Feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn and began writing at the age of seven. Ar the age of 14, decided to live her life as a poet. After attending Swarthmore College for two years, she moved to Greenwich Village. Di Prima has published more than 40 books. She will read some of her poems and join Hilton Obenzinger in a "How I Write" conversation.

Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 pm


Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp's 17 scenarios for the theater, shocking and hilarious by turn, are a roller-coaster of late 20th-century obsessions. From pornography and ethnic violence, to terrorism and unprotected sex,
its strange array of nameless characters attempt to invent the perfect story of our time. 

Thursday, November 7, 8, 9 14 & 15, 8 pm 


Stanford and the Military

Please join us for a talk by Professor David Kennedy about The Modern American Military, the title of his most recent book, and Stanford's tangled history with ROTC. 
Please RSVP here.

Monday, November 11, 5 pm


Crossing El Camino Real: Community as Text for the Health Professions with Gabriel Garcia, MD 

Through service learning courses on community health, Dr. Garcia will show how students interested in health professions learn and develop a deep understanding of the principles of effective and ethical public service.

Thursday, November 21, noon 


Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht will speak about his latest book After 1945, Latency as Origin of the Present.

Monday, November 4, 5 pm

Encounter with the bookAuthors 

Reza Ghassemi is a prize-winning playwright, director, and novelist. He is also an accomplished musician--a master sitar player and composer. He will be talking about and reading from the novel on which he is currently working.

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm

Evening with poet Billy Collins

The Stanford Humanities Center and Kepler's Books are partnering to present an evening with two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including his new work Aimless Love. Stanford poet and English professor, Ken Fields, will introduce Collins.

Tickets available here

Saturday, November 9, 7m at Kepler's Books 


Bilingual Korean-English Author Talk: Encounter 2013

Authors Kim In-suk and Kang Yŏng-suk and translator Bruce Fulton will appear at several American universities in November 2013 for a series of bilingual readings and discussions. 

Tuesday, November 12, 4:15 pm


Never Lost: An Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye

Join us for a special evening with Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet, writer, and educator, to explore stories that can invite us to live fuller lives. She is the author or editor of more than 30 volumes of poetry, essays, and stories, most recently, There Is No Long Distance Now and Transfer. 

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 pm


A Reading by Colm Toibin, Part of the Lane Lecture Series

Colm Tóibín is the author of six novels, including The Blackwater LightshipThe Master- winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize- and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. He was twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Monday, November 18, 8 pm


My promised land

Sahar Delijani was born in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in 1983, the same year both her parents were arrested. When she was 12, her parents decided to move to Northern California to join her mother's family. Her works have appeared in a wide range of literary publications and journals. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel.

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm



Maoism in Translation

South Asia today is the global epicenter of what would seem like an anachronism - a militant Maoism waging a "peoples war" against "feudalism, imperialism and the comprador classes."  India has a long history of Maoist insurgencies that takes their popular name Naxalites from the village in Bengal where an armed insurgency began in 1967.

Friday, November 1, 9 am


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 movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. Panels and workshops will emphasize the "how" in social change and progressive "lawyering."

Friday, November 1, noon



Code Poetry Contest

Submit your code/poetry to the Stanford Code Poetry Slam by November 6th. This event is sponsored by the Department of Literature, Cultures, and Languages. Finalists invited to present their work at a poetry slam on November 20th.

Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm


A rose by any other name: Romeo and Juliet as told by Gounod and Bernstein's West Side Story

This performance features students from the Department of Music performing the age-old story of Romeo and Juliet with a pastiche of musical scenes from Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette and Bernstein's musical West Side Story.

Friday, November 8, 6:30 pm 


Baogang He: The Origin and Persistence of Confucian Deliberation in China

This lecture considers the limitations of the Chinese model of authoritarian deliberation and explains why and how it may constitute a defensible normative account of the contributions of deliberation to political legitimacy.

Monday, November 4, 5:30 pmGlobal

This talk develops a theoretical exploration of this authoritarian type of deliberative politics. It analyses how authoritarian deliberation is strong at addressing the issue of political stability but is weak in dealing with the equal political influence of public deliberation. 

Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 pm


Empire as a Moral Problem: Religious Cosmopolitanism and Colonial Modernity in Northeast Asia

In the early 20th century, against the backdrop of colonial violence, the Japanese annexation of Korea and World War I; religious and secular groups in East Asia voiced support for a new ethos of humanitarian internationalism.

