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Guns in America: A Year After Sandy Hook 

Just over a year after the Sandy Hook shootings, one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, Stanford Law School professor John Donohue and The Independent Institute fellow Don Kates will take stock of gun use and ownership regulation in the US. This program will engage questions coming from advocates and proponents of stricter gun regulation, including, What is the point of banning guns to ordinary Americans who commit no crimes?
Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ecumenical Christian celebration and Communion honoring the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Sunday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.

MULTIFAITH CELEBRATION paying tribute to the life, ministry and memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rabbi Mychal Copeland (Hillel at Stanford) will be preaching. Service attendees are invited to a discussion lunch afterwards. 

Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.


Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life: Garry Trudeau 

Garry Trudeau, the 2014 Rathbun Visiting Fellow, will speak about how purpose and values lead to a fulfilling life. Trudeau is the creator of the American comic strip "Doonesbury."

Free tickets will be available starting Jan. 7 through the Stanford Ticket Office.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.



Grupo Corpo 

Translated as "Body Group," the highly acclaimed Brazilian ballet company is at once vigorous and urban, primordial and metaphysical, combining the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance forms and the technical prowess of ballet with a contemporary, highly theatrical sensibility. In Sem Mim, or "without me," dancers embark on a journey of evolution from sea to earth.

Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.



Material Imagination Lecture Series- Alexander Nemerov 

Bridging medieval and modern, this interdisciplinary workshop explores sound as an embodied experience. Invited speakers and Stanford faculty and graduate students will present their research and discuss short, pre-circulated papers.

Friday, Jan. 10, 4 p.m.


For Whom Do We Write? 

Danielle Ofri is the author of several books, including What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. She will discuss some of the ethical quandaries that arise when doctors write about their patients, using several real-life examples.

Monday, January 13, 5:30 p.m.


Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States 

Based on five years of research in the field - including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast - cultural anthropologist and physician Seth Holmes will discuss how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m.


Nicholas Lemann - The Transaction Society: Origins and Consequences 

In this Tanner Lecture, author and journalist Lemann plans to propose that American society fundamentally changed in the second half of the 20th century from privileging institutions, interacting in a pluralistic fashion, to privileging transactions. A second lecture will be more specific about how this change in ethos manifested itself in actual social, legal, and economic arrangements, and will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the social regime resulting from these changes.

Monday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m.


The U.S. as Outlier Nation? Social Well-Being and Social Structure in Wealthy Democracies

Author and UC-Berkeley Professor of Sociology Jerome Karabel's presentation will attempt to address the issue of the "good society" with comparative evidence from 20 wealthy democratic societies. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of an Index of Societal Well-Being and its relationship to different varieties of capitalism.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m.


Stanford in Government 

Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, will speak as part of this student-organized series.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m.


Stanford Sociology Professor Shelley Correll: Minimizing Gender Bias in the Workplace 

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, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.


Richard Salomon on Retrieving the Buddhist Canon at Bamiyan 

Bamiyan, Afghanistan, best known as the site of the enormous Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, was also the source of thousands of fragments of Buddhist manuscripts, many of which were rescued and now are being studied by Buddhist scholars around the world.  Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, Salomon will discuss the process of discovery, reconstruction, translation and interpretation of this manuscript and its importance for the our understanding of Buddhist history and literature. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.


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Start strong with a prenatal yoga class designed for expectant mothers. Gentle, slow stretches with controlled breathing give a massaging effect to muscles, nerves and to the deeper internal organs. This program emphasizes stretching, toning, posture, and body mechanics, creating energy and harmony in both the body and the mind.

Sundays, Jan. 5-26, 4:30


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 like storytelling, book readings and movie screenings are part of the plan for Family Sundays.

Jan. 5 through March 6


Grandparents Seminar

Learn about "back to sleep" swaddling, giving a relief bottle, car seats and more. Led by a healthcare professional, this class includes updates on the latest obstetrical and pediatric practices as well as car seat safety information.

Add in an infant and child CPR class and get $10 off the total registration for two classes.  Use the code GPP at checkout.

Monday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.

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Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching: Professor Mehran Sahami

The Center for Teaching and Learning's longest-running Teachinglecture series invites faculty winners of Stanford's major teaching awards to deliver a lecture on a teaching topic of their choice. Computer Science Professor Sahami will share some thoughts for strategies to help engage such energetic, busy Stanford students in different aspects of learning, teaching, and research.

Thursday, Jan. 23, Noon

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Road: Play-reading in Persian

Persian-speaking actors will play-read Road, which is told in four independent parts: Spring Rain, Summer Solstice, Autumn Afternoon, and Winter Wind. Each part, whether a chance encounter, an arranged vacation, or a secret rendezvous, is a conversation about things left unsaid; betrayal, infidelity, child abuse, and revenge in today's Iranian society.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.Theater


Stanford Savoyards: Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu

When Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, fails to decapitate citizens of Titipu, whose head gets the axe in this Meiji-era inspired version of The Mikado? The Stanford Savoyards, founded in 1973, are delighted to announce their 92nd production, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu.  

Friday, Jan. 31-Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.


What Matters to Me & Why - Yvonne Maldonado

Yvonne A. Maldonado is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. The purpose of the What Matters to Me and Why speaker series is to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, noon


Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation with Elaine Pagels

Who wrote the Book of Revelation? Why did he write it as he did? And why, and how, do people still read it today? These are the questions that catalyzed the writing of religious historian Elaine Pagels' most recent book, which explores the astonishing cultural influence of the arguably strangest book in the Bible. In this talk, Pagels, author and MacArthur Genius Award winner, will show its interpretations in painting, art, music and politics - from the 2nd century through the crusades and religious wars of Europe to contemporary times - and include images from Hieronymus Bosch and William Blake through contemporary African-American art.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.


