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December 2019

Left of Center: Student Curator Talks

December 21 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Left of Center: Five Years of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is the first fully student-curated exhibition created for the museum. Join one of the graduate students from Stanford Department of Art and Art History for an informative talk in the galleries in which they share their reflections on the exhibit, the artworks, and the artists.

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January 2020

“Gender and Access to Justice in the Hebrew Bible” with Justice Daphne Barak-Erez

January 15, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Aaron Roland Endowed Lecture The lecture will address the role of women in the justice systems of the Hebrew bible, by reference to a story of one judge, the stories of several women who managed to appear as parties to trials, and other stories of women whose cases led to litigation but who themselves were not directly involved in it. Through these narratives, the lecture will assess the importance of access to justice and analyze strategies to overcome barriers on…

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What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Jia Tolentino

January 16, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the widely acclaimed essay collection Trick Mirror, will join Stanford’s English professor Mark Greif for a conversation about her craft and career. Formerly, Tolentino was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, went to University of Virginia, and received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Grantland, and Pitchfork, among other places. She lives…

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“The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America” with Ilan Stavans

January 21, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Over the last five years, Ilan Stavans (Lewis Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College) has visited all sorts of Jewish communities in the Americas, including indigenous tribes in the Amazon who believe they are descendants of the Lost Tribes, families of the desaparecidos and the 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires, descendants of Crypto-Jews in northern Mexico, paramilitary groups responding to neo-Nazis in places like Patagonia, and Spanish- and Portugese-speaking Zionists to Israel from 1948…

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Crossing the Caspian: Persia and Europe, 1500-1700

January 22, 2020 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Crossing the Caspian explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. Featuring prints, drawings, miniature paintings, rare books and maps, as well as objects of porcelain and silk, this exhibition examines the opening of new geographic, diplomatic, and mercantile routes between Persia and Europe in the seventeenth century. The pieces assembled here include works by artists from Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, Hollstein, Qazvin, Isfahan, and Shiraz. Together, the works represent the process of coming…

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Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris

January 22, 2020 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

This exhibition presents work by three American photographers in The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University who used the camera to observe the public lives and, occasionally, private spaces of others. German-born John Gutmann (1905–1998) settled in the Bay Area in 1933 and documented the spectrum of American society with an eye for the absurd, sensational, and grotesque. Author and artist Wright Morris (1910–1998) created a photographic portrait of his relations and their hard-scrabble, rural way of life…

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Stegner Fellow Reading with Lydia Conklin and Safia Elhillo

January 22, 2020 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lydia Conklin  Safia Elhillo  Free and open to the public. Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Lydia Conklin and Safia Elhillo. Lydia Conklin has received a Creative Writing Fulbright Scholarship to Poland, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award,a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fellowship from Emory University, work-study andtuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the James Merrill House, Lighthouse Works, and others. Her…

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Louise Glück Reading, the Mohr Visiting Poet

January 27, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Louise Glück Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Photo by Katherine Wolkoff The Mohr Visiting Poet. Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply…

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Steinbeck at Stanford

January 30, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Registration required here. Speaker: Gavin Jones, Rehmus Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University John Steinbeck attended Stanford University, off and on, from the Fall of 1919 to the Spring of 1925, when he left without completing his degree. According to an article in Stanford magazine, the relationship between Stanford and Steinbeck is “puzzling, mutually unappreciative, even debilitating.” In his talk, Professor Gavin Jones argues that nothing could be farther from the truth. It…

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Medieval Matters: The Greatest Play You’ve Never Heard Of

January 30, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SERIES: MEDIEVAL MATTERSMedieval Matters is a series of public lectures co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and The Sarum Seminar. It explores the relevance of medieval history and culture to understanding the modern world. The Greatest Play You’ve Never Heard Of: Sir David Lyndsay, Scotland’s Lyon King, and the Story of The Three EstatesIn this evening program, Greg Walker, Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh (the oldest chair of English in the world), tells the story of a…

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February 2020

An Evening with Nathan Englander

February 6, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short…

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Bob Dylan Between Lyric and Music

February 13, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about Bob Dylan and the art of song. Everyone knows Dylan’s songs, but little attention has been paid to how he has transformed the craft of songwriting. In this talk, author and teacher Timothy Hampton will discuss the ways in which lyric and music intertwine and shape each other in Dylan’s compositions. Together we will take a peek under the hood of some of Dylan’s most iconic songs to see how they work. We will…

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CANCELED – Ocean Vuong Reading, the Stein Visiting Writer

