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Chip Conley is the world's most prolific boutique hotelier having overseen the conception, creation, and management of the Joie de Vivre chain's more than 50 properties while running the company he founded at the age of 26. He speaks worldwide on finding meaning at work.

Thursday, April 4, 6 pm, Register here. 


Film premiere of an inspiring documentary that follows Stanford University students as they design innovative products to solve problems of the world's poor. 
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 pm, RSVPs appreciated.


This program brings high- and middle-school students to Stanford for a two-day learning extravaganza taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students and community members.

Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, Click here to register to teach or be a student at Splash.  


St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture with Tavis Smiley

"State of Black America. 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation: Honoring the past, defining the future." A panel discussion moderated by author, broadcaster and television personality, Tavis Smiley. 

Thursday, April 18, 7 pm  



John Tomasi, professor of political science and philosophy at Brown University argues that they can and should.

Thursday, April 4, 5:30 pm 


Ethics and Journalism

A conversation between Scotty McLennan (Stanford Dean for Religious Life) and New York Times writer, Michael Winerip

Monday, April 8, 7 pm 


The Higgs Boson, Our Life, Other Recent Results from ATLAS

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, senior research scientist at CERN and spokesperson for the ATLAS experiment, will speak about the discovery of a new particle compatible with the Higgs boson, a crucial piece for our understanding of fundamental physics and the structure and evolution of the universe.
Lecture: Monday, April 8, 8 pm 
Colloquium:Tuesday, April 9, 4:15 pm


The Work That Makes All Other Work Possible

A panel discussion on domestic workers and their struggle to bring value to their work. This event is part of the Clayman Institute's 2012-2013 theme focusing on moving beyond barriers between work, family, and society.

Tuesday, April 9, 4:15 pm


The Social Construction of College-Going Culture: Improving Post-secondary Access for First Generation College Students

Stanford Professor Anthony Antonio's research addresses many of the major issues currently facing American higher education.

Monday, April 15, Noon, RSVP here.   


Finding Genius: An Evening with Michael Meade

Join us for a special evening with Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and mythologist to discover the territories in which genius can be found, and the qualities of genius, including: talents and skills as well as one's natural style.

Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm  


Stanford experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity's need for and use of energy, food, water and environmental resources.

Friday, April 19, 12:30 pm, Register here.

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The celebrated writer and environmentalist Wallace Stegner founded the Stanford Creative Writing Program in 1946. Over the past 67 years, the program has grown in stature so that it is widely recognized, alongside the Iowa Writers' Workshop, as one of the two best programs in the country.

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm 


Howard Norman is a three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a winner of the Lannan Award for fiction.

Wednesday, April 10, 7 pm 


A Company of Authors

Come celebrate the 10th annual "A Company of Authors." An amazing group of Stanford writers will be discussing their recently published books. Each author will make a brief presentation and be available for conversation and book signing.

Saturday, April 20, 1 pm 


How I Write: A Conversation with Clarence B. Jones

From 1960 until Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, Clarence Jones worked closely with King, assisting him in drafting the celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on August 28, 1963. Through his work in the civil rights movement, Jones has had a dramatic impact on the course of American history.

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 pm 

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Choir of New College, Oxford
This 40-member choir comprises young men and boys, ages seven-13, who study music intensively at the New College School. For this rare visit, the choir will collaborate with the Stanford Chamber Chorale in a program that celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten. 

Wednesday, April 3, 8 pm 


My End Is My Beginning: New York Polyphony

These four outstanding vocalists have earned a reputation as one of the world's finest vocal chamber ensembles. They'll perform rarities from their most recent album, including elegiac, polyphonic works by Franco-Flemish masters of the early 16th century.

Friday, April 5, 8 pm 


The Wind of Freedom Blows: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Pegasus Physician Poets

The internationally renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet will play Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 3rd string quartet. Pegasus Physician Poets - Stanford physicians - will read their own works related to struggle, liberation and healing. 

Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 pm 


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Founded nearly 25 years ago by the great Herbert von Karajan, this ensemble is renowned for its astounding range of expression, interpretive clarity, and compelling conceptual unity.

Sunday, April 28, 2:30 pm 



Four Works by Man Ray

In his repeated engagements with the book as media object, the American artist, Man Ray, extended the Surrealist fascination with the ephemeral into the book form and firmly established it as a readily available medium for modern artists. The co-authored works in this exhibition are closely linked with the Surrealist era, from 1925 to 1937.

April 1- 18


Public Discourse: Photographs by Robert Dawson

Well-known for his dedication to teaching at Stanford and San Jose State, among other places, Dawson has been an important figure in Bay Area photographic dialogue for many years. This exhibit features work from more than 30 years of his photography.

April 2- 21


Opening Reception: Public Discourse: Photographs by Robert Dawson

Join us at a reception for the artist.

Thursday, April 4, 5:30 pm 


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Memorial Church Open Visiting Hours

Memorial Church was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West.

Open to visitors Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm and Sunday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm, except during services, university holidays and university winter closure, Stanford Memorial Church


University Public Worship

Please join us at University Public Worship on Sunday mornings in this spectacular and sacred venue.

Sundays, 10 am, Stanford Memorial Church 


Compline - An Evening Service of Song

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

Sundays, April 14 - 28, 9 pm 


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A Reading by Anne Carson, The Mohr Visiting Poet

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur "Genius" Award.

Wednesday, May 1, 8 pm 


The Other Bagpipes: Exotic and Lesser-Known Piping Traditions of the World

This program will introduce listeners to the bagpipes of many cultures, along with a bit of the folklore associated with them. The piping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, Iran, and Tunisia will be represented.

