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October 2018

Continuing Studies Student Reading at the Stanford Bookstore

October 19 9:30 am - 11:30 am

On Friday, October 19, the Stanford Bookstore will host a reading featuring students who recently completed the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. From 9:30 – 11:30 am, students who completed the program this past year will share 5-minute selections from the novels they completed after their years studying the craft with Stanford Continuing Studies. Free and open to the public. Learn more about the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing > https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/writing-certificate/writing-certificate

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Kiyan Williams: Grounding

October 19 10:30 am - 1:20 pm

Kiyan Williams is a multidisciplinary artist who unearths counterhegemonic notions of identity, history, and sociality. They often work with dirt and earth as material and metaphor to explore Black queer subjectivity, abjection, diaspora, and earth-based healing practices. Together we will explore live performance sculpture.

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Reproducible Research with R by Claudia Engel

October 19 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Reproducible Research with R: The goal of reproducible research is to improve scholarship by documenting data, code, and methods so results can be replicated and be subjected to scrutiny. R supports reproducible research through the creation of documents that combine content and code. This session will provide an overview of how to generate these documents and review some of the relevant R packages. Claudia Engel is  Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer for the Department of Anthropology and member of the…

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Qualitative Research Tools: NVivo, RQDA, Python with Alesia Montgomery

October 19 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Qualitative Research Tools: NVivo, RQDA, Python  with Alesia Montgomery Are you doing a qualitative analysis of “unstructured data” (e.g., interview transcripts, government documents, observational videos)? This demo will show three tools:      Commercial software: NVivo (free to Stanford faculty, students, staff)      Open source software: RQDA (free to all—an R package)      Programming language: Python (free to all) Come find out the basics about (1) how to choose the right tool for you (e.g., based on your epistemological assumptions, research questions, dataset size/type,…

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The Chemistry of Art

October 19 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Departments of Art & Art History and Chemistry at Stanford University present The Chemistry of Art. During this special event, faculty, staff and students from the Stanford Libraries and the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Art & Art History, and Physics Engineering will come together to give presentations that explore the integration of science with the arts. Please join us at 2:30pm on Friday, October 19th in the Sapp Center for Science Teaching & Learning. A reception will follow. Featuring: Professor Curtis…

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Computational text analysis in the social sciences: “Analyzing bias in college admissions essays” by AJ Alvero

October 19 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

College admissions essays (CAE) are a prominent yet understudied aspect of the college admissions process. As more schools drop SAT/ACT requirements for admissions, their role will become even bigger. This study uses machine learning methods to understand the relationship between essay content (what students are writing about) and social context to explore potential bias in the CAE genre. AJ Alvero is a PhD candidate in the Stanford University Graduate School of Education in the educational linguistics and Race, Inequality, and Language…

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CCRMA Transitions 2018: Concert 2

October 19 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us at the CCRMA Stage for our annual Transitions concerts. Feast your ears on immersive 3D sounds played on our multichannel speaker system (56.8). Due to our limited seating, we will present two shows with the same program at 7 pm and 9 pm each evening. Please reserve your seats here (no more than 4 per request). Plan to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the show, as otherwise your seat may be given away. Concert 2 Program Mark Applebaum Brian…

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Security in Insecurity – Learning to flourish amidst change

October 19 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We as humans beings, naturally seek safety, predictability & a sense of security in our lives which is completely normal. But the world we live in, is always changing. In fact, the only constant thing in this world is change and change many times happens contrary to our expectations bringing in a good amount of discomfort & uncertainty pushing us to feel insecure. How do we process these unexpected changes or the curveballs that life throws at us both at a…

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The Toshizo Watanabe Symposium: Celebrating the World through Japanese Art

October 20 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To celebrate the establishment of the Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship Program, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) will host a symposium on Japanese art with a group of distinguished alumni. Join us for an afternoon of invigorating discussions on Japanese ceramics, photography, and Noh theater. Enjoy a free reception with libations and live music following the symposium. Schedule: 2pm-5pm Symposium  5pm-7pm Reception 

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Kronos Quartet: Music For Change—The Banned Countries

October 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As a direct protest to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim-majority countries, San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet premieres a new program featuring music from the original seven “banned” countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—among others. Kronos’ Music for Change: The Banned Countries highlights a rich diversity of artistic voices, including works composed specifically for the performance, new collaborations, and signature works from Kronos’ extensive repertoire. With support from…

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A Celebration of Mind: Mathematics, Art, and Magic

October 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Martin Gardner was considered one of the pre-eminent magicians of the 20th century, an expert on Lewis Carroll, a champion puzzler, and the creator of recreational mathematics. Every year dozens of mathematicians, artists, and magicians gather from around the country for a Celebration of Mind to play, perform, and provoke the pleasures of perception and illusion, all in the spirit of Gardner. This year, the Celebration of Mind is being held at Stanford, and three of the movers and shakers…

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Queer Warhol: Curator Talk + Special Tour

October 21 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Richard Meyer, co-curator, will present an overview of Warhol’s engagement with gay culture of the 1970s, from Studio 54 to Fire Island and beyond, followed by 15-minute spotlight tours by Lexi Johnson and Jon Davies, two Stanford Ph.D. students who worked extensively on the exhibit and contributed essays to the catalogue In the exhibition Contact Warhol, see the first public display of images from the Cantor’s remarkable archive of Andy Warhol’s photographic contact sheets, along with other examples of the artist’s…

