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How I Write: A Conversation  

with Abraham Verghese

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 pm, Bldg 320, Rm 105 


Fireworks Night at Stanford Baseball

Friday, May 6, 6 pm, vs. Washington


40th Annual Stanford Powwow and Art Market 

Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8, Eucalyptus Grove 


Stanford Taiko 

Saturday, May 7, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium


2011 NCAA Tennis Championships 

May 19-30, Taube Family Tennis Center

Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Sleep, with Dr. William Dement
Thursday, May, 26, 7 pm, Stanford Blood Center



Taste of Palo Alto 

Community festival benefiting the Ecumenical Hunger Program and

featuring food from local restaurants and entertainment by Stanford students

Saturday, May 7, 12 - 4 pm, White Plaza  


image31st Annual Stanford Lu'au

Saturday, May 14,  

12:30 - 2:30 pm, White Plaza, Show is Free, Food is $10, $5 for students.

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TheaterON STAGE 


imageThe Knot: A New Play

May 12 & 14 at 8 pm; May 13 at 8 pm & 10 pm, Nitery Theater in the Old Union, $5-15  


imageMajor Barbara by George Bernard Shaw 

May 19-21 at 8 pm & May 22 at 2 pm,

Pigott Theater in Memorial Auditorium, $5-15


Robber Barons Sketch Comedy Spring Show 

Stanford's student sketch comedy group presents its 100% original end-of-quarter show. Laughter guaranteed, or your money back (excluding paid tickets).  

May 19-21, 8 pm, Bldg 320, Rm 105, $10, Free for Stanford students, Not appropriate for children.   


Betrayed by George Packer 

This play, based on Mr. Packer's interviews in Baghdad, tells the story of three young Iraqis motivated to risk everything by America's promise of freedom.  

Friday, May 20, 8 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Free, RSVP to reserve your seat.

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Social Choice and Human Rights 

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard

Monday, May 2, 5:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free



The World Ahead

John Micklethwait, Editor, The Economist    

Tuesday, May 3, 4:30 pm, Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Free


Medieval Matters: Dante Now

Robert Durling, a scholar who has spent more than fifty years crafting versions of the "Divine Comedy" that bring Dante into conversation with contemporary Americans

Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm, Bldg 320, Rm 105, Free  


Washington Showdown: Budget Battles and Partisan Interests

This symposium brings together four speakers who are on the front lines of the current Washington battles for budget and partisan supremacy.  

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free   


What Matters to Me & Why featuring Marilyn and Irvin Yalom

Wednesday, May 4, 12 noon, Common Room in the CIRCLE - 3rd Floor Old Union, Free


imageThomas Friedman on Democracy and Energy

Wednesday, May 4, 6 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $10, Free for Stanford students   


The World in Frames

An Evening with Award-winning Comics Journalist Joe Sacco

Thursday, May 5, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Free  


"FROM AFAR" in Ethiopia 

Dr. Tim White on his team's decades of work in Ethiopia, unraveling the story of human evolution 

Monday, May 9, 4:15 pm,

Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Free 


From the Innovator's Workbench - Ezekiel Emanuel

Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 pm, Vidalakis Dining Room, Schwab Residential Center, $45, Free for Stanford faculty, staff and students, Registration required   


imageKevin Bacon: Social Networking for Social Good

In conversation with Jennifer Aaker

Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 pm, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Residences, Free, Ticket required   


Sean Wilentz: "The Long and Tragical History of Post-Partisanship"

Lecture 1: May 11, 5:30 pm

Lecture 2: May 12, 5:30 pm,  

Discussion Seminar: May 13, 10 am, Free 


imageDoes Teacher Education Have a Future?

Dean Deborah Stipek in conversation with Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of the University of Michigan School of Education; Steven Farr, Chief Knowledge Officer of Teach For America; and Pam Grossman, Stanford Professor of Education

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free


An Evening with Stanford Engineering Hero, Don Knuth 

Thursday, May 12, 7 pm, Online Webinar, Free

George Packer in conversation with Tobias Wolff and Debra Satz

Part of the Ethics and War Series 

Thursday, May 19, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Free


Is War Evil? 

Part of the Ethics and War Series 

Thursday, May 26, 5:30 pm, Bldg 320, Rm 105, Free   


Tolstoy in 1910

The Author Is Dead -- Long Live the Author!  