February 18, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ocean Vuong Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservation required.  Photo Credit: Tom Hines Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 19 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award,…

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What Is A Public Intellectual Today: Tressie McMillan Cottom

February 19, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and is nationally recognized for both her academic and her popular writing. She is co-editor of two volumes on technological change, inequality and institutions: Digital Sociologies (2016, UK Bristol Policy Press) and For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017, Palgrave MacMillan). She is also the author of the widely acclaimed Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (2017,…

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A Stegner Reading with Matthew Denton-Edmundson and Claire Meuschke

February 19, 2020 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Matthew Denton-Edmundson Claire Meuschke Free and open to the public. Reading with first year Stegner Fellows in Fiction and Poetry, Matthew Denton-Edmundson and Claire Meuschke. Matthew Denton-Edmundson earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He then managed a farm in south western Virginia. His work has appeared inRaritanandThe Hedgehog Review. Claire Meuschke grew up in the San Francisco Peninsula on what once was Ohlone land. Her debut poetry collectionUpendis forthcoming from Noemi…

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Lan Samantha Chang Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

February 24, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lan Samantha Chang Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Lan Samantha Chang was born and raised in Wisconsin and educated at Yale University and the University of Iowa. Her fiction has appeared inThe AtlanticandThe Best American Short Stories. Her collectionHungerwas a finalist for theLos Angeles TimesArt Seidenbaum Award. She has written the novelsInheritance, which won the PEN Open Book Award, andAll Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost.A former Wallace Stegner…

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Lan Samantha Chang Colloquium, part of the Lane Lecture Series

February 25, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lan Samantha Chang Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. Part of the Lane Lecture Series. Lan Samantha Chang was born and raised in Wisconsin and educated at Yale University and the University of Iowa. Her fiction has appeared inThe AtlanticandThe Best American Short Stories. Her collectionHungerwas a finalist for theLos Angeles TimesArt Seidenbaum Award. She has written the novelsInheritance, which won the PEN Open Book Award, andAll Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost.A former Wallace Stegner…

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Learning from the Dead about the Living: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe

February 26, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

David S. Lobel Visiting Scholar Lecture Elisheva Baumgarten is the Prof. Yitzchak Becker Chair for Jewish Studies and professor in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the Department of History.  Her research focuses on the social history of the Jews of medieval Ashkenaz. Her book Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Princeton, 2004) won the Koret Prize for the Best Book in Jewish History (2005) and the AJS Schnitzer award for the Best Book in Gender Studies…

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Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Namwali Serpell

February 27, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SERIES: STANFORD WRITERS IN CONVERSATIONEach program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process—from the genesis of an idea to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings to the editing and publication process—and engage the local community in a lively Q&A session. The program will be hosted by Sara Houghteling, former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies. An Evening with Namwali SerpellJoin us for…

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March 2020

Ilana Pardes: in Conversation on “The Song of Songs: A Biography”

March 3, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Song of Songs has been embraced for centuries as the ultimate song of love. But the kind of love readers have found in this ancient poem is strikingly varied. Ilana Pardes invites us to explore the dramatic shift from readings of the Song as a poem on divine love to celebrations of its exuberant account of human love. With a refreshingly nuanced approach, she reveals how allegorical and literal interpretations are inextricably intertwined in the Song’s tumultuous life. The…

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CANCELED – Ocean Vuong Colloquium, the Stein Visiting Writer

March 4, 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ocean Vuong  Free and open to the public. No ticket or reservation required.  Photo Credit: Tom Hines Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 19 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award,…

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Dreaming California—A Love Story: An Evening with Artist, Poet, and Naturalist Obi Kaufmann

March 4, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (which received a 2018 California Book Award Gold Medal and was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller) and the recently published The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Sunset magazine called him “a modern-day John Muir. . . who will change the way you see the world.” Kaufmann has hiked the length and breadth of the Golden State chronicling his intimate relationship with California’s abundant flora and fauna, watersheds, deserts, and mountains in beautifully rendered…

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Celia Dropkin Symposium

March 10, 2020 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Stanford’s Celia Dropkin Symposium will include a reading by Jerome Rothenberg of the Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin’s poems, along with his own original interpretive translations; a round table discussion of Dropkin’s work and its reception by three scholars, moderated by Gabriella Safran; and a recital of new songs on Dropkin poems by Jeremiah Lockwood with Jewlia Eisenberg.

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April 2020

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

April 3, 2020 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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Stegner Fellow Reading with Kate Folk and Hieu Minh Nguyen

April 15, 2020 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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 Headlands Center for the Arts. She holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco, and…

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