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David Kelley, Founder of IDEO, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, and crucial contributor to the formation of the at Stanford, discusses creativity, leadership and innovation. Creativity is not just a buzzword for successful product innovation. It is the key to innovation in all facets of organizational life - whether it be product innovation, organizational change, management, etc. It crosses all disciplines. Remarks by Mr. Kelley will be followed by a fireside chat and a moderated question-and-answer session by Jim Plummer, Dean of Stanford's School of Engineering.

,October 10, 7:30 am


Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Promote Public Health and Public Safety?

This forum will be a dialogue concerning what the health care system and the general public can do to promote the well-being of families who are facing mental illness. It will also address how society should respond to the very small proportion of individuals with mental illness who commit acts of extreme violence, such as the Newtown Massacre.  Speaker will also explore why so many mentally ill people are incarcerated, what happens to them behind bars and how we can deal with them in more humane ways.This forum's panel of distinguished speakers includes Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chairman and Professor, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Lee Baca, the Sheriff of L.A. County, and Harold Pollack, PhD, of the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

Thursday, October 10, 11:30 am


UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival

The 16th UNAFF celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women's issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL. Stanford affiliated films include: The Revolutionary Optimists, Perfect Strangers and Duk County.  

Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 27. For more information, click here.  

The Finance of Retirement and Pensions MOOC
(Massive Open Online Course)

Graduate School of Business finance professor Josh Rauh is delivering the GSB's first MOOC (massive open online course). MOOC 
In this eight-week course you will learn the financial concepts behind sound retirement plan investment and pension fund management. Course participants will become more informed decision makers about their own portfolios and be equipped to evaluate economic policy discussions that surround public pensions.  

October 14 through December 13

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Free and open to all.  

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Are you happy now? The new science of happiness

The science of happiness is a growing and intriguing field. Research about what truly makes people happy is both surprising and applicable no matter how much money we make or where we live. Join moderator Katie Couric and a panel of experts in psychology, business, neuroscience and design for a roundtable discussion about the happiness that eludes so many but is sought by all.

Friday, October 18, 9:30 amRoundtable 


This is an original and hilarious take on the perils and triumphs of middle school by an amazing new voice in children's literature. Teddy Steinkellner graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a creative arts grant.

Wednesday, October 2, 6 pm


Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection - Book Talk with Debora L. Spar

Raised after the tumult of the '60s, Debra Spar presumed that the gender war was over. One of the first women professors at Harvard Business School, she went on to have three children and became the chair of her department. Now she's the president of Barnard College, one of the most important all-women school in the country.

Tuesday, October 8, 4:15 pm


One Family's Shoah: A Reading & Signing with Herbert Lindenberger

Deploying concepts of interpretation, liberation, and survival, esteemed literary critic Herbert Lindenberger, Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities Emeritus, parallels the history of the Holocaust with his own coming to terms with his family's fate.

Wednesday, October 16, 6 pm


Clayman Institute Artist's Salon featuring Valerie Miner

The Clayman Institute is delighted to have our Artist-in-Residence, Valerie Miner, present our fall Artist's Salon on her latest novel, 
Traveling with Spirits, a  nuanced novel about trespassing, welcoming, and the luck of the innocent.

Tuesday, October 22, 4:15 pm


Dollarocracy & Digital Disconnect

Robert McChesney and John Nichols will deliver a talk on their new books, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complexis Destroying America, and Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.
Wednesday, October 23, 1 pm


California Apricots - The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley: A Reading & Signing with Robin Chapman 

Robin Chapman recalls when Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world and recounts the stories of Silicon Valley's lost orchards.

Wednesday, October 23, 6 pm


There's mystery, danger and plenty of insider looks at San Francisco society, high and low. Linda Lee Peterson has written several nonfiction books and is a contributor to national publications, including the Chicago Tribune.
She first introduced magazine editor and amateur sleuth Maggie Fiori in Edited to Death.

Thursday, October 24, 6 pm


Interview (Mosahebeh)

A play reading directed by Hamid Ehya, with Shima Khaki, Mohammad Talani, Hamid Ehya, and Sepideh Khosrowjah. Interview is about two young Algerians who have participated in the anti-colonial revolution in their country. The revolution ends in victory, but these two characters have to expound upon their horrific actions.

