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Harvest for Hunger @ The O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm
Nov 20 @ 4:30 pm – 11:59 pm

RSVP REQUIRED! Come help harvest produce to be donated to Second Harvest Food
Bank just in time for the holiday! Please wear close toed shoes and clothes you
don’t mind getting dirty. You are not required to stay the entire time so come
join us any time between 8:30 and 11am on Wed. 11/20! 


Rivals for Life Blood Drive @ Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR) (341 Galvez Street) and Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) (285 Santa Teresa Street)
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Give blood at the annual Rivals for Life Blood Drive to beat Cal’s collections
and help us keep the winning streak alive! The Stanford community has dominated
this friendly competition (benefiting patients on BOTH sides of The Bay) for
many years, but we need your help to keep our streak going! All donors receive
a FREE Rivals for Life t-shirt.

Walkins welcome, but better yet make an appointment

at either location.

NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh @ Campbell Recital Hall
Nov 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:59 pm

Harpsichord students of Elaine Thornburgh will be featured in this noontime
recital. (Program TBA.)

Admission Info


Renaissance Monolingualism and the City: A Discussion with Melih Levi @ 90-92Q
Nov 21 @ 2:00 am – 11:59 pm

Melih Levi is a PhD student in the Comparative Literature department. He
studies the rise of plain style during the mid-Tudor period of the Renaissance
and modern revivals of plainness as a rhetorical strategy to escape modernist

The idea of monolingualism as a governing ideology offers powerful insights
into language, and identity in the aftermath of nationalist outbursts. Jacques
Derrida’s Monolingualism of the Other remains one of the most provocative
theoretical accounts on the subject. However, many theories, including
Derrida’s, conflate notions of language (formal system of signs) with
metaphorical notions of expression (private speech, self-fashioning, othering).
To be sure, language and identity are intricately related. However, monolingual
paradigms need not always manifest on a metaphorical axis. Melih’s paper
studies the rise of the monolingual paradigm in 16th-century London to argue
that monolingualism, in fact, perpetuates a false division within language,
causing a deceptive rupture between metaphoric and metonymic signification. He
will try to understand why the city (London) as a figural device enters English
lyric poetry through the metonymically-oriented plain style tradition, and not
through the “eloquent” sonnet tradition (Spenser, Sidney, and Shakespeare). In
the last part of the paper, he focuses on the mid-Tudor poet Isabella Whitney
to show how she makes figural use of London to heal the semiotic rift between
the metaphor and metonymy.

Melih’s paper and the introduction to Jane Hedley’s 1988 book Power in Verse 
are to be read before the session and will be destributed via email. Contact
gdowling@stanford.edu to join Phil+Lit’s listserv or for questions about the

A light dinner will be provided.

12th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Kayhan Kalhor @ CEMEX Auditorium
Nov 21 @ 2:30 am – 11:59 pm

The 12th recipient of the annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed
musician Kayhan Kalhor

We are pleased to announce that Kayhan Kalhor will perform during the last 20
minutes of the event. We will also be giving out signed copies of his most
recent album, while supplies last. 

Important notes:

* Please allow extra time for parking and to make your way to the venue.
Doors open at 6:00 PM, seating is first come first serve so we recommend
arriving early. Please click on “map” for more detailed directions. 
* Event is free and open to the public, no RSVP or ticket required.
* Cemex auditorium tends to chilly and we are not able to control the
climate. We recommend bringing something warm to wear.

Kayhan Kalhor began his musical studies at the age of seven and was considered
a child prodigy on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle). As a young musician in Iran,
he worked in the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra and with the
Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center. In 1978, Kayhan went to Rome to
study Western classical music and continued his studies at Carleton University
in Ottawa, Canada, where he received a degree in music. 