Tuesday, November 5, 4:15 pm


Political Crisis in the Sahel

Jeremey Keenan (University of London), Sean Hanretta (Stanford), and Greg Mann (Columbia University) will discuss the current political crisis in the Sahel. Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center.

Monday, November 11, 6:30 pm


Who Cares? Caring for the Poor in India, China, and Europe

This lecture discusses why Indian middle classes seem to have no compelling interest in improving sanitation for the poor despite the fact that their own health is affected due to the close proximity of the poor. It examines some cultural theories of attitudes towards "the dirty outside world."

Monday, November 18, 5 pm


Estonian Cultural Evening at Stanford University

Although a small country, Estonia has rich culture and history, both of which will be celebrated through film. This free event aims to bring together Stanford faculty, staff, and students, local Estonians as well as other people interested in Estonian heritage.

Tuesday, November 19, 6 pm



Stanford Jazz Workshop Jam Session

The Monday night jams at the Stanford Coffee House (CoHo) are a favorite of amateur and pro jazz musicians alike. Grab your instrument and come by.

Mondays, November 4 & 11, 8 pmMusic


Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra: All About Mendelssohn

Jindong Cai conducts Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, Violin Concerto in E minor, and Symphony No. 4 in A Major "Italian."

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm


Shoko Hikage, koto: Old and New Music from Japan and Korea

Shoko Hikage, koto, is joined by Narae Kwon, kayageum, for this program of traditional music from Japan and Korea, as well as contemporary works by Eunjoo Oh and Hyo-shin Na.

Sunday, November 10, 2:30 pm


Patience Chaitezvi: Traditional Music from Zimbabwe

Patience Chaitezvi is one of the few Zimbabwean women who grew up playing mbira regularly in traditional ceremonies, a role more commonly held by men in Shona culture. Educated and fluently Shona-English bilingual, she is uniquely suited to sharing Shona music and culture with the world.

Tuesday, November 12, 8 pm


Stanford Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Jaime Davis

Guest vocalist Jaime Davis appears with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fred Berry.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 pm


Stanford Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks Series

Jindong Cai conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with Berkeley Community Chorus and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale.

Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm 

Sunday, November 17, 2:30 pm


Stanford Chamber Chorale: Motets of the Millenium

The Stanford Chamber Chorale, with guest conductor Jameson Marvin, performs a program of selections from Josquin Des Prez, Johannes Brahms, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and others.

Saturday, November 16, 7:30 pm


Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

Mitchell Sardou Klein conducts the debut performance of the Peninsula Symphony at Bing Concert Hall with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus in this program of works by Ernest Bloch. 

Friday, November 22, 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 24, 2:30 pm

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Being in the Zone: Using Energy Healing and Intuition Self-Care for Productivity and Wellness

You will learn healing and meditation practices that draw from techniques shown to decrease stress, increase focus, and relieve symptoms of chronic conditions. Learning to achieve a relaxed and alert state can make you more productive, whatever your endeavor. Register here. 

Thursday, November 7, 6 pmHEALTH 


Steve Cole, Ph.D. - Meng-Wu Lecture

Steven Cole is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine. His research pioneered the field of human social genomics, developing new bioinformatic and molecular genetic strategies to map the pathways by which social conditions and psychological processes regulate the activity of human, viral, and cancer genomes.

Tuesday, November 12, 6 pm


Iris F. Litt: Trailblazer for Gender in Medical Research

This event honors Dr. Iris F. Litt and her contributions as a trailblazer for gender in medical research.  She served as director of the Clayman Institute from 1990-1997 and the Institute created the Iris F. Litt, M.D. Fund to support Stanford faculty conducting research on women and gender. 

Thursday, November 14, 4:30 pm


Skill Building for Crucial Conversations

This workshop offers Restorative Justice Training to lead, initiate, manage difficult situations/difficult people, resolve conflict and build community. Restorative Justice (RJ) is most frequently used to resolve conflict in courts and communities.

Monday, November 25, 1 pm


Stanford Blood Center Cafe Scientifique

Steven Adelsheim, MD; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Community Partnerships, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Adelsheim will discuss the international and national movement towards building early detection and intervention models for serious mental illness.  

Thursday, November 21, 7 pm

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The Rapture

This solo exhibition by Joel Leivick, the Robert is a deviation from Leivick's past work, generally characterized by landscape prints in black and white.  While in Italy as a 2012 Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, Leivick took in the sights of one of his favorite places in Rome and a new project emerged: the Pantheon and its visitors. 

