Introduction to the Year of Memory

SiCa, in coordination with Stanford Lively Arts, Continuing Studies, and a host of academic departments, will dedicate the 2010-11 academic year to the theme of Memory. Taken from a wide range of disciplinary vantages, we have designed numerous events and programs that will explore how memories get constructed, and how they function individually, socially, and culturally.

Memory is both personal and collective. It is never simply about the past. Instead, memory is something that individuals and nations construct in the present in order to understand the past and to shape the future. Memories are a form of private and collective storytelling. Artists often capture, contextualize, and reinterpret the past. They sometimes create fictional memories that reinvent the past as it might have been.

The biological bases of human memory and cognition are the subject of a broad range of current research in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The arts serve both as a basis of research on memory and as a means of interpreting the constantly changing body of knowledge about memory.

The year of Memory includes concerts, lectures, exhibitions, films, and symposia aimed at understanding the function of memory, what constitutes history, and how artists evoke the past.

Explore this site for centralized information on Memory 2010-11 programs.

Learn more about Stanford Lively Arts' 2010-11 season: Memory Forward