TOPSUBSCRIBESeptember 2012


Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD, and Thupten Jinpa, PhD 

Thupten Jinpa has been a principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985. He has translated and edited more than a dozen books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium. Jinpa's own works include Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy and Mind Training: The Great Collection.

Thursday, September 6, 6:30 pm, Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford Medical School, 291 Campus Drive, Free

Stanford Health Policy Forum - The Future of Health Care in America: New Hopes, New Fears 

A conversation with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair, Medical Ethics and Health Policy,

University of Pennsylvania, and former Health Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of Management and Budget, The White House.

Friday, September 14, 2:30 pm, Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang Lecture Hall, Room 130, Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford Medical School, 291 Campus Drive, RSVP not required, Free


The Singing Revolution tells the story of how hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly between 1987 and 1991, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence by singing forbidden patriotic songs and sharing protest speeches. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers James and Maureen Tusty.

Thursday, September 27, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Free


SLAC Colloquium - The Real James Bond: Sydney Reilly and the Origins of Modern Espionage 

Sydney Reilly was the true-life model for the fictional super-spy James Bond. But Bond's espionage exploits - and love life - pale in comparison to Reilly's actual exploits. While Bond lives on, Reilly's adventures ended with a Soviet bullet in a forest near Moscow in 1925. Hear Reilly's astounding story from espionage historian Bruce Held, Director, DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. Q&A to follow.

Thursday, September 6, 4:15 pm, Kavli Auditorium, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, Free  


Stanford Breakfast Briefings: Driving Organizational Growth Through Customer-Centric Innovation

Lara Lee, CIO/COO of Continuum, will reveal how customer-centric innovation works across the organization, within a variety of innovation systems, to deliver operational value and drive sustainable growth. 

Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 am, Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr., Register here, $60, includes breakfast


Myths and Misperceptions in Negotiations: Professor Margaret Neale

Negotiation is a mysterious and intimidating process. Professor Margaret Neale of the Graduate School of Business demystifies the process and offers ideas on how to improve your negotiation skills.

Monday, September 24, 6:30 pm, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, $40 general admission, $25 for SPW members, $30 for current students and '02-'12 alumni

Cafe Scientifique: Where Are the Cures? Accelerating New Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis and All Diseases 

Scott Johnson, CEO, president and founder of the Myelin Repair Foundation, will speak to how he became an unlikely revolutionary to transform the medical research system.

Thursday, September 27, 7 pm, Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, Free


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The New Pac-12 Networks On Air Now!

The Pac-12 Networks launched on August 15 offering Cardinal fans access to hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events. To find the Pac-12 Networks in your area, check out the Channel Locator or click here for a current programming schedule.

Reserved game tickets start at $30 and general admission tickets are only $10 for youth and $16 for adults. Individual game tickets start at $16 (GA seats) and $30 (reserved seats). USC tickets are sold out.*   

To purchase individual game tickets, call 800-STANFORD (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) or click here.
*Want a ticket to the September 15 USC game? Purchase season tickets!


Stanford Women's Volleyball Returns to Maples

Stanford Volleyball returns all its 2011 starters and adds the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation as they seek the program's seventh national title. Single game tickets are now on sale and start at $10 for adults, $5 for kids. To purchase tickets, call 800-STANFORD (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) or click here.   


Customize Your Group Activity with Stanford Athletics Group Experiences

Interested in bringing a group to a Stanford Football or Soccer game this fall? Groups of 20 or more receive discounts on tickets. Special group experiences are available, but space is limited so act quickly. For more information about group tickets and experiences, click here  or email



K Is for Knifeball: Signing with Jory John

From the San Francisco-based writer, editor, journalist, cartoonist and author of the breakout bestseller All My Friends Are Dead comes a laugh-out-loud collection of bad advice that turns the children's alphabet book on its head. Adorable illustrated characters lead readers down a path of poor decision-making, and alphabetical, rhyming couplets offer terrible life lessons. This compendium of black humor may be terrible for actual children, but it's perfect for the common-senseless child in all adults.

Monday, September 24, noon, Stanford Bookstore, Free

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Divided Visions: Reportage from the Sino-Japanese Wars

This exhibition examines how the two Sino-Japanese wars were represented through master sensationalist Kiyochika Kobayashi's battle prints, sketches by the cartoonist Zhang Wenyuan and photojournalism by John Gutmann. The images demonstrate how the Sino-Japanese wars were not only major conflicts between competing Asian nations but also critical breeding grounds for new forms of public art and audiences.

Through January 13, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free   


Streets, Shops, Signs and Surrealism

This selection of 11 works by artists active in Europe and the Americas in the mid-20th century features uncanny, unexpected photographs of urban streets, shops and advertisements. See works by Eugène Atget, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, John Gutmann, Lotte Jacobi, André Kertész, Lisette Model and Edward Weston. 

