Stanford Roundtable - Gray Matters: Your Brain, Your Life and Brain Science in the 21st Century

Join ABC News correspondent Juju Chang and a panel of distinguished thought leaders and scientists to explore the brave new world of neuroscience and what it means for you and your family. Held in collaboration with Reunion Homecoming Weekend, this Stanford Roundtable panel is composed of President John L. Hennessy; Carla Shatz, professor of biology and neurobiology and director of Bio-X; Frank Longo, chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences; Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and author of My Stroke of Insight; Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor; and V.S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego.

Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am, doors open at 8:45 am, Maples Pavilion. Free and open to the public, no tickets required.  


John W. Gardner Centennial Event

The late statesman and teacher John Gardner 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, Knight Management Center, 641 Knight Way, Free


Founders' Celebration

The day's program will include remarks by President Hennessy, exhibits of Stanford family ephemera, period music and light refreshments. The Mausoleum will also be open to visitors on this special occasion.

Sunday, October 7, 2-5 pm, Cantor Arts Center 


Tanner Lectures: The "Cost Disease" in Higher Education 

Consisting of two lectures and two discussion seminars with guest speaker William G. Bowen, president emeritus, Princeton University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Commentators include Andrew Delbanco, American Studies, Columbia; Howard Gardner, Graduate School of Education, Harvard; President John Hennessy and Daphne Koller, Computer Science, Stanford.


Lecture One: The Productivity Problem in Higher Education  

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Free


Lecture Two: Prospects for an Online Learning Fix  

Thursday, October 11, 5:30 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Free


Discussion One: The Productivity Problem in Higher Education  

Thursday, October 11, 10 am, Lucas Conference Rm. 134A, SIEPR-Landau Economics Bldg., Free, Priority seating for Stanford affiliates


Discussion Two: Prospects for an Online Learning Fix 

Friday, October 12, 10 am, Lucas Conference Rm. 134A, SIEPR-Landau Economics Bldg., Free, Priority seating for Stanford affiliates


An all-star panel from four marquee sports - basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis - discusses the impact of Title IX on women's sports in general and Stanford sports in particular since the passage of this groundbreaking legislation 40 years ago.

Thursday, October 11, 5:30 pm, Kissick Auditorium, Free


On Partisanship: Enemies and Adversaries in Politics

Michael Ignatieff, author, academic and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, brings theory and practice together in a lecture about how to save politics from itself. 

Monday, October 15, 6 pm, Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Free


Campaign 2012: Energy Matters

From climate change and natural gas exploration and fracking to renewables, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage, Stanford experts will discuss the science behind the most critical energy issues facing the U.S. and will discuss the scientific foundation on which they believe sound policy should be built.

Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence Bldg. 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk at Campus Drive, Free



The Wanderings of Odysseus 

Translated by Oliver Taplin and directed by Rush Rehm, Wanderings of Odysseus brings to life the first half of Homer's great Greek epic The Odyssey. Performed by Stanford Summer Theater.

Tuesday - Friday, October 2 - 5, 8 pm, Nitery Theater in the Old Union, Tickets available online only, $5-$15


The Ethics of Wealth: Love & Taxes 

One man's belated struggles to become a provider by Josh Kornbluth, comic monologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who has toured internationally.

Thursday, November 1, 7 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Tickets are free but you must reserve a seat.  


The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses  

Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent. Mick LaSalle, author and film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, will discuss his latest book, The Beauty of the Real. 

Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner (Bldg. 320), Rm. 105, Free


"I AM" Film Screening & Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD, and film director Tom Shadyac 

One of Hollywood's most prolific comedy directors, with huge hits such as Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura,  takes a serious look at what's wrong with our world and starts to examine what we can do about it in his latest project, the documentary I AM. 

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Free, Register for guaranteed seating before 6:15 pm


15th United Nations Association Film Festival: Human Dignity 

Celebrate the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women's issues, universal education, war and peace.   

October 18-28, various times and locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and at Stanford University; $10 per film session, free admission for students. For more information visit or call (650) 724-5544.


Health Insurance: Accessing Coverage - The Ernest Rosenbaum Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series 

Gain a general understanding of health coverage programs available to you. Expand your general knowledge of private health coverage programs and health insurance portability.

Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm, Arrillaga Alumni Center, Free. To register call (650) 725-9456 or email.


