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Sharing Culture, Sharing Strength: a benefit show by Cardinal Calypso, Stanford Talisman and Catch-a-Fyah

Anyone who has ever heard Cardinal Calypso perform will be quite familiar with the level of energy and celebration this group brings to any stage (more to the point — anyone who has ever heard a steel pan knows the sense of delight that is unique to this percussive, Little Mermaid-esque instrument). However, Calypso’s performance…

Comedy’s controversial hero T.J. Miller delights audiences at Dinkelspiel

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Cardinal Nights brought to Dinkelspiel one of the entertainment industry’s craziest, most controversial comedians, T.J. Miller. Best known for playing the aggressive, eccentric entrepreneur Erlich Bachmann on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Miller is a Denver, Colorado, native not afraid to use shock value in his comedy. A friend of mine referred me…

Stanford queens: The art of drag

It is easy to feel imprisoned within the lines of society’s endless list of oppressive rules. For generations, LGBTQ activists have fought an ongoing battle against the intolerance and violence targeted towards the queer community. However, progress moves like rivers and streams — slow and steady, powerful and determined. With each and every step towards…

‘The Fallacy of Fairness’: Dissecting biases in academic science with Dr. Jo Handelsman

Scientists understand a great deal about the importance of diversity. Diverse ecosystems are more robust and resilient; genetic diversity is essential for evolution and adaptation; diverse data points make a more reliable study. Diverse viewpoints also make for higher quality work. “It’s our strength,” Dr. Jo Handelsman said to a room full of students and…