This is a smart, comedic "inside look" at what happens behind closed doors in modern American politics. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag teamed with renowned political consultant Chris Lehane to create this political story for the new century. The film screening will be followed by a panel with Bill Guttentag and Chris Lehane and moderated by former New York Times editor Philip Taubman.

Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 pm, CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Free


Having played more than 1,300 concerts across 39 tours worldwide, Stephen Tharp has built a renowned international career as the most traveled concert organist of his generation. He has received the 2011 International Performer of the Year Award by the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Wednesday, January 9, 8 pm, Memorial Church, Free, Donations will be accepted to continue organ concerts at Memorial Church.


Opening Weekend at Bing Concert Hall, January 11-13

Stanford Live's programs during the Opening Weekend of Bing Concert Hall will enable a wide range of audiences  - approximately 4,500 people  - to experience Bing in a multitude of ways. There will be an Opening Night Concert on Friday, Jan. 11, which will be broadcast live on KDFC. The opening will kick off a weekend of events, including a free "Bing Fling" Community Open House, two performances by Los Lobos, an afternoon concert by the St Lawrence String Quartet and a free "Music of the House" showcase for Stanford's Department of Music. While many of the Opening Weekend events are sold out, there is still limited availability to performances on Saturday and Sunday. Also, select events will be webcast and simulcast throughout weekend. Click here for updates and more information.


To celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday and the upcoming 50th anniversary of King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech, Clayborne Carson, director of the King Research and Education Institute at Stanford, will present a multimedia, dramatic version of King's memorable words. Featuring King's former lawyer Clarence B. Jones as well as Bay Area actors, singers, dancers, and musicians, this original production will highlight the historical, cultural, and religious sources that inspired King's extemporaneous remarks about America's future as a multiracial democracy.

Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Free


Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Reading & Signing with Greg Smith

Greg Smith's story begins in the summer of 2000, when as an idealistic 21-year-old he arrives as an intern at Goldman Sachs. Smith takes the reader on his personal journey through the firm, as he comes to believe that the only way the system will ever change is for an insider to speak out publicly.  

Thursday, January 17, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Free

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The poems in City of Rivers-the first full-length collection from 23-year-old  Zubair Ahmed-are clear and cool as a glass of water. Grounded in his childhood in Bangladesh, Ahmed's evocative poems cast a knowing eye on the wider world, telling us what it's like to be displaced and replaced, relocated and dislocated.

Thursday, January 10, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Free


A Time to Cast Away Stones: A Reading & Signing with Elise Miller

Set in the late '60s, Miller's novel depicts a young woman's coming of age story filled with her parental-issued banish from the Berkeley protests to what they expect will be an idyllic springtime in Paris. 

Wednesday, January 16, 6 pm, Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Free


A Reading by Scott Hutchins

A former Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, Hutchins will read from his recently published novel, A Working Theory of Love. "A brainy, bright, laughter-through-tears, can't-stop-reading-until-it's-over kind of novel. Fatherless daughters, mother-smothered sons, appealing ex-wives, mouthy high school drop-outs-damn, this book's got something for everyone," says Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan

Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm, Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Free


Never Lost: An Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye

We live in and through stories, but how, though, do we identify and live by these stories amid the clamor of the news and the abundant chaos that surround us? Join us for a special evening with Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet, writer, and educator.

Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner, Bldg. 320, Rm. 105, Free


A Reading by Will Boast

Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Narrative, Salon, The New York Times and others. He's currently working on both a novel and a memoir.

Wednesday, January 30, 7 pm, Terrace Rm., Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460), Stanford campus, Free


How I Write: A Conversation with Irvin Yalom

Irvin Yalom is a psychotherapist, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford, and a prolific writer of books in multiple genres. His latest nonfiction book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death. His most recent novel, The Spinoza Problem, is described by one reviewer as a book about a philosopher with written by a psychiatrist with a great soul.

Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 pm, Geology Corner (Bldg. 320), Rm. 105, Free

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Muhammad Mossadegh: Patriot of Persia 

Christopher de Bellaigue graduated in Indian and Persian Studies from Cambridge University and started working as a journalist in India. He has written from the Middle East, Turkey and South Asia for, among others, the Economist, the New York Review of Books, and the Financial Times. De Bellaigue is currently preparing a BBC radio series and a book about modernizing societies in the Middle East.

Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 pm, Jordan Hall, Bldg. 420, Rm. 041, Free


Victor Arnautoff, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Stanford

Victor Arnautoff rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the White armies opposing Bolshevism during the Russian Civil War.  He later studied art in San Francisco, created spectacular public murals during the 1930s, joined the Communist Party in 1937, and joined the Stanford art faculty in 1938.  He was brought before HUAC in 1956 and took the 5th Amendment. Robert Cherny, Professor of History, San Francisco State University, will explore Arnautoff's  story.

Thursday, January 10, 5:30 pm, History Department Conference Rm., Bldg. 200, Lane History Corner, Rm. 307, Free  


Extreme Morality: a talk by Larissa MacFarquhar of The New Yorker

MacFarquhar's subjects have included John Ashbery, Edward Albee, Derek Parfit, Patricia Churchland and Paul Churchland, Richard Posner, and Noam Chomsky among many others. She is currently working on her new book, "Extreme Morality" (working title).

Tuesday, January 15, 7 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, (tentative location), Free


The Pedagogy of Confidence: Transforming Teaching to Improve Urban Student Achievement 

Yvette Jackson, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Her research is in literacy, gifted education, and the cognitive mediation theory of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein. She has applied her research to develop an integrated process to motivate and elicit potential in underachievers.

Monday, January 28, 12 pm, CERAS 101 Learning Hall (Formerly CERAS 100B), Free, RSVP here.  


Iranian theater in exile, A Personal Odyssey (Lecture in Persian) 

Niloofar Beyzaie is the daughter of the theater and film director Bahram Beyzaie and Monir Azam Raminfar. Central themes of her theatrical works are women, the suffering of individuals among the crowd, and being a stranger either one's own, or a foreign, society. She has written extensively on Iran's political and social situation, particularly the plight of contemporary women. Her latest play, "Face to Face at the Threshold of the Cold Season," centered on the Iranian historical figures Tahirih Qurratu'l-ayn and Forough Farokhzad, premiered in October 2011.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, Jordan Hall, Bldg. 420, Rm. 41, Free


History of Iranian Music (Conducted in Farsi)

Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar, and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. Hailed as "the Bob Dylan of Iran" by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today's youth, seamlessly blending the classical with the modern and the ancient with the current.  

Tuesday, January 15, and Friday, January 18, 6:30 pm, Jordan Hall, Bldg. 420, Rm. 041, Free


MediaX 2013 ConferenceConferences

This conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity for researchers, company executives, professionals and students to network and learn about the latest research discoveries and collaborations in media and technology on Stanford campus. Registration is required.

Tuesday, January 8, 8:30 am, Oberndorf Event Center, Knight Management Center, $295. Former members & members of MediaX, as well as the Stanford community can attend for free.  Email for more information

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On view for the first time in the U.S., this exhibition presents the work of ten culturally diverse artists selected as finalists for the prestigious Jameel Prize, an international award bestowed by the Victoria and Albert Museum. More than 20 pieces, including Rachid Kora´chi's winning entry are on display.

Through March 10, Cantor Art Center, Free  ART


Cabinet of Wonders: A Contemporary Kunstkammer

In the mid-16th century, royalty and nobility from Italy to Russia to the Netherlands began assembling collections of rarities in specially appointed rooms and cabinets. This exhibition aims to recreate the aesthetic sensibility of a 17th- and early-17th century Kunstkammer while describing the specific types of materials that these rooms and cabinets contained, forming an idiosyncratic, present-day cabinet of wonders.

