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December 2017

Holiday Organ Recital: Robert Huw Morgan

December 17 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, university organist, presents his annual holiday recital. 

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Film Screening: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

December 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As an artist, Louise Bourgeois was been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work that has been exhibited, studied and lectured on worldwide. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise…

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January 2018

Should We Regulate Hate Speech?

January 10, 2018 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups has doubled over the past two decades. There is a new generation of white nationalist groups being run by millennials, and there is an increased presence of these groups on college campuses. The United States is almost alone among Western liberal democracies in not punishing what is called hate speech — oral or written messages that “incite hatred” against a person or group on the basis of their…

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee

January 10, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ang Lee’s groundbreaking Brokeback Mountain (2005) broke open cinema’s conventions of representing the western, masculinity, and love. All-star performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaall against the breathtaking scenery of the American west and the intimate challenges of long-term relationships in a changing society make this one of the most memorable films of the early 2000s. 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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Film Screening: 奼紫嫣紅開遍 “Pai Hsien-yung: Multiflorate Splendour”

January 10, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here. A documentary on the life and works of Pai Hsien-yung 白先勇 Fisfisa Media, Taipei  (Mandarin with English subtitles) There will also be two lectures by Professor Pai Hsien-yung at Stanford on January 17 & 18, 2018.  Details on each lecture can be found below: January 17, 2018 《紅樓夢》的文體:《紅樓夢》中詩詞與戲曲的點題作用 January 18, 2018 《紅樓夢》的版本問題及後四十回的爭論  

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John Dornenburg, viola da gamba, and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

January 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

John Dornenburg, viola da gamba, and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord, perform Pièces de Viole Suite in E minor and Suite in D minor from Book II by Marin Marais, plus other Baroque selections for solo viola da gamba and harpsichord.

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How to read Zhuang Tzu

January 11, 2018 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here. About the talk: In premodern East Asian culture, the boundaries that separated literature and philosophy were unclear. Therefore, it would be immaterial to consider whether to read Zhuang Tzu as literature or read Zhuang Tzu’s texts as philosophy, because any criterion for classification into one category or the other is arbitrary. However, one principle that must be acknowledged is that great ideas should be born in the form of literature. Zhuang…

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In My Corner

January 11, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In My Corner.  Performer Joe Orrach — versatile actor, tap sensation, and former USAF welterweight boxing champ — embodies four dynamic and passionate characters in an emotionally charged story. Accompanied by his jazz trio and a lively original score by jazz pianist Matt Clark, Joe blends the rhythms of tap, boxing, salsa and rock ‘n roll into an energetic and intimate narrative. The original play written by Lizbeth Hasse and Orrach, and directed by Jeremiah Chechik (Benny and Joon, Diabolique) is a father-son story of…

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Essays in Sight and Sound

January 12, 2018 12:00 am

This exhibition showcases student works produced in FILMSTUD 50Q – “The Video Essay: Writing with Video about Film and Media” (Fall 2017). These videos explore what it means to “write with video” (rather than text alone) about historical and contemporary audiovisual media. They experiment with a variety of formal, aesthetic, and rhetorical strategies for communicating through video, and they utilize digital editing software as their primary medium through which to construct arguments, analyses, and interpretations of film, television, video games,…

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Stanford/WMG Leadership Initiative Demo Day

January 12, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the work of the 2017-18 Stanford/WMG Leadership Initiative Fellows who will pitch their capstone projects to a panel of industry experts.

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

January 13, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Russia’s Crown Reprised   Lascelle Meserve and Nicolas de Basily collected and cherished old Russia and its art. This gallery talk with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights their gifts to the Hoover Institution Library & Archives that make up part of the institution’s impressive holdings on the Russian Revolution and Imperial Russia. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern…

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Info Session: Global Studies Internship Program

January 16, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hear from SGS staff and former internship program participants about the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program. Applications for summer 2018 open on January 9, 2018, and close on February 7, 2018. View the list of summer 2018 internship positions here.

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The Eternal Magnetism of the Dictator: A Psychological Analysis

January 16, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

History is a continuing struggle to escape dictatorship. Despite modest progress toward actualized democracy in some parts of the world, dictators once again loom large on the world stage. Globalization is associated with certain conditions that nurture increased expansion of dictatorial powers. This presentation explores the psychological foundations of this continued threat from dictators, and the steps needed to secure a more democratic future for the world. Fathali M. Moghaddam is Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive…

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CCSRE Faculty Seminar Series | “Race Talk Across the Disciplines: Four Stanford Scholars Examine the Semantics of a Troubled Term”

January 17, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What is “race”? What is “ethnicity”? This special panel event, held in conjunction with CCSRE’s 20th Anniversary winter quarter theme of “Talking Race,” brings together four CCSRE scholars talking about how they understand the terms “race” and “ethnicity” from their own disciplinary perspectives. Participants include Tomás Jiménez (Sociology), Marci Kwon (Art & Art History), Grant Parker (Classics), and Mélanie Lamotte (Mellon Post-Doc in CCSRE). The panel will be moderated by Paula Moya (English).     

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NOON CONCERT: Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano

January 17, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Department of Music faculty members Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano, present a noontime performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”).