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm


The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) are part of a national program of  gatherings that present four artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts, allowing the audience to socialize, and encouraging the audience to briefly introduce their work.

This presentation highlights work by ten individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics, and technology.

Tuesday, October 1 -January 15.


Impressionist Magic of Claude Debussy: An Evening with the Saint Michael Trio

The Saint Michael Trio will show you how the Impressionist movement emerged in one of its "informances," featuring slides, commentary, and demonstrations of Debussy's path-breaking compositional devices.

Friday, October 4, 8 pm


Harmony For Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

Stanford Live and Music at Stanford team up to present this annual tribute concert honoring the life and memory of the slain
Wall Street Journal reporter, musician, and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl.
Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 pm


Now Hear Ensemble: Made in California

Now Hear Ensemble embarks on a tour of various music schools in California to collaborate with the composers and perform an original composition by each, including Stanford composers Iván Naranjo and Eoin Callery. 

Saturday, October 12, 8 pm


Wilhem Latchoumia, Piano and Electronics

Pianist Wilhem Latchoumia performs works for solo piano and piano and electronics featuring a new work by composer Franck Bedrossian  commissioned and produced by Grame, National Centre for Musical Création, Lyon, France.

Tuesday, October 15, 8 pm


Sing and Play the Bing

Join us for a festive, free evening featuring performances from Silicon Valley-based groups, highlighting the  cultural diversity and artistic excellence in our community. Featuring Abhinaya Dance Company, The Choral Project, and the Oriki Theater.

Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm


An Evening with Fusion Vocalist Hamed Nikpay and Ensemble

Nikpay has a passion for his innovative genre that is embedded in his solid knowledge of the fundamentals of Persian music, his ability to perform on numerous Eastern instruments, and his interpretation and selection of Persian poetry for his songs.

Friday, October 25, 8 pm


The Stanford Mendicants: 50th Anniversary Concert

Stanford's first a cappella group invites you to join more than 100 alumni to celebrate a half-century of song. Groups of Mendicant alumni will perform songs from the various generations in the group's development, share stories, and celebrate the community they started with performances by current student groups.

Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm


Jon Batiste & Stay Human

With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops, and innovative use of the harmonaboard (mouth-blown keyboard), 27-year-old Jon Batiste is a leader among the new generation of jazz musicians.

Sunday, October 27, 7 pm


Halloween Concert: Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Ensemble 
Join these two groups as they each perform in a program that features 
From Zombies to Superheroes -
Music from Computer Games
in the Halloween spirit. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and ASSU.

Thursday, October 31, 7:30 pm


Webinar: Don't Let the Monsters Out of the Closet! - Or How to Prevent Diabetes

Learn why almost one-in-two adults have the metabolic syndrome and why low-fat diets make it worse. Learn how recent science findings give us new chances for better health.

Tuesday, October 1, noon



Body Image and Aging

Did you know that improving body image can actually help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and improve mood? In this interactive four-week course, we will examine the pressures women experience to meet appearance ideals and develop strategies for managing such pressures.

Thursday, October 10, noon


Why Sweat It? What's so HOT about Menopause in 2013

Natural menopause occurs in most women in their mid-40's to mid-50's, whereas surgical menopause happens with the removal of the ovaries. The risks, benefits, and effectiveness of common approaches to symptoms, including hormonal therapies, non-hormonal drug treatments, lifestyle and behavioral techniques; including alternative medical approaches, will be discussed.

Wednesday, October 16, noon



Weight Management: Building the Foundation

This 12-week program will help you gradually change life-long habits related to nutrition, physical activity, weight management, and stress management.  

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 pm


Meng-Wu Lecture: Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD

Dr. Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (a.k.a. PEP Lab, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of 100+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Thursday, October 17, 6 pm


Happiness, Convivial Conversation, and Joyful Community

Research on happiness reveals that one of the biggest predictors of health and well-being is social capita - connecting with others. Yet our skills for connecting through conversation and community are rusty. This workshop will explore how to use conversation and community in building the good life.