Fun in the Sun: A Risky Proposition

Our relationship with the sun is a risky proposition if we don't play it safe. This talk will focus on the most common skin cancers, risk factors for developing them and ways to protect your skin from the sun. Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library.

Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm, Redwood City Public Library,1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, Free. To register call (650) 498-7826.


Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP)

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.

  • Put Your Best Food Forward - Pain Free
  • Safe & Confident Autumn/Winter Cycling
  • Awaken Your Natural Voice
  • Writing for Your Life!
  • Training Camp for Your Brain (Webinar)   
  • Is a Calorie Always a Calorie? Controversy Explained and Answered (Webinar)
  • The Secret Society: Your Initiation into eating "Real Food" (Webinar)
  • Forgive for Good
  • Why Did I Eat That - Again?
  • Weight Management: Building the Foundation
  • Weight Management: Starting the Journey

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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.

Wednesday - Thursday, October 10 - 11, Arrillaga Alumni Center, Registration is now open. 

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Join the fight against pediatric cancer.

Announcing Hoops 4 Hope, a new event benefiting pediatric cancer research at Packard Children's Hospital. Don't miss this chance to support a great cause and kick off the Stanford Cardinal basketball season.

Sunday, October 21, 8 - 11 am, Maples Pavilion. Register today.

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Introducing the new Cardinal Collectible 3-Game Mini-Plan, which features a commemorative Andrew Luck bobblehead and a ticket to the Arizona (10/6), Washington State (10/27) and Oregon State (11/10) games! The plan ranges from $99 to $119. To purchase, click here.


Women's Volleyball

$1 Stanford vs. Oregon State Tickets

Stanford Football fans, bring your Stanford vs. Arizona football game ticket to the Maples Pavilion box office on Sunday, October 7, and receive $1 admission to the Stanford Women's Volleyball vs. Oregon State match. 

Sunday, October 7, 2 pm; $1 admission for all fans who show 10/6 Stanford Football ticket stub.


Men's Soccer - After School Special  

Free admission for all kids 14 and under for the Oregon State game.

Thursday, October 18, 5 pm. Kids who show up before 5:30 pm will get in free. Adult general admission tickets are $8. 


The event includes family-friendly activities including contests, games and a chance to see the team scrimmage before the season starts.

Friday, October 19, 6 pm, Maples Pavilion, Free

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Does a Scientific Approach to Cooking Kill the Joy?  

Author Hal McGee and chemistry Professor Dick Zare contend that science intensifies the joy of cooking. From boiling water to baking a soufflÚ, scientific insights can inform and enhance most every kitchen experience.

Saturday, October 27, 7:30 pm, Braun Auditorium, Mudd Bldg., Free


A Guided Hike Along the San Andreas Fault  

Hike with George Hilley, professor of geological and environmental sciences, in collaboration with Peninsula Open Space Preserve.

Sunday, October 28, 10:30 am and 2 pm, Los Trancos Preserve, Free. Advance registration is required.


Rubik, Escher, Bank$

Join math Professor Brian Conrad as he explores the mathematics of symmetry, which provides answers to natural questions that arise in topics as diverse as Rubik's Cube, the art of M.C. Escher, and the security of financial transactions on the Internet.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free


To find out more about other Bay Area Science Festival events, click here.

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

On a trip to St. Petersburg in 2008, 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. 

Through January 6, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free     


Andy Freeberg: Artist Talk

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


A War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of Degenerate Art

In 1937, Adolf Hitler and his regime viewed modernist artists as insane and threatening to Nazi ideals. They presented the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Munich, hoping to turn public opinion against all modern art. Explore works by several of these "degenerate" artists as we mark the 75th anniversary of the exhibition's opening. 

October 3 - February 24, 2013, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Scripting the Sacred: Medieval Latin Manuscripts

October 1 - January 6, 2013, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 2nd Floor, Free

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

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


Talk by Per Pinstrup-Andersen, professor of food, nutrition and public policy at Cornell University.

Thursday, October 11, 3:30 pm, Bechtel Conference Rm., Encina Hall, Free


Love, Rights and Honor: Gender and Democracy in Iran

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, legal anthropologist specializing in Islamic law, gender and development, speaks on the struggle for democracy in Iran enmeshed in the dynamics of changing relations between sexuality, theology and politics, in light of the 2009 presidential elections and their aftermath.

Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm, Lane History Corner, Bldg. 200, Rm. 303, Free


Thirteen Days - and Fifty Years Later: What Have We Learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Fifty years ago, the Soviet Union and the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war. This distinguished panel will discuss what we have learned since October 1962. Speakers include David Holloway and Scott Sagan of Stanford; Strobe Talbott, president, Brookings Institution; and Joe Cirincione, president, Ploughshares Fund.

Monday, October 22, 4 pm, Oak Lounge, Tresidder Memorial Union, Free


Democratization and Freedom of Speech

A discussion the issues of democratization, democratic regression and freedom of speech in the case of Turkey, the Arab world and Ukraine.

Tuesday, October 30, 5:30 pm, Encina Hall East, Reuben Hills Rm., Free  



Understanding Adult and Pediatric Eating Disorders 

Eating disorders cut across socioeconomic lines and affect people at all stages of life. This talk will focus on how eating disorders are diagnosed, their prevalence and current treatments.

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 pm, 

Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Free. To register call (650) 498-7826.


Men's Basketball: Kids Free Day at Maples Pavilion

Stanford Men's Basketball takes on UNC Pembroke for their season opener. All youth 8th grade and younger are invited to receive a FREE ticket to the game.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 (time TBD).  

Advance registration is required; adult tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Maples Pavilion box office on game day.


Women's Basketball: Kids Free Days  

All youth 13 and under are invited to receive a FREE ticket to watch the Stanford Women's Basketball team start their quest for a sixth consecutive Final Four appearance at the first two home games.  

Thursday, November 1, 7 pm, and Saturday, November  3, 2 pm. Advance registration is required; additional adult general admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Maples Pavilion box office on game day.

To send feedback or suggestions, please email


Can Civilization Be Saved?: A Game-Changing Lecture by Paul Ehrlich
Humanity is faced with an array of environmental problems which are an interconnected complex, driven by overpopulation, over-consumption, and the use of environmentally malign technologies -- which, according to Ehrlich, demands a coordinated response from the academic community.
Tuesday, October 2, 4 pm, Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 75 Alta Rd., Free, Registration required.

The Emergence of Contemplative Neuroscience: Lecture by Richard Davidson, PhD

An overview of the convergence of scientific and extra-scientific factors that have permitted the emergence of a new hybrid discipline: contemplative neuroscience. Davidson's research is focused on the neural bases of emotion and methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices.

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Free. Requires registration for guaranteed seating before 6:15 pm.  


Saving the Mary Rose: Synchrotrons and the Preservation of a Tudor Warship

Lecture presents the amazing story of archaeology, chemistry and physics that preserves this precious artifact and gives us a glimpse into Tudor times.

Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 pm, Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., Free


An "Everyone a Changemaker" World

Bill Drayton in conversation with Bill Meehan, moderated by Greg Dees. 

An inspiring evening of discussion between scholars, students, leaders and practitioners on how to build a world where each of us is a changemaker. 

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 pm,
Paul Brest Hall West,  Munger Graduate Residences, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Free


Stephanie Brown, PhD: Neurobiological Basis of Compassion and Implications for Inflammatory Disease 

This talk will shed light into the mechanisms underlying a caregiving motivational system, including its evolutionary origins and its implications for compassionate care, medicine, economic behavior, ethnic and international conflict, and other political attitudes and behaviors.

Thursday, October 11, 6 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Free. Register here for guaranteed seating 15 minutes prior to event.


Kathryn Lofton: Spiritual Capitalism - The Prosperity Gospel of Oprah Winfrey

The world of Oprah Winfrey is many things; it is entertaining, philanthropic, therapeutic and corporate.  But Lofton argues the right summary for Oprah's world is to describe it as religious.

Wednesday, October 17, 5:15 pm, Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Free


Gil Fronsdal: The Sources of Compassion

Gathering insight from his own experience as a Buddhist practitioner, Fronsdal will discuss: How does a person evoke and cultivate compassion in oneself? What gives rise to compassion and what is its role in Buddhist practice?

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary, The Circle, Old Union, 3rd floor, Free


2012 World Alliance Forum: "Investing for a Brighter Future"  

Distinguished transportation industry leaders, including Yoshiyuki Kasai of the Central Japan Railway Company, and Lou Thompson, former railway advisor to the World Bank, along with financial leader George Hara of Alliance Forum Foundation, discuss the role of public interest capitalism, long-term investment for socially beneficial corporations. 

Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 pm, McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Register here, $20, Free for Stanford students, staff and faculty   


Stanford Breakfast Briefings

The Art of Leadership: How to Drive Transformational Change with Doug Conant, (former) CEO, Campbell Soup Company.

