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Stanford Summer Theater Festival: Sam Shepard Festival

Curse of the Starving Class
Directed by Rush Rehm
Considered Shepard's masterwork, Curse of the Starving Class was originally written in 1976 and offers a remarkably prescient view of America in 2012. Hilarious, surreal, fast-paced and profoundly moving, Shepard's play brings together the best traditions of American performance.
July 19 - August 12, Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 pm. Sunday matinees at 2 pm, Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium.
For tickets and more information, please visit the Stanford Summer Theater information page.

Symposium: Sam Shepard and the Eclectic American West
A community symposium focused on Sam Shepard's interest in the American West. Raised in rural southern California, Shepard grew up with firsthand experience of the myths and realities of the region. This all-day event includes lectures, short performances and a panel discussion with SST artists working on Curse of the Starving Class.
Saturday, July 28, 9:30 am - 5 pm,
$90 (includes lunch). Advance registration is required. 

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Stanford Summer Teaching Institute

Specifically designed for teachers and leaders to practice new methods and innovate with new learning materials for classrooms and schools.

July 9 - August 2, multiple campus locations. For admission and pricing information click here.


Climate Change Education for Teachers

This two day conference will help teachers learn how to answer students' questions about climate change with confidence, what is the latest data related to climate change and its consequences; and how to integrate climate science and climate change into curriculum.

August 2-3, 8 am, Hartley Conference Center, free. Preregistration required.

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International Human Rights Documentary Festival

Stanford Human Rights Program's Camera as Witness-China, Iran, Vietnam, USA-Dialogue Through Culture

Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium, free.

Film Schedule:

  • Sing China! Thursday, July 5, 7 pm
  • Our Summer in Tehran, Thursday, July 19, 7 pm
  • A Dream in Hanoi, Thursday, August 2, 7 pm

Stanford Summer Theater Festival: The Films of Sam Shepard

The festival celebrates great American artist, playwright, screenwriter, actor and director Sam Shepard.  

Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, free.


2012 ICA Summer Film Festival - Feast to Famine: Global Politics of Food and Water

Wednesday, July 25, 7 pm, Bldg. 200 (History Corner) Rm. 002, free.


Chamber Music Seminar Finale Concert

The St. Lawrence String Quartet concludes its annual Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford with a free recital of performances by each of the talented participating ensembles. 

Sunday, July 1, 11 am, Campbell Recital Hall, free.


Nagauta (the background music of Kabuki) concert & workshop

Come listen to Kabuki background music and sample playing Japanese traditional instruments such as Shamisen, Taiko and fue.

Monday, July 9th, 3 pm, Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center, free. For more information contact Yumi Kobayashi.  

Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra

Martin West, conductor of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra, will lead the Summer Symphony's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Friday, July 13, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $5, $10.

Choir of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge  

Thursday, July 19, 8 pm, Memorial Church, free.  


Want to see the developmental benefits of music education for children? Come to the Stanford Jazz Camp Student Recital and see over 200 kids having the time of their lives playing in bands and improvising jazz. Young musicians take the stage in this music-packed free community event to demonstrate the skills they've learned during Jazz Camp. In four convenient venues, you can see dozens of jazz combos and vocalists playing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs.


Jazz Camp Student Showcase - Week One

Friday, July 20, 6 pm, free.


Jazz Camp Student Showcase - Week Two

Friday, July 27, 6 pm, free.


Jazz Camp is for musicians ages 12 - 17, and provides a fun, encouraging environment in which to get immersed in jazz improvisation and to make new friends.   

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July is packed with amazing jazz performances for your musical enjoyment!  For a full list of shows check out the website.  

Here is a sample of the talent that is at Stanford this month:

Chet Baker Tribute with the Erik Jekabson Quintet

Friday, July 6, 8 pm, Campbell Recital Hall. Tickets $40/$32/$15.  


Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

Saturday, July 7, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $42/$36/$15.  


Songs of Sinatra featuring Kenny Washington

Sunday, July 8, 2:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $40/$32/$15


Sparks fly whenever new material is forged, and that's the case with New Genre, a new ensemble combining the astonishing talents of GRAMMY®-winning classical clarinet virtuoso Richard Stoltzman and the fiery jazz marimba master Mika Yoshida.

Friday, July 13, 8 pm, Campbell Recital Hall. Tickets $50/$40/$15.


Ruth Davies' Blues Night with special guest Charlie Musselwhite

Bassist Ruth Davies has serious credentials in blues and jazz and teams up with "the undisputed champion of the blues harmonica."

Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $42/$36/$15.


Akira Tana's Secret Agent Band Plays 007

Hammond organ-powered groove band in tribute to the great spy soundtracks and crime show themes of the Cold War era.

Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 pm, Campbell Recital Hall. Tickets $40/$30/$15.


Houston Person Quartet

Saturday, July 21, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $42/$36/$15.