Friday, November 1 through Sunday, December 8.


Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

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. 

Friday, November 1 through January 5ART 


Being Scene

Dance performance staged throughout the museum and inspired by the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video.

November 7, 6 pm


Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art

Works by modern masters including Salvador

Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Margaret Bourke-White; drawn from the collection of SFMOMA. 

November 13 through March 16


Wu Hung: Christensen Distinguished Lecture

Wu Hung is the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago.  He will examine three types of paintings created after the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644.

Thursday, November 14, 5:30 pm

Alexander Nemerov

Professor Alexander Nemerov explores the connections between President John F. Kennedy and Thomas Eakins's painting, Swimming.

Thursday, November 21, 5:30 pm


The Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court

The 16 prints and drawings featured in the installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. 

Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, May 4.  


The Honest Landscape: Photographs by Peter Emerson

Englishman Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. 

November 27 through May.


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Join the Axe Committee for a rally celebrating Stanford Athletics. The Big Game Rally will include an 8-minute firework spectacular and a bonfire torch celebrating Stanford. The fireworks show will begin roughly at 9:37pm and conclude at 9:46pm. 
Monday, November 18th, Angell Track at Cobb Field 

Social Innovation Speaker Series: 


Accessibility of Reading Materials with Viji Dilip of Access Braille

Viji Dilip launched the US chapter of Vidyavrikshah in 2007. Now called Access Braille, the organization's vision is to make sure that every visually impaired child has equitable access to education. Thursday, November 7, noonPublicService.socInovation

Literacy for a Billion: When Bollywood meet Karaoke with Brij Kothari of Planetread/Bookbox

Brij Kothari has leveraged the ubiquitous presence of television in rural India and the billion-strong Indian population's voracious appetite for film songs to infuse reading practice into entertainment. 

Thursday, November 14, noon 


Life in the Public Service and Building a Better Political Relationship with Nagesh Parthasarathi, Consul General, government of India, San Francisco

Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world including in South Korea, Senegal, Pakistan, Belgium and the UK.

Thursday, November 21, noon

This lecture will discuss how mathematics helps us to understand the behavior of bats which float around at night in the countryside, hunting for insects in apparently erratic motion and how computers help us in this task.

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 pmLectures 


Slavery, Serfdom, and Economic Growth in Eurasia: The Great Divergence Reconsidered

Alessandro Stanziani will develop an original study of slaves, bonded people, and war captives and trade between Russia, Central Asia, India, and the Mediterranean between the fifteenth and the 19th centuries. 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4:30 pm


History of Science talk by Leah DeVun, Rutgers University

Closing Bodies, Curing Bodies: Hermaphrodites, Surgery, and the Medieval Science of Sex.

Thursday, November 7, 4:15 pm 


Managing Millennials: Getting the Most Out of On-Boarding, Managing and Retaining Millennials

This Stanford Breakfast Briefing features Dr. Alec Levenson, senior research scientist, USC's Marshall School of Business, who will present the results of a unique, global study of the Millennial generation that collected data from over 40,000 respondents around the world.  

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 am


Talking Trees and the One-Word Lord: Language Gods in Ancient Japan

Students of Japanese literary history are familiar with the notion of "kotodama," a putative primitive belief in word magic that has been advanced as a key to understanding ancient poetry and narrative.  But a more sophisticated and skeptical approach to supernatural speech is also apparent. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2:15 pm 


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Family Sundays at the Cantor Arts Center

Take a journey exploring art from all around the world.  Enjoy family tours and hands-on art projects guided by professional art teachers. Special programs such as story telling, book readings, and movie screenings are part of the plan for Family Sundays.

Sundays, November-Marchfamily 

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Stanford Basketball Kids Free

Stanford Men's and Women's Basketball will tip off their 2013-14 season with Kids Free events at Maples. The women will host Vanguard on Sunday, November 3 and the men will host NCAA Tournament participant, Bucknell, on Friday, November 8. Kids 8th grade and under get in free with advance registration (vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Adult tickets may be purchased at the Maples Pavilion ticket office on game day.Sports      

Women's Basketball 

Sunday, November 3, 2 pm


Men's Basketball 

Friday, November 8, 7 pm


Bring Your "A" Game to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium

Stanford Men's Soccer would like to congratulate "grade-A" students. Those who present a test or report card with an "A" grade at the Cagan Stadium ticket window on game day will receive a $2 youth GA ticket to see the Cardinal take on San Diego State. Limit 4 per family.

