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January 2018

Claire Messud Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 22 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Claire Messud’s five novels include The Emperor’s Children, a New York Times Book of the Year in 2006; The Woman Upstairs (2013); and, most recently, The Burning Girl (2017). She is also the author of a book of novellas, The Hunters (2001). Twice a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award a recipient of the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, she teaches creative writing at Harvard University. She…

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Creating AI Conversations Panel Series: Personality and Voice in AI

January 24 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) personalities are playing an increasing role in our everyday lives. In addition to our personal assistants, industries such as education, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, and law are using AI to varying degrees. As conversational AI becomes integrated in our society, we need to give serious thought to mindfully creating these personalities and conversations. These are personalities that are not only going to be keeping us company and helping to make our daily lives easier, but coaching us…

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Tangerine (2015) Sean Baker

January 24 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker in 2015, is famous partly for the fact it was shot completely on the iPhone 5. The film is also infamous for its zany comedy, touching moments of vulnerability, and complex portrayal of life spent working the street as it follows two transgender sex workers and their colleagues, lovers, and clients. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will also address the intersections of…

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Curator Tour of The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution

January 26 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Join Hoover Institution research fellow and exhibition co-curator Bertrand M. Patenaude for a tour of the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower). Click here for more information about the exhibition. More dates in this series: February 16 at 12PM February 23 at 12PM

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Paris Is Burning (1990) Jennie Livingston

January 31 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jennie Livingston’s documentary Paris is Burning explores the Golden Age of underground drag balls in New York City in the 1980s through a series of touching interviews and performances. This documentary was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in its portrayal of African-American and Latino queer culture as well as a intimate look at the survival strategies and artistic practices of gay and transgender communities. Discussion will focus on analyzing the…

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February 2018

Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference: (Re)Thinking Engaged Scholarship and Participatory Citizenship

February 1 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference highlights engaged scholarship and scholar-activism in institutions of higher education and in the community. We define engaged scholarship as diverse research, pedagogy, and creative performance—conducted in partnership with public, non-profit, or private stakeholders—focused on addressing critical social issues and contributing to the public good. The most up-to-date schedule can be found on the conference website. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, January 29th.  This year’s conference theme focuses…

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Artist’s Salon featuring Chang-rae Lee

February 6 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Novelist and Stanford Professor Chang-rae Lee will talk about the women characters in several of his novels and read selections from the books.  In particular he will discuss the protagonists of two novels, of June in The Surrendered, and Fan in On Such a Full Sea.   Join us for a lively presentation and conversation with the audience about contemporary literature and gender. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to rsvp.

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: The Damned (1969) Luchino Visconti

February 7 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Damned, or La caduta degli dei, is the first of Luchino Visconti’s German Trilogy and focuses on the industrialist family of the Essenbecks and their business dealings with the Nazi Party. Infamous for Martin’s drag performance of Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel,” this film’s portrayal of the political and moral corruption and sexual deviance that corresponds with the Nazi rise to power offers a beautiful, albeit difficult to watch moment in cinema history. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between…

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Because I Said So: Exploring Power and Powerlessness in Rabbinic Thought with Rabba Yaffa Epstein

February 8 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies  Yaffa received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She…

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Your Computer is on Fire: Critical Perspectives on Computing and New Media

February 9 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Your Computer is on Fire is a 1-day intensive workshop addressing a wide variety of themes centrally important to Media Studies, the History of Computing, Communication, STS, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, among others. Topics will include: – Machine Ethics– Algorithmic Politics– Techno-racial formations– Dialect normativity– Critical Media– and more CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa Halcyon M. Lawrence, Georgia Institute of Technology 
 Marie Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison  Mitali Thakor, Northwestern University Safiya…

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THIS IS US: An evening with Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

February 9 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Office of the Vice President of the Arts presents: THIS IS US: An evening with Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe In conversation with Harry J. Elam Jr., Vice President for the Arts, Senior Vice Provost for Education, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Acclaimed actors and ‘98 alumni Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe first met when Dr. Elam cast them in the same freshman-year show. They return to the farm with two Emmys, a Golden…

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: The Brand New Testament (2015) Jaco Van Dormael

