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April 2019

“Atrocity Photography as Testimony of the Holocaust” with Wendy Lower

April 3 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wendy Lower’s (Claremont McKenna College) lecture will explore why perpetrators, bystanders and victims who bore witness to the genocide and sought to document it, all turned to the power of the photograph. The magnitude of the events challenged comprehension, and capturing it on film was intended to serve as a testament of the extreme. The photograph as a form of testimony will be analyzed based on Lower’s deeply researched case study of one atrocity photograph taken in 1941 at a…

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Iran: the Islamic Regime’s Resilience under Pressure

April 3 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn the US from the…

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Shannon Ebner Lecture / STRAY: A GRAPHIC TONE

April 4 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shannon Ebner (U.S.A. b. 1971), STRAY*, 2017. 2 parts, each 48 x 36 in; 2 Audio-Tracks: 00:15 min, 3:36 min. Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum; * Left: Susan Howe, “Articulation of Sound Forms in Time,” from SINGULARITIES (Wesleyan Univ. Press), 1990. Right: Nathaniel Mackey, “Song of the Andoumboulou: 50” from SPLAY ANTHEM (New Directions), 2006. Courtesy of the artist, Altman Siegel, SF and Sadie Coles HQ, London The artist will discuss her exhibition at the Cantor, including the relationship between a large-scale 2011…

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Make a Life, not just a Living

April 5 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Nothing around us lasts forever, yet we have a longing to live, love and be loved eternally. Is there more to life than what is just obvious? We all go through the life struggling to make a living, absorbed in our day to day activities without pausing and reflecting the deeper purpose and meaning of our lives. But such inquiry transforms our life & lifestyle leading us to the fulfillment of the deep satisfaction we are hankering for. The yoga…

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

April 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. Celebrating poetry month This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generoussupport of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. BrennerFamily Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education.

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“The Seamy Underbelly of Yiddishland: Brawlers, Crooks, and Charlatans in the Yiddish Press” with Eddy Portnoy

April 9 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With true stories plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers, Eddy Portnoy (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) introduces us to the drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print.

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City Models: From Panstereorama to the Present, a talk with Patrick Ellis

April 11 2:00 pm

On April 11, 2019 The David Rumsey Map Center will host a talk with Patrick Ellis about City Models: From Panstereorama to the Present David Rumsey recently digitized an immense model of San Francisco built by the WPA. It includes every structure of the city circa 1939, carved in miniature. Historians of cartography swap stories of such models today; they are uncommon cartographic spectacles—one cast in stone, here; another printed in plastic, there. At one time, these models were common enough to warrant their own designated…

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A Modern Contagion: Cholera’s Impact on Iranian History

April 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran’s globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the Tobacco Protest and the Constitutional Revolution. His presentation challenges the long held historical assumptions…

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Kevin Young Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 15 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo credit Melanie Dunea Part of the Lane Lecture Series Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an…

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Kevin Young Colloquium, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 16 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photo credit Melanie Dunea Part of the Lane Lecture Series Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an…

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Robin Coste Lewis: Poetry Reading

April 17 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hear poet Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015)–winner of the National Book Award for Poetry–read her work. This program is in conjunction with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford. Click here to register for this free event. Photo courtesy of Amanda Schwengel and Hampshire College.

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Sterling HolyWhiteMountain and sam sax

April 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain and sam sax Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwest Montana. He holds a BA in English creative writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa. He was also a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st…

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A Company of Authors

April 27 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Presentation of Books by Stanford Faculty  For the 16th consecutive year, an impressive group of Stanford writers will be discussing their recently published books. Each author will make a brief presentation and be available for conversation and book signing. This program is hosted by Peter Stansky, Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford. Drop in, or even better, indulge yourself by spending the entire afternoon in the company of these bright, entertaining, and stimulating writers. At the event, the Stanford…

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May 2019

“Jewish Diasporism between Negative Identity and Political Vulnerability: The Politics of Adaptation, Resistance, Catastrophe, and Exit in the Polish Jewish 1930s” with Ken Moss

