Featured Events

Art + Invention Speaker Series (3):
RFK: The Journey to Justice

L.A. Theatre Works Cast with Clarence B. Jones and Mark Gonnerman

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All. Limited seating: arrive early.

RFK: The Journey to Justice, a new play co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts for the acclaimed radio theater company, L.A. Theatre Works, chronicles the transformation of Robert F. Kennedy from initial indifference and ambivalence toward Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement to his role as a crusader and champion for social justice.  During this pre-performance conversation with members of the L.A. Theatre Works Company, we will look at this behind-the-scenes story of a high-stakes political drama that dared the country and its citizens to look into the mirror and change.

L.A. Theatre Works will perform RFK: A Journey to Justice at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm.  Learn more about this performance by going here.
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Art + Invention Speaker Series (2):
Creative Collaboration: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot with Vered Shemtov and Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, January 7, 2010 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All. Limited seating: arrive early.

From his early taped speech pieces It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his and video artist Beryl Korot's digital video opera Three Tales (2002), composer Steve Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. Beryl Korot is a pioneer of video installation art and has exhibited works in museums in Europe, the U.S. and Japan since 1974. Her recent collaborations with her husband, Steve Reich, have brought video installation art into the context of contemporary music theater. In this second conversation in our Art + Invention series, we will explore two works produced by this creative couple: The Cave (1990-93), a music theater video piece exploring the Biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac and Three Tales (2002), which presents three parables of technology run amok: the crash of the German airship Hindenburg, the testing of atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll, and a preview of possible trouble to come with the birth of artificial intelligence and cloning.


Presented with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

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Art+Invention Speaker Series (1):
The Artist as Researcher: An Evening with Ralph Lemon

Ralph Lemon with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, December 3, 2009 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All. Limited seating: arrive early.

Ralph Lemon, choreographer and cross-disciplinary performer and artist, inaugurates the Art+Invention Speaker Series, which engages iconic artists in thought-provoking conversations about creativity, innovation and discovery across the disciplines. This conversation will introduce Lemon’s rich portfolio and focus on his Geography Trilogy. The fruit of a 9-year investigation through travel to West Africa, South and East Asia, and the American South, Geography followed the artist’s decision to disband his postmodern dance company and search for a new relationship to his work. Lemon is an artist-in-residence at the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts.


Presented by Stanford Lively Arts and the Stanford Institute for Creativity in the Arts (SiCa) in collaboration with
the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), and the Dance Division, Department of Drama. The Aurora Forum is cosponsored by the Office of the President and Provost and Stanford's Office of Public Affairs.

A Note on Parking: Memorial Way, the street behind Memorial Auditorium, the building that houses Pigott Theater, is closed. The most convenient parking for Pigott Theater is available off Campus Drive across from Frost Amphitheater and behind the Graduate School of Business. 

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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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Education for Citizenship Series:
Gratitude and Poetry for Water

Jane Hirshfield, Roger Housden and Jenna Davis with David Freyberg

Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 7:30–9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The purpose of this evening is to bring poetic and scientific sensibilities to bear on life-sustaining elements that we often take for granted, especially water.  While nearly 2 billion of the world’s population lack adequate supplies of water and proper facilities for the disposal of human waste, we who are affluent treat the planet’s water system irresponsibly by drawing unsustainable amounts from and polluting the environment.  By bringing attention to present and future global water crises and to people and projects that are working toward solutions, we hope to foster a more respectful attitude toward water and the ecosystems that provide it.

The evening will begin with a presentation by David Crossweller introducing Wherever the Need, a charitable organization concerned with the provision and use of eco-sanitation toilets and water.

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