Paul Beaudry and Pathways - Public Master Class

Attend this special master class to learn more about the incredible tours the band has taken to Central and South Asia, and to the Caribbean and South America.

Wednesday, July 25, 10:30 am, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, free.


Victor Lin's Westside Stories

A master of the piano and the violin, Victor Lin is doubly able to dazzle jazz-hungry audiences. Highlights in Jazz calls him "one of the foremost keepers of the jazz flame today."

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $40/$32/$15.  


Wycliffe Gordon's Hello Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Wycliffe gets more sounds out of a trombone than you ever imagined.

Saturday, July 28, 8 pm, pretalk show at 7 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $42/$36/$15.


Arts & Crafts band, the name of which belies a seriousness and level of respect for jazz traditions with which Wilson and his colleagues approach each performance. Their music is humorous, but it's never kitcshy.

Sunday, July 29, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets $42/$36/$15


Since 1983, HIP has continued the mission of providing health promotion and preventive medicine solutions for Stanford and the community at large to create sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.

Click here to register for the classes below.


Back Relief Top to Bottom - Summer Intensive

In this one week, 4-session intensive, you will begin your journey of body awareness with the healthy basics of back and joint alignment.

July 9, 10, 12 & 13, Noon - 1 pm, Li Ka Shing Learning Ctr., Rm. 306

Class Fee: $150 


Eating with Intent? How to Eat Mindfully and Control Your Weight

This 6-week class will help you control your weight by helping you learn to recognize and respect the hunger and satiety cues that emanate from the body, not from the mind.

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 14, Noon-1 pm, Roble Studio 17. Class fee: $150 


Take Care of Your Eyes: It Makes Sense

In this 4-week class, learn to nurture and maintain the priceless gift of vision.

Wednesdays, July 11 - August 1, 12:15 pm -1:15 pm, Bldg. 200 (History Corner), Rm 107. Class fee: $100 


An Introduction to HeartMath's e-Learning Program: Revitalize You!®

Based on 20 years of research, HeartMath has developed programs that train you to respond more effectively to the stressful situations found at work and in everyday activities.  Wednesday, July 11, Noon - 1 pm. Free. 


Reiki Energy Healing - Level 1

Reiki is a natural healing art in which universal life force energy is applied with light touch, either on or slightly above certain areas of the body.

Saturday, July 14, 9:30 am - 5 pm, HRP-Redwood Bldg., Rm. T116. Class fee: $200   

Bone Safe Pilates

Acquire the knowledge to incorporate into your life movements that build bone density of the spine, hip and wrist, and improve posture, balance and flexibility.

Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Li Ka Shing Learning Ctr., Rm. 209. Free.

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Memorial Church


University Public Worship 

Protestant Ecumenical Christian worship featuring choral and organ music as well as speakers and preachers from diverse religious traditions. 

Sunday, July 1 & 8, 10 am, Memorial Church. Free.  

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Sam Shepard - credit to Sam Shepard website 


Old dams and new ecosystems: A visit to a sediment-impacted reservoir

Monday, July 2, 4:15 pm, Y2E2, 473 Via Ortega, Rm. 111. Free.


Human Trafficking in the Bay Area, A Conversation with Cindy Liou 

Wednesday, July 11, 7 pm, Jordan Hall (Bldg. 420), Rm. 40. Free.


Nanomaterials: Environmental scourge or environmental savior

Monday, July 16, 4:15 pm, Y2E2, 473 Via Ortega, Rm. 111. Free.


Reparations for Slavery, A Conversation with James T. Campbell

Wednesday, July 18, 7 pm, Jordan Hall (Bldg. 420), Rm. 40. Free.


Café Scientifique: Precision Medicine: Will Genomic Information Improve Healthcare?

Explore the concept of "precision medicine" and how molecular information may be used to improve the classification, diagnosis and treatment of disease. 

Thursday, July 26, 7 pm, Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto. Free.


"The Shah": Human Rights in Iran and the Aesthetics of Dissent, A Conversation with Abbas Milani

Milani is an expert in US-Iran relations as well as Iranian cultural, political and security issues. He is also co-founder of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Tuesday, July 24, 7 pm, Mudd Chemistry Bldg., Braun Auditorium, Free.


Embracing Risk in the Pursuit of Victory

Led by IDEO Partner and Stanford professor Diego Rodriguez, the event will focus on the balance between embracing risk and protecting for safety, highlighting the advancements made by man and machine in one of the fastest forms of motorsports.

Tuesday, July 24, 7 pm, Automotive Innovation Facility, Free. Please RSVP to:


Stanford Human Rights Program: Keynote Address by Philip Gourevitch

Long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, and a former editor of The Paris Review, Gourevitch will discuss international human rights in the 21st century, considering both state and non-state actors in securing rights for all.

Wednesday, July 25, 7 pm, Hewlett Teaching Center, Auditorium 200, Free.

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Offering executives the chance to learn design thinking - a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to product, service, and business design. 
July 11-13. Application Required.

Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power

Successful leaders understand power and they know how to share it. In today's world, where intellectual capital reigns, competitive advantage occurs when an organization uses the knowledge and experience of all its members. Leaders must learn to identify, focus and release the power of the entire organization.

July 29 - August 3. Application Required. 

Stanford Athletes Compete in London Games

Follow Stanford athletes on as they compete in the Olympic trials to qualify for the 2012 Games in London starting July 27.

To follow Stanford's coverage, follow us on Twitter.  



Football: Guarantee Your Seat to USC Game - Buy a Season Ticket! 

New fans can now purchase season tickets and guarantee great seats for the Stanford vs. USC game on Saturday, September 15. Season tickets start at $179. Season tickets may be the only way for you to see this great match up!


Stanford Football Open House

Cardinal fans, mark your calendar for Sunday, August 19, when Stanford Football opens the gates of Stanford Stadium for its annual Open House event. More details available soon. Free.


Soccer Season Tickets on Sale!

Stanford Soccer returns to the Farm in August with 15 home men's and women's matches, including four double headers. Season tickets range from $90-$180.   


Team Cardinal Kids Club

2012-13 Team Cardinal Kids Club Early Bird Registration Closes July 31!

Team Cardinal is Stanford Athletics' official Kids Club where kids 14 and under can experience the best of Stanford Athletics' sporting events including women's and men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's basketball, baseball and select men's basketball and football games. Now through July 31, take advantage of our Early Bird registration rate of just $25 and guarantee your T-shirt order! Registration jumps to $35 starting on August 1.

For more information on Team Cardinal membership, click here or register online now.

Need the latest news and views on Stanford Athletics? Visit or sign up for The Weekly Axe, Stanford Athletics' official e-newsletter distributed every Monday during the academic year.    


Drupallers Drop-in Help

Drop in and be helped with any Drupal website questions you have - or drop in and help others. Everyone, novice or expert, is welcome to these free sessions. 

Thursday, July 19, 3 pm, Cubberley Library large instruction room. Free.


Early Bird Jazz for Kids with the VNote Ensemble

These special audience participation children's shows fuse Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, while the VNote Ensemble mines the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music.

Saturday, July 7, 10 am (5 years and under focus) & 11 am (6 years and up), Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Kids free, Adults $5 advance/$10 door.  


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 the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and registration information.


carseatCar Seat Fitting Station 

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers a child passenger fitting station for patient families as well as for the immediate community. Visit the online calendar to book an appointment. Free.


Academic Youth Camps 
All-Sports Camp
Basketball - Boys                    


Looking at Art of the Benue River Valley
After exploring the exhibition Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, kids will draw objects in the gallery and discuss their meaning. Later in the studio, students will use a variety of materials to make crest masks inspired by those in the exhibition.
Instructor: Michael Pauker, July 30 -August 3   

Two sessions:  

  • 9:30 am-noon, grades 1-3
  • 1-4 pm, grades 4-6  
$140 for members, $180 for non-members, Fees include all equipment and supplies.

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Things that Dream | Cosas que sueñan

An exhibition of one-of-a-kind large-format volumes of poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca.

June 1 - July 8, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 2nd Floor. Free.


Light Works: Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin 

Dan Flavin's "monument" for V. Tatlin (1969), on loan from the Fisher Family, and an untitled disc (1967) by Robert Irwin typify the interest in light and space that preoccupied a number of Los Angeles artists during the 1960s.

Through July 8, Cantor Arts Center. Free.


Notes from the Field: Recent Photographs by Richard Gordon

July 3 - August 5, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. Free.


Guardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg

San Francisco-based photographer Andy Freeberg traveled to St. Petersburg in 2008 intending to document how Russia had changed since he photographed it three decades earlier. While there, something completely different caught his eye - the women who watched over the paintings and sculptures in the museums were as intriguing to observe as the artwork.   

July 25 - January 6, 2013, Cantor Arts Center. Free.


Collection Highlights from Europe 1500-1800, Ancient Greece and Rome

July 1 - December 30, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: John Cage Plexigrams

John Cage (1912-1992), the prominent American music composer, also exercised his creativity by making prints and assembling words into serious graphic and conceptual puzzles.

Cantor Arts Center. Free.   


Tours every Wednesday at 2 pm, Saturday at 11:30 am and Sunday at 3 pm, Cantor Arts Center. Meet in the main museum lobby. Free.


Sunday Tour: Outdoor Sculpture Walk

Outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures, and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present.

First Sunday of each month, 2 pm. Meet at the entrance to the Main Quad, rain or shine. Free.


Contemporary Art Tour

Saturday, July 14, 3 pm, Cantor Arts Center. Free. 


Sunday Tour: Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

View wood and stone carvings of people, animals and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths.

Third Sunday of the month, 2 pm, rain or shine. Meet at the corner of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, Santa Teresa Street & Lomita Drive. Free.


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