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  1. Mme Laurence Engel, Présidente, Bibliothèque nationale de France

    Mme Laurence Engel, Présidente of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, will discuss the numerous innovations of the BnF as well as some insights into her plan of engagement with colleague institutions in the USA. Sponsored by Stanford Libraries and Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, French Consul General, San Francisco.----------------Laurence Engel was appointed President of the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and took up her post on April 11, 2016. A graduate of ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) Fontenay-aux-Roses, IEP (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) and ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), she is a member of the Cour des Comptes (French Court of Audit). Laurence Engel has spent her career in the service of French culture. After joining the Franco-German cultural TV network ARTE, and later the public television network “La Cinquième,” she was appointed as Adviser on Audiovisual Matters to Catherine Tasca, then Minister of Culture and Communication, from 2000 to 2002. She was Cultural Advisor to Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë from 2003 to 2008 and afterwards served as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Paris. From 2012-2014, she served as Director of the Cabinet Office for the Minister of Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti.  She next joined the Cour des Comptes and was appointed as Ombudsman for the Book. During this time, Laurence Engel also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of INHA (Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art) and Chair of the Finance Commission of the AFP (Agence France Presse). She has published various books and articles, in particular about cultural policy, for the French literary magazine Esprit.

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  2. For France! Stanford men and women in World War I

    Sunday November 11, 2018, Veterans Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I. Although the actual peace treaty wasn’t signed until later, November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — is when a truce, known as the Armistice, was signed and the fighting stopped. In commemoration, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives presents an exhibit of WWI-related materials drawn from the University Archives’ War Records and other sources. Items on display range from Ambulance Corps and Women’s Nursing Unit recruitment broadsides, to personal correspondence and published accounts, to photographs of those who volunteered or enlisted in the Escadrille (the French air-corps). With a focus on Stanford students, the exhibit portrays their initial, youthful excitement upon traveling to Europe, their antics involving a stolen flag, the drama of enduring the reality of the fighting, and, tragically, the deaths of many of those who volunteered. In all, 77 Stanford students died of WWI-related injury or illness. The exhibit offers a glimpse into an often overlooked part of Stanford history, and, one hundred years later, gives us reason to reflect with wistful irony on the meaning of “The War to End All Wars.”  For France! is curated by Tim Noakes, head of public services for Special Collections, whose long-standing interest in World War I history and literature prompted him to write his Stanford MLA thesis on the work of Welsh poet David Jones (1895–1974). The exhibit will be on display Thursday, November 8 through the end of fall quarter on the first floor of the East Wing of Green Library.  

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  1. French Revolution Images

    Iconography from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

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  1. Carte Taride. Environs de Paris 120 kms. - Routière au 250.000

    Cartes Taride (Firm)

    Map shows départements boundaries, four classes of roads, railroad, and tourist sites. "Réference n° 70".

  2. France

    Cruchley, G. F.

    Relief shown by hachures. Inset: Corsica. "Published January 1st 1847." Originally issued folded in covers 17 x 12 cm.

  3. Carte-Campbell: Nouveau plan de Paris et banlieue. Indiquant toutes les voies nouvelles ainsi que les lignes du Métropolitain et Nord-Sud exploitées ou en construction

    Editions Blondel La Rougery

    National Library of France gives date as 1916. Handwritten note on map gives date as 1936. Map shows existing Metro lines, Metro lines under constr...

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