art and Art History…

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Languages About Music: 2018 Stanford Graduate Music Colloquium

April 21 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

A conversation space for scholars throughout the humanities and sciences, to share and exchange different ways of talking about and engaging with music How do we talk about music and sound? What is the language that we use to describe music? What makes music an interesting object of inquiry? Each discipline brings with it new approaches and methodologies for answering these questions. Come and join a day of interdisciplinary conversation exploring music and its many languages. Featured Events – schedule TBA…

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Hisham Matar Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 23 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Diana Matar Part of the Lane Lecture Series Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his adult life in London. His critically acclaimed 2016 memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and received the PEN America Book of the Year Award. In The Return, he recounts his search for his father, who was…

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“Denial”, History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving with Deborah Lipstadt

April 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory College Deborah received her B.A. from City College of New York (1969) and her M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) from Brandeis University. Professor Lipstadt is frequently called upon by the media to comment on a variety of matters. She has appeared Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, the BBC, Charlie Rose Show, and is a frequent contributor to and is widely quoted in a variety of newspapers…

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May 2018

The Polish Roots of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Heller

May 8 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Daniel K. Heller, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University How interwar Poland and its Jewish youth were instrumental in shaping the ideology of right-wing Zionism By the late 1930s, as many as fifty thousand Polish Jews belonged to Betar, a youth movement known for its support of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Zionism. Poland was not only home to Jabotinsky’s largest following. The country also served as an inspiration and incubator for the development of right-wing Zionist…

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The Ruined House with Ruby Namdar

May 10 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ruby Namdar, author Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000) won The Ministry of Culture’s Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House has won the Sapir Prize—Israel’s most prestigious literary award. In The Ruined House, an elegant NYU professor at the peak of his powers is reduced to a quivering puddle by a violent, unsought, yearlong spiritual awakening. Jumping between New York of 2000 and the Holy Temple…

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When Vilna was Young: Vilna’s Last Generation with Justin Cammy

May 14 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Justin Cammy is a literary and cultural historian with research and teaching interests in Yiddish and modern Jewish literatures, Eastern European Jewish history, and Zionism and contemporary Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from McGill University. In addition to appointments in Jewish studies and comparative literature, he also is a member of Smith’s Programs in Middle East studies, Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies, and American…

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What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley

May 15 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is best known for his crime fiction, and his indelible narrator, Easy Rawlins. But Mosley, a frequent social commentator and wide-ranging writer, is also a serious practitioner of Science Fiction. He employs the form not just to contemplate the culture as it was, but to envision the trends that might point to our future. These envisionings are rarely optimistic, but always prescient. Over the course…

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Making Hungary Great Again: State Building, Mass Violence, and the Irony of Global Holocaust Memory in Twentieth-Century Europe with Raz Segal

May 21 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Raz Segal, Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sara and Sam Schoffer Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University Dr. Segal is engaged in his work with the challenges of exploring the Holocaust as an integral part of modern processes of imperial collapse, the formation and occasional deformation of nation-states, and their devastating impact on the societies they sought (and seek) to break and remake. Integrative and comparative, his research stands at the intersection of modern European history, Holocaust scholarship, Genocide Studies, and Jewish history, and links the Holocaust to…

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墨境 Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

May 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ink Worlds considers ink painting from the 1960s through the present, examining salient visual features and international connections, as well as the ongoing impact of historical techniques, materials, and themes. In so doing, the exhibition addresses not only the capacity of ink painting to evolve but also the contemporary nature of ink painting as a distinct genre whose achievements can already be documented. Caption: Irene Zhou (China, 1924–2011), Untitled, 1995. Ink on paper. Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

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The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age with Steven P. Weitzman

May 24 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Steven Weitzman, Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures, Ella Darivoff Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies at Pennsylvania University Prof. Weitzman specializes in the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture. Recent publications include Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity(Harvard University Press, 2005); Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Indiana University Press, 2005); The Jews: A History (Prentice Hall, 2009); and a biography of King Solomon, part of the new “Jewish Lives” series, published by Yale University Press in…

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