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Fire and Ice: Robert Frost's Dark Woods

This year is the 50th anniversary of Robert Frost's death, and the passing years have not displaced him from his standing as one of America's favorite poets. In Fire and Ice, Frost's poems will be performed as dramatic readings in a production assembled and produced by Hilton Obenzinger and directed and performed by Kay Kostopoulos with acclaimed actor James Carpenter. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Professor of English Emeritus Albert Gelpi.

Monday, December 2, 7:30 pm


Linked Verse

This evening-length work fuses sound and image. Its music is a concerto for cello, Japanese shō, and "spatialized" sound recordings by Stanford Department of Music faculty member and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Its visual landscape is a live rendering of 3D projections by OpenEndedGroup of New York City.

Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 8, 2:30 pm

Stanford Breakfast Briefings

David Demarest, vice president for Public Affairs and lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, draws on White House experience and his senior communications roles in fortune 100 companies to dissect and formulate decision-making. The presentation will cover: how to prepare for and assess crisis moments and the methodology of decision-making and crisis communication.

Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 am



Stanford Flute Ensemble

Flute lecturer Karen Van Dyke directs the Flute Ensemble.

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 pm


CCRMA Fall Concert

CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) presents interactive and fixed computer music works by members of the CCRMA community.

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm


Early Music Singers

William Mahrt directs this program of

madrigals of Verdelot, Arcadelt, Rore, and Marenzio; and motets of Palestrina and Marenzio.

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm


Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble

The acclaimed ensemble, directed by Murray Low, presents classic and contemporary works from the Americas. 

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 pm


A Festival of Lessons and Carols

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

Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December  

7, 7:30 pm


Holiday Musicale

The Friends of Music at Stanford present their annual holiday showcase in Memorial Church, featuring ensembles from the Department of Music. 

Saturday, December 7, 2:30 pm


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - The Grand Tour

Yulia Van Doren and Thomas Cooley are two of today's most promising young Baroque music vocalists, sought after for their expressiveness and clarity of tone. Don't miss this rich presentation of both secular and sacred English treasures.

Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 pm


Stanford Baroque Soloists: There were shepherds abiding in the fields

The Stanford Baroque Soloists present an hour of Italian concertos for Christmastime, with works from Vivaldi, Torelli, Manfredini, Locatelli, and Corelli.

Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm


Annual Messiah Sing Along/Play Along

This annual "sing and play it yourself" celebration of Handel's masterwork, conducted by Stephen Sano, is a holiday favorite. Orchestral parts will be provided, and singers may purchase scores at the door or bring their own

Friday, December 13, 7:30 pm


Holiday Organ Recital: Robert Huw Morgan

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, university organist, presents his annual holiday recital. Presented by the Office for Religious Life at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.

Sunday, December 15, 1:30 pm


San Francisco Boys Chorus

Let the angelic blend of voices of the San Francisco Boys Chorus enliven your holiday season with traditional classics, beloved carols, and irresistible favorites.

Sunday, December 15, 2:30 pm

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Chris Marker Film Series- Far From Vietnam

Edited by Chris Marker, this film documents the collective protest against the Vietnam war while probing the ambiguity behind the protests.

Tuesday, December 3, 7 pmFilm 


Join in on a candid student-led discussion featuring:
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station film director, Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant's mother,Dereca Blackmon, Lead architect in the justice movement for Oscar Grant and Pamela Y. Price, Grant's attorney.

Tuesday, December 3, 7 pm


Crime and the City Film Series: The Element of Crime

This is the first feature film directed by noted Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Released in 1984, it is also the first in the director's Europa trilogy. In the film, an English detective who has become an expatriate living in Cairo undergoes hypnosis in order to recall his last case. 

Wednesday, December 4, 7 pm


2013 Fall FilmProd 114 Screening

Screening of short films by students in the class, FilmProd114: Introduction to Film and Video Production. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers and reception to follow.

Friday, December 6, 7 pm


Chris Marker Film Series - Akira Kurosawa

This film revolves around acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa while he was working on Ran. The film focuses more on Kurosawa's remote but polite personality than on the making of the film.

Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm


2013 Fall MFA Documentary Film Screening

Screening of short films by first-year students in the MFA Program in Documentary Film and Video. A Q&A with filmmakers and a reception will follow.

Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 pm



Now more than ever, people are asking 'Why is Silicon Valley different than any other place on earth and how did it get to be this way?' Silicon Valley: The History in Pictures" is an artful and engaging answer to this question, tracking the evolution of Santa Clara Valley from the days of the gold rush through present day.

