Featured Events

Three Contemporary Artists

Sinan Antoon, Wafaa Bilal, and Michael Rakowitz with Gordon Knox

Monday, December 17, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In this installment, we hear from three artists whose work helps reshape our understanding of Iraqi culture and the damage the war has wrought.  They will tell their stories, show their art, and join us in a public conversation.
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Education for Life on the Edge

Michael Murphy and Jeffrey Kripal with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Cubberley Auditorium at Stanford | Free and Open to All

The brainchild of two Stanford graduates, Michael Murphy and Richard Price, Esalen Institute on the Big Sur coast has had a profound influence on American religious history over the last half-century. Many of the practices and ideas the institute stood for at its inception in 1962—from meditation and yoga to the synthesis of evolutionary biology and theology—are now common features of American culture and discourse. Join us as we discuss the history and influence of a pioneering project that has long been on the leading edge of alternative and experiential education.
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First of Five-Part Series with Montalvo Arts Center

Anthony Shadid with Marjorie Miller

Monday, November 12, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In this first conversation, journalist Marjorie MIller of the Los Angeles Times will interview Washington Post reporter Anthony Shadid, 2004 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and author of Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War, on the effects of the war on Iraqi institutions and civilians.



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An Evening with Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass

Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass with Alan Acosta

Monday, October 8, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Memorial Auditorium | Free and Ticketed

In anticipation of Stanford Lively Arts’ West Coast premiere of Book of Longing, the Aurora Forum and Lively Arts present Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen together in conversation about their lives, works, and this unique collaboration.
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Making Connections:
Photographic Storytellers From Around the World

Akitunde AkinleyeA (Nigeria), Oded Balilty (Israel), Katja Gauriloff (Lapland), Altaf Qadri (Kashmir), Chris Rainier (National Geographic Society), Sarah Del Seronde (Arizona),Paul Stoll (Arizona), A Yin (Inner Mongolia) and Shahidul Alam

Monday, October 1, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Project recognizes and supports indigenous and underrepresented storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures and communities through photography and film. For the third consecutive year of this popular program, we present talented artists from Israel, Kashmir, Lapland, Mongolia, Nigeria, and the United States who have been selected by the National Geographic Society to present their work and reflect on ways their images and stories make connections that help create a more just and beautiful world. The All Roads photographers will be joined by Chris Rainier of the National Geographic Society and photographer Shahidul Alam, founder of the Drik photo agency in Bangladesh.
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