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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: Girls In Uniform (1931) Leontine Sagan

January 17, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mädchen in Uniform, a cult classic of lesbian cinema, has been repeatedly censored and banned throughout cinema history for its daring portrayal of same-sex romance. With memorable performances by an all-female cast, Sagan’s film artfully represents the emotional intricacies, challenges, and power struggles of female relationships within a boarding school. 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 class as…

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《紅樓夢》的文體: 《紅樓夢》中詩詞與戲曲的點題作用 – Literary Genres in the “Honglou meng”: Poetry & Drama

January 17, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This lecture will be in Chinese ONLY. Free and open to the public. Professor Pai Hsien-yung, Wei Lun Professor of Humanities at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and world renowned writer, playwright, and producer of Kunqu opera, will give two lectures on “Honglou meng” 《紅樓夢》at Stanford.  This is the first lecture.  There will also be a screening of the documentary of his life and work on January 10 in the East Asia Library (event details here).

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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

January 18, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The MonumentsPlease join Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, for a discussion about The Burghers of Calais and Monument to Balzac in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the…

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Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence l A Collaboration with the Stanford University Archives

January 18, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“All the same, I’m glad I didn’t go to Berkeley.” —Stanford student Hope Snedden in a letter to her father, Dec. 1, 1918   Some things at Stanford change. Others? Not so much. Alison Carpenter Davis, ’79, discusses her recently published book Letters Home from Stanford, a collection of handwritten and electronic correspondence sent home by generations of Stanford students. From first letters home freshman year and firsthand accounts of historical events to questions about laundry and questions about self,…

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Intersections: Recent Works to Date | Pope.L

January 18, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A short, concise, bumpy, incomplete survey of recent projects, notions, and life Pope.L is a visual artist and educator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create art works in various formats, for example, writing, painting, performance, installation, video and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal and performative strategies to his interests in language,…

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Becoming Frankenstein: On Risky Aspirations

January 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This Pegasus Physician Writers reading will be part of the celebration of this event at Stanford called Frankenstein@200 that is being coordinated by Medicine and the Muse. Frankenstein has been called the first new myth since ancient times. We all know the story, but in brief, Shelley relates the story of a young medical student who, after a traumatic loss, decides to take up the ultimate challenge of…

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《紅樓夢》 的版本問題及後四十回的爭論 – The Problem of “Honglou meng”: Editions and the Controversy over the Last Forty Chapters

January 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This lecture will be in Chinese ONLY. Free and open to the public. Professor Pai Hsien-yung, Wei Lun Professor of Humanities at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and world renowned writer, playwright, and producer of Kunqu opera, will give two lectures on “Honglou meng” 《紅樓夢》at Stanford.  This is the second lecture.  There will also be a screening of the documentary of his life and work on January 10 in the East Asia Library (event details here).

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Julius Rosenwald: a Philanthropy Legacy in Film

January 19, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a screening of the new documentary film, Rosenwald: the Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities. Following the screening, filmmaker Aviva Kempner will discuss the making of the film, and philanthropists and philanthropy professionals will explore lessons learned from the life and philanthropy of Julius Rosenwald. Agenda  1:00 pm: Doors Open 1:30 – 3:15 pm: Film Screening 3:15 – 4:00 pm:…

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Film: Revolution: New Art for a New World

January 19, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Revolution: New Art for a New World (2016) is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. Directed and written by Margy KinmonthRunning time: 85 minutes Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LknMlue4T3g

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St. Louis Symphony

January 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The St. Louis Symphony—second oldest in the nation—is both venerable and forward-looking, with a broad musical range and diverse repertory. The Bing program includes Thomas Adès’ Dances from the opera Powder Her Face, Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto with Grammywinning violinist Augustin Hadelich, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Under David Robertson, now in his 12th and final year as maestro, the orchestra has toured extensively in the United States and across the globe.

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Shenson Recital Series: Angela Brower, mezzo-soprano, and Eckart Sellheim, piano

January 21, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Program Dvořák: Zigeunermelodien Berlioz: Les nuits d’été Copland: American Folk Songs Alban Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder Rising American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower was raised in Arizona. Her career started as a young artist singing at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she later became a member of the ensemble during 2010-16. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte earned her particular attention leading to her…

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Angela Brower, mezzo-soprano: Voice Masterclass

January 22, 2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This masterclass for Stanford students is free and open to the public. Rising American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower was raised in Arizona. Her career started as a young artist singing at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she later became a member of the ensemble during 2010-16. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte earned her particular attention leading to her receiving the…

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Claire Messud Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

January 22, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of six previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

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African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road

January 23, 2018 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents, African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road, an exhibition of solo works by Jonathan Calm. On view January 23 through March 18, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm. Jonathan Calm is a visual artist and assistant professor in Photography at the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His interests include urban architecture and housing, and he is currently developing new work around the representation of African-American…

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FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

January 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Frankenstein@200 Film Series will screen the critically acclaimed documentary FIXED, followed by a panel discussion on its provocative themes. 

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Framing in Time: Photographs from the Cantor Arts Center Reimagined

January 24, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Each of the short, student-made films in this exhibition will appropriate and reimagine a photograph from the Cantor’s collection. Striving to shed new light on the original context of the photographs, the films will be shown alongside the Cantor photographs that served as their inspiration. The short films were made by Stanford students in Assistant Professor of Art Srdan Keca’s “Archival Cinema” class during fall quarter 2017.

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

January 24, 2018 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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Another Look: Frankenstein

January 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Stanford’s Another Look Club revisits Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein 200 years after its publication. 