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 pm 


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Asha Stanford's Holi 2013

Holi is the biggest communal celebration of the eponymous Indian festival in the Bay Area. It's all about celebrating the colors and vitality of spring, with family and friends.

Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 11 am. For more information on how to prepare, click here.  


This year's theme, Ho'ola'i ,amu i ke aheahe, means "the birds poise quietly in the gentle breeze" and is said of those who are at peace and content with life.

Saturday, April 13, 12:30 pm. For more information on the performances, visit the website.   

Memorial Auditorium 75th Anniversary
Shakespeare's beloved Twelfth Night - the first production staged in Memorial Auditorium - returns to the stage in celebration of the building's 75th anniversary, featuring performances
by American Conservatory Theater's M.F.A. students. Following the performance, guests holding Premium Tickets are invited to join us for the anniversary gala.    

Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm  


This short documentary collects research and inspirational pieces of Silicon Valley's unsung heroes to galvanize us to explore womens potential as 'femgineers'. Written and directed by recent Stanford University good girls gone geek, Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni, she++: The Documentary encourages the future CEOs, the innovative engineers, the techies and the fuzzies, the sisters, cousins, and daughters, to break away from the stereotype into a revolutionary field.
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm

Stanford Women in Business Spring Conference

This is an annual spring conference to help provide women with an opportunity to build a foundation in business.

Sunday, April 7, 11 am 


Design Patents in the Modern World 

Long neglected in practice and academic scholarship, design patents have exploded in importance as a result both of recent changes in the law and high-profile cases like Apple v. Samsung.  This conference will explore both practical and policy ramifications of these developments.

Friday, April 5, 8:30 am. To register, click here.  

Andrew Miller, President & CEO, Polycom, Inc., shares candid insights into Polycom's turn-around strategy for this Stanford Breakfast Briefing. 

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 am breakfast; 8 am session. Click here to register.


Compassion and Business Conference

The purpose of this conference is to present and create a dialog around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and business by leading research experts in the field as well as business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs.

Tuesday, April 30, 8 am. Register here. 

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Medicine and Buddhism have had a long history of interaction and mutual influence in Asia. Janet Gyatso is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan cultural history.

Thursday, April 11, 7 pm 


Conversations on Compassion with Rick Hanson, PhD

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News & World Report, and O Magazine.

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm. Register here.   


The Practices of Happiness

What defines happiness? The fascinating pursuit of happiness and good health has been a universal quest throughout the ages. Participants will leave the course with skills to cultivate and sustain positive emotional well being.

Fridays, April 19 through May 24, Noon. Register here.  

The geriatric population is prescribed the highest proportion of medications in relation to their percentage of the U.S population. This review will discuss why some people are able to tolerate some medications and why others are not, what we can do to change the nature of practice of medicine in the future, and how we can provide more safety as we age.

Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm, Redwood City Public Library


Stress Reduction In the Presence of Horses

Somatic horsemanship uses the horse-human relationship to promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health in both species. This unique class is conducted at a beautiful ranch 10 minutes from campus with gentle, sociable horses.

Thursdays, April 25 through May 23 (no class 5/16), 4 pm, Webb Ranch, 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, Register here

A seminar designed just for expectant and new grandparents! Learn about "Back to Sleep", swaddling, giving a relief bottle, car seats and more. Multiple dates. 


Wondering how the make the most out of your kid's summer?  

Learn what summer activities might be available for your kids. Visit the website for more.

Specialty Programs for Youth
Jazz Camps (ages 11-17)
iD Gaming Academy (ages 13-18)

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Youth softball teams/leagues are invited to the Stanford vs. Arizona State game and to participate in a post-game meet and greet with the team.

Sunday, April 7th, Noon 


Cardinal & White Spring Game

Enjoy pre-game activities including games, food, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band and more! New fans will have an opportunity to check out the best available seats during the Select-a-Seat event, and purchase season tickets. Stick around as the Stanford Football team will sign autographs for fans of all ages.

Saturday, April 13, 3 pm 


Stanford Youth Baseball Day 

Stanford Baseball hosts Youth Baseball Day, including discounted tickets for youth baseball players, a pre-game chalk talk with Stanford players, a chance to take the field for the national anthem, and kids 8th grade and below are invited to run the bases, weather permitting.

Sunday, April 14 versus Washington, 1 pm. For tickets, call (650) 724-9293 or email.

Stanford Softball Run the Bases Day

Youth are invited to "run the bases" after the Stanford vs. Utah game. Autographs with the entire Stanford Softball team will follow.

Sunday, April 28, 1 pm 


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Fourteen spring sports are in action this month. To view the calendar of Athletics events for April, click here.  For complete information on promotions, please visit Cardinal Promotions.   


Ram's Head presents: Spring Awakening

Winner of eight Tony awards, including best musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of the teenage years.

April 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 8 pm 


"The Exception and the Rule"  

This short play by German playwright Bertolt Brecht tells the story of a rich merchant who must cross the fictional Yahi Desert to close an oil deal.

Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, 7 pm. Reservations required. Click here for tickets.


These docent-led tours feature a sampling of objects from various eras and cultures.

Saturdays and Sundays, Cantor Arts Center, 1 pm, meet in the main lobby; call (650) 723-3469 for large groups.   


Family Sundays at the Cantor Arts Center

Enjoy family tours and hands-on art projects guided by professional art teachers. Special programs include story telling, book readings, and movie screenings; there's something for everyone!

Sunday, April 7, through Sunday, March 6, Cantor Arts Center, 12:30 pm 


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