A Long Bright Future: A Book Talk with Laura Carstensen 

Join director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Laura Carstensen, as she talks about her book, A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.  Applying science and technology to the problems of aging and joining forces with policy makers and leaders in business and communities will help improve quality of life at all ages.

Thursday, November 1, 4:15 pm, Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center, 584 Capistrano Way, Free



This program brings high and middle school students to Stanford's campus 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 at Splash, click here.

Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development: Environmental Forum Featuring Helen Clark  

The Right Honorable Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, will address Climate Change and Poverty Alleviation. Clark is the first woman to lead UNDP which helps countries build and share solutions to achieve poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, as well as environment and energy for sustainable development.  Clark oversees the nearly $5 billion annual budget and more than 8,000 employees operating in 177 countries.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 12:15 pm, Geology Corner, Braun Bldg. 320, Rm. 105, Free


Stanford Health Policy Forum: Why We Get Fat 

Acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and, What to Do About It (Knopf 2010) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (Knopf 2007) will join in conversation with  Dr. Christopher Gardner, Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, to discuss the reasons why we get fat and how different diet trends and policies are affecting our nation's obesity rates.

Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 am, Paul Berg Hall, 2nd Floor, Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Free


Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD and Chade-Meng Tan 

Meng's current job description at Google is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace." One of his projects is a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, also the title of Meng's New York Times bestselling book.

Thursday, November 29, 6 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Free


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Stanford vs. Oregon State in Final Home Game of the Season!

Don't miss out on the Cardinal's final home game of the regular season when Stanford clashes with Oregon State.  

Saturday, November 10, Kick-off time TBD, $16 general admission/$30 reserved, to purchase, click here.  


Free Kids Days at Maples Pavilion 

This month in Maples, Stanford Women's Volleyball, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball will host four Kids Free events. This is your chance to check out Stanford Basketball before the regular season begins. Kids Free tickets are available for youth 14 and under, when accompanied by a paid adult. Advance registration is required.

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


Believing in Song Dynasty China: Evidence from the Longshu jingtu wen and Other Sources

Robert Hymes, Professor of Chinese History, Columbia University, will discuss the unsettled position that "belief" and "believing" are not central to Chinese religion.

Thursday, November 1, 4:15 pm, Philippines Conference Rm., Encina Hall, 3rd Floor,  RSVP required, Free.   

Gil Fronsdal: "The Sources of Compassion" 

Compassion has a central role in the Buddhist spiritual life, so what are Buddhists referring to when championing compassion?  How does a person evoke and cultivate compassion in oneself?   Gil Fronsdal will discuss these questions both as a Buddhist practitioner and from the earliest Buddhist teachings from India.

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

The Effect of a Teacher Salary Increase in San Francisco's Public Schools


A focus on the effect of Stanford's Center for Education Policy Analysis of teacher salary increase on teacher recruitment and retention in San Francisco's public schools.  

Monday, November 5, 3:30 pm, Center for Educational Research at Stanford, 520 Galvez Mall, Free


Is Wealth Virtuous? Is Consumption Ethical? Dispatches from Seventeenth-Century Japan

This lecture explores the economic culture of the period by focusing on the meanings, value, and purposes of "profit."

Tuesday, November 6, 4:15 pm, Philippines Conference Rm.,Encina Hall, 3rd Floor, RSVP required, Free.


Problem Framing - The Intersection of Power and Learning in Policy Implementation in Schools

Cynthia E. Coburn, Chancellor's Professor and Associate Professor in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation at the Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley, will present studies on the relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices in urban schools.

Monday, November 12, noon, CERAS, 520 Galvez Mall, Free


Alan Senauke: "Inner Peace and World Peace"  A Zen Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, Hozan Alan Senauke founded the Clear Water Project to support engaged Buddhist action for social change. In the last several years, he has supported India's ex-untouchable Buddhists, and Burma's monks, nuns, and activists in their yearning for democracy.  

Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, Wallenberg Hall, Bldg. 160, Rm. 124, Free  


Iran's 'Wilsonian Moment'? - Iran's Responses to World War I (1914-1921)

Oliver Bast, senior lecturer in Middle Eastern History and Persian at the University of Manchester, will discuss the diplomatic and political history of modern Iran as well as the interface between historiography, politics and cultural memory.

Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm, Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Rm. 113, Free


Economic Equity: Challenges in a Diverse Society 

Roger A. Clay, Jr., president of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, California, will address the disparities between whites and people of color, including income, wealth, and education, and the creation of new policies which result in economic equity.

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Bldg., 435 Lasuen Mall, Free  



Jai Bhim Comrade Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker  

Anand Patwardhan covers the 1997 Ramabai Colony shootings that killed 10 Dalits, the oppressed, or "untouchables," in India and illuminates the socially destructive stratification that has existed for over 2,000 years.

Thursday, November 1, 5 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Free


My Neighbor, My Killer 

Filmmaker Anne Aghion will introduce her documentary which captures the 1994 emotional journey to coexistence between the Rwandan Hutus and Tutsi.

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm, Encina Hall Central (3rd floor), Oksenberg Conference Rm., Free, RSVP required by Nov. 5th  

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This two day conference will examine the authority of conscience as it is presently invoked in contemporary life-including law, medicine, journalism, politics, and the arts. Among the questions raised, the most fundamental is "what is, what was, conscience, and what is its future?"

Thursday & Friday, November 8 & 9,  Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall Central, Free

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An adult parent seminar for fathers or other trusted resource persons of girls in 4th through 12th grades.
Monday, November 5, 7 pm, 4700 LPCH, Center for Nursing Excellence Classrooms, Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park, $40
For questions or additional program information, please call 650-724-4601.

Mom 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.

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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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. 

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Flame retardants and the environment: How science can inform policy

Presented by Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute, Berkeley

Friday, November 2, 12:15 pm, Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building (Y2E2), 473 Via Ortega, Rm. 111, Free


Proving Sustainability 

A discussion on technologies and methods to prove and scale public health programs through remote instrumentation and carbon finance.

Friday, November 30, 12:15 pm, Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building (Y2E2), 473 Via Ortega, Rm.111, Free

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Christian Marclay's Video Quartet

In this four-channel video projection, internationally acclaimed artist Christian Marclay presents four montages gleaned from more than 700 Hollywood films. The common theme is music.

Wednesday, November 14 - February 10,  Cantor Arts Center, Free


Sounding Board: Exhibition of Sculptures and Sound

This exhibition by Terry Berlier combines a new on-site installation, This Side Up, Handle With Care, with four sculptures produced in residencies over the past year. The exhibition transforms Berlier's actual home into a precisely half-size wooden frame model that is half right side up and half upside down. The walls, made from instrument strings, create an opportunity for the home to be played.

Through Sunday, November 18, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Free


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

In 1937, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime viewed modernist artists as insane and threatening to their 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.

Through Sunday, February 24, Cantor Arts Center, Free



The Cantor's collections span the history of art from ancient China to the 21st century. Selections from the collections and long-term loans are on view in many of the Cantor's 24 galleries, sculpture gardens, and terraces, including:

  • Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection
  • Expanding Views of Africa
  • The Cantor Arts Center's Contemporary Collection
  • Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas 
  • The Robert Mondavi Family Gallery for 19th-century Art of Europe and America
  • The Life and Legacy of the Stanford Family
  • Stone River by Andy Goldsworthy   
  • Sequence by Richard Serra  




Stanford Chamber Chorale: Fall Concert 

Stephen M. Sano will direct an evening of contemplative choral music in including works by Palestrina, Howells, Parsons, Miskinis, Mahler, Durufle, Whitacre, and others.

Saturday, December 1, 8 pm, General $10, Seniors $9, Students $5

Mustang, called Lo in Tibetan, is a discrete geographical region to the north of central Nepal mostly inhabited by people who are culturally Tibetan. This seminar will present major monuments and art objects from the region and introduce its Mustang's colorful history and landscape.

