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Michele Elam is a 2018 AALCS award recipient

The African American Literature and Culture Society is proud to announce the recipients of the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, and the Darwin T. Turner Award for Excellence in Scholarship in African American Culture and Literature for the year 2018. Michele Elam, our Turner Award recipient, is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies, Olivier…

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Two Stanford seniors and a Stanford Medicine researcher win 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The three winners with Stanford affiliations are among the 35 Americans awarded scholarships to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England.

Stanford seniors Lauren Killingsworth and Steve Rathje have won 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. In addition, Monica Kullar, a clinical neuroscience research coordinator in a Stanford Medicine laboratory focused on precision mental health and translational neuroscience, has been awarded a 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. They…

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2018 Deans’ Award Winners include students excelling in the creative arts

The Deans’ Award for Academic Achievement, inaugurated in Spring 1988, is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated. The Deans’ Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas: Independent research National academic competitions A presentation…

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Stanford undergraduates perform an adaptation of the 17th-century Spanish play Life Is a Dream with a new ending

Under the guest direction of Tony Award-winner Dominique Serrand, Stanford cast and crew explore age-old themes from a 17th-century Spanish play while incorporating modern questions of gender and ambiguity.

When adapting a play about destiny, changing the ending might seem like tempting fate, especially when that play is considered one of the greatest of the Spanish Golden Age. But for guest director Dominique Serrand, reimagining the classic tale Life Is a Dream for an audience of today means not only exploring timeless themes, but also transforming…

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Stanford Professor Chang-rae Lee on “Writing Across and Through Gender” at the Clayman Institute’s Artist’s Salon

How does a writer imbue his characters with a gender, gendered behaviors and attributes, that seem authentic, and not stereotypical, to the reader? How do the social aspects of gender inform the fictional universe of his novel? For award-winning novelist and Stanford professor Chang-rae Lee, the ultimate freedom in writing across and through gender means…

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Stanford lecturer earns fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded AUSTIN SMITH, a Jones lecturer in the English Department at Stanford, with a creative writing fellowship. Austin Smith Smith, a former Wallace Stegner fellow, was one of 36 writers nationwide who received the 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. The annual fellowship…

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Associate Professor Anna Schultz receives H. Colin Slim Award

Anna Schultz, Associate Professor (Ethnomusicology), was recently presented with the H. Colin Slim Award by the American Musicological Society during their annual meeting in Rochester, NY. The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit. For the year 2016, that honor has gone to “Sentimental Remembrance and the Amusements of Forgetting in Karl and Harty’s ‘Kentucky’,” by Sumanth Gopinath and Anna Schultz, published in…

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Guest artist series to expose Stanford students to innovative performance art

The Department of Theater and Performance Studies is cultivating a creative community that welcomes fresh ideas and artists at every stage of their careers.

Branislav Jakovljevic, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), believes that artists of all levels – up-and-comers, mid-career and masters – all have something to teach Stanford students. Branislav Jakovljevic is chair of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.(Image credit: L.A. Cicero) Enter Vital Signs, a guest performance artist series, curated by acclaimed…

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Stanford celebrates the lasting impression of artist and educator Pedro de Lemos

Pedro de Lemos was the first curator of the Stanford Art Gallery, which is celebrating its centennial this year. An exhibition honoring de Lemos’ leadership and art is scheduled to begin in October.

Pedro Joseph de Lemos (1882-1954) was a visionary and guardian of art at Stanford. As the first director and curator of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery (now the Stanford Art Gallery), de Lemos transformed the exhibition space into one of the most important artistic venues in California. He also served as director of the Stanford University Museum…

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Susan Dackerman appointed director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University

The curator and scholar joins the Cantor in the fall.

Scholar, curator and educator Susan Dackerman has been appointed the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, one of the most visited university museums in the country. She will join the staff on Sept. 18. Susan Dackerman(Image credit: Rebecca Zamora) Dackerman’s contributions to art scholarship and museology are numerous. In addition…

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On writing and identity: an interview with author and professor Chang-rae Lee

In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Chang-rae Lee joined Stanford as the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the English Department and Creative Writing Program. He was previously at Princeton University as a creative writing professor and director of their Program in Creative Writing. Lee moved with his family from South Korea…

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New conductor appointed for Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia

The baton passes to Paul Phillips, director of orchestras and chamber music and distinguished senior lecturer in music at Brown University. He joins the Department of Music on July 1.

Paul Phillips has been named the new director of orchestral studies at Stanford and will take over the baton as music director and conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Phillips is currently director of orchestras and chamber music and distinguished senior lecturer in music at Brown University. “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome…

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Pioneering Stanford professor emerita in art history continues to break new ground

The three years of research Wanda Corn conducted to produce her exhibition and book, "Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern," was underwritten by an Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Fellowship administered by Stanford’s Department of Art and Art History.

Wanda Corn, who has been a pioneer in the art world for more than 30 years, isn’t slowing down. The renowned art historian and former Stanford educator has a new project, this one the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Corn’s ties to Stanford are long. When she joined Stanford in 1981, it was a momentous occasion for…

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Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet brings Beethoven to the San Francisco County Jail

The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence, performed at the San Francisco County Jail, sharing classical music with inmates. One prisoner described the experience as “a drink of water in a desert of concrete.”

Music lives and thrives in all sorts of unexpected places: theaters and living rooms, dingy warehouses and brightly lit stadiums. It blasts through car stereos and provides quiet comfort in moments of solitude. Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ), brought live music to an unexpected place, far removed from the concert hall. They…

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Alexander Nemerov to deliver Mellon Lectures on the Fine Arts

For six weeks this spring, ALEXANDER NEMEROV will be spending Sundays at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he will give the 66th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts. The topic of his lectures, The Forest: America in the 1830s, is the first ever in the history of the…

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Stanford alum earns Oscar nomination for “Hidden Figures”

And the Oscar goes to … well, maybe to ALLISON SCHROEDER, ’01, for co-writing with Theodore Melfi the adapted screenplay for Hidden Figures. This is the first Academy Award nomination for Schroeder and she is the lone woman on Oscar’s 2017 screenwriter lists, according to the Los Angeles Times. The story behind Hidden Figures, a…

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