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Robert Huw Morgan Organ Recital

January 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan will be performing the magnificent Organ Mass by Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)

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Opening Reception | African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road

January 25, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Department of Art & Art History presents, African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road, an exhibition of solo works by Jonathan Calm. On view January 23 through March 18, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm. Jonathan Calm is a visual artist and assistant professor in Photography at the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His interests include urban architecture and housing, and he is currently developing new work around the representation of African-American…

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Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema, 1927 – 1938

January 25, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 25 October (Ten Days that Shook the World) Director: Sergei Eisenstein Running time: 95 minutes Silent with music. English title cards.Introduction by Karla Oeler,  Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University Before each film screening the speaker will briefly introduce the film and filmmaker. After the screening, the speaker will invite and answer questions from the audience. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, on view in the Ruth…

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The Concept of Love in Medieval Persian Sufi Poetry

January 25, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Bahman Solati has taught Persian Language and Literature at several universities. He discusses the concept of love and the definition of the beloved in medieval Persian poetry. His books include: Persian Words of Wisdom, The Rubayyiat of Hakim Umar Khayyam, and The Reception of Hafiz, and his newest book The Wine Goblet of Hafez. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Heterogeneous Critique; A Proposal from a Latin American(ist) Point of View

January 26, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle By introducing the concept of “heterogeneous critique”, I propose a theoretical and methodological framework and an alternative to universalist approaches in literary and cultural criticism, approaches which even include the trend to apply Anglo-Saxon postcolonialist positions on Latin American cultures. I will analyze the decline of universalist theory exemplified by the crisis of literary history and the emergence of a new regionalism in Latin American cultural critique which tries to overcome the invisibility of local theoretical…

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CCRMA Winter Concert I

January 26, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CCRMA presents two concerts of new and classic electroacoustic multichannel music deploying their full immersive speaker system at the Bing Main Stage.

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L.A. Dance Project

January 26, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Former Paris Opera Ballet Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the movie Black Swan, founded the L.A. Dance Project, an artist collective, in 2012 with composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, art consultant Matthieu Humery, and producer Charles Fabius. The Project aims to make new work for a small group of dancers in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, and composers to perform in both traditional and unconventional spaces. 

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Ana Gasteyer

January 26, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Audiences fell in love with Ana Gasteyer on six seasons of Saturday Night Live, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt. When she steps up to the mic, she evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for good time. The patter is real, the lyrics are timeless, and the music swings.

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Julian Fleisher in Concert: 1975

January 26, 2018 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer-songwriter-bandleader-producer-actor-former-writer, Julian Fleisher is a genuine multi-hyphenate—the kind of restless creative spirit that people used to call a Renaissance Man. His roof-raising, barn-burning concert for the Bing Studio Cabaret is devoted to the proposition that 1975 was the very best year in American popular music. With his full Rather Big Band behind him, Fleisher takes the audience to church and the gospel is the music of the ’70s. Baby, we were born to run!

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CCRMA Winter Concert II

January 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CCRMA presents two concerts of new and classic electroacoustic multichannel music deploying their full immersive speaker system at the Bing Main Stage.

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Charles Ferguson, guitar: Bach’s Baroque Suites

January 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stanford guitar faculty Charles Ferguson performs movements from Bach’s Cello Suites, Lute Suites, and Violin Suites.

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Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw Play Ives

January 28, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Jeremy Denk, American piano virtuoso and a MacArthur “Genius” award winner, visits the Bing with noted violinist Stefan Jackiw—and members of the Stanford Chamber Chorale—for a performance of all the sonatas of the American modernist composer Charles Ives. Ives drew upon contemporary hymns, songs, and marches to eloquently convey the nuances of the American experience. Nobody is better equipped than Denk to demonstrate Ives’ influences and his continuing impact on American music. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Generously supported by Trine Sorensen and Michael…

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Working Metal in 20th-Century Sculpture

January 31, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Metal sculpture created directly by the artist’s hand is the focus of a new exhibition by Sydney Skelton Simon, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History, whose proposal was selected in the fall. Featuring small-scale sculptures, photographs, and sound recordings, this exhibition explores modes of working with metal that depart from more traditional casting methods.

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

January 31, 2018 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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A Jewish Musical Journey with Yanky and Shulem Lemmer

January 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture This concert will be followed by a conversation with Mark L. Kligman, Professor and  Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music in Ethnomusicology and Musicology at UCLA and Jeremiah Lockwood, PhD candidate in Education and Jewish Studies. Mark Kligman specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music.  He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his…

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Renée Fleming

January 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Renée Fleming is one of the most beloved and acclaimed sopranos of all time, captivating audiences with her magnificent voice and indelible artistry. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. For years, Fleming has graced the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls—now extending her reach to jazz clubs, Broadway, and even the Super Bowl (the first classical artist to do so). Expect her debut recital at the Bing…

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February 2018

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

February 1, 2018 10:00 am - 3:00 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. This year’s conference theme focuses on the relationships between engaged scholarship and participatory citizenship, while highlighting interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches. Panel presentations will speak to questions and topics of inquiry…

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Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema, 1927 – 1938

February 1, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 1 The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty Director: Esfir Shub Running time: 90 minutesSilent with music.Introduction by Srdan Keca, Assistant Professor, Documentary Film MFA Program, Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University Before each film screening the speaker will briefly introduce the film and filmmaker. After the screening, the speaker will invite and answer questions from the audience. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, on view in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery…

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Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed

February 1, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Misagh Parsa is a professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College. He discusses the causes of the 1979 Revolution, its social, economic and political outcomes; revisits the Green Movement and the causes of its failure; and offers likely paths for future development and democratization. His most recent book is Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed (2016).