Saturday, December 1, 1 pm, Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Bldg., Free


Stanford Breakfast Briefing - Strategy: How to Be the Leader Your Business Needs

Join with hundreds of executives from around Silicon Valley each month to hear from thought-leaders on a range of business and leadership topics. December's Briefing will be with Cynthia Montgomery, Timken Professor of Business Administration and Director of Research, Harvard University.
Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 am, Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr., Register here, $60, includes breakfast. 


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A Reading by Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate (2012-2013). Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote that her "poems dig beneath the surface of history-personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago-to explore the human struggles that we all face."

Monday, November 5, 8 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Free


Artist's Salon Featuring Adam Johnson

Professor Adam Johnson of the Stanford English Department will read passages from his latest book The Orphan Master's Son and answer questions on North Korea, gender and the human condition, and his writing process.

Tuesday, November 6, 4:15 pm, Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, Free


A Reading & Signing with Beverley Bie Brahic & Phyllis Stowell

Beverley Bie Brahic is a poet and translator born in Saskatoon and raised in Vancouver; her second collection is White Sheets.  Phyllis Stowell, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita, founding member of Saint Mary's College of California MFA and the author of five small-press poetry collections.

Wednesday, November 7, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore 519 Lasuen Mall, Free


How the French Invented Love: A Book Talk with Marilyn Yalom

Author of How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance, Yalom will discuss French literary works and memories of her experiences which she uses to illuminate the central tenets of France's gospel of love.

Thursday, November 15, 4:15 pm, Levinthal Hall, The Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Free


Cafe Scientifique: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Tools for Mission Success

Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media," Beth Kanter will talk about her book Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, co-authored with KD Paine.

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm , Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, Free 



Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra

Jindong Cai conducts an all-Beethoven program featuring Symphony No. 2 in D Major and Symphony No. 8 in F Major.

Friday, November 2, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, General $10, Seniors $9, Students $5 


Happy Dog Duo

Pianists Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung accompanied by Anna Wittstruck, cello, Lennart Jannson, cello, and Peter Gottlieb, horn; perform selections from Mozart, Ravel, Messiaen, and Schumann.    

Friday, November 2, 8 pm, Campbell Recital Hall, Free


Stanford Wind Ensemble

Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Stanford Wind Ensemble's fall program.

Friday, November 9, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, General $10, Students $5, Seniors $9, Stanford students free with SUID


Nathan Laube, Organ

A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan J. Laube's brilliant playing, creative programming, and gracious demeanor has thrilled audiences worldwide.

Wednesday, November 14, 8 pm, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


Stanford Jazz Orchestra with Jimmy Heath

Saxophonist Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist, composer, and arranger and has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years.

Wednesday, November 14, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, General $10, Senior $9, Student $5, Stanford students free with SUID


Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

These two musical groups unite for this holiday concert of two revered sacred works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, Op. 48.

Friday, November 16, 8 pm and Sunday, November 18, 1:30 pm, Stanford Memorial Church, General $20, seniors $19, students $10, free for Stanford students with SUID


Bill Evans Presents: The Banjo in America

Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Bill Evans specializes in American music history and the music of Japan. This performance features musical examples from the 1700s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments.

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner (Bldg. 320), Room 105, Free


Stanford Symphony Orchestra

Jindong Cai conducts an all-Beethoven program featuring Symphony No. 5 in C minor and Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Eric Wu, winner of the 2012 SSO concerto competition.

Friday, November 30, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, General $10, Seniors $9, Students $5, Stanford students free with SUID


The Ethics of Wealth: Love & Taxes  

San Francisco Bay Area based Josh Kornbluth who has toured internationally, stars in this comic monologue about one man's belated struggles to become a provider.

Thursday, November 1, 7 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Free, but seats must be reserved via the Stanford Ticket Office.


Social Justice and Performance: Long-Table Discussion

The 'Long Table' format, invented by performer/professor Lois Weaver, experiments with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum and encouraging informal conversation.

Thursday, November 8, 6 pm, Nitery Theater in the Old Union, 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, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, To register call (650) 498-7826, Free.  


Mastering the Stresses of Survivorship  

Stress is inevitable, but learning to face and cope effectively with it is part of smart survivorship. David Spiegel, MD will talk about ways to reduce stress and improve your quality of life.