Sunday, November 3, 1 pm


Limited individual reserved game tickets still remain to see Stanford take on Cal in the 116th Big Game. Free Football Fan Fest opens 2.5 hours before kickoff.

Saturday, November 23 (time TBD)


Upcoming Promotions
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From Compton to East Palo Alto: Reflections on Race, Ethnicity, and Public Education in California, Past and Present

Professor Al Camarillo, American History and Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Diversity in charge of the Faculty Development Initiative of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity will provide perspectives on the history of Mexican Americans and African Americans in California's public schools over the past half century. He will share personal reflections as a student who attended Compton public schools and as a historian/citizen who has worked in education-related public service projects in Compton and East Palo Alto.

Monday, November 4, noonTEACHINGeducation  


Lynn Hildemann Lecture on Teaching

CTL sponsored Awarding-Winning Teachers on Teaching lecture series featuring Prof. Lynn Hildemann on: "Why should students bother coming to class?"

Thursday, November 7, noon


There has been a great deal of discussion about the promise and problems of online learning, but less about the subtlety of building online learning environments that are scientifically sound, productive of learning, and pleasurable to experience. This panel brings two international leaders in this domain into dialogue.

Tuesday, November 19, 5 pm

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Hanitchak Lecture Series: Jared Aldern on Sustaining Indigenous Nations: Narratives, Fire Ecology, Water and Knowledge

Jared Dahl Aldern, a lecturer in Stanford's Native American Studies program, will discuss how Native American tribes use fire to sustain land, water, and other cultural resources and, on the other side of the coin, how important it is to sustain the social, cultural, economic, and educational systems of tribes.

Wednesday, November 6, noon


Environmental Earth System Science Fall Seminar Series:Environment 


Joe Berry, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology, Stanford

Wednesday, November 6, noon (light refreshments at 11:50 am)


Wednesday, November 13, noon (light refreshments at 11:50 am)


Heather Leslie, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Center for Environmental Studies, Oregon State University

Wednesday, November 20, noon (light refreshments at 11:50 am)

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Kumar Gandharva and Kabir: Music and Poetry of the Formless Divine from Northern India

A concert of poetry of the North Indian poet-saint Kabir performed by the renowned vocalist Pushkar Lele, with commentary by Linda Hess, a Stanford faculty member in Religious Studies.

Friday, November 1, 7:30 pm


University Public Worship with Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, will be preaching at University Public Worship. Bishop Robinson is the author of

God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage.
Sunday, November 3, 10 am

God Believes in Love: Shifting the Conversation - Bishop Gene Robinson in Conversation with Rabbi Steve Greenberg

Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop consecrated in the Episcopal church, will join Rabbi Steve Greenberg, the first and only out, gay Orthodox Rabbi, to speak about LGBTQ realities within their own traditions, their thoughts on marriage equality, and their personal, spiritual journeys.  A book signing will be held after the event.

Monday, November 4, 7 pm



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

Sundays, November 10 and November 17, 9 pm


Jan Willis: A Community of Neighbors: A Baptist-Buddhist Reflects on the Common Ground of Love

An exploration of parallel values-advocated by Christian and Buddhist doctrines-of love, non-violence, interconnectedness, and social activism.  Drawing from the sermons of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the teachings of the Buddha, this talk focuses on race/racism, on the concept of love, and the exhortation of both traditions to work for the benefit of others. 

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 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, November 10, 17, 24, 10 am

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Renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Lavanya Ananthpresents a compilation of her original choreographic works that will feature a variety of poetry and technique in different Indian languages.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 pm 

The Show Must Go On: Festival Jerome Bel

Internationally acclaimed French choreographer and conceptual artist Jérôme Bel is one of the coolest conceptual dance-makers working today. The performance features Bay Area professional dancers along with untrained Stanford students, faculty and staff, each performing to his or her own classic pop soundtrack via headset.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 pm


Cedric Andrieux: Festival Jerome Bel

Cédric Andrieux is part of a series of thoughtful works Bel has created with dancers who have made their mark on the art form. In this autobiographical solo, we spend an intimate 80-minutes with Andrieux during which time he tells us his story.

Monday, November 18, 7:30 pm

The Memorial Church Choir, directed by Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, presents its annual seasonal program, based on the service at King's College, Cambridge.
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