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Stew and the Negro Problem

February 2, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Notes of a Native Song  The singer-songwriter Stew pays homage to the art and activism of James Baldwin in Notes of a Native Song, an irreverent and spirited rock and roll song-cycle. With his band The Negro Problem, Stew—known for his 2008 Tony winner Passing Strange developed on the Stanford campus—explores Baldwin’s trailblazing legacy with music, video, and spoken word that captures the essence of the man who spoke uncomfortable truths about gender, race, and class division.

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Cameron Carpenter

February 3, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Featuring the International Touring Organ  “My place…is to do things with the organ that it never would want to do… and for people that didn’t know that they wanted to hear it. Which is exactly what’s happening,” says iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter. In a Bing concert that promises to be one of a kind, Carpenter—who will be in residence on campus—will be playing his revolutionary digital International Touring Organ. Known for his fearless reinterpretations of the classics, Carpenter has won…

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Hi5: The Annual First-Year MFA Exhibition

February 6, 2018 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On view, February 6-March 25, with a reception on Thursday, February 8, from 5-7PM. This annual group exhibition introduces the five first-year MFA students in Art Practice. “Join me in celebrating the diverse and ambitious work of our first-year MFA students. This exhibition reveals their dedication to push the boundaries of what art is through formal, social, and political concerns. Collectively, they reveal how integral art is to our culture and elevate the arts at Stanford.” – Terry Berlier, Curator…

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Artist’s Salon featuring Chang-rae Lee

February 6, 2018 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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The Matter of Photography in the Americas

February 7, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Featuring artists from twelve different countries, this exhibition presents a wide range of creative responses to photography as an artistic medium and a communicative tool uniquely suited to modern media landscapes and globalized economies. The artists in this exhibition resist the impulse to “document” or “photograph anew” the world immediately around them. Instead, they employ a wide range of materials — from prints and drawings to photocopies and audio installations — to highlight the ways in which photography shapes our…

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

February 7, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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

February 7, 2018 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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Zéphyros Winds

February 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Zéphyros Winds, one of America’s distinguished chamber ensembles, brings together five of the finest wind players of their generation to present insightful programs drawn from the wide spectrum of chamber music for winds. (Program TBA.)

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St. Olaf Choir Concert

February 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is the premier a cappella choir in the United States. For over a century, the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry. Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder,F. Melius Christiansen. Since its founding in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir has set a standard in the choral art, serving as…

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What Makes it Great? featuring Songs of Leonard Bernstein

February 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rob Kapilow looks at the story behind Leonard Bernstein’s songs from West Side Story. Bernstein in the 1960s was himself a popular advocate of classical music, conducting and narrating the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts live on television for a national audience. As an American composer and conductor, Bernstein crossed genres, lending his gifts to Broadway, the opera house, and the concert hall. Two vocalists will join Kapilow at the piano. This event is part of What Makes it Great?, a…

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Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera

February 7, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A sensation at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Counting Sheep, a Ukrainian folk opera created by Mark and Marichka Marczyk (featuring Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a guerrilla-folk party-punk band), recounts the 2013 outbursts, violence, and sniper fire of Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution witnessed by the Marczyks themselves, who emigrated to Canada soon after. Through traditional choral songs, it explores the human condition in times of violent upheaval, evoking the yearning for a better tomorrow. Recommended for mature audiences ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Presented in…

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Opening Reception | Hi5: The Annual First-Year MFA Exhibition

February 8, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On view, February 6-March 25, with a reception on Thursday, February 8, from 5-7PM. This annual group exhibition introduces the five first-year MFA students in Art Practice. “Join me in celebrating the diverse and ambitious work of our first-year MFA students. This exhibition reveals their dedication to push the boundaries of what art is through formal, social, and political concerns. Collectively, they reveal how integral art is to our culture and elevate the arts at Stanford.” – Terry Berlier, Curator…

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

February 8, 2018 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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Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

February 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual. Bio: Phillip E. Bloom…

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Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema, 1927 – 1938

February 8, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 8 Man with a Movie Camera Director: Dziga Vertov Running time: 68 minutesSilent with music.Introduction by Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University Before each film screening the speaker will briefly introduce the film and filmmaker. After the screening, the speaker will invite and answer questions from the audience. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, on view in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery at…

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In Search of Modern Iran

February 8, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Abbas Amanat is Professor of History and International Studies and Director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies. He discusses his new book Iran: A Modern History.

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Darlene Love

February 9, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For more than 50 years, singer Darlene Love has been making rock and roll’s world go ‘round. In the early 1960s, she was part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound for “He’s a Rebel,” doing backing (as well as uncredited lead) vocals for “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” and scores of other hits. With the 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, she became the best-known unknown in rock history. Joined for part of the program by the Stanford Symphony…

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Radcliffe Choral Society Tour Concert

February 9, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard University’s treble choir, will present their tour concert featuring a broad range of music for treble choir. The RCS and Stanford Chamber Chorale will collaborate on Stephen Paulus’s “Hymn to the Eternal Flame” as part of the RCS’s residency on campus.

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Bill Charlap Trio

February 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Son of Broadway composer Moose Charlap and TV singer Sandy Stewart, Bill Charlap has American song in his DNA. In this program, Charlap brings us on a guided tour of American Popular Song—from Berlin and Bernstein’s Broadway to the Harlem stride of Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, to the singular songbook of Duke Ellington—with other exciting stops along the way. Special guests and legendary vocalists Mary Stallings and Freddy Cole join the Bill Charlap Trio on stage.