January 1-12, Art & Architecture Library, Free


North Africa and the Holy Land in 19th-Century Photographs

Scholars used photographs as official records of archaeological expeditions and by the devout to explore the places mentioned in the Bible. These 16 vintage photographs present a range of subjects including city views, holy sites, ancient architectural wonders, and studies of significant artifacts. 

Wednesday, January 23 through June 2, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Dotty Attie: Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt

Dotty Attie is known for her reproductions of European Old Master paintings paired with text-pieces that poetically reveal the voyeuristic narratives in Western visual and literary arts. Her portfolio Sometimes a Traveler/There Lived in Egypt calls particular attention to the exploitation of the North African female body and its place in European Orientalists' imaginations.

Wednesday, January 23 through June 16, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life

Eighteenth-century Chinese paintings demonstrate how artists reproduced the subject and styles of imperial court paintings in order to fulfill commissions by patrons of a rising social class. Japanese woodblock prints examine how cross-dressing actors in Kabuki theater became trendsetters for the world off-stage, and Chinese contemporary artist Cang Xin uses photographs to highlight different professions and identities.

Wednesday, January 30 through August 4, Cantor Arts Center, Free



Artist's Talk: Rachid Koraichi, Eternity is the Absence of Time

Join us for an evening with Rachid Kora´chi, recipient of the 2011 Jameel Prize. Against the backdrop of his award-winning work, The Invisible Masters, Kora´chi will discuss The Path of Roses, a series of installations that develop over time and in different locations.

Thursday, January 24, 5:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center, Free


Panel Disscussion: Controlling Culture

Panelists discuss issues explored in the Cantor exhibition, A War on Modern Art: The 75th Anniversary of the Degenerate Art Exhibtion. 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. 

Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm, Cantor Art Center, Free  



Neurodevelopment of Preterm Babies 

Dr. Courtney Jane Wusthoff, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will look at the brain's amazingly rapid development during babies' early lives and some of the differences in how preterm babies' brains mature. Dr. Wusthoff will address questions parents most commonly ask about their premature infant's development both before and after they've left the NICU. 

January 22, 7 pm, LPCH Auditorium, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, Free


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


The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University

The EPGY Summer Institutes are two-to-four-week residential programs for academically talented and motivated middle and high-school students. The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for these students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their interests and abilities. Participants are enrolled in a single intensive-study course, taught by a Stanford instructor, and covering topics not typically presented at their grade level.

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An Evening with the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra

This 16-member ensemble is made up of some of the Bay Area's top professional musicians, who play a veritable children's zoo of instruments. The great 20th-century composer Raymond Scott composed much of the group's repertoire. Lenny Carlson's Aluminum Sunset: A Tribute to the Music of Raymond Scott, is a three-movement suite written in honor of Scott's music, which also happens to be very difficult to execute.

Friday, February 1, 7:30 pm, Oak Lounge, Tresidder Student Union (2nd Floor), Free


Cappella Romana: From Constantinople to California

With a sound "like jeweled light flooding the space" (Los Angeles Times), Cappella Romana is a Northwest-based vocal ensemble that combines deep musicality and innovative scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, from the medieval to the contemporary.

Friday, February 1, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall, General $34, Youth under 18 $17, Stanford students $10


Stanford's world-renowned resident ensemble opens its annual Sunday series with a program sure to highlight the quartet's trademark "gravity, warmth, and textural richness" (The New York Times). Joined by their gifted collaborator Stephen Prutsman, SLSQ introduces a late romantic rarity by Ludwig Thuille.
Sunday, January 13, 2:30 pm, Bing Concert Hall, Tickets vary from $10 - $60 


Vivaldi's set of violin concerti, "The Four Seasons," is perhaps the culmination of the middle Baroque period of Italian music, which embraced two parallel lineages in Northern Italy and Naples. Corelli was a pivotal figure, a virtuoso violinist whose training in violin performance influenced all who came after him. At the same time, another Italian music center in Naples produced composers such as Durante and his pupil Pergolesi.