September 1-23, Marie Stauffer Sigall Gallery, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Ink Performances

Today's Chinese and Japanese artists are experimenting with ink to foil audience expectations, suggest randomness and reinforce their cultural heritages.

Through January 13, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free   


Drawings from Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s: The Marmor Collection

This installation of 12 pieces includes a delightful variety of approaches, from the illusionistic drawings of Ed Ruscha and Vija Celmins to the zany musings of Peter Saul and John Altoon.

Through February 3, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Guardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg, an Exhibition in Three Parts

On a trip to St. Petersburg in 2008, San Francisco-based photographer Andy Freeberg photographed the women who watched over the paintings and sculptures in the museums - documenting that they were as intriguing to observe as the artwork. Freeberg noticed that the guards, who were stationed in the same place every day, seemed to unconsciously resemble and relate to the objects they protected.  

Through January 6, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Andy Freeberg: Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 3, 6 pm, Cantor Arts Center, Free   


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Compassion Cultivation Training

This eight-week course, taught by Fred Luskin, PhD, is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and for others.

Wednesdays, September 26 through November 14, 6-8 pm, Stanford Medical Center Campus, $325 (includes guided meditation recordings and other materials). Click here to register.  

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Robert Huw Morgan, Organ

A performance of organ music based on Marian themes.

Friday, September 28,      8 pm, Memorial Church, Free


Transitions 2012

Interactive performances including a collaboration with Mexico's Radio UNAM! at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28, 8 pm, CCRMA Courtyard, The Knoll, Free


Save the Date: Bing Concert Hall Opening Night Celebration

Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, master of ceremonies Anna Deavere Smith, the Stanford Chamber Chorale, members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Stanford Taiko for this history-making concert followed by Applause! a Celebration Supper for Bing Inaugural Members and Stanford Live Artist/Performance Sponsors. 

Friday, January 11, 2013, 7 pm, Bing Concert Hall

Join now! This event is available as a benefit of a Bing Inaugural Membership.  A limited number of concert-only tickets will be available to non-members for purchase at a later date. For more information call 650-725-ARTS (2787) or email  


The Knowledge to Navigate: Strategies for Raising Healthy and Motivated Kids

This parent education session features Michael Riera, PhD, and Challenge Success co-founders Denise Pope, PhD, senior lecturer in education at Stanford, and Madeline Levine, PhD, New York Times bestselling author, for an interactive discussion about long-lasting success and how families and educators can help kids become meaningful contributors for the 21st century.

Friday, September 28, 7-9 pm, Memorial Auditorium, Registration required, Free


This informative, humorous and lively discussion of puberty, the opposite sex and growing up sets parents and their preteens 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.


Influence and Negotiation Strategies Program
Today's most successful business leaders rely upon influence and negotiation skills at every turn - whether to close a major business deal, recruit a key team member or obtain scarce resources in a highly interdependent environment. This program teaches effective influence tactics and negotiation strategies.
October 14-19, applications due by September 10

Leading Change and Organizational Renewal
Leveraging the latest research in organizational behavior and performance, this program presents real-world examples of how to overcome barriers to strategic change and teaches how to promote innovation and change throughout your organization without sacrificing short-term goals.

November 4-9, applications due by October 5
Stanford Continuing Studies offers a broad range of courses that are primarily taught by Stanford instructors and open to everyone.  

Fall Quarter registration is under way. Most classes begin the week of September 24.

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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.

Sundays, September 2 through September 23, 10 am, Memorial Church, Free


Sunday Morning Eucharist

Sundays, September 2 through September 30, 10 am, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry / University Church, 1611 Stanford Avenue


Multifaith Celebration of Spiritual Life at Stanford

Experience the varied contributions that spiritual and religious traditions can add to your experience. Enjoy the music of Stanford Talisman, the Memorial Church Choir and University Organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, as well as inspiring thoughts offered by Stanford students.

Sunday, September 30, 10 am, Memorial Church, Free


A talk by Richard Davidson, PhD

Join the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education for a talk with Dr. Richard Davidson, author and award-winning researcher who has been focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.

Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm, Location TBA


Harmony for Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

Wednesday, October 3, 8 pm, Memorial Church, Free


Standard of Excellence: How John W. Gardner Inspires a New Generation of Leadership 

The late statesman and teacher John Garner continues to inspire individuals and institutions seeking to advance the common good. A panel of national leaders will reflect on Gardner's legacy at a forum marking the centennial of his birth.

Saturday, October 6, 2:15 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Free  


GCEP Annual Research Symposium 2012: Creating a Bright Energy Future

Celebrate the Global Climate and Energy Project's 10th anniversary while learning about the latest technology innovations in clean energy research from thought leaders and GCEP principal investigators from around the world.

October 10-11, Registration is now open.