social change

Hip-Hop: The Spirit of an Arts Movement

Rennie Harris and Harry Elam, Jr. with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, January 20, 2011 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All

Choreographer and dancer Rennie Harris was a pioneer in introducing hip-hop to the national and international stage. Central to Harris’s work is the philosophy that, contrary to stereotypical (and often negative) portrayals of hip-hop in the commercial media, the art form has a unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious, and economic boundaries.
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What Matters:
Documentary Photography and Social Change

David Elliot Cohen, Michael Watts, and Ed Kashi with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 7:30pm | Annenberg Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Photo essays have proven their ability not only to document but actually change the course of human events. If that is the case, shouldn’t we be searching for the essential photo-essays of our time, the pictures that will spark public discourse and instigate the type of real-world reforms that engaged citizens in the past? What Matters, a new book edited by David Elliot Cohen, attempts to answer this question with eighteen important photo-essays by this generation’s preeminent photojournalists. These essays poignantly address the big issues of our time: climate change, oil addiction, the inequitable distribution of global wealth and other current problems. The book ends with “What You Can Do,” an appendix that offers hundreds of ways to be part of the solution to the compelling challenges we now face.
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The Beatles on the Brain

Daniel Levitin and Nick Bromell with Jonathan Beger

Thursday, February 21, 2008 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Forty years have passed since the Beatles released The White Album, introducing "Blackbird," "Rocky Raccoon," "Sexy Sadie," "Helter Skelter" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" into the cultural lexicon. Please join us for a conversation with three Stanford alums whose research explores the musical and cultural innovations that made the Beatles a powerful force for innovation in society and the arts.
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