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Stem Cell Revolutions

February 13, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Frankenstein@200 Film Series will be screening the critically acclaimed documentary Stem Cell Revolutions. 

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 14, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Love & Revolution This Valentine’s Day gallery talk with Samira Bozorgi, assistant archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, focuses on some of the couples who appear in the exhibition including Catherine the Great and Peter III, Nicolas and Lascelle de Basily, and Soviet avant-garde artist couple Valentina Kulagina and Gustav Klutsis. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary…

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Gallery Talk: Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body

February 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The MonumentsPlease join Melissa A. Yuen, Curatorial Fellow for American and European Art to 1900, for a discussion about The Gates of Hell in Rodin: Shock of the Modern Body. At the time of his death, Auguste Rodin (France, 1840-1917) was counted among the most renowned artists in the world. A century later, after numerous reassessments by generations of art historians, Rodin continues to be recognized for making figurative sculpture modern by redefining the expressive capacity of the human form. This installation…

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

February 14, 2018 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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The Fever

February 14, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Young and innovative theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, together known as 600 HIGHWAYMEN, present a story about a party, just an ordinary party, and request your participation. It is an invitation to be together, to have faith in each other, and to show each other how warm and healing trust among strangers can be.

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Studio Lecture Series: Manuel Rocha Iturbide

February 15, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sonic Intermidia. The woks of Manuel Rocha Iturbide. In this lecture, the composer and artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide will talk about his different works (composition, sound sculpture and sound installation, conceptual art, graphics, etc) both in the fields of visual art and music, focusing his attention on leading concepts that drive his ideas such as complexity, deconstruction, emptiness and chance, and giving utterance to the different elements that conform a transkdisciplinary work or art, like context, time, space and intermediality…

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Film Series: Classics of Soviet Cinema, 1927 – 1938

February 15, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February 15 Lenin in October Directors: Mikhail Romm and Dmitri Vasilyev Running time: 93 minutesRussian language with English subtitles. Introduction by Bertrand Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University Before each film screening the speaker will briefly introduce the film and filmmaker. After the screening, the speaker will invite and answer questions from the audience. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, on view in the Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery at Cantor Arts Center…

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Reflections on the Origins of the Iranian Revolution of 1979

February 15, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Michael Axworthy is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the co-director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Exeter. He discusses different explanations for, and interpretations of, the 1979 revolution, with a particular look at the significance of religion. His most recent book is Iran: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017). *Image taken from cover of book Revolutionary Iran by Professor Axworthy

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Students of the Wendy Hillhouse Vocal Studio

February 17, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Students of the Wendy Hillhouse Vocal Studio perform songs and scenes from shows by Stephen Sondheim.

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Pioneers in Educational Globe-trotting: Stanford Travel/Study at 50

February 20, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Speakers: Brett S. Thompson, ’83, Director, Stanford Travel/Study William Durham, ’71, Bing Professor in Human Biology, Emeritus Stanford Travel/Study began in 1968, at a time when Stanford, like many universities, was the site of student unrest. Rixford Snyder, ’30, MA ’34, PhD ’40, historian and retired dean of admissions, had recently taken over programming for the alumni summer college. He had the idea to hold the summer program on a riverboat in Europe—alumni and their families would listen to lectures…

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Piano Studio of Frederick Weldy

February 21, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of Frederick Weldy will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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

February 21, 2018 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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The Stanford Shakespeare Company Presents: Romeo and Juliet

February 21, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

From forth the fatal loins of these two opposéd jazz clubs, the Stanford Shakespeare Company brings back to life this famous tale of star-crossed lovers. At the Blue Note Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, only to learn that they are mortal enemies. Romeo, abandoning his buddies, jumps the Capulet wall to find Juliet on her balcony, where they exchange proclamations of love and decide to marry. With the help of Friar Laurence and the Nurse,…

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Heather Blair: “What Counts? Buddhism, Picturebooks, and Japanese Culture”

February 22, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Jokes about hell, fake sutras that, though specious, exert miraculous effects, and stories about a bodhisattva who is as well loved for his failures as for his assistance. These and other playful engagements with Buddhist ideas and imagery pervade picturebooks from Japan’s secular mainstream. But do they count as Buddhist? Focusing on picturebooks published for children from the 1960s to the present, this talk asks what it might mean to be culturally—without necessarily being confessionally—Buddhist. It presents an argument…

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Family Weekend Concert

February 23, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy a free concert and experience the acoustics of Stanford’s state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall. Learn more about the hall and Stanford Live.

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NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh

February 23, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Harpsichord students of Elaine Thornburgh will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Takács Quartet

February 23, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Blessed with a nigh-otherworldly gift for chamber artistry, the Takács Quartet, in the latest of its highly anticipated visits to the Bing, partners with Canadian piano virtuoso MarcAndré Hamelin for the Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1. Beethoven’s Opus 131 Quartet and Schubert’s Quartettsatz are also on the program for this Boulder, Colorado–based quartet.

