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Encountering Antiquity in Renaissance Europe: Greeks, Jews, and Humanists

Princeton University History Professor Anthony Grafton discusses the role of Jewish and Greek texts and individuals in shaping Renaissance thinkers' version of the ancient world. (April 2, 2009)

1hr 18mins

29 Apr 2009

Rank #1

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Steven Pinker argues that, contrary to popular belief, violence has declined over long stretches of time and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our specie's existence. (June 29, 2012)

25 Jul 2012

Rank #2

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Revising/Devising Student-Centered Pedagogies/Performances: Taking a Performative Turn

Kevin DiPirro leads a discussion on his belief in student-centered teaching and discussing an article that looks deeply at this issue. The talk looks at the situation from many different aspects and he discusses the problems that come. (February 11, 2011)

29mins

24 Jun 2011

Rank #3

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Visualizing Metanoia in Rhetorical Theory

Program in Writing and Rhetoric Professor Kelly Myers discusses the Greek story of the God Kairos and Metanoia as a literary representation of opportunity and regret. (October 1, 2010)

16mins

22 Apr 2011

Rank #4

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A Conversation with Lewis H. Lapham

Stanford's MLA Program hosts American writer Lewis H. Lapham to join a discussion on writing and current events. He is the author of 13 books and the editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine. (March 23, 2011)

50mins

19 Apr 2011

Rank #5

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The Rise of the Exit Polls - What (If Anything) Happens Next?

Dr. Kathleen Frankovic discusses the development of exit polls and their impact on understanding elections and projecting outcomes -- including the run-up to and results of the 2010 United States' mid-term elections. (November 15, 2010)

51mins

1 Dec 2010

Rank #6

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America the View from Europe

Martin Evans discusses Europe's preoccupation with America and how they view America. He tells the audience that Europeans are "obsessed" by America. He offers his ideas for why Europeans care so much about the United States of America.

46mins

18 Nov 2010

Rank #7

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Steeples of Excellence: Oxford and Stanford

Professor Martin Evans discusses the similarities and differences between Stanford University and Oxford University and the British and America university systems. (April 21, 2010)

28mins

10 Nov 2010

Rank #8

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Bacchus, Books, and Bards

Martin Evans, Stanford Professor of English, gives a brief history of the way in which wine and its effects have been treated in western literature from Homer's "Odyssey" and Virgil's "Georgics" through Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale." (October 19, 2002)

33mins

2 Jul 2010

Rank #9

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Cicero at the Tea Party: Conflict in Republican Politics, Then and Now

Joy Connolly, Associate Professor of Classics, argues that the Romans' contribution to our politics should be seen not in their abstract concepts but in their adversarial practices of civic speech. (May 5, 2010)

1hr 1min

11 Jun 2010

Rank #10

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A Naturalist in the World's Wilderness

George Schaller, a Senior Conservationist, discusses the pressing need to conserve the world's natural environments by sharing his discoveries about the animals and habitats that he has researched throughout his career. (February 17, 2010)

1hr 12mins

17 Mar 2010

Rank #11

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The World in Japanese

Ian Hideo Levy discusses language and identity of a writer as well as the difficulties and rewards of gaining the privilege of writing in the Japanese language as a culturally foreign writer. (February 11, 2010)

1hr 15mins

10 Mar 2010

Rank #12

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International Health Policy: Comparative Health Care Systems

Victor Fuchs facilitates a discussion with students on the healthcare systems of other nations and the historical roots of the obstacles facing healthcare reform in the United States today. (December 4, 2009)

1hr 19mins

19 Jan 2010

Rank #13

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The Importance of Understanding the Past: Greece, China, Mesopotamia

Sir Geoffry Lloyd analyzes the social and intellectual institutions that favored or inhibited innovation in the study of science, medicine and religion in ancient Greece, China and Mesopotamia. (November 18, 2009)

53mins

17 Dec 2009

Rank #14

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The Roots of Altruism (Video)

Matthieu Ricard, a monk of the Nyingma order, based at the Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal, is well known as an author, photographer, and lecturer. He has been labeled as the "Happiest Man in the World." (October 13, 2009)

1hr 34mins

24 Nov 2009

Rank #15

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The Roots of Altruism (Audio)

Matthieu Ricard, a monk of the Nyingma order, based at the Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal, is well known as an author, photographer, and lecturer. He has been labeled as the "Happiest Man in the World." (October 13, 2009)

1hr 34mins

24 Nov 2009

Rank #16

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Stress Response: Savior to Killer

As we’ve evolved, the human stress response has saved our lives. Today, we turn on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with intense, ongoing stressors - and we can’t seem to turn it off. (September 19, 2008)

5mins

22 Sep 2008

Rank #17

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Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy: Lecture 3

Third of three sessions in which Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen speaks, followed by a brief commentary by a Stanford faculty member and questions from the audience. (April 10, 2008)

1hr 50mins

2 Jun 2008

Rank #18

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Justice, Human Rights, and Democracy: Lecture 1

First of three sessions in which Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen speaks, followed by a brief commentary by a Stanford faculty member and questions from the audience. (April 8, 2008)

1hr 37mins

2 Jun 2008

Rank #19

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Being Buddhist in America

Buddhism in the Modern World is a joint program of the Buddhist Community at Stanford, the Office for Religious Life and the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies. (January 31, 2008)

1hr 33mins

20 Feb 2008

Rank #20