Monday, October 21, 6:30 pm



Participants will learn how to help victims of heart attacks and accidents, and also learn how to aid choking victims.  

Date: Thursday, October 24, 8 am


Baby Steps to Lasting Change

Join a six-week behavior change workshop to learn how to knock down the pesky barriers that hold you back and take steps to lasting change. 

Monday, October 28, 12:10 pm

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Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

See the first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems, widely acclaimed as one of today's most eloquent interpreters of the African American experience. 

October 16 - January 5


Artist Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems

Artist Carrie Mae Weems discusses her art, the development of major themes in her work, and the issues that she addresses through her artwork, including the personal journey and the universal struggle for equality.

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm


Inspired by Temptation: Odilon Redon and Saint Anthony
Experience fantastical lithographs inspired by Gustave Flaubert's novel.
The Temptation of Saint Anthony.
October 1-20

Artist Lecture: Deborah Butterfield
Renowned sculptor Deborah Butterfield, whose bronze horse graces the Cantor's main lobby, will talk about her work. Co-presented by the Stanford Arts Institute.
Tuesday, October 22, 6 pm

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This event commemorates the founding of the university and the legacy of the Stanford family. This is an opportunity for all members of the Stanford communityFoundaersday-together with members of neighboring communities-to join in celebration of the success of Jane and Leland Stanford's dream to establish a "university of high degree." The event will be held in several locations on campus.

Sunday, October 20, 2 pm


From Gaudi­ to Maso: Mutation and Mimesis in Catalan Architecture between Modernisme and Noucentisme 

Dr. Jordi Falgàs, Director of the Fundació Rafael Masó in Girona, Spain, is an expert on turn-of-the-century Catalan art. 

Thursday, October 3, 5 pm


America in the Drug Peace Era with Doug Fine

Today, 55 percent of Americans favor full legalization of adult social use of cannabis, and nearly 80 percent support medical marijuana. After the drug war, what will the "drug peace" look like? Can cannabis benefit the tax base, put small farmers back on the land, and reduce youth access and use? Journalist Doug Fine will tackle these and other questions.

Thursday, October 3, 7:30 pm


Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister - Harry Camp Memorial Lecture with Jill Lepore 

Benjamin Franklin wrote the story of his life about a printer's apprentice who runs away to become a statesman and a scientist. In this illustrated lecture, Jill Lepore tells the story of Franklin's long-forgotten sister, Jane, and meditates on what it means to write history not from what can be found, but from what has been lost.

For more information, click here.  

Monday, October 7, 2013, 6 pm


Stegner Fellows on Writing at the Litquake Literary Festival

Recent Stegner fellows will discuss the pleasures and pains of writing fiction at the acclaimed Litquake literary festival in San Francisco. The panel discussion will be moderated by Stanford literary scholar Hilton Obenzinger.

Saturday, October 12, 3:30 pm, San Francisco


Medieval Matters: Medieval Books and Buildings in the Making of Modern France: Viollet-le-Duc and Gaston Paris with Robert Bloch

This series of public lectures is co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Office for Religious Life, the Sarum Seminar, and Stanford Continuing Studies. It explores the relevance of medieval history and culture to understanding the modern world.

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm


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China 2.0 Conference

The event will feature  speakers, panels, and interactive sessions followed by a networking reception. Keynote speakers include: Martin Lau, president, Tencent Afternooon. Gary F. Locke, U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China; Charles Chao, CEO and Chairman of the Board, SINA. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 3, 9 am


Challenge Success Conference

Denise Pope, PhD, Stanford University senior lecturer, and author of 

Doing School
(2001), and Madeline Levine, PhD, clinical psychologist, and best-selling author of The Price of Privilege (2006) and Teach Your Children Well (2012), join Dan Pink for an interactive discussion about the meaning of success and how families and educators can help youth thrive in a fast-paced world. Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books.  

Buy tickets online here.

Friday, October 4, 7 pm


Shaking the Foundations West Coast Conference on Progressive Lawyering

This annual conference brings together the progressive community to discuss present and future issues within the social justice movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. This year's theme is Tools for Transformative Justice.

