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SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in set of undergraduate courses.

With the support of the Mondavi Center, performing artists actively engage with course curriculum though artistic residencies and a culminating public performance. 

Eliza Jan Schneider sitting on top of a fire truck..
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 7:30pm, Friday, November 12, 2021 - 7:30pm

Dubbed by the press as “Wildly funny and genuinely poignant” Freedom of Speech blends the immediacy of a documentary with the intimacy of Schneider’s hilarious personal narrative to capture a muffled underlying voice of America that we won’t hear anywhere else. 

Liz Queler reads a book on stage and a woman wearing a white dress sits by a desk behind Liz Queler.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 7:30pm, Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:30pm, Friday, November 19, 2021 - 7:30pm

During her father's last years suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, singer and composer Liz Queler discovered a new and unexpected refuge in the words of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Still Will Be Heard is the culmination of that burst of inspiration and renewed creativity. 

Pamuya jumping in the air during performance.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

Inuit soul music. Tribal funk. However you describe it, a Pamyua performance is a joyful expression of Indigenous culture. Formed in 1995, the group has created its own genre that merges traditional Inuit drumdance melodies with R&B vocal styles.

Woman dancing in the desert
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 8:30pm, Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 7:30pm, Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 8:30pm

Kinetech Arts combines the work of dancers, scientists and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Its piece PASSAGE is an immersive experience that explores the relationship between entropy and time through dance, sound and video installations.

Paul Dresher and Joel Davel playing instruments on stage.
Friday, March 11, 2022 - 7:30pm, Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 7:30pm

Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald

Ashwini Bhat and Forrest Gander pose next to their art installation.
Friday, April 15, 2022 - 7:30pm, Friday, May 6, 2022 - 7:30pm

In Ritual Encounters the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre is reconfigured as a kind of temple that celebrates the secular, sacred environment of Mount Tamalpais. Visitors to this installation are invited to circle in a ritual walk ceramic monuments and biomorphic sculptures that are ringed by dirt mandalas that are themselves edged with hems (hymns) of words.

Grace Leslie looks away from camera.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 7:30pm

As a Stanford student, Grace Leslie imagined a new kind of electronic music, engineered to harmonize the brain with the nervous system. Leslie has continued to develop this Brain-Body music as director of the Brain Music Lab at Georgia Tech, and as an active electronic musician committed to harnessing the expression granted by new music technology to understand the link between music and emotion.

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