Kayhan is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh, who, through
his many musical collaborations, has been instrumental in popularizing Persian
music in the West and is a creative force in today’s music scene.  In his
efforts at popularizing and advancing Persian traditional music, Kayhan has
already left an indelible mark in the musical and cultural spheres worldwide. 
He also has the unique ability to not only uphold the tradition of Persian
classical music but at the same time to engage in dialog with artists and

He has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists, including Mohammad
Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has performed and recorded with many of
Iran’s greatest artists. Kayhan is an original member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road
Ensemble with whom he continues to compose for and tour with.

He has performed at many of the world’s most renowned theaters; has composed
extensively for television and film and has released over twenty albums.  In
addition to receiving a Grammy for his last album with the Silk Road Ensemble, 
Sing Me Home, in 2017, four of his other albums have been nominated for
Grammys.  His most recent album is It’s Still Autumn (released in 2019).

*photo credit: Azadeh Besharaty

Isabel Huacuja Alonso “Where are you? Call out to me”
Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

“Where are you? Call out to me”: The All India Radio Urdu Service’s Letters of

Shortly after the end of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war and largely in response to
Radio Pakistan’s campaign to incite anti-Indian sentiment, Indira Gandhi, then
Indian Minister of Information and Broadcasting, inaugurated a new radio
service directed at West Pakistan. While the service targeted “foreign”
Urdu-knowing audiences, it quickly gained popularity in North India as well,
where Urdu was widely understood. In addition to news programs, the Urdu
Service aired entertainment programs, including music and radio drama, but at
the heart of the service were letters from fans on both sides of the border
sharing pre-Partition memories. This talk focuses on the late 1960s and
1970s and considers how the practice of writing letters to radio stations
sought to mitigate the distance between listener and broadcaster. This practice
effectively turned listeners into broadcasters and enabled cross-border
connections between India and Pakistan at precisely the time when the western
Indo-Pakistan border became physically impassible. Moreover, the talk
grapples with the limitations of the Urdu Service. The nostalgia and
sentimentalism that programs fostered helped forge Urdu into what I call a
“language of nostalgia,” ensuring that Urdu in post-independence India became
associated with bygone pre-Partition days.

Isabel Huacuja Alonso is an Assistant Professor at California State University
(CSUSB) and an historian of Modern South Asia with interests in media and the
politics of state borders. Her current book, Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu
Broadcasting and the Politics of Sound, follows radio stations in
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany and parts of Southeast Asia as it argues
for a new geography of radio based on language groups rather national or
regional borders. The book expands on her dissertation,  which won the
2015 Sardar Patel Award for “the best dissertation in any aspect of modern
India defended at a US institution.”

In addition to her work on sound and borders, Dr. Huacuja Alonso has
researched the anti-colonial leader M. N. Roy’s unconventional sojourn in
Mexico and translated an excerpt of an Urdu-language radio travelogue on the
Grand Trunk Road, which crisscrosses the Indian subcontinent. The American
Institutes of Indian and Pakistan Studies, the American Council of Learned
Societies, and the Institute for Historical Studies at University of Texas at
Austin, where she completed her doctorate, have funded her research. Her
publications have appeared in Public Culture, South Asia, SAGAR, The
Caravan, Scroll, and the Spanish-language magazine, Algarabia. At CSUSB, Dr.
Huacuja Alonso teaches courses on South Asian history, world history, Sound
Studies, and media history. 

Edge Computing and the Evolution of AR / VR
Nov 22 @ 12:30 am – 11:59 pm


Dijam Panigrahi, COO & Co-founder, GridRaster Inc

Dhnanjay Lal, Senior Director, Emerging Platforms and Technologies, Charter

As Senior Director in the Emerging Technologies team, DJ Lal leads the Edge
Computing and Immersive Media Practice at Charter Communications. In this role,
he provides strategic leadership and direction on service delivery innovation
over the network for new use cases such as Cloud Gaming, Augmented Reality and
Virtual Reality. Prior to this, DJ led the Product team for Time Warner Cable’s
Smart Home service. DJ has held numerous engineering roles at Emerson, Eaton
and Bosch prior to joining the Cable/Broadband industry. He has an MBA in
general management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science
from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and
Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee.

