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A Conversation with Award-Winning South African Writer & Scholar Jonny Steinberg

Join us for an evening with best-selling author and Oxford University Professor of African Studies Jonny Steinberg. Professor Steinberg will discuss and read from his forthcoming book One Day in Bethlehem, which tells a story that raises questions about the ethics of memory. Associate Professor of Classics Grant Parker will moderate the Q&A discussion.

"Crossroads" by Bahram Beyzaie

New play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie.Approximately year eighty of the Persian calendar. In a busy crossroads of Tehran, a woman and a man run into one another, torn apart by the events of the last fifteen years!Play is in Persian. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. **More information and ticket sales coming soon!

CESTA Seminar | M. Maryl "Digital Literary Studies with Polish Accent"

Digital humanities suddenly erupted in Poland in the second decade of the 21st Century: scholars and institutions established first digital humanities centres, joined important European networks and consortia like CLARIN, NeDiMAH, DARIAH, OPERAS, and hosted large international conferences, including ADHO’s DH 2016 in Kraków. Yet this sudden eruption by no means marks the beginning of DH in Poland, as the first digital projects could be traced back to the early 2000s.

Adam Elsheimer and the Character of Nature | Julian Bell

Between his arrival in Rome in 1600 and his death there, aged 32, ten years later, Adam Elsheimer of Frankfurt created a succession of minute but seminal paintings. Artists ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to Claude Lorrain and even to the Mughal court were affected by the pictorial poetry of Elsheimer’s narrative scenes. Julian Bell will examine the imaginative matrix of this oeuvre, formed in the era of Caravaggio and Galileo, and will argue that Elsheimer's vision illumines the broader character of 17th-century debates about what constituted 'nature'.

"Strangers at the Gate: Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors" with Adriane Leveen

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. In fact, encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. This book corrects that imbalance by carrying out close readings of the accounts of Israel’s myriad interactions with surrounding nations.

Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual.


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