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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Klaus Härö's "The Fencer" is a touching drama about a man who finds meaning in his life through children who need him. The film was the Finnish entry for the Academy Awards 2016 (Best foreign language film). 

Fleeing from Stalin’s secret police, an ambitious young fencer finds himself teaching small town children in a godforsaken Estonian coastal village, only to realize that this is exactly what he wants to do in life. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Master Plan film poster

The Master Plan explores the methods through which Russia influences the domestic policy of the Baltic States – by dividing the local community, promoting nostalgia for the Soviet Union and dismissing the recovered independence of the Baltic States. The documentary features comments by experts like Anne Applebaum, Lev Gudkov, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Julian Lindley-French, Artemy Troitsky, Edward Lucas, et al. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Painted Green Library Bing Wing stairwell leading up to the David Rumsey Map Center.

"One of the World's Great Map Collections," a quote taken in part from the title of an article published by National Geographic on the newly opened David Rumsey Map Center.

"The new David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University feels like a secret clubhouse for map lovers. To get there, you pass through a nondescript door in the library and climb two flights of stairs. But it’s not just any stairwell: The walls are painted floor to ceiling with colorful maps.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kären Wigen - Frances and Charles Field Professor in History

Stanford faculty provide insight into the great value, purpose, and impact the David Rumsey Map Center will have on the Stanford community and around the world.

Kären Wigen - Frances and Charles Field Professor in History
David Rumsey’s remarkable map collection will be a very visible jewel in the Stanford Libraries’ crown. An archive of this scope, caliber, and renown is a rare windfall for any university’s special collections. Read more...