This seminar is part of a weekly seminar series on “Topics in International
Technology Management: Edge Computing: Different Directions for Asia and the
U.S.?” from September 26 – December 5.  Click here to see US-Asia Technology
Management Center’s speaker line-up.  

Networking with light refreshments after the discussion.

Free and open to the public.  No RSVP necessary. 

Studio Lecture Series presents Ronald Rael
Nov 22 @ 1:30 am – 11:59 pm

The Department of Art & Art History’s Studio Lecture Series presents “Future
Frontiers,” a lecture by artist and professor Ronald Rael, who will discuss the
work of his studio,Rael San Fratello , and 3D
printing make-tank,Emerging Objects , around
themes of activism, culture, design, craft, tradition, and technology.

Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture and a joint
appointment in the Department of Architecture, in the College of Environmental
Design, and the Department of Art Practice, at UC Berkeley. He is an applied
architectural researcher, design activist, author, and thought leader in the
fields of additive manufacturing and earthen architecture. In 2014 his creative
practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), was named
an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, one of the most
coveted awards in North American architecture. In 2016 Rael San Fratello was
also awarded the Digital Practice Award of Excellence by the the Association
for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. He is the author ofBorderwall as
Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (University of
California Press, 2017), an illustrated biography and protest of the wall
dividing the U.S. from Mexico, andEarth Architecture (Princeton Architectural
Press, 2008), a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify
new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. Rael earned
his Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University, where he was the
recipient of the William Kinne Memorial Fellowship. Previous academic and
professional appointments include positions at the Southern California
Institute for Architecture, Clemson University, the University of Arizona, and
the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. Learn more about his work
here .

Sponsored by the Millicent Greenwell Clapp Fund for Studio Art

Image: Aerial view of “Teeter-Totter Wall.” Photo courtesy of Rael San
Fratello. (Read about this installationhere


VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on the
Stanford campus at 355 Roth Way.Visitor parking 

is free after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the
Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and ride the free Stanford Marguerite
Shuttle .

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Art of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance Exhibit @ Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The oil on canvas exhibit features world renowned artists portraying the
experiences, visions, and hope of Falun Gong practitioners as they attempt to
safeguard justice and peace while upholding their values in truthfulness,
compassion, and tolerance. The paintings depict these timeless values, often
taken for granted, but even more cherished in challenging times.

Environmental History and landscapes in the Americas
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:59 pm

The talk will involve a panoramic historical review of (cultural) landscape
studies in the Americas, from the original postulates of Carl O. Sauer and the
Berkeley School to contemporary approaches to the subject, taking into account
the contemporary context of environmental change.

Pedro S. Urquijo is a professor of Environmental History, Power, and Territory
at the Center for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National
Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) since 2004. He holds a doctorate in
geography (UNAM), a master’s in History (Institute of Historical Research,
Michoacana University), and a bachelor’s in history (Faculty of Philosophy and
Letters, UNAM). From 2015 to 2019 he was the Coordinator of Postgraduate
Education in the CIGA.He has been a visiting professor at the International
Institute of Geospatial Observation and Earth Sciences (ITC) af the Netherlands
(2006) and at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies of the
Autonomous University of Barcelona (2006). His main lines of research entail
landscape historiography and the historical geography of Latin America,
particular Mexico and Argentina, and the cultural geography of landscapes. He
has authored more than 90 publications, including scientific articles, books,
book chapters, and critical reviews. In 2009 he was awarded the prize of the
Marcos and Celia Maus Foundation for Historical Investigation, and in 2011 was
distinguished with a “Declaración de Interés Municipal” by the City Hall of
Nueve de Julio, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

*Please be advised that the talk will be given in Spanish as part of the IV
Escuela de Posgrados, SOLCHA


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