Wednesday, January 16, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall, General $25-$95, Stanford students $10


The Beethoven Project: Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai, music director and conductor

This celebration acknowledges Bing Concert Hall as the new home of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor Jindong Cai will devote the season to the performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies, as well as the composer's piano concerti featuring Van Cliburn Gold Medal-winning pianist and Stanford alumnus Jon Nakamatsu.

Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall,

General $20, Stanford students free


John Dornenburg and Yuko Tanaka: Music for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord

Dornenburg and Yuko Tanaka perform works by Diego Ortiz, Girolamo Dalla, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Franšois Couperin, August KŘhnel, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Wednesday, January 23, 8 pm, Memorial Church Side Chapel, General $10, Seniors $9, Students $5


Mingus Big Band

Fourteen-members strong, the Mingus Big Band has championed the legacy of the iconic composer and bassist Charles Mingus across a career spanning two decades, ten albums, a Grammy Award, and six more Grammy nominations.

Friday, January 25, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall, General $20-$56, Youth under 18 $10-$28, Stanford students $10


Glenn Kotche, solo percussion

Percussionist Glenn Kotche, best known as the drummer for the renowned rock band Wilco, performs his own work and music by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. The program features Adams' drum kit opera, Illimaq "Spirit Journeys," film of performances held in the Alaskan tundra; and Kotche's musical re-telling of the epic Monkey Chant tale. Percussionist and Stanford alumnus Andrew Meyerson of the duo, The Living Earth Show, joins Kotche for portions of the performance.

Saturday, January 26, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall, General $30, Youth under 18 $15, Stanford students $10


Vusi Mahlasela

One of South Africa's foremost songwriters and a singer so distinctive he is known in his country simply as "The Voice," Vusi Mahlasela unites South African folk rhythms with a global palette of pop, blues, and soul. First given widespread exposure in America via the 2003 documentary "Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony," he has gone on to inspire audiences nationwide.

Wednesday, January 30, 8 pm, Bing Concert Hall, General $20-$56, Youth under 18 $10-$28, Stanford students $10


To view the calendar of Athletics events for January, click here.
It's never too early to plan for next season, and tickets are on sale now! Act early to guarantee your 2013 seats to see these great games - Oregon, Notre Dame, Cal, UCLA and more - with an early bird season ticket deposit. Deposits are just $100 per account and are applied toward guaranteeing you the best seats next season. *Deposits are for new season ticket holders only. Current season ticket holders will receive renewal information in February, and should not place a deposit. To place your deposit click here.


Women's Basketball  Sports 

Join Stanford Women's Basketball for Five Game Pac-12 Homes Stand at Maples

Stanford Women's Basketball will host a five-game Pac-12 home stand featuring big match-ups with Cal, USC, UCLA and more.   January 9, 12, 19, 30 and February 3; tickets start at $12 and are available online here.


Last Chance to Register for Team Cardinal 

Sign up for Stanford Athletics' official Kids Club for youth 8th grade and younger. Team Cardinal membership registration for the 2012-13 season will close on February 15. Sign up today and receive admission to all remaining women's basketball and baseball games, an official Team Cardinal T-shirt, membership card, monthly newsletters and more!

February 15, deadline to register for 2012-2013, $35, For more information on Team Cardinal membership, click here.   


For complete information on promotions, please visit Cardinal Promotions. 


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.  


Health, Hope & Healing 

Please join us for a delightful evening with readings of new work and explorations of medicine and the creative process. Featuring: Irving Yalom, MD; Randall Weingarten; MD, Daniel Mason, MD; and William Meffort, MD; with an Introduction by Hans Steiner, MD.

Thursday, January 17, 5:30 pm, Cantor Art Center Auditorium, Free


Non-Invasive Treatment of Back Pain  

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints affecting 8 out 10 people across their lifespan, and causing more lost work time than any other ailment. This talk will focus on ways of addressing back pain that do not involve surgery.

