Featured Events

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass:
A 150th Anniversary Celebration

Kenneth Fields, Shelley Fischer Fishkin, Albert Gelpi, and Hilton Obenzinger

Thursday, December 1, 2005 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

On July 4, 1855, an anonymous poem entitled Leaves of Grass was published in Brooklyn. Nothing like it had ever been seen before: big, sprawling, sexual, democratic, ecstatic, both rough and gentle. It was, its author claimed, "America singing."In commemoration of this landmark literary event, and in celebration of Whitman's large-hearted vision, the Aurora Forum hosts a dramatic reading of "Song of Myself" directed by Kay Kostopoulos. After the performance—accompanied by music and historic images—a panel of Whitman scholars and poets will discuss the poem's meanings and what it says about democratic ideals today. Facsimile editions of the 1855 version of "Song of Myself" will be given to all who attend.
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The Heart of Nonviolence:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Reverend Scotty McLennan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Reverend Scotty McLennan

Friday, November 4, 2005 | 2:30 – 4:30 | Memorial Church | Free and Ticketed

In conjunction with the Office for Religious Life we are honored to present "The Aurora Forum at the Heyns Lecture, The Heart of Nonviolence: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama." This event is part of the Dalai Lama's visit to Stanford on November 4 and 5.
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Arbitrary Convictions:
Capital Punishment in the United States

Sister Helen Prejean and Lawrence C. Marshall with William F. Abrams

Thursday, October 27, 2005 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

As of October 2004, 117 wrongfully convicted persons from twenty-five states have been released from America's death rows, and the number continues to grow. How do such serious mistakes occur in what some call the best court system in the world? And how can fifty states, each bound by the same Constitution and Supreme Court guidelines, implement the death penalty so differently? Should justice in a democratic society be an arbitrary matter? You are invited to join this conversation about one of the most important civil rights issues of our day.
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Cameras and Cultures:
The Myth of Objective Documentation

André Cypriano (Brazil), Marcela Taboada Avilés, Sudharak Olwe (India), Neo Ntsoma (South Africa), Reza (Iran), Andy Patrick (Fifty Crows Foundation) and Chris Rainier (National Geographic Society) with Mark Gonnerman.

Monday, September 19, 2005 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The All Roads Photographers Program of the National Geographic Society recognizes and supports talented photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures and communities through photography. The program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their work to a global audience and presents the opportunity to engage and experience, firsthand, the voices of these artists as they talk about their photographs. Our forum will feature a panel discussion on documentary photography and democratic ideals. Is documentary photography inherently objectifying? Can comprehensive documentation be done through non-native eyes? Are there universal ethics in documentary work?

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Is News Journalism Under Siege?
A Conversation with the Editors of Newsweek and Time

Mark Whitaker and Jim Kelly with Richard Stolley

Sunday, July 17, 2005 | 8:00 - 9:30pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In this conversation with the editors of Newsweek and Time, we think about democratic ideals in the age of consolidated corporate media by exploring some fundamental shifts in the reporting of news: the switch from analytical, fact-based coverage to fair and balanced reporting; the explosive growth of blogs in number and influence and their effect on traditional news journalism; and the re-labeling of mainstream media as liberal.
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