Working Towards a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Monday at 4 PM

Reminder about tomorrow‘s event “Working Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons,” with Hoover Fellows Sidney Drell and George Shultz. They will speak at 4PM in Tressider Oak Lounge, while Philip Taubman, a former New York Times reporter (and Stanford Daily editor) and current consulting professor at Stanford’s CISAC, moderates.

As described earlier, Dr. Drell is a professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Stanford’s SLAC Linear Accelerator laboratory and an arms control specialist who has been a governmental advisor on national security and defense technologies for four decades.

In 2006, Drell and Schultz, the former Secretary of State, founded a Hoover program that strives to free the world of nuclear weapons. Philip Taubman is currently writing a book about the efforts of Drell, Schultz, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, and William Perry to end nuclear threats.

This event is free and open to the public.

More upcoming Stanford events after the jump:

The Federalist Society is hosting Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod tomorrow, Monday, January 25, from 12:45-2 PM in a location TBA. Contact Anthony Dick at ajdick at stanford dot edu for more information (and to find out where the event will be). Lunch will be provided. Judge Elrod, who hails (like other greats) from Port Arthur, TX, was nominated to the Fifth Circuit in 2007 by George Bush.

On **Tuesday, January 26 **from 12:45-2:00 in Room 272 a the Law School, The Center for Law & the Biosciences presents a **Journal Club with Lisa Silverman: The Implications of Recent Guidelines for Reduced Cancer Screening. **The discussion centers around effect of recent guideline changes for breast, prostate, and cervical cancer screenings on patient autonomy, individual or collective risks, who should determine guidelines, and how guidelines should apply to minors. Lunch will be served at the event, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Libby Greismann ( so that there will be enough food.

The kickoff for Relay for Life is this coming Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM at the Bridge. The fundraising relay is sponsored annually by Stanford Colleges Against Cancer. Come to the kickoff and see for more details.

This coming Friday, January 30 is Snowchella, Sigma Nu and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s charity concert, benefitting Support for International Change. The concert is being held on Sigma Nu’s front lawn, is free with SUID and open to all Stanford students, and begins at 9:30 PM.

On Sunday, January 31 for some reason the ASSU Speaker’s Bureau is hosting Adam Savage, of Mythbuster‘s fame. Savage will speak (or do stupid stunts? Hopefully..) from 7:30-9 in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The event is free with your SUID, and doors open at 7.

Earlier that day on Sunday, January 31, two Stanford philosophy professors, John Perry (author of the “internet’s most popular essay on procrastination”) and Ken Taylor, host their weekly radio show, “Philosophy Talk” (which usually airs on KALW 91.7fm Sundays at 10AM) in front of a live audience at San Francisco’s Marsh Theater. The topic of the show will be “What is a Wife?” with guest Marilyn Yalom, author of History of a Wife. At 3PM they’ll discuss “Feelings, Faces and Lies” with Paul Ekman. Tickets are $20 for each show individually, or $35 for both.

On **Monday,**February 1 at 8 PM in Cubberley Auditorium, the Creative Writing Department will host a reading by Denis Johnson, author of Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke. The latter won the 2007 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Stanford’s Tobias Wolff encourages everyone to listen to this podcast of a Johnson short story, dammit. The event is free and open to the public.

On **Sunday, **February 7th, Precious will be shown at Flicks at 8 PM. This, I promise, will not a be a mid-quarter pick-me-up, but you can see it and decide for yourself which side of the movie’s pro/con debate you fall on. A.O. Scott says that *Precious *does

avoid the traps of well-meaning, preachy lower-depths realism. It howls and stammers, but it also sings…Above all “Precious” is unabashedly populist in its potent emotional appeal…and at the same time determined to challenge its audience’s complacency as only a genuine work of art can.

Slate’s Dana Stevens, however, is of the opinion that

[Director Lee] Daniels’ methodical commitment to abjection, his need to shove the reality of Precious’ life in our faces and wave it around till we acknowledge its awfulness, winds up robbing the audience (and, to some extent, the actors) of all agency…Daniels and his screenwriter, Geoffrey Fletcher, are so eager to wring uplift from Precious’ story that they’re willing to manipulate us to get it.

Go and decide for yourself what you think of it.

'Precious' based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire
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