Featured February Events
Pan-Asian Music Festival
Celebrating its 10th anniversary season with a series of concerts and cultural events featuring unique and talented artists from Tibet, Mongolia and around the world, this popular festival hosts both free and paid activities from Feb. 1 - March 2.
Stanford Farm: The Birthplace of Moving Pictures?
National Book Award-winning author Edward Ball offers a compelling scenario for how moving pictures were born. In this free lecture, Ball discusses Leland Stanford's collaboration with the eccentric photographer Edweard Muybridge to capture the gait of Stanford's racehorses - in 24 photographs per second.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
This documentary explores the future of the heavily dammed and diverted Colorado River in an era of rising population and climate change. A Q&A session with producers James Redford and Jill Tidman will follow. This screening is part of the year-long film series "Ripple Effects" on the past, present, and future of western water.
Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
Italy After Berlusconi
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is now under house arrest. What happens to Italy now? Rachel Donadio, former Rome Bureau Chief of the New York Times and current European Culture Correspondent, will discuss Italy's unique democracy.
Monday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
LECTURES & CONFERENCES
Rage of Poseidon: Finding New Meanings in Old Stories
What would it mean for the God of the Sea to visit a resort town in Wisconsin? What if Jesus met the Goddess of Love in a bar? Graphic novelist and artist Anders Nilsen explores stories like these in his new book Rage of Poseidon.
Nilsen will present work from the book and discuss the role of mythology and religious stories in his work.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.
Does Reading Literature Make You More Moral?
How might reading novels help people better understand the moral issues that they face in their everyday lives? Or to put the question more starkly: If I am interested in learning about what are right and wrong actions, what human ends are worth pursuing, or what are virtues of character, why would I turn to literature at all? This panel, composed of Stanford faculty and a visiting scholar, explores these questions.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, which employs more than 4,500 employees in 63 offices worldwide, will identify and rank the five performance clusters and 16 specific attributes at which trust is critical. In this breakfast briefing, he will share survey results and case studies that measure trust and show the value of reputation management, aggressively transparent leadership and building trust among key stakeholders.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 a.m.
Instead of a continuous story, newspaper comic strips have the same few things happen every day - Snoopy attacks the Red Baron, Calvin makes a snowman. What methods do we have for reading the 18,000 discrete Peanuts strips and other things that do not have a narrative progression? English graduate student J.D. Porter will suggest distant reading approaches, both analog and digital, and applying comics both as narratives and as visual media.
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Join the British Library's Susan Whitfield, historian of medieval China, as she introduces the discovery of the rich Buddhist remains of the Eastern Silk Road - the art, architecture, artifacts and manuscripts - including some of the most recent and exciting finds. Her talk will consider how these finds have informed scholarship over the past century and, most especially, our understanding of Buddhism.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Scientists and artists gather to converse with audience members on the topics of Meteorites, Soap Bubbles and the Origin of Cellular Life; Visual Music; Linear Algebra: The Incredible Beauty of a Branch of Math with a Bad Reputation; and Multisensory Human Communication.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
This talk discusses the limitarian doctrine, which entails that we all have a duty not to be rich. Once "riches" are defined, Robeyns, of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, will discuss several tenets before analyzing and rejecting two important objections to limitarianism: entailing that limitarianism is violating equality of opportunities and that it does not adequately take incentive considerations into account.
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Stanford Savoyards: Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu
The Stanford Savoyards, founded in 1973, bring to the stage their 92nd production, the Gilbert & Sullivan classic, "The Mikado," otherwise known as "The Town of Titipu."
Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
Imprisoned and exiled in the past, Shahid Nadeem is an acclaimed playwright at the forefront of the campaign for human rights and justice in Pakistan. He will discuss and include excerpts of "Burqavaganza" - a love story in the time of jihad - a sassy, provocative Bollywood extravaganza that uses the burqa as a metaphor for a society that thrives on double standards and covering up the truth. The entire cast, male and female, wears a burqa.
Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Insufficiency: A Play in 10 Scenes
In Emeritus Professor Carl Djerassi's latest play, a brilliant but difficult Polish scholar has extensive corporate sponsorship from champagne makers to pursue studying Bubbleology, the science of bubbles. This financial success, his reticence to publish any of his work and the seeming frivolity of his studies have his colleagues in an envious lather, which is standing in the way of the tenured U.S. post he wants. When two from the tenure committee are found dead, Jerzy finds himself in court. Does this give new meaning to "Publish or Perish"?
Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Stanford Summer Session
During Stanford Summer Session, courses are offered for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Students can earn Stanford credit and a transcript for courses taken, experience college life and the Stanford tradition, and develop confidence and vision for their future.
Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes
These residential programs are for academically talented and motivated middle and high school students and provide an opportunity for students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their interests and abilities.
League of Creative Minds, Youth Leadership Development
The League of Creative Minds summer camp sessions, held at Stanford University, are for high-ability students who are curious about foreign policy, history, geopolitics, philosophy and exploring the tenets of debate.
A variety of athletics-based camps for both girls and boys are offered throughout the summer
RELIGION & SPIRITUAL LIFE
Science & Religion Sunday
A conversation titled "Science and Religion: A Dialogue Sermon" between Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Julie Kennedy and the Rev. Scotty McLennan honors 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. A lunch discussion for attendees will be held in the Round Room after the service.
Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Opportunities for students to be creative outside of arts classes are few. In Professor Hester Gelber's class, students engage with religious studies by creating their own short stories. They read science fiction and fantasy novels to explore our modern take on religion, join in intense discussion, and prepare their stories.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 12 p.m.
What Matters to Me & Why: Dave Evans
Helping people get traction on the question of "What should I do with my life and why?" continues to be the real mission of Dave Evans' work. Hear the former tech-industry talent scout and current lecturer talk about an "authentic life."
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 12 p.m.
University Public Worship
Memorial Church historically has 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.
Interested in finding out more about spiritual life at Stanford?
for information on religious events or visit the Office for Religious Life's website
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.
Cantor Arts Center docents provide background on the architecture, carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows of the church and its restoration after the earthquakes of 1906 and 1989.
Fridays, 2 p.m.
Enjoy family tours and hands-on art projects guided by professional art teachers. Special programs such as storytelling, book readings, and movie screenings are part of the plan for Family Sundays.
Sundays, 12:30, 1, 1:30 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 for the first time.
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.
Swan Lake Recalibration
TAPS Performance of Swan Lake
Choreographed by Alex Ketley
Feb. 28 - March 1, 8 p.m.
MORE STANFORD RESOURCES
The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages focuses this winter's Film Series on The Western. General introductions will precede films (that include "The Wild Bunch") and discussions will follow the credits.
Wednesday nights, 7 p.m.
"Perfect Strangers" tells the story of two women: one determined to give away one of her kidneys and the other in hope of receiving a transplant. A discussion follows with Jan Krawitz, director; Eldonna Edwards, who plays the main character; Debra Satz, professor of Ethics in Society; and Alexander Berger, a Stanford alumnus and kidney donor.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.
The award-winning "Gideon's Army" follows the personal stories of three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Dawn Porter, the documentary's director and Ron Tyler, a Stanford Law School professor.
Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
View films with English subtitles from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.
Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, 7 p.m.
The film visits former Indonesian death squad killers who wrought havoc from 1965, slaughtering between 500,000 and 2-million people in a genocide often forgotten. A panel discussion follows
Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
George Gershwin: Celebration of His S'Wonderful Music and Life
Celebrating one of Broadway's greatest American composers and pianists, this live performance offers a broad selection of Gershwin's most popular songs, anecdotes about his life, and an exploration of his unique musical style. The production is composed by Stanford Lecturer Nurit Jugend; Soprano Ronit Widmann-Levy will perfom.
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Learn to Sing Jazz in 60 Minutes!
Loren Schoenberg, executive director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, hosts a close-listening session of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday followed by a group sing-along. Learn what constitutes jazz versus other musical genres, and then put theory into practice.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12 p.m.
Valentine Serenade: Cecile McLorin Salvant
This young vocalist's interpretation of jazz classics, blues standards, and little known works have won her fans around the world. "If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald - it is this 23-year-old virtuoso," says The New York Times. Don't miss the photo booth.
Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Oxford Companions: World Premiere
Jindong Cai conducts the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra in the world premiere of "Oxford Companions: An Opera in Three Acts," with music by Giancarlo Aquilanti, libretto by Neil Van Leeuwen, and direction by Rush Rehm.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus
Jindong Cai conducts the Stanford Symphony in collaboration with the Symphonic Chorus for a performance of Verdi's Requiem.
Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
An additional performance occurs March 2 in Memorial Church.
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Men's Basketball vs. UCLA
The Cardinal takes on UCLA on the Farm in a classic conference matchup.