Friday, November 1, noon 



Stanford Football Hosts Washington 

Limited individual game tickets still remain to see the Stanford Cardinal take on the Washington Huskies at Stanford Stadium. Reserved tickets start at just $40. General admission tickets may be purchased on game day only. Be sure to stop by the Fan Fest before the game! Buy online here

Saturday, October 5, 7:30 pm 


Join Stanford Women's Soccer at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on for Youth Soccer Day  

Youth soccer players wearing a team jersey will receive a FREE general admission ticket. Promotion is available on game day only at the Cagan Stadium ticket office. Buy online here. 

Sunday, October 13, 5 pm


Women's Soccer Autograph Day

Join Stanford Women's Soccer as they take on Utah. Stick around post-game for autographs with the team. General admission tickets range from $5-$8.  

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Friday, October 18, 7 pm


2013 Men's Basketball Introduces New Family Flex Plan

Stanford Men's Basketball wants to see your family at Maples Pavilion. This year, the Cardinal has introduced a new Family Flex Plan offering flexibility and a great value. The Family Flex Plan includes 10 adult and 10 youth general admission vouchers to be redeemed at any men's regular season game, all for just $149!


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Live Simulcast of San Francisco Opera's "Falstaff"

San Francisco Opera returns to the beloved Frost Amphitheater with Verdi's take on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. Bryn Terfel stars in this wistful comedy which will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House to Stanford, projected on a large screen under the stars.

The simulcast is free but advance registration for guaranteed early entry is available beginning Stanford Live website here.   

Friday, October 11, 8 pm


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Fracking- The Blue Bridge to a Green Future?

Fracking- shorthand for obtaining natural gas through hydraulic fracturing-has become one of the most widely recognized, emotionally charged words in our energy lexicon. Stanford geophysics professor Mark Zoback will provide a real-world view of the global energy landscape and will discuss the role that shale gas can play in a clean-energy future.

Monday, October 7, 7:30 pm


Climate Change: What You Can Do

This class will cover the micro level of climate change (individual lifestyle choices) and some macro level change ideas (policy, government, community) which can be adopted. There is much we can do to have a positive effect on this challenge.

Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 pm     

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Labyrinth in Memorial Church

If life has you wandering in circles, embark on a personal journey that has stood the test of time. Enter the labyrinth and discover that the rhythm and simplicity of following a clear path can quiet your mind and you find insight.

Friday, October 4 through Friday, December 20.


Yoga on the Labyrinth

Rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit as we perform traditional poses in Memorial Church on a sacred piece of geometry: the labyrinth.  Meditative music will enhance the experience.

Thursday, October 3, 5:30 pm


University Public Worship

Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since the church was dedicated in 1903. It is open to anyone, wherever you may be on your spiritual journey. Please join us on Sunday mornings in this spectacular and sacred venue.

Sundays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 am


Krista Tippett: Lecture in Religion and Society

Krista Tippett will speak as a part of the Roger W. Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society series. Her talk, "The Adventure of Civility," will include a lecture, an audience Q & A, and a book signing. Attendees are also invited to participate in a breakfast seminar the following morning.

Thursday, October 17, 8 pm; Breakfast, Friday, October 18, 9 pm


Jason Roberts, Organ

Jason Roberts, organist and Choirmaster of St. James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT, performs works by Bach and Guillou, as well as improvisations.  

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 pm


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Join us for an eight-week progressive series of classes with professional Argentine tango instructor Felipe Martinez. Drop-ins welcome. No partner necessary. Then, stay to practice.

Wednesday, October 2, 7:45 pm through Wednesday, November 20



Estonian National Symphony

Originally a small radio orchestra, The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra enjoys increasing acclaim for its concerts, Grammy award-winning recordings and festival appearances in Scandinavia, elsewhere in Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, adds flair to the evening.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 pm


The Honest Landscape: Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson

Englishman Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 and soon became an outspoken and highly influential advocate for fine art photography. He promoted photographs made without darkroom manipulation, and also wanted the medium to be recognized on its own terms-not as a mechanical imitation of painting. This installation presents a selection of his platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside.

November 27 through May 4


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