Thursday, January 17, 7 pm, Francisco Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Free. To register, call (650) 498-7826.


Have you ever wondered about plastic or reconstructive surgery? Dr. Joshua Korman, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, will provide us with useful information in an entertaining but factual manner with ample time for questions.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, Francis C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Cost varies from $25 - $40 , For more information email.   

Judith A. Shizuru, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford, will review definitions of both tissue stem cells and "pluripotent" stem cells. She will also discuss the work leading to the recent award of a Nobel Prize to a stem cell biologist. She'll conclude giving an overview on near term, promising therapies from the field of stem cell biology.

Thursday, January 31, 7 pm, Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto, Free
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.

Please check on January 7th for the winter schedule of classes. Click here to register for classes. 


This lecture will present evidence on income inequality from the World Top Incomes Database that includes top income shares over the long run for more than 20 countries. Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley, will summarize the key empirical findings and discuss the role of technology and globalization, government regulations, and tax progressiveness. 

Thursday, January 24, 5:30 pm, Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Free

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Shiza: New Films from New Kazakhstan

Fifteen-year-old Mustafa - nicknamed "Shiza" for his behavior in school - has no money, power or girls in his young life. Working for his mother's boyfriend, Shiza scouts for fighters for the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle fighting. His life changes forever when a young fighter is accidentally mortally wounded in the ring. The dying fighter asks Shiza to deliver his prize money to his wife Zinka. In fulfilling the task, his life begins to take on new direction. (In Russian with English subtitles.) Introduction and commentary by Alma Kunanbaeva, Dept. of Anthropology, Stanford.  

Tuesday, January 8, 7 pm, Bldg. 370, Rm. 370, Free


Kunya: New Films from New Kazakhstan

Sholpan, who doesn't want to share her husband's love, asks Allah not to give them children. But as their marital passion diminishes, her fatal wish comes true, pushing her to seek fulfillment of her maternal instincts elsewhere. In Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles with an Introduction and commentary by Alma Kunanbaeva, Dept. of Anthropology, Stanford.

Tuesday, January 22, 7 pm, Bldg. 370, Rm. 370, Free



Continuing Studies is pleased to offer the community more than 40 free or inexpensive public programs and special events every year. Events include evening readings, lectures, and performances as well as weekend workshops and symposiums, and cover a broad range of subject areas from current events to the creative arts.

Memorial Church  

University Public Worship

Protestant ecumenical Christian worship that features choral and organ music as well as speakers and preachers from diverse religious traditions.

Sundays, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


Ecumenical Christian celebration and Communion honoring the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Scotty McLennan, Dean for Religious Life, preaching; music by University Organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan.
Sunday, January 20, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


Stanford student groups will offer a tribute to Dr. King.  Music for this multi-faith remembrance service features a guest musician and the Memorial Church Choir.  Talk-back session to discuss the service will be held at 11:15 in the Memorial Church Round Room.
Sunday, January 27, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church, Free


Sunday Morning Eucharist

Sundays, 10 am, Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry / University Church, 611 Stanford Ave, 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


Saturday Tour: Contemporary Art

Focusing on the contemporary art collection in the Friedenrich Family Gallery which features works from the 1950s to the present.

Second Saturday of the month, starting January 12, 3 pm, Cantor Arts Center, meet in the main lobby; tours do not require a reservation. Call 650-723-3469 for large groups, Free


Sunday Tour: Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

Created on-site at Stanford by artists from Papua New Guinea, the garden contains wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and magical beings that illustrate clan stories and creation myths. Meet at the corner of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden.

Third Sunday of the month starting January 20, 2 pm; meet at the corner of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden; tours do not require a reservation. Call 650-723-3469 for large groups, Free


Student Guide Discussions

Join Stanford student guides in informal gallery discussions focused on selected works every Saturday from January 26th through March 2nd. Topics change from week to week, and discussions are lively and varied.

Cantor Arts Center, meet in the main museum lobby; reservations not required, Free


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