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Bing Concert Hall Tour

February 24, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Bing Concert Hall. Since it opened in January 2013, Bing has transformed the practice, study, and experience of the performing arts on the Stanford campus. Its 842 seats envelope the stage—none of which are farther than 75 feet away—bringing the first row very nearly toe-to-toe with the artists. Bing is a showcase for an array of performance styles—a seamless integration of architecture, acoustics, and technology. It’s no wonder the New York Times called it “the…

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

February 24, 2018 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Brave New World of Soviet Political Posters  This gallery talk, with Bertrand Patenaude, research fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, highlights how the new Soviet regime pioneered the political propaganda poster and examines recurring themes, symbols, and messages.  MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward…

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Bing Concert Hall Tour

February 24, 2018 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Bing Concert Hall. Since it opened in January 2013, Bing has transformed the practice, study, and experience of the performing arts on the Stanford campus. Its 842 seats envelope the stage—none of which are farther than 75 feet away—bringing the first row very nearly toe-to-toe with the artists. Bing is a showcase for an array of performance styles—a seamless integration of architecture, acoustics, and technology. It’s no wonder the New York Times called it “the…

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 25, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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Robin Sharp, violin and Lori Lack, piano: Celebrating Women Composers

February 25, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford Music faculty Robin Sharp, violin, and Lori Lack, piano, present the program “Celebrating Women Composers”.

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

February 28, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Greer Ellison’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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

February 28, 2018 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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Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali

February 28, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Among the more surprising influences on American composers is the traditional Balinese art of gamelan. The gigantic ensemble of instruments’ resonating tones and rich sound have captivated composers like Canadian Colin McPhee and American composers Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, John Cage, and Steve Reich. Experience the inspirational source of these composers in this special performance by the musicians and dancers of Gamelan Çudamani. 

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March 2018

Barbara Rossetti Ambros: “On Talking Terms with Mihotokesama: Material and Bodily Practices of a Jōdo Shin Healer”

March 1, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract:  The life story of Takumi Toyoko (b. 1929) illustrates the material and corporeal practices of popular Jōdo Shin in the Hokuriku region. At the intersection between a secret Jōdo Shin confraternity and a healer with an open clientele, Takumi and her devotees challenge stereotypical notions of Jōdo Shin as being opposed to magic and folk traditions. Rather than emphasizing scriptural authority, Takumi communicates directly with the Buddha Amida and wields her own body as a vehicle of salvation. Yet Amida…

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NOON CONCERT: Voice Students of Nova Jiménez

March 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Voice students from Nova Jiménez’s studio perform in this noon-time recital. (Program TBA.)

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Jazz Piano Studio of Murray Low: Winter Showcase

March 2, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Spring Jazz Piano showcase featuring the students of Murray Low will include standards and contemporary works.

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Talking about a Revolution: Gallery Talk Series

March 3, 2018 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight Learn behind the scenes stories of some of the objects on view in the exhibition with Marissa Schleicher Rhee, project archivist for exhibitions, Hoover Institution Library & Archives. MORE TALKS IN THIS SERIES: OCTOBER 19, 12PM, An Introduction to The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution with Jodi Roberts, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center OCTOBER 21, 1PM, Russia’s Crown under Armand HAMMER!  with Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives  …

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Friends of Music Scholarship Recital

March 3, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Music students receiving scholarships from the Friends of Music in support of their lessons will perform for their patrons and the public. (Program TBA.)

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Stanford Wind Symphony: Winter Concert

March 3, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Stanford Wind Symphony’s Winter program in Bing Concert Hall.

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Stanford Chamber Chorale: Choral Masterworks from the French Tradition

March 3, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Chorale, directed by Stephen M. Sano, offers a diverse program of choral works from the French tradition, featuring Francis Poulenc’s impassioned Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence.

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Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone: Voice Masterclass

March 5, 2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This masterclass for Stanford students is free and open to the public.

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Taming the Shamanic Impulse: The Emergence of the Hasidic Master with Rabbi Arthur Green

March 6, 2018 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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NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

March 7, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cello students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.)

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

March 7, 2018 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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Shenson Recital Series: Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone, and Paula Fan, piano – NEW TIME!

March 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Program George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad William Walton: Three Swinburne Songs Claude Debussy: Trois ballades de François Villon Grace Williams: My Last Duchess Barbara Jazwinski: The Girl by the Ocean Paul Phillips: Battle-Pieces Admission includes reception with artists to follow. Note: This event has been rescheduled to 7:30 p.m.

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Winter Chamber Music Showcase

March 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ensembles from the Stanford Chamber Music program perform.

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Stanford Jazz Orchestra with special guest Kenny Washington

March 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Michael Galisatus directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra’s program, featuring guest Kenny Washington. A native of New Orleans, Kenny grew up singing and performing gospel in church, developing a deep love for music at a very young age. He began performing with the school band, and later studied various styles of music ranging from traditional and contemporary jazz, classical, rhythm and blues, and pop at Xavier University. Kenny performed and toured throughout the U.S., Asia, Russia, and Australia with the U.S.…

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University Singers

March 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ performance of works by Vierne and others.

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Rev. Shojun Ogi: “Re-Focusing Buddhism in Modern Japanese Society: New Dimensions in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism”

March 8, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Historically, especially after World War II, Japanese Buddhist temples became focused mainly on conducting funeral rituals, various commemorative memorials, the selling of talismans, and conducting prayer rituals in the name of good fortune, happiness and safety. This led Japanese society, including both Buddhist priests and public at large to come to believe that Buddhism was only relevant regarding death or wishes. However, recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, some Buddhist priests have begun creating and implementing…

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A Reflection on My Last Novel: Ask the Mirror

March 8, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher, and human rights activist.  Chahla’s writings both in Persian and French include essays, research articles, short stories, and novels. She discusses her newest book, Ask the Mirror (2015), and reflects on literature and exile. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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Lo and Behold

March 8, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Frankenstein@200 Film Series will be screening Werner Herzog’s film Lo and Behold followed by a panel discussion on its themes and the implications of the internet in our society’s future. 