Wednesday, December 4, noon  


The Business of Innovation - Bridging the Gap Between Ideas and Impact

Chaired by Richard Waters, west coast managing editor at the Financial Times, leaders in business, government and academic representatives, financiers and start-up entrepreneurs will share their experiences of innovation, the new business models that are being created in the digital era, and how innovation is being utilized to enable growth in the American economy.

Thursday, December 5, 9 am


Martin Stoke, Protest Soundscapes in the Middle East 

The Tahrir and Gezi Park protests were moments of energetic artistic creativity, in the sound world as well as other domains. This talk, a musicologist's perspective, will explore them in the light of some recent thinking about crowds and social movements. Martin Stokes is King Edward Professor of Music at King's College, London.

Tuesday, December 3, 12:15 pm


Contextualizing the Holodomor: Observations on the 80th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 

Featuring speakers Frank Sysyn, director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Norman Naimark, Robert & Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies.  

Thursday, December 5, 5:30 pm


A flawed Chapter in Modern Iranian Historiography: The First Century of Iran and Islam

Mohsen Zakeri finished his PhD. in Near Eastern History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1987. The title of his dissertation was Sasanian Soldiers in Early Muslim Society: the Origins of the 'Ayyaran and Futuwwa. He has published articles on Islamic history and Persian/Arabic literature, but his main research interest is focused on translations from Middle Persian into Arabic.

Thursday, December 5, 6:30 pm


Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest

This one-day conference will will include talks by academic experts and tech industry leaders, as well as presentations by innovators, engineers and designers who are competing as finalists in the Compassion and Technology Contest. The second part of the conference will incorporate the contest in which applicants who were invited to participate as finalists will present their technological designs for compassion-inspired applications and compete for best design idea before a panel of judges and the audience.

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Friday, December 6, 8:30 am


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

This exhibit features more than 70 artworks that explore a central dynamic of art making in Europe and the Americas between the 1910s and the early 1950s. It includes works by modern masters including Salvador DalÝ, Pablo Picasso, and Margaret Bourke-White, drawn from the collection of SFMOMA. ART 

Sunday, December 1 through Sunday, March 16


Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

This is the first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems-widely acclaimed as one of today's most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience, featuring more than 100 photographs, installations, and videos.

December 1 through January 5


Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg: Transformation of the Ordinary

Jim Dine and Claes OLdenburg have been linked since the early 1906s, when they both participated in "Happenings" on New York's Lower East Side. Now 78 and 84 respectively) the artists are known internationally for their transformations of household items into lifelike objects with monumental qualities. 

Wednesday, December 11 through Sunday, April 27


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  

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Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

The agenda includes presentations from four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, scholars of art/science projects; news

from the audience and time for casual socializing/networking.Science

December 12, 7 pm  

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Weekend Tour: Introducing the Cantor Arts Center

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

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Saturday Tour: Contemporary Art

This tour focuses on the contemporary art collection in the Friedenrich Family Gallery, which features works from the 1950s to the present. 

Saturday, December 14

Click here to access the on-campus Tour Calendar or visit the Stanford Visitor's Center for more details about visiting the Farm for the first time. 

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Fashion at Stanford: Ron Johnson and Cathy Horyn   
Cathy Horyn sits with Ron Johnson, former CEO of JCPenney and SVP of Retail at Apple, to discuss brand integrity and the future of retail. Johnson achieved record sales as vice president of Target, pioneered the highly successful retail store concept as senior vice president of Apple, and until recently instituted a number of controversial innovations as CEO of JCPenney.
Monday, December 2, 6 pmFashion

The Holiday of Lights: celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days and continues to illuminate our lives to this day.What better way to celebrate the holiday and the end of the quarter than with a night of festivity? Join us for hot latkes, jelly doughnuts, drinks and the lighting of an ice menorah with President Hennessey.

Monday, December 2, 5 pm


Sunday Morning Eucharist

ELCM at Stanford has a festive Eucharist service every Sunday morning, all year round, at our off-campus church-home: University (Lutheran) Church.

Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 am

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, December 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 am


Christmas Eve Festival Communion

An elegant, Christian, inter-denominational service service, glowing with candlelight and holiday music, featuring Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life and university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Doors open at 7:15 pm and will close when church reaches capacity.

Tuesday, December 24, 8 pm


Interested in finding out more about spiritual life at Stanford?

Click here for information on religious events or visit the Office for Religious Life's website.


Pichet Klunchun and Myself (A Film): Festival Jerome Bel

In a funny and intimate dance dialogue, French choreographer Bel and classical Thai dance master Pichet Klunchun come together for an exchange of ideas and movement in this understated conceptual performance that revels in our common humanity. There will be a post-performance discussion with both artists.