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 am, Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr., Register here, $60, includes breakfast


Shared Value and Supply Chains - Strategies for Success 

Conference brings together corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and academics to illustrate how organizations can bring supply chain, social and environmental performance to the next level and create shared value.

Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 am, Obendorf Event Center, North Building, Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business, For more information on registration click here.    


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The Outsourced Self: A Book Talk with Arlie Hochschild

A path-breaking look at the transformation of private life in our for-profit world by Arlie Hochschild, professor emerita and famed author of bestsellers The Second Shift and The Time Bind.

Tuesday, October 2, 4:15 pm, Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, Oak West Rm., Free


Japanese Farm Food: A Reading & Signing with Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 pm, Stanford Bookstore, Free


White Papers: A Reading & Signing with Martha Collins

A series of untitled poems that explore race from a variety of personal, historical and cultural perspectives, questioning what it means to be "white" in a multi-racial society.

Saturday, October 6, 10:30 am, Stanford Bookstore, Free


Old Ladies: A Reading & Signing with Nancy Huddleston Packer

Packer is professor emerita of English and former Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Her stories in Old Ladies center on women of a certain age.

Wednesday, October 10, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, Free


How I Write: A Conversation with Adam Johnson

Johnson will focus on the techniques, quirks and joys of writing. His novel The Orphan Master's Son was published this year to great acclaim.

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner (Bldg. 320), Rm. 105, Free


Babel No More: A Reading & Signing with Michael Erard

Wednesday, October 24, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, Free


Rights on Leave: A Book Talk with Catherine Albiston

Albiston will discuss her book Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act - Rights on Leave.

Thursday, October 25, 4:15 pm, Location TBD, Free

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A tribute honoring the life and memory of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, musician and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl. This year's theme is "Four Seasons and Three Microclimates," featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Stanford Chamber Strings playing Vivaldi's beloved Four Seasons with a non-string interlude separating each movement.

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


Phaedon Sinis:  Lyra - A Fiddle from Istanbul

One of the few lyra (kemenše) performers in the United States.

Friday, October 5, 8 pm, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


John Cage - 100 Years:  Symposium and Concert

The Department of Music presents a panel discussion on John Cage and concert of works by Cage, Wolff, Zimmermann and Webern.

Friday, October 12, 7 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, Free


San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: La Belle France

Benjamin Simon conducts works by Mozart, Franšaix, Couperin and Ravel.

Sunday, October 14, 3 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Free


The Delphi Trio: All-American Trio Celebration 

Wednesday, October 24, 8 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, Free


Mendelssohn Explained, with the Saint Michael Trio

Friday, October 26, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Free


Halloween Concert:  Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, October 31, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, General $10, Seniors $9, Students $5, Stanford students free with SUID


St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community

Stanford's ensemble-in-residence, the internationally celebrated St. Lawrence String Quartet, will guide students on a musical journey to help them become better listeners and performers in this one-hour annual concert that is open to the entire community.

Wednesday, October 24, 4:30 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Free, Schools and educational organizations may apply for transportation assistance for this event. Please contact (650) 725-1932.




Splash! is a program that brings high school and middle school students to Stanford for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students and other community members.

Saturday, November 3, Main Quad, To register to teach or be a student, click here


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 preteens on a straight course for talking with one another on these very important topics. Multiple dates available, $75

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It's never too early to plan.

During Stanford Summer Session, courses are offered for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Students can earn Stanford credit and a transcript for courses taken, experience college life and the Stanford tradition, and develop confidence and vision for their future.  


Undergrad/grad students can:

  • Fulfill general education requirements 
  • Choose from over 175 classes and six areas of intensive study
  • Develop new networks and learn in an intimate environment

High school students between the ages of 16-20 can:

  • Earn Stanford credit and a transcript for courses taken
  • Experience college life and the Stanford tradition
  • Develop confidence and vision for their future
Click here for more information.

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Memorial Church


Sunday Morning Eucharist

Sundays, October 7 - November 2, 10 am, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry / University Church, 1611 Stanford Ave, Free, All are Welcome


Reunion Homecoming Alumni Memorial Service and Multifaith University Public Worship

Sunday, October 7, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church, Free and open to all


Compline - An Evening Service of Song

A reflective 30-minute service of hymns and chant sung in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. 

Sundays, 9 pm, Stanford 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, 10 am, Memorial Church, Free



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