Today at 12:00 PM in Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Adam Johnson, Associate Professor in English, will speak on his new book, The Orphan Master's Son, which is about North Korea. Already a NY Times best-seller, it was just awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His books have been translated into sixteen languages.
The well-known poet, essayist, and environmental activist Gary Snyder will be speaking on Wednesday at noon in the Terrace Room, Building 460 (Margaret Jacks Hall), and giving a reading and talk Thursday evening at 6:15 in Room 105 of Building 320 (Geology Corner). He is often described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology," and has been linked with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance. His book of poetry Turtle Island won Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes.
A new exhibition in Stanford’s Green Library, co-curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate in history Hannah Marcus and Curator of Rare Books John Mustain, explores the phenomenon of writing in books from multiple perspectives. Through examples of early print and manuscript hybrids, scholarly annotation, dialogue in the margins, censorship, the use of blank pages and margins for incidental storage, and writers editing their own work post-publication, the exhibit considers the ways in which print and manuscript notation exist symbiotically in books to the benefit of historians and other scholars.
From 4:15-6:00 today, Professor Fred Turner will speak on "The Family of Man" and the Politics of Attention in Cold War America," in Room 307 of History Corner (Building 200). This controversial exhibit, curated by photographer Edward Steichen, was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, was considered by many to Cold War propaganda. Professor Turner challenges that view this afternoon.
Anthony Lewis, the great scholar and decorated former columnist of the New York Times, passed away on Monday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for national reporting, he was author of many books and articles, and an articulate advocate for justice and law. He was the first Lee Hills Senior Knight Fellow at Stanford, in residence here in January 1994. He last visited in 2008,speaking at the Law School about his book Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.
This week, while things were otherwise quiet at Stanford due to Spring Break, 35 technologists from 20 institutions* descended upon Stanford for our annual library developers' (un)conference: LibDevConX, hosted by SUL's Digital Library Systems & Services group. For the fourth year in a row, the event brought together some of the best and brightest technical experts from different places with like concerns, to explore needs, common solutions, and learn from each others' innovations. This year, topics included:
- comparing media and digital asset management solutions
- the latest features in Hydra 6
- exploring Hydra-not-on-Fedora
- what it would take to replace DSpace with a Hydra head
- requirements for a robust digital exhibits engine
- image interoperability
- effective approaches to testing web front-ends
- performance tuning for Ruby on Rails apps
- successful recipes for devOps
The event site is online at http://lib.stanford.edu/ldcx4, and notes are being posted in GitHub at https://github.com/ldcx/ldcx-2013 Work on some of the many ideas generated at the event has already begun, and will be coming to a digital library system near you in the coming quarters.
*CDL, Cornell, Columbia, Digital Curation Experts, the Danish Royal Library, Danish Technical University, Duke, the Getty Research Institute, Harvard, Indiana University, MIT, Notre Dame, NYU, Oregon State, Penn State, Princeton, the Southern California Chinese American Society, University of Virginia, and WGBH
Stanford Vintage: A Look at the Stanford Wineries
Leland Stanford: American industrialist, politician, university founder, and vintner. The Stanford's owned wineries in Tehama County, Alameda County, and produced wines on their stock farm in Palo Alto.
Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Peter Henry Blair, Dean of New York University's Stern School of Business, will speak about his new book, "Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth." He is a well-known expert on the global economy. The talk will be held in the Lane/Lyons/Lodato Room of the Fisher Conference Center of Arrillaga Alumni Building, and is sponsored by the Hoover Institution Media Fellow Program.