February 14 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament is a curious dark comedy that considers the unpleasant home life and cruel working habits of God, who happens to live in Brussels. When God’s control of humanity is wrested away by his rebellious daughter Ea, who lets everyone know the time of their death, chaos and many moments of joy and self-exploration follow. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will also…

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Tomboy (2011) Céline Sciamma

February 21 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tomboy is a touching drama written and directed by Céline Sciamma that follows the difficulties of childhood sexuality and gender identity as tomboy Laure moves to a new neighborhood and a new identity. Sciamma’s film tenderly treats its subject with honest and heartfelt representations of the many emotions and transformations of adolescence. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will also address the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and…

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Women Who Transformed Art in the West

February 24 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This program will examine the rise of accomplished western women artists during the 20th century who shaped the concept of modern art: e.g., Georgia O’Keeffe, Dorothea Lange, Ruth Asawa, Jay DeFeo, and Kara Walker. Building on this rich legacy, it will explore how the intergenerational roles of women have changed and influenced contemporary female artists active in today’s Western American-based art scene. This symposium will scrutinize the march for gender parity in the art world and the movement to increase…

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Happy Together (1997) Wong Kar-Wai

February 28 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Happy Together, (春光乍洩), depicts the difficult relationship between Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fai, who travel the world in order to try and renew their failing relationship. Plunging into the difficulties of a new language, culture, and community in Argentina, the couple cycles through repeated patterns of abuse and reconciliation in search for a brighter future in this beautifully directed film by Wong Kar-wai. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance.…

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March 2018

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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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodóvar

March 7 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Although Pedro Almodóvar’s 1999 film altnerately presents itself as weighty melodrama and self-conscious parody, this does not diminish its moving depiction of the difficult and complex lives of each complicated character. The complexity of the film is perhaps best summarized by its tagline: “Part of every woman is a mother, actress, saint, sinner. And part of every man is a woman.” Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will…

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Navigating the Social Sector Job Search: Speed Advising Session

March 8 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Still amid the search for a job or summer internship? It’s not too late to drop by the Haas Center for a speed advising session and productive study break. Advisors on the Cardinal Careers team, as well as other specialized staff at the Haas Center, will sit down with you to brainstorm organizations, positions, and connections to help you find, land, and prepare for a job/internship.

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins

March 14 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Barry Jenkins’ 2016 film won Best Picture for its heart-wrenching portrayal of the coming of age story of a young gay black man named Chiron and his resilient endurance of repeated physical and emotional abuse. Jenkins’ film beautifully depicts Chiron’s difficult lifelong relationships with drugs, violence, and childhood relationships and will be remembered as a groundbreaking testament to the lives so often ignored by cinema. Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body…

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Art Focus Lecture | From Judy Chicago to Cindy Sherman and Beyond: Transformations in Art and Feminism from the 70’s to Now

March 21 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

In the 1970s, Feminist Art garnered the attention of the art world and beyond. By the following generation, however, many young female artists had eschewed the imagery and strategies of their predecessors. For some viewers familiar with established practices, this new art appeared to possess little to no feminist content. But many of these young artists were simply shifting the terms by which an art by, for, and of women could be interpreted and understood. This lecture focuses on the…

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Art Focus Lecture | The Advantages of Obscurity: San Francisco Women Abstract Expressionists

March 28 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Among the essential features of Abstract Expressionism in San Francisco was its lack of patronage—yet there were great advantages to this situation for women. Unlike their counterparts in the East, women artists in San Francisco never had to contend with what Alfonso Ossorio called the “doctrinaire powerhouses” that excluded them, leaving them free to pursue their own artistic inclinations. This presentation will discuss the women who benefited from working in a far less chauvinistic environment—artists like Jay DeFeo and Sonia…

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April 2018

Art Focus Lecture | Joan Mitchell: Painting as Cathedral

April 11 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) came of age as an artist in the 1950s New York of the Cedar Tavern and the Artists’ Club. The physicality of her mark making—her commitment to abstraction, and her love of oil paint itself, not to mention her toughness—identify Mitchell as a New York School artist. Yet she spent more years in France than New York. While she continued down the path laid out by Abstract Expressionism, her work kept evolving and was, in the end, unclassifiable.…

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