University Public Worship

Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since it was dedicated in 1903. The church 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, 10 a.m.


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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. 

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Grupo Corpo - Family Performance 

Translated as "Body Group," the highly acclaimed Brazilian ballet company combines the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance forms and the technical prowess of ballet with a contemporary, highly theatrical sensibility.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m.


University Public Worship: Science & Religion Sunday 

Join us for public worship and a conversation titled "Science and Religion: A Dialogue Sermon" in honor of Science and Religion Sunday, a day set aside to recognize that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science can comfortably coexist. Music provided by university organist, Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church Choir.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.


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Based on seven years of rigorous case study research of hundreds of leaders at companies such as; Facebook, Google,, Starbucks and Yahoo!, and more, Graduate School of Business Professor Robert Sutton will reveal insights into leadership behavior and practices that catapult organizations into massive success. In this session, you will learn how to multiply constructive beliefs, behaviors and practices from leaders who have them to those who need them as well as how to spread the right mindset, eliminate "bad apple behaviors," and cut cognitive load while simultaneously embracing complexity. 

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 a.m.


Lynn Tilton is the Founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, a holding company with revenues in excess of $8 billion. Her companies currently employ more than 120,000 people, making her platform the largest woman-owned business in the country. Tilton is passionate about saving American jobs by saving American companies and will discuss with Doty how, since 2000, she has worked to save more than 250,000 jobs. 
Monday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.


Seventeen Minutes That Changed Music History: Beethoven's Great Fugue Music

Benjamin Simon leads members of the award-winning, all-youth Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO), in a performance of Beethoven's "Great Fugue," preceded by an introductory talk on Beethoven and his musical development. Stephen Malinowski's brilliant music animation machine graphics will be shown during the performance.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 pm

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Rose Bowl 2014

Watch defending champions the Stanford Cardinal tackle Michigan State at the 100th annual Rose Bowl. Game broadcast on ESPN.

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2 p.m. (PST)


Hoop Happenings   

Stanford Men's Basketball opens Pac-12 play with Cal at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 2 at 6 p.m., and Women's Basketball closes the month with Cal on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. General admission and reserved tickets are on sale now! Get tickets by calling 800-STANFORD (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or clicking on above links.


Stanford Athletics organizes promotions for each sport throughout the course of their season - from pre-game productions to half-time events to post-game festivities.

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Google Evangelist on Safety and Security in a Transnational Environment

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. He is responsible for identifying new technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He is the former senior vice president of technology strategy for the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m.


Stalin: Geopolitics, Ideology, Power

How can we best combine the study of Russian power in the world and Stalin's ascent and actions as dictator? What is it about Russia that helped bring about a Stalin? What is it about Stalin that helped shape Russia's role in the world, during his lifetime and up to the present day? In short, how can we understand the interplay among geopolitics, ideology and power? 

Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.

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Cathy Horyn, Fashion Critic for The New York Times sits with photographer Annie Leibovitz and Pascal Dangin, founder of Box Studios and CEO and Creative Director of KiDS, to discuss image-making and branding. This is the second event of the Fashion at Stanford series.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m.


How Yves St. Laurent Helped Bring Mondrian to Larger Audiences 

Nancy Troy, chair of the Department of Art & Art History, talks about what happened after Yves Saint Laurent appropriated Piet Mondrian's signature style of abstract art for his "Mondrian Look" of 1965. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. 


Closing Soon -
Carrie Mae Weems:
Three Decades of Photography and Video

The first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist, photographer and MacArthur Genius Award winner Carrie Mae Weems, who is widely acclaimed as one of today's most eloquent interpreters of the African American experience. 

Closes Jan. 5


Continuing - 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. 

Runs through March 16


Her Story: Prints by Elizabeth Murray

This is the first exhibition to feature all of Elizabeth Murray's editions made at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) from 1986, when she first created prints there, until her death in 2007. Murray maintained that ,"the subconscious is what you paint about." In 1999 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, and in 2006 the Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her work spanning 40 years. 

Jan. 22 - March 30


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In this Café Scientifique, Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, will discuss how academic medical centers like Stanford's are leading the biomedical revolution in this Century of Biology.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.

Screen Dance: An International Selection of Dance on Screen

Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire brought dance to the movie screen, Maya Deren and Merce Cunningham explored filming as a form of choreography, and today's digital technology has enabled a revolutionary new genre to blossom in the world of dance: "screen dance." This is dance choreography designed for and produced digitally on screen, opening up dimensions of movement previously inaccessible, and expanding dramatically the scope of choreographic invention. Anybody who loves dance will want to see this selection of international short dance films, highlighting the wide variety and creativity within this dynamic new genre.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.


Artist's Salon Featuring Aleta Hayes 

Aleta Hayes is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher. She has taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and Princeton University before joining Stanford's faculty. Most recently, Hayes founded The Chocolate Heads Movement Band in 2009 (a collective of dancers, musicians, visual artists, performance poets, and writers at Stanford), and has collaborated with performer Cooper Moore to create a dance-music installation called "Singing the Rooms-Performance of the Everyday."

Thursday, Jan. 23, 4:15 p.m. 



Saturday Tour: Auguste Rodin Sculpture

Docent-led tours survey the Cantor's outstanding collection of Rodin bronzes, both in the Sculpture Garden and in the galleries.

Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m.


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.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Call (650) 723-3469 for large groups; tours meet in the main lobby.


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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