Tuesday, May 31, 12 noon, Encina Hall West, Rm 208, Free, RSVP required



  • 5/6: Joseph Mazor, Center for Ethics in Society, Bldg 110, Rm 112 
  • 5/13: Michele Barry, School of Medicine, Bldg 60, Rm 120 
  • 5/20: Perry Klebahn, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Bldg 60, Rm 120 
  • 5/27: Amos Nur, Geophysics, Bldg 110, Rm 112




CIS Speaker Series: A Defensive Patent License Proposal

Monday, May 2, 12:50 pm, Stanford Law School Room 280B, Free, RSVP required


Channeling Justice: Television and the Legal Profession

Featured speakers include David E. Kelley, actress Camryn Manheim and producer Ben Silverman

Friday, May 6, 9 am - 4 pm, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence, Free, Advance registration required    


The Inaugural China Law & Policy Conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Condoleezza Rice

May 6-7, Room 290, Stanford Law School, Free, RSVP required   


Values-Based Leadership: How to Deliver Outstanding and Lasting Results By Doing the Right Thing 

Breakfast Briefing with Harry Kraemer  

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 am Breakfast, 8 am Session, Stanford Faculty Club, $60    

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar Series

Wednesdays, 4:30 pm, NVIDIA Auditorium, Free

  • May 4: Geoffrey Moore, Author & Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • May 11: Kevin Systrom & Michael Krieger, Co-Founders, Instagram
  • May 18: Wences Casares & Meyer Malka, Co-Founders, Bling Nation  
  • May 25: Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer   

The Energy Seminar Series 

Mondays, 4:15 pm, NVIDIA Auditorium, Free

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imageVoices of Rwanda - Testimonies from Survivors of Genocide

Tuesday, May 3, 5:30 pm, CISAC Conference Room Encina Hall Central, Free, Please RSVP


Constraints on China's Foreign Policy: Inside and Out
Wednesday, May 4, 1:30-5:30 pm, Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Free  


The Upheavals: Iran, America, and History's New Wave

Abbas Milani in conversation with Leon Wieseltier 

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm, Bldg 370, Rm 370, Free   


imageManaging Food Price Volatility

Approaches at the Global, National, and Household Levels

Thursday, May 26, 4 pm, Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Free, Please RSVP   


For additional lectures on global topics, please see the Stanford Event Calendar, and the The Center for East Asian Studies Calendar.  




Payton Jordan Invitational
Some of the fastest times in the world are run at the annual track meet named for the former Stanford coaching legend.
Sunday, May 1, Field events begin at 12 noon, running events at 3:45 pm

Baseball Promotions

May 6: Fireworks Night

May 21:Fan Appreciation Day

Cardinal Home Games in May
Please click on the links for schedules.

Softball - Free  


Men's Golf - Free 

Women's Tennis - Free 

Men's Tennis  - Free 

Track - Free  

Men's Soccer  


Football Tickets 

Renew your football season tickets or place a deposit on new tickets now.  Renewal deadline is May 9.  Lotsa Luck 3-Game Mini Plans are available starting at $70.   



St. Lawrence String Quartet
SLSQ reprises its lauded interpretation of Osvaldo Golijov's Yiddishbbuk, plus Schubert and more.
Sunday, May 1, 2:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $22-50, Stanford students $10 with ID 


Karen Clift, soprano, with John Churchwell, piano

Sunday, May 1, 2:30 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, $5-10, Stanford students free with ID

imageTrimpin: Coincidence, Music, Memory, and Meaning
Trimpin and Paul DeMarinis reflect together on the power and place of sound in humanistic inquiry.
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 pm, Pigott Theater, Free


Stanford Taiko: It is the Cry of the Soul to Beat a Taiko 

Saturday, May 7, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $5-10


Schumann Birthday Bash
Join Ben Simon and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars in an evening devoted to classical music's "First Couple," Robert and Clara Schumann.

Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm, $20, Advance ticket purchase required 

Stanford Jazz Orchestra 

Wednesday, May 11, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $5-10, Stanford students free with ID


David Briggs, Organ

Wednesday, May 11, 8 pm, Memorial Church, $5-10, Stanford students free with ID  

Gurs Zyklus Stage Tour
Trimpin leads an up-close-and-personal tour.
Friday, May 13, 12 noon, Memorial Auditorium, Free


Stanford Woodwind Quintet 

Friday, May 13, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $5-10 

Great Moments in Opera 

imageStanford Symphonic Chorus with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

Friday, May 13, 8 pm, San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Flint Center, Cupertino, $20-38 


Trimpin: The Gurs Zyklus
World premiere! Maverick composer-inventor Trimpin's captivating work of memory and remembrance
Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Memorial Auditorium, $19-68   


Tango Night! with QuinTango 

Friday, May 20, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $30-50, Stanford students $10 with ID


Stanford Chamber Chorale

Saturday, May 21, 8 pm, Memorial Church, $5-10


Stanford Wind Ensemble 

Sunday, May 22, 2:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $5-10


imageStanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble 

Monday, May 23, 8 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, $5-10, Stanford students free with ID    


University Singers 

Wednesday, May 25, 8 pm, Memorial Church, $5-10


Stanford Symphony Orchestra: Showcase Concert

Saturday, May 28, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, $5-10, Stanford students free with ID  


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Special Events

ICME Open Day 

Learn how the exciting field of computational mathematics drives innovation in the sciences and engineering at this day of talks on real life applications. 

Saturday, May 7, 10 am - 3:30 pm, Free,
Please register in advance.  Interested high school students are also welcome to attend.

BiblioTech: Bringing Humanities Ph.D. Innovation to Silicon Valley

Join President John Hennessy, Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists, and Stanford humanities faculty and doctoral students for a groundbreaking discussion.
Wednesday, May 11, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Free, RSVP required, Seating is limited.

TEDx Silicon Valley
imageWatch the free live webstream of this event at which some of the Bay Area's leading thinkers and doers will gather to discuss social innovation.
Saturday, May 14, 10:30 am - 5 pm



Personalized Healthcare: The Role of Genes, Data and Environment 

Sunday, May 1, 3 pm, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auditorium, Free 


The Science and Practice of Well-being

Four week class beginning Thursday, May 5, 12 noon, $100   


The Connection Between Stress and the Human System

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 pm, $50 


Hypertension in the 21st Century

High Blood Pressure: What We Know Now and What We Need to Know      

Thursday, May 12, 7 pm, Free


Long Term Care for You or Your Loved One

Thursday, May 19, 7 pm, Free


Migraine Headaches

Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, Free


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sleep but Were Afraid to Ask

imageWidely regarded as "The Father of Sleep Medicine", Dr William C. Dement will review the importance of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation.

Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave, Free


The Stanford Health Library provides free health and medical information on-line and at 5 locations.


Pre-registration is required for all events.




imageDads of Daughters: The Joys & Challenges of Raising Teen Girls 

Please join Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in an evening dedicated to fathers of preteen and adolescent daughters.  

May 10, 7 pm, $40.00, Pre-registration required


Heart to Heart: A Seminar on Growing Up

This informative, humorous and lively discussion of puberty, the opposite sex and growing up sets parents and their pre-teens on a straight course for talking with one another on these very important topics. Multiple dates available. $75


Classes for Expectant and New Parents  

Please see website for complete list of classes available at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and registration information.


Pre-registration for all classes required.  





Quarantined: Alice Austen and the Secret History of American Art 

Monday, May 9, 5:30 pm, Cummings Art Building, Free


imageMemory, with Tom Leader 

Part of the Spring Architecture/Landscape Architecture Series  

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 pm, Clark Center Auditorium, Free


California Contemporary: The Book as a Work of Art

Thursday, May 12, 4:15 pm, Cantor Arts Center, $30, $25 for members


The Transnational Politics of Murakami Takashi's Collaborative Art

Monday, May 16, 5 pm, Bldg 250, Rm 108, Free


imageAn Evening with Wanda Corn: Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free


Some Pages from Michelangelo's Life, with Reflections on Some Other Lives

Thursday, May 19, 5:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, Free


Bjarke Ingels

Part of the Spring Architecture/Landscape Architecture Series

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm, Clark Center Auditorium, Free      



imageTrue Colors 

Greco-Roman sculpture was never intended to be white, and this exhibition features the once-lively colors of sculpture from that era.

Cantor Arts Center, Free   

A Rediscovered Masterpiece: 12 Drawings from Domenico Tiepolo's New Testament  

This display of selected works by the prolific Venetian master includes two drawings never before seen by the public.

Cantor Arts Center, Free   


imageIllustrated Title Pages: 1500-1900
This exhibition traces the development of the title page from the 16th to 19th centuries.  

Cantor Arts Center, Free



An exhibition of artwork created by Stanford 's five graduating artists for their final MFA Thesis.