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Thomas Schultz, piano

October 21 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz presents a solo piano recital. Program – Hyo-shin Na: Rain Study and Small Noise – Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated

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Compline: An Evening Service of Song

October 21 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Compline (pronounced “komp-lin”) A reflective, contemplative 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All are welcome. Sundays, 9:00 – 9:30 pm (during the academic year with the exception of university holidays and academic breaks) in Memorial Church. Valley Presbyterian Church Choir will be performing this evening.  Upcoming Compline dates: Oct. 28 Early Music Singers Oct. 21 Valley Presbyterian Church Nov. 4 Crescendo Nov. 11 Convivium Jan.…

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Biography of Frederick Douglass

October 22 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave mistress, and he would to on to become one of the major literary figures of his time.  He wrote three versions of his autobiography over…

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“Anatomy of Genocide: The Origins and Daily Life of Local Mass Murder” with Omer Bartov

October 22 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History atBrown University. He is the author of Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death ofa Town Called Buczacz.

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Andy Warhol and Merce Cunningham: Returning to RainForest

October 22 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In conjunction with the Contact Warhol: Photography without End exhibition, join us for an evening exploring the rich collaboration between the artists Andy Warhol and Merce Cunningham. A screening of the film of Cunningham’s dance piece RainForest(1968), which incorporated Warhol’s “Silver Clouds,” helium-inflated mylar balloons that work as reflective mirrors and climate barometers on stage, will be followed by a performance demonstration by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Silas Riener. A panel organized and led by Professor Peggy Phelan, the Denning Family Director of the Stanford Arts Institute and “Contact Warhol” exhibition co-curator, will follow. 

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Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable

October 23 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art and Art History presents Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable. Artists Helen and Newton Harrison respond to climate change at three scales: The Bays at San Francisco, Green House Britain, and Peninsula Europe IV. Helen and Newton Harrison, whose archives were recently acquired by Stanford University, have been addressing the changing climate and its powerful impacts on culture since the early 1970s. Their artwork is speculative in nature, but grounded in their collaborations with scientists, architects, engineers, and politicians.…

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OPENING RECEPTION | Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable

October 23 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Stanford Department of Art and Art History presents Wherein Waters Rise, Drought Advances and Migration of Species Becomes Inevitable. Artists Helen and Newton Harrison respond to climate change at three scales: The Bays at San Francisco, Green House Britain, and Peninsula Europe IV. Helen and Newton Harrison, whose archives were recently acquired by Stanford University, have been addressing the changing climate and its powerful impacts on culture since the early 1970s. Their artwork is speculative in nature, but grounded in their collaborations with scientists, architects, engineers, and politicians.…

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Populist Challenges to Democracy

October 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

How do populism and nationalism challenge democracy? Can they instead help to sustain it? This panel explores the causes of the global populist upsurge, from popular discontent to economic shocks. Nationalism and populism are powerful, compatible, and resonant ideologies. As a result, they can legitimate leaders and mobilize citizens – and pose dramatic challenges to liberal democracy.  This is the first of three public symposia during the 2018-19 academic year to be hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in…

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Film Screening: 奼紫嫣紅開遍 “Pai Hsien-yung: Multiflorate Splendour”

October 23 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click here to register.  NOTE: all tickets are free, but in order to guarantee seating, you will need to register for the event and “buy” a ticket. 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 October 24 & 25, 2018.  Details on each lecture can be found below: October 24: 《紅樓夢》的宗旨:…

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The Secret Lives of the Brain

October 23 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

If the conscious mind—the part you consider you— accounts for only a fraction of the brain’s function, then what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman has spent years researching and which he will answer in this state-of-the-science talk. Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably linked to a vast, wet, chemical/electrical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly alien to us, and yet, somehow, it is us. In this talk, Eagleman will…

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The Voyager Interstellar Record: A Conversation with Frank Drake and Timothy Ferris

October 24 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Stanford’s American Studies Program Presents: The Voyager Interstellar Record: A Conversation with Frank Drake and Timothy Ferris Wednesday, October 24th at 4:30PM Pigott Hall (Language Corner), Room 113 In 1978, radio astronomer Frank Drake and writer Timothy Ferris collaborated with Carl Sagan to create a message for extraterrestrials: a collection of sounds and images encoded on a golden record and carried by NASA’s Voyager space probes through the Solar System and on to interstellar space. Come hear about how they…

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Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

October 24 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Harmony for Humanity  Frequent Stanford guest pianist Stephen Prutsman curates this year’s annual concert honoring the life and memory of alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002. The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, traditional music from Vietnam, and “A Love Supreme” performed by the renowned jazz instrumentalists and singers of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church.

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《紅樓夢》的宗旨: 其詩歌與戲曲的點題功用 “Honglou meng’s Message As Embedded in Its Poetry and Arias”

October 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This lecture will be in Chinese ONLY. Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click here to register. When registering, please select the specific date that you will attend and purchase a ticket. If you would like to attend for both days, you will need to register for both dates.  NOTE: all tickets are free, but in order to guarantee seating, you will need to register for the event and “buy” a ticket. Professor Pai Hsien-yung, Wei Lun Professor…

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