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Jennifer Paulino, soprano, and Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord

March 8, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jennifer Paulino, soprano, and Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord, present a program of Purcell’s songs and solo harpsichord pieces.

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Redemptive Hope in the Age of Trump with Akiba Lerner

March 9, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Akiba J. Lerner, Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University Akiba received his B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University in 2007. He taught at Stanford from 2007-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought, theologies of hope, Jewish social ethics, political theology, American pragmatism and contemporary liberal thought. This will be a book talk and the Stanford Bookstore will be…

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NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

March 9, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble with guest John Santos: Latin Jazz, Jazz Latin

March 10, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the performance, interpretation, and study of Afro-Latin music and its fusion with North American jazz. It is the ensemble’s belief that the evolution of “American music” is not indigenous to the United States but rather encompasses developments and influences from Latin and South America as well. Established in Winter 2008 by director Murray Low, the group has made rapid progress since its inception and is now one of the finest academic performing…

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A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 12, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated…

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The Power of Photography for Social Change

March 13, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

REZA is an acclaimed photojournalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, as well as a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel. He discusses the importance of using images to serve social change, by training younger generations to become the actors of the future. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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

March 14, 2018 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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Early Music Singers

March 14, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers’ Winter program.

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Stanford Woodwind Quintet: 30th Anniversary Concert

March 17, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Woodwind Quintet celebrates their 30th year of performances. (Program TBA.)

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St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community

March 21, 2018 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local school children, teachers, and their families. | Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.

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April 2018

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

April 4, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Stanford University is organizing Frankenstein@200. This yearlong series of courses, lectures, conferences, and a film festival will highlight the relevance of Shelley’s text today, as artificial intelligence and advances in engineering and medicine increasingly blur the divide between man and machine. An associated exhibition drawn from the Cantor’s permanent collection will explore the idea of what defines humanity in the age of Frankenstein.

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Hannah Pho, soprano: Senior Voice Recital

April 14, 2018 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Soprano Hannah Pho presents her senior recital, featuring works by Handel, Debussy, and Wolf.

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2018 Medicine & the Muse Symposium

April 18, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Medicine & the Muse conducts its annual symposium showcasing works by Stanford medical students integrating the arts with medicine. 

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Health Humanities Consortium Conference

April 20, 2018 12:00 am

A three-day celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.

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NOON CONCERT: Trombone Students of McDowell Kenley

April 20, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Trombone students are featured in this noontime concert.

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Krishan Kumar: Senior Flute Recital

April 20, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Program TBA.

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CCRMA Spring Concert I

April 20, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us as CCRMA presents two evenings of immersive spatial multichannel music at the Bing Concert Hall Studio.

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Bride of Frankenstein

April 20, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Frankenstein@200 film series will screen James Whale’s 1935 classic Bride of Frankenstein. 

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James A. Benn: “Controversies in the Doctrine and Practice of Self-immolation in Medieval China”

April 21, 2018 12:00 am

Abstract: In this seminar we will read selected passages from the chapter on self-immolation (sheshen pian 捨身篇) in the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist compendium Fayuan zhulin 法苑珠林. We will see how the compiler of the work—Daoshi 道世 (596?–683) places a range of somatic practices including burning the body within the context of the propagation of Buddhism. We will note how he deploys key jātaka tales and Mahāyāna sutras as scriptural supports for the practice, and reflect on his choice of hagiographical material from China. Bio: James A. Benn…

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CCRMA Spring Concert II

April 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us as CCRMA presents two evenings of immersive spatial multichannel music at the Bing Concert Hall Studio.

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Fiona Kelliher: Senior Flute Recital

April 21, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Program TBA.

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National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein”

April 21, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Frankenstein@200 film series screens the National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. 

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Hisham Matar Reading, part of the Lane Lecture Series

April 23, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Photo by Diana Matar Part of the Lane Lecture Series Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his adult life in London. His critically acclaimed 2016 memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between won the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and received the PEN America Book of the Year Award. In The Return, he recounts his search for his father, who was…

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Tiffany Jiang: Flute Recital

April 28, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tiffany Jiang performs works for flute. Program Villa-Lobos / Heitor: Assobio a Jato Telemann: Flute Fantasies Liebermann / Lowell: Flute Sonata

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence

April 29, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Returning to its roots, the St. Lawrence performs music by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, in addition to Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, op. 33, no. 3, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Opus 15 Piano Quintet with longtime collaborator Stephen Prutsman.

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May 2018

Tim H. Barrett: “A Possible Buddhist Influence on Chinese Political Thought”

May 3, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: Much work has been done in recent decades on the way in which Chinese rulers made use of Buddhism to bolster their power, but in fact some Buddhist ideas concerning kingship found in South Asian materials were quite negative. China was in imperial times an autocracy in which such negativity towards kingship generally did not flourish. But if we look carefully, is there really no trace at all of these Buddhist ideas entering the Chinese tradition of political thought? …

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Zoë Sonnenberg, soprano: Senior Voice Recital

May 5, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Zoë Sonnenberg, soprano, captures her four years at Stanford, in song. (Program TBA.)