Tuesday, November 6, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 6:30 pm, To register please call 650-725-9456 or email, Space is limited, Free


Compassion in Healthcare: Robin Youngson, MD

Weaving together scientific evidence with stories of personal transformation for patients and practitioners, Robin Youngson, the founder of HEARTSinHEALTHCARE.com, will give a compelling account of why an emphasis on caring and compassion is fundamental to the healthcare system.

Thursday, November 8, 6 pm, Alway Bldg., Rm. M10, Stanford University Medical Center, 300 Pasteur Drive, Free


Latest Advances in Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Learn about new lung cancer screening guidelines for former heavy smokers as well as the latest approaches to lung cancer treatment.

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, To register call (650) 498-7826, Free.   


Medicare, Medigaps, HMOs, and Prescription Benefits for Seniors

Changes in Medicare have created a plethora of questions for many people. Don Rush, HICAP Counselor, provides a thorough explanation of the benefits and penalties involved.

Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, Stanford Hospital Health Library, G-2B, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, Free


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.


Holiday Stress Relief: Budget, Shopping, Entertaining & Decorating

Learn tips on how to spend smarter, shop shrewdly, entertain effortlessly, downsize decorating and help take stress out of holiday preparations.

Thursday, November 1, 12 pm, Li Ka Shing Learning Center, Rm. 205/206, $25

Waist Management

What can you do about that annoying layer of fat around the middle? It can put you at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, endometrial and breast cancer. Learn ten tips for successful waist management.

Tuesday, November 13, 12:15 pm, Clark Center, Rm S361, $25


Webinar: Training Camp for Your Brain

How can we best optimize our brains for the long haul?  Dr. John Farquhar will draw from the latest research in his discussion of the most promising foods, supplements, physical and brain fitness exercises and the positive impact of social connections on brain health.

Wednesday, November 14, noon, $25


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Panel Discussion: When Artists Attack the King: Art and Censorship

Panelists examine censorship in the current art world and compare it to censorship that affected and fueled the art of Honoré Daumier in the 1830s. 

Thursday, November 1, 6 pm Cantor Arts Center, Free


Between the Lines: Philip Guston, the Holocaust, and "Bad Painting"

Bryan Wolf, Jones Professor in American art and culture at Stanford, recounts how Philip Guston scandalized the New York art world from 1967 to 1970, especially with relation to the memory of the Holocaust.

Monday, November 5, 5:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Albert Dien: "The Origin Myth of the Xianbei: The Significance of the Gaxiandong Cave" 

The discovery in 1977 of an inscription dating to 443 CE on a wall of the Gaxiandong Cave in far northeast China has connections with the origin myth of the Xianbei, a nomadic people who conquered north China and established the Northern Wei dynasty in 386.  Albert Dien, professor emeritus, Stanford University, will present first-hand observations of the site. Co-sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation.

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm, Knight Bldg., Rm 102, Free 


Memorial Church


The sacrament of Baptism, historically a Christian rite of initiation, is offered during University Public Worship twice per academic year. Baptism is considered a beginning to a life long spiritual pilgrimage.

Sunday, November 4, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


Sunday Morning Eucharist

Sundays, 10 am, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry / University Church, 1611 Stanford Ave, All are welcome, Free.


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




ThinkerWeekend Tour: Introducing the Cantor Arts Center

Saturdays & Sundays, November 3 -January 4, 1 pm, Meet in the Rodin Rotunda, Cantor Arts Center, tours do not require a reservation, call 723-3469 for large groups, Free.


Sunday Tour: Outdoors Sculpture Walk

Stanford University's distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media.

Sundays, November 4 - December 1, 2 pm, Main Quad. Call 723-3469 to arrange private tours for large groups, Free 


Saturday Tour: Contemporary Art

Featuring contemporary art collection in the Friedenrich Family Gallery, with works from the 1950s to the present.

Saturday, November 10, 3 pm, through December 14, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Sunday Tour: Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

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

Sundays, November 18 - December 15, 2 pm,meet at the corner of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, at Santa Teresa & Lomita Drive. Call 723-3469 to arrange private tours for large groups. Free.  

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