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Founded in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge about culture, philosophy, history, and the arts. The Center's fellowships, research workshops, and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the university, foster innovative scholarship and teaching, and enrich our understanding of the human experience.

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Founded in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge about culture, philosophy, history, and the arts. The Center's fellowships, research workshops, and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the university, foster innovative scholarship and teaching, and enrich our understanding of the human experience.

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    Medea's Swerving Flight through Art and Literature

    Medea's Swerving Flight through Art and Literature

    The myth of Medea was not fixed or static, and in this lecture Prof. Taplin will show how Euripides made crucial innovations in his tragedy of 431 BCE. Then by scrutinizing vase-paintings, especially one first published in 1984, and papyrus fragments, especially one first published in 2006, he will reveal how her story was repeatedly varied and re-evaluated during the next 100 years in response to the challenge set by that sensational dramatization.

    • 58 min
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    Who Owns Antiquity? Museums, Repatriation, and Armed Conflict

    Who Owns Antiquity? Museums, Repatriation, and Armed Conflict

    The last ten years, in particular, have been dominated by discussions of cultural property--either its destruction in zones of military conflict or its involvement in litigation and claims for repatriation. This lecture reviews recent developments in the art and antiquities market, the shifting acquisition policies in museums, and cultural heritage training programs for U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    A Company of Authors: The World as We Imagine It

    A Company of Authors: The World as We Imagine It

    (April 20, 2013) Authors and Stanford scholars John Bender, Saikat Majumdar, and Joshua Landy read from their latest published books during the 10th annual “A Company of Authors” conference at Stanford University.

    • 34 min
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    A Company of Authors: The World and Beyond as It Might Be

    A Company of Authors: The World and Beyond as It Might Be

    (April 20, 2013) Authors and Stanford scholars Ian Morris, Tanya Luhrmann, and John Perry read from their latest published books during the 10th annual “A Company of Authors” conference at Stanford University.

    • 33 min
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    History, Memory, and the Novel

    History, Memory, and the Novel

    (February 11, 2013) Juan Gabriel Vasquez shares his experiences as a Latin American author and his personal writing process. In addition, he talks about the landscape of Latin American literature and how he thinks his work interacts with other prominent authors.

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    The Embodied Theater: Cognitive Science and Ancient Greek Drama

    The Embodied Theater: Cognitive Science and Ancient Greek Drama

    (November 8, 2012) Peter Meineck suggests new methods for approaching ancient drama using research drawn from the cognitive sciences.

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