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Piano Studio of Frederick Weldy

May 9, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of Frederick Weldy will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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47th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market

May 11, 2018 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A celebration of Native American cultures including dance and music with more than 100 artist, food and information booth vendors. Booth vendors will begin opening by 5:00pm and Intertribal and competition dancing continues 7:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, Noon-10:00pm on Saturday, and Noon-6:00pm on Sunday. The 22nd Annual Stanford Powwow Fun Run/Walk will take place at 8:00am on Saturday, May 12.  These outdoor events will continue “rain or shine!”

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47th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market

May 12, 2018 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

A celebration of Native American cultures including dance and music with more than 100 artist, food and information booth vendors. Booth vendors will begin opening mid-morning and Intertribal and competition dancing continues 7:00pm-11:00pm on Friday, Noon-10:00pm on Saturday, and Noon-6:00pm on Sunday. The 22nd Annual Stanford Powwow Fun Run/Walk will take place at 8:00am on Saturday, May 12.  These outdoor events will continue “rain or shine!”

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47th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market

May 13, 2018 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

A celebration of Native American cultures including dance and music with more than 100 artist, food and information booth vendors. Booth vendors will begin opening by mid-morning and Intertribal and competition dancing continues 7:00pm-10:00pm on Friday, Noon-10:00pm on Saturday, and Noon-6:00pm on Sunday. The 22nd Annual Stanford Powwow Fun Run/Walk will take place at 8:00am on Saturday, May 12.  These outdoor events will continue “rain or shine!”

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What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley

May 15, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is best known for his crime fiction, and his indelible narrator, Easy Rawlins. But Mosley, a frequent social commentator and wide-ranging writer, is also a serious practitioner of Science Fiction. He employs the form not just to contemplate the culture as it was, but to envision the trends that might point to our future. These envisionings are rarely optimistic, but always prescient. Over the course…

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

May 16, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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Rupert Gethin: “On Death and Rebirth, and What Happens in Between: Two Buddhist Accounts of Why it Matters”

May 17, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Ancient Indian Buddhist thinkers for the most part took it as given that death was followed by rebirth, but they disagreed on whether death was followed immediately by rebirth or by an in between state (antarābhava). The lecture will consider two accounts of death and rebirth, both from the fourth to fifth centuries CE but representing the traditions of two different schools: (1) the account found in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośa, which presents the traditions of the Sarvāstivāda school and advocates an in between state, and (2) the account found in the…

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Stanford Symphonic Chorus

May 18, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Stanford Symphonic Chorus, under the baton of Stephen M. Sano, offers Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida (“Heiligmesse”), an exuberant masterpiece dating from the composer’s late maturity. Also on the program is Haydn’s rarely-heard Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major (Hob. VIIa:4), featuring faculty soloist Joo-Mee Lee.

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Jazz Piano Studio of Murray Low: Spring Showcase

May 19, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Spring Jazz Piano showcase featuring the students of Murray Low will include standards and contemporary works.

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Ian Anstee, tenor: Senior Voice Recital

May 19, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ian Anstee, tenor, presents his senior voice recital of songs and improv. (Program TBA.)

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Stanford Symphonic Chorus

May 19, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Stanford Symphonic Chorus, under the baton of Stephen M. Sano, offers Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida (“Heiligmesse”), an exuberant masterpiece dating from the composer’s late maturity. Also on the program is Haydn’s rarely-heard Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major (Hob. VIIa:4), featuring faculty soloist Joo-Mee Lee.

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NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

May 23, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cello students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.)

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Stanford Jazz Orchestra

May 23, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Michael Galisatus directs the Stanford Jazz Orchestra’s program. (Program TBA.)

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Oliver Freiberger: “Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism’s Boundaries in Ancient India”

May 24, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Abstract: This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.” Bio: Dr. Oliver Freiberger is associate professor of Asian Studies and…

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Jake Gold, horn

May 25, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jake Gold, horn, performs the following selections: Bernard Krol: Laudatio Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Johannes Brahms: Trio, op. 40 Nikolai Tcherepnin: selection from 6 Horn Quartets August Klughardt: Wind Quintet, op. 79

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

May 30, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Greer Ellison’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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University Singers

May 30, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ performance of works by Handel.

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Spring Chamber Music Showcase

May 30, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ensembles from the Stanford Chamber Music program perform.

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June 2018

NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

June 1, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Stanford Jazz Combos

June 1, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jim Nadel presents a Jazz Combo showcase, featuring standards and original works by a range of small ensembles.

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Stanford Wind Symphony: Spring Concert

June 2, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Stanford Wind Symphony’s program in Bing Concert Hall.

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Stanford Chamber Chorale: In One Accord

June 2, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Chamber Chorale joins forces with University Organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, in an evening celebrating choral music from the Anglican cathedral tradition. The program features George Dyson’s exuberant “Evening Canticles in D”; William Henry Harris’s radiant double-choir anthem “Faire is the heaven”; contemporary works by Ben Parry and Owain Park; and beloved British folk song arrangements by Holst, Grainger, Moeran, and others.

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Spring Concert

June 3, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the performance, interpretation, and study of Afro-Latin music and its fusion with North American jazz. It is the ensemble’s belief that the evolution of “American music” is not indigenous to the United States but rather encompasses developments and influences from Latin and South America as well. Established in Winter 2008 by director Murray Low, the group has made rapid progress since its inception and is now one of the finest academic performing…

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Early Music Singers

June 6, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers’ Spring program.

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SLOrk: Stanford Laptop Orchestra

June 7, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) celebrates the conclusion of its season with a full-scale laptop orchestra concert in Bing Concert Hall. You are cordially invited for an evening of all-new works for the full ensemble of humans and laptops!

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