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March 2021

Professor Tony Michels on “Norma Rae “(1979)

March 2 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Professor Tony Michels, Stanford History Department Ph.D. now George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at University of Wisconsin, Madison will lead a discussion on Tuesday, March 2 starting at 12:30 on the 1979 film “Norma Rae.”   This is part of an ongoing class on contemporary American Jewish culture as reflected in film, tv, and elsewhere taught by Stanford Professor Steven J. Zipperstein. Tony Michels is the author of the widely praised “A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists…

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Just Music: TM Krishna in conversation with Aishwary Kumar and Anna Schultz

March 5 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Thodur Madabusi Krishna is a vocalist in the Carnatic form of classical music, a public intellectual who challenges traditional hegemonic paradigms, and a social activist who interrogates the intersection of caste, class, and gender within society while exploring the contours of democracy, culture, and learning. In 2016, Krishna received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of “his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions”. In 2017, he received the Indira Gandhi…

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Ghostly Pasts and Speculative Futures

March 10 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This conversation will examine the echoes of a divided South Asia that continue to haunt the present and the ways in which artists, writers and activists work alongside each other to imagine futures of collectivity and togetherness. Given recent and ongoing developments in the political landscape in South Asia, this discussion will recognize how the interlocking and intersecting histories of these lands influence the collective memory and continue to impact lives at home and in the diaspora in a myriad…

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Be Steadwell Artist Talk

March 10 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be Steadwell is a musician, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC.  In their live performances, Be utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.  Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming LGBTQ content.  Be’s goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and generally marginalized weirdos feel seen and loved. With a BA from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University​, Be’s love for music expands into filmmaking​. …

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“Three Presentations: Literature, Art and Environmental Science”

March 11 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

– Ian Duncan (UC Berkeley) on “The Novel after the Scientific Revolution” – Anastasia Raina and the Posthuman Mobility team (Rhode Island School of Design) on “Microbial Cosmologies” – Christian Kohler (Lawrence Berkeley Labs) on “Environmental Building Technologies” Ian Duncan teaches English literature at UC Berkeley. Fields of research and teaching include the theory and history of the novel, literature and the natural sciences, and literature and other storytelling media (opera, film). He is the author of Modern Romance and…

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