May 2 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series “Jewish Diasporism between Negative Identity and Political Vulnerability: The Politics of Adaptation, Resistance, Catastrophe, and Exit in the Polish Jewish 1930s” offered in English on Thursday May 2, aims to speak to the history of diaspora as a political project, minority political culture, and the history of political rationality and risk through an investigation of how early 20th century Europe’s most ambitious diasporist political project – East European Jewish diaspora nationalism – confronted the…

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“Di koykhes fun der kultur, un di grenetsn derfun: di yidishe kultur kegn dem aynbrokh fun der tsukunft un dem ikh in di 1930ike yorn (vegn Helena Khatskels, Mikhl Burshtin, Manger, Grade, Vaynraykh, Glatshteyn un andere)” with Ken Moss

May 3 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series [Translation: The Powers and Limits of Culture: Yiddish Culture Confronts the Collapse of the Future and the Self in the 1930s (concerning Helena Khatskels, Mikhl Burshtin, Manger, Grade, Weinreich, and Others)] The Yiddish-language paper offered on Friday May 2nd, focuses in on one particular strand of Jewish diasporist thought and practice within the context of the political and intellectual crisis examined in the first paper: how an array of producers and champions of secular…

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“Imagining the Faces of God: The Contribution of Kabbalah and the Zohar to Jewish Religious Language” with Melila Hellner-Eshed

May 9 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies Lecture In this lecture, we will explore the richness of the varying ways that Jews throughout generations, and of disparate worldviews and theologies, imagined divinity and cultivated modes of relationship with God–from incredibly mythical, concrete, and highly personal images to abstracted cosmic images of light and breath. We will highlight the unique role that Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, has played in enriching the Jewish imaginal lexicon, concentrating especially on the…

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Emotional Escapes: Affective Sites and Spaces of Cultural Dissent in Iran

May 9 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

From the Russian samizdat to Wikileaks, thinkers have long sought channels to disseminate ideas in the back alleyways of the marketplace of ideas, outside of the approved territories defined by the government or religious authorities. Scholars and journalists have a term for places in Iran where unofficial activities take place: zirzamini (lit. the underground). Despite its significance, there is only a small body of literature concerning the history of the Iranian “underground” as an alternative physical entity. Examining selected covert…

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“Kosher Soul” with Michael Twitty

May 15 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund Lecture Being African American and Jewish is for many a combination that many can’t wrap their heads around. However, for thousands of Jews of color; having heritage, faith and family in both Diasporas—African and Jewish—and their many intersections means creating material, social and ideational lives that interweave identities and histories. For Michael, this includes food and the ways Black and Jews have mediated otherness and oppression using what they eat as well as the global…

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Stephen Kidd (Brown), “Plato’s Play and the Tragic Paradox”

May 17 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Why do we enjoy watching suffering on the tragic stage, but become upset when we see actual suffering in everyday life?  Plato has trouble with this problem in the Republic where he attempts to distinguish actual grief from the grief felt in the theater, but he approaches the problem from a new angle in later works, finding a solution in “play” (paidia). Stephen Kidd is the Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Classics at Brown University, where he specializes in classical Greek literature. …

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Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race

May 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Chinggis Khan—competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don’t make it to the finish line. In 2013, Lara Prior-Palmer—nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown—decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms,…

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Russia and Iran in the Qajar Period: Uneasy Neighbors

May 23 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rudi Matthee looks at state and non-state actors and argues that Iran’s relationship with Russia in the Qajar period was far too complicated to be categorized as one between one country victimized by an imperialist other one. I will use the incident of the Russian assault on the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad in 1912 as a case study to illustrate this point Rudi Matthee is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Delaware, author of four award-winning…

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September 2019

Mark Dion: Artist in Residence

September 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

When Leland Stanford Jr. died unexpectedly just before his 16th birthday, he had already established himself as a dedicated collector who showed extraordinary curiosity about the world. The museum, founded 125 years ago in conjunction with the opening of the university that bears his name, was to provide education and serve as a reminder of young Leland’s enthusiasm for collecting.  To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Cantor Arts Center has invited Mark Dion, known for his work on the history…

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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized…

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