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The Hand Bookbinders of California 40th Anniversary Members' Exhibition opens Thursday, July 19

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The Stanford University Libraries will host an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Hand Bookbinders of California. The exhibition will open Thursday, July 19, 2012, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Stanford University, and continue through Wednesday, September 5.

Formed in March 1972, the Hand Bookbinders of California was from its inception devoted to promoting and supporting the craft of traditional Western hand bookbinding. The founding group included some of the Bay Area’s most influential collectors, among them Duncan Olmstead and Gale Herrick, and many binders and teachers of binding, such as Stella Patri and Leah Wollenberg. Membership is open to binders of all skill levels anywhere in the world as well as anyone interested in its mission. Members are encouraged to enter their work in the annual, non-juried exhibition.

In addition to contemporary members’ bindings, this year’s exhibition at Stanford includes fine design bindings selected from the Libraries’ Special Collections. Bindings by Paul Bonet and Pierre Lucien Martin represent the strong French influence on the work of Bay Area teachers of binding, many of whom studied in France. Also on display is work by some of the organization’s early members and teachers, including Belle McMurtry Young, Peter Fahey, Florence Walter, Betty Lou Chaika, Donald Glaister, Joanne Sonnichsen, Barbara Fallon Hiller, Anne Kahle, and Eleanore Ramsey.

ICA Summer Film Festival: Feast to Famine: Global Politics of Food and Water

Gael Garcia Bernal in Even the Rain

Stanford's Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies (ICA) will present six films from around the world on Wednesday nights, beginning this week, from 7-9 P.M. in Room 002 of Building 200 (History Corner). The theme will be the politics of food and water, and will feature an introduction and post-show discussion. The first film, Today's Special, is a foodie comedy about a young Manhattan chef rediscovering his Indian heritage through food. This festival is free and open to the public.

Who Owns the News Media?

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The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has released a new interactive database: Who Owns the News Media. According to its site, the database

uses a tab format to house specific data related to all companies, and to companies within the main sectors of media including newspapers, online, network, cable and local TV, magazines, radio and ethnic media....The goal of Who Owns the News Media was to create a tool that aggregated comparative information on the companies that own news media properties.

International Human Rights Documentary Festival


"Camera as Witness - China, Iran, Vietnam, USA - Dialogue Through Culture"

A series of films on human rights begins this Thursday with "Sing China!" The other documentaries will be shown on July 19 ("Our Summer in Tehran") and August 2 ("A Dream in Hanoi"), all in Annenberg Auditorium in the Cummings Art Building at 7:00 PM. The festival is part of the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program.

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