Monday, December 2, 7:30 pmDANCE  


The Things I Have Done with Dance: A Conversation with Jerome Bel

A conversation with JÚr˘me Bel, internationally acclaimed French choreographer and conceptual artist, a collaborative effort between Stanford Live and Stanford Dance Division of the Department of Theater & Performance Studies.

Tuesday, December 3, 11 am


Native Tree Planting on the "Dish" Hill

Join us to plant oaks on the "dish" hill. It's a chance to add trees along a recreational route enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Make new friends, learn about local ecosystems, and enjoy being outdoors, exercise, and volunteering. Please commit to one additional watering session.Publicservice


Oak tree planting

Saturday, December 21, 10 am


Riparian corridor planting of California native trees

Saturday, December 28, 10 am


To reserve your place on a planting crew, for details about where to park and meet and what tools to bring, or for other info, please email here.

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Tales of the Night: Family Programs Film Screening

Tales of the Night is renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot's (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) first foray into 3D animation. The film weaves together six exotic fables from Tibet to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead.

Sunday, December 1, noonfamily 


Improving Educational Outcomes by Improving Parenting

Deeply devoted to the cause of children's rights and welfare and a frequent expert adviser on youth and children's legal issues nationwide, Michael Wald has had a distinguished career as an academic researcher and teacher. He is one of the leading national authorities on legal policy toward children, and he drafted the American Bar Association's Standards Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as major federal and state legislation regarding child welfare. He is currently chair of the San Francisco Youth Council and the Faculty Scholars Program of the William T. Grant Foundation, and previously served as a Guggenheim Fellow.

Monday, December 9, noon


Christmas Eve Family Service

This Christian inter-denominational service will feature a children's sermon by Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life, a carol sing, and musical offerings by university organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts of toys or clothing which will be distributed to needy children. Doors open at 3:15 pm and will close when church reaches capacity.

Tuesday, December 24, 4 pm

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Co-sponsored by the Woods Environmental Forum, Kelton McMahon, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Ocean Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss, "Towards a mechanistic understanding of coastal ecosystem functioning and resilience."

Wednesday, December 4, noon


The Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability: Award Presentation and Lecture by Inaugural Recipient, Tasso Azevedo of Brazil  

The Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to environmental preservation and global sustainability. The winner receives $100,000 and delivers a public lecture. This year's winner is Tasso Azevedo, a Brazilian consultant and social-environmental entrepreneur.

Tuesday, December 10, 4 pm; reception to follow. RSVP by Dec. 3rd here.

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Stanford Hosts 2013 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8


Stanford Football has clinched the Pac-12 North and will play Arizona State in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 7 (4:45pm PT). The location of the Pac-12 Championship Game will be decided by the result of 11/30 Arizona State - Arizona matchup. If Arizona State loses, the game will be hosted at Stanford Stadium. If Arizona State wins, the Cardinal will head to Tempe, AZ. Tickets will go on sale to the general public the evening of Saturday, November 30.


See Basketball Powerhouses Stanford and Tennessee at Maples

Don't miss the marquee rivalry match up in Maples as traditional women's basketball powers collide. Tickets start at $16 adult / $8 youth. 

Saturday, December 21, 1:30 pm



Get ready early for the 2014 Football Season!

For the first time in Stanford football history, 2013 season tickets sold out. Don't miss out next year - submit your deposit for 2014 season tickets today! Deposits are $100 and will be used toward the purchase of a 2014 season ticket.

Upcoming Promotions
Stanford Athletics organizes promotions for each sport throughout the course of their season--from pregame productions to half time events to post-game festivities--these promotions are geared to provide an enhanced fan experience at all of our events.

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Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies offers a broad range of courses in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. 

See class offerings here. Sign up for the mailing list here. Cont.Studies 


Fashion at Stanford series: Annie Leibovitz, photographer, and Pascal Dangin
Annie Leibovitz, photographer, and Pascal Dangin, founder and CEO of Box, offer their perspective on image making and branding. Leibovitz's distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well known portraits of our time. She has photographed the icons of popular culture. Dangin's creative agency and image finishing house Box revolutionized the art of photo editing. He describes the Box approach as equal parts experience and experimentation. Leibovitz and Dangin have collaborated on numerous projects including work in Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Women's Wear Daily and Harper's Bazaar.
Thursday, January 9, time TBD

Professor Correll is currently leading a project on "redesigning work," which evaluates how workplace structures and practices can be better aligned with the needs of today's workforce. Her recent research on the "motherhood penalty" illustrates how stereotypic beliefs associated with motherhood influence the workplace evaluations, pay, and hiring decisions of women.
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm

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