Saturday, Feb. 22, Time TBA
Women's Basketball Pink Day to Promote Cancer Awareness
Join the Cardinal in pink to promote cancer awareness. There also will be a post-game autograph session and opportunities to win pink Stanford Basketball shirts throughout the game.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 12 p.m.
Twenty sports teams are in action during the month of February. For a full schedule of events, click here
Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now for the 2014 season of Stanford Baseball. The Pinch Hit Plan includes 25 general admission vouchers valid for any regular season home game for just $85.
Stanford Athletics organizes promotions for each sport throughout the course of their season - with productions, events and festivities.
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World Trade and Global Governance
Pasal Lamy, former director-general of the World Trade Organization, will speak on the necessary mix of economic, social and political policies that will determine the efficacy of free trade as an engine of global economic growth. Additionally, he will reflect on the features of modern politics that create governance gridlock and thwart global oversight and will identify how progress can be made in overcoming impediments to policy action at the international level.
Monday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.
USGS's Ross Stein:
To explore the fundamental riddle of why quakes are sporadic when the forces that drive them are steady, Ross Stein of the U.S. Geological Society will use a demonstration tool he developed that provides a way to visualize how researchers are making progress in the difficult problem of earthquake forecasting. He will use computer animations and slides to show how stress triggering can make sense out of earthquake sequences in California, Turkey, Japan and Indonesia.
Monday, Feb. 24, 4:15 p.m.
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ART EVENTS & EXHIBITS
Hi5: MFA Student Exhibition
This group exhibition introduces the latest cohort of first-year MFA students in Art Practice: Eko Félix, Einat Imber, Christopher Nickel, Felicita Norris and Lauren Ashley Toomer.
Exhibit runs until Feb. 23
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. She 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.
Exhibit runs through March 30.
Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes
Contemporary Chinese artists mine the traditional landscape genre using a variety of media.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - December
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Improving the efficiency with which we use energy is often said to be the most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, such improvements usually lower the cost of using energy-intensive goods and may create wealth from the energy savings, both of which lead to increased energy use, a "rebound" effect. Severin Borenstein presents a theoretical framework that parses rebound into economic income and substitution effects.
Monday, Feb. 10, 4:15 p.m.
Antarctic Mysteries - Icy Clues to Earth's Past, Present, and Future
Earth Science Professor Rob Dunbar will discuss his wide body of research in Antarctica and what it can tell us about our warming world based on studies of climates past, present and future. He traveled there recently with cameras in hand, and will share exquisite photos and video that vividly bring his research environments and processes to life.
Monday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Most scientists have confirmed the reality of our human-caused changing climate, and many of us are aware of it in our daily lives. We sometimes feel overwhelmed or helpless in the face of it. But there is much we can do to have a positive effect on this challenge, both in our day-to-day lives and on a policy level.
What You Can Do
Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Diagnosing mysterious medical cases has captured the imagination of the general populace through shows like House MD. At Stanford, a real-life diagnostic clinic called the Consultative Medicine Clinic has been started by Dr. Bryant Lin, who in this lecture will discuss how a real-life diagnostic clinic compares to TV, explain the traditional diagnostic process and review a few interesting cases.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
This conversation with Stanford physicians Sunita Puri and Alvan A. Ikoku concerns Richard Selzer's "Mercy" narratives and the place of literature in decision-making at end-of-life.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.
In addition to medications, there are other modalities that people can use to help reduce and manage their chronic pain. Dr. Ravi Prasad, who specializes in perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University Medical Center,
will focus on some of these methods.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Stanford Health Improvement Program
Since 1983, HIP has continued the mission of providing health promotion and preventive medicine solutions for Stanford and the community at large to create sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Click here to find more offerings or register for the classes below. Space is limited.
COMING UP IN MARCH 2014
Pianist Thomas Schultz
Thomas Schultz performs a solo piano recital including Chopin's "Ballade Nr. 1, Ballade Nr. 4," and "Fantasie in F minor;" Rzewski's "Which Side Are You On?" and "Down By the Riverside;" and Na's "Piano Study 1, Piano Study 3," and "Near and Dear."
Sunday, March 2, 2:30 p.m.
Seven Wonders of Physics
Sometimes, nature illustrates the abstract ideas of physics and mathematics in beautiful ways, and the ideas can be brought to life by simple demonstrations. Sir Michael Victor Berry's seven wonders - each with a deep underlying idea - include the great moon-driven river wave, light interference magnified in rainbows, quantum twists and turns, and the color of gold.
Monday, March 3, 8 p.m.
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