Opens May 10, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Free  

Istanbul to the Inner Quad: New Works by Anthony Montanino  

Thirty-two oil paintings featuring jazz musicians and landscapes of Europe, New England and California

Through May 20, Stanford Faculty Club, Free 

For more information on exhibits and tours, please visit The Cantor Arts Center. 




How I Write: A Conversation with Abraham Verghese

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner, Bldg 320, Rm 105, Free


Haunted Memories: Women in the Holocaust 

With author Lucille Eichengreen

Wednesday, May 4, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, Free   


Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

With author Kristen Schilt

Thursday, May 12, 4:15 pm, 

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Free  


Meet the Author: Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar

Monday, May 16, 4pm, Bldg 50, Rm 51, Free



The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)

With author Siva Vaidhyanathan

Monday, May 16, 5:30 pm, Bldg 200, Rm 002, Free


Charles Baxter Reading

Monday, May 16, 8 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free


The Shadows of Bombs: A soldier and pilot read from their work

Tuesday, May 17, 4 pm, Oak Lounge, Tresidder Memorial Union, Free



America and The Pill - A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

With author Elaine Tyler May  

Thursday, May 19, 5:30 pm, The Terrace Room, 4th Floor, Margaret Jacks Hall, Free  


On Becoming and Being a Doctor

Readings by Pegasus Physicians at Stanford 

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, Free




imageHOWL - Special Screening 

Q&A to follow with film directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Free


Voiz / The Orator

Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm, Bldg 200 Rm 030, Free


Ia / I am 

Part of the Russian Film Series

Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm, Slavianskii Dom, 650 Mayfield Avenue, Free


Libas jako Buh / You Kiss Like a God

Friday, May 6, 7 pm, Bldg 260, Rm 113, Free


Agents of Change

A screening of "Tanvir Ka Safarnama" followed by a discussion with filmaker Ranjan Kamath.Tuesday, May 10, 4 pm, Encina Hall West, 2nd Floor, Room 208, Free


Mr. India

Part of the South Asian Film Festival  

Thursday, May 12, 5:15 pm, Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center, Free


Asta seara dansam in familie / Tonight We'll Celebrate in the Family

Friday, May 13, 7 pm, Bldg 260, Rm 113, Free   


Kosh Ba Kosh / Odds and Evens

Part of the Eurasian Film Series  

Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm, Bldg 200, Rm 030, Free     


Simon mágus / Simon the Magician

Part of the Hungarian Film Series

Friday, May 20, 7 pm, Bldg 260, Rm 113    

An Afternoon with Iranian Film Director Bahram Beyzaie

imageBahram Beyzaie is one of Iran's most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, both secular and religious.

Saturday, May 21, 1-4 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free  


Black Friday 

Part of the South Asian Film Festival

Thursday, May 26, 5:15 pm, Assembly room, Bechtel International Center, Free


Little Angel, Make Me Happy 

Part of the Eurasian Film Series 

Tuesday, May 31, 7 pm, Bldg 200, Rm 030, Free   



Specialty Camps  

Baseball                    Rowing

Boys Basketball          Sailing

Girls Basketball          Soccer

Cross-Country            Softball

Fencing                      Swimming

Track & Field              Tennis

Field Hockey              Girls Volleyball

Football                     Boys Volleyball

Golf                          Water Polo

Girls Lacrosse            All Sports


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital 20th Birthday Party 
Featuring more than 75 interactive booths, your favorite hospital staff members, musical performances,
storytelling, face painting, and more
Saturday, June 26, 10 am - 4 pm, intersection of Quarry and Welch Roads, Free


ShabbatStanford Chabad Shabbat Experience
Ongoing every Friday, 7:30 pm, The Rohr Chabad House at Stanford, 1289 College Avenue, Palo Alto, Please RSVP

University Public Worship
Ecumenical Christian worship featuring choir and organ music with speakers and preachers from diverse religious traditions.

Sundays, 10 am, Memorial Church



A reflective 30-minute service of hymns and chant sung in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All religious and non-religious backgrounds welcome.  
Sunday, May 15 and 22,  9 - 9:30 pm, Memorial Church       


imageEnter the labyrinth and discover that walking in circles can actually put direction in your life!

Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm, Memorial Church, Free


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Sleeping Man: (c) / digitalskillet

Fireworks: (c) / Kenneth Sponsler

Palm Tree: (c) mcswin