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February 2021

CANCELED – Mother to Mother: Reconciliation and Remembrance

February 27 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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March 2021

Heterotopic Dreams: Yuri Andrukhovych’s Essayistic Project and Its Evolution

March 5 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a talk by Vitaly Chernetsky on the author Yurii Andrukhovych. Over the past three decades, Yuri Andrukhovych came to be recognized as arguably the leading Ukrainian literary figure actively and consistently engaging with the broader east/Central European problematic in his work. Initially acclaimed as a poet, he has also been applying his poetic sensibilities to his prose fiction and especially to his lyrical essays. An exploration of the complex hybridizing cultural overlap and exchange is a leitmotif…

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Arts+Tech Showcase

March 6 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and Stanford Arts for a two-day special public showcase event, featuring work and conversations with nine diverse Stanford artists, faculty, and practitioners working at the emerging intersections of Art and Technology. Moderated by Professors Michele Elam and Camille Utterback, this exciting public showcase explores the many ways in which art and technology are informing new and powerful ways to approach the other, as well as critical topics of our time– including representation, voice, wellness, community, power,…

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Prof. Elaine Treharne: Near and Far: Medieval Manuscripts Through Digital Time and Space

March 9 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This lecture will investigate the lives of medieval manuscripts and fragments that date from the late sixth century to the fifteenth century, tracing their survival to the present day, when increasing numbers exist online in digital format. The benefits to scholars of digitization are incalculable, especially in a time of global pandemic when it is impossible to view manuscripts in person. But what do we see when we work with manuscripts and fragments in online form only? What are the…

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Iran’s Experiment with Parliamentary Government

March 11 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For the past several decades, scholars have studied and written about the Iranian constitutional revolution with the 1979 Islamic Revolution as a subtext, obscuring the secularist trend that characterized its very nature. Constitutionalist leaders represented a diverse composite of beliefs, yet they all shared a similar vision of a new Iran, one that included far-reaching modernizing reforms and concepts rooted in the European Enlightenment. The second national assembly (majles), during its brief two-year term, aspired to legislate these reforms in…

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From Africa to Latin America and Back: Literature, Institutions, and Best Practices

March 15 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a conversation about bridging African and Latin American literary studies. Prominent and emerging scholars share their findings and reflect on the frameworks that sustain them. RSVP to receive the Zoom link by email. Participants: DOROTHY MOSBY is dean of faculty and chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003), on contemporary Black writing from Costa Rica. Her translation of Quince Duncan’s Weathered…

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Exquisite Reality: Photography and the Invention of Nationhood, 1851–1900

March 29

Invented and refined in the 1830s and 1840s, photography was initially hailed as an apolitical medium, a pure marriage of science and art. The French critic Francis Wey celebrated its ability to represent what he called “exquisite reality” — to depict the world exactly as it was. Photography not only reproduces the world the that a photographer sees; it also reveals how they see it. The pictures featured in this exhibition document the ideologies, biases, and aspirations of artists, patrons,…

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Inside the Center: Book Talk with Marci Kwon

March 31 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Enchantments:Joseph Cornell and American Modernism Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is best known for his exquisite and alluring box constructions, in which he transformed found objects—such as celestial charts, glass ice cubes, and feathers—into enchanted worlds that blur the boundaries between fantasy and the commonplace. Art historian and Humanities Center fellow Marci Kwon will discuss her new book, Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism, an innovative and interdisciplinary account that reveals enchantment’s relevance to the history of American mid-century American art. Kwon explores…

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April 2021

A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crime and What It Means for Justice

April 12 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

What crimes count as “violent,” and what significance does that have?  In his new book, A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crime and What It Means for Justice, Stanford Law School Professor David Sklansky argues that these are moral and political questions and that the answers our legal system has provided have contributed to mass incarceration, police brutality, and other pathologies of contemporary criminal justice.  Join us for a panel discussion of these issues, sponsored by Stanford Law School,…

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July 2021

A Loaded Camera: Gordon Parks

July 28 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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