Tours of Green Library for Admit Weekend

Admit Weekend 2012

It's Admit Weekend -- welcome to all the newly admitted students (and families) here to explore campus.

Come get a sense of the amazing resources available here in Green Library during two tours tomorrow, Friday, April 27:

  • 10:00 am
  • 2:00 pm

The tours start just inside Green Library's Bing Wing portal (facing the Main Quad).

Michael Walzer lectures

Michael Walzer

This week Stanford is privileged to host Michael Walzer, the well-known political writer and longtime editor of the journal Dissent. We have many of his books in Green Library. He is currently working on international justice issues as well as the history of Jewish political thought. On Tuesday at 7:30 in Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, he will speak on "Holy War in the Bible - and After." On Thursday at 5:30 in Annenberg Auditorium, his topic will be: "Can the Good Guys Win?: Moral Dilemmas in Asymmetric War." For more information, see Ethics in Society.

Science and Exploration in Antarctica: Reflections on the Heroic Age and Beyond

Antarctica panel discussion

University Librarian Michael A. Keller cordially invites you to attend a fascinating panel discussion.

2012 marks the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition to Antarctica; Scott and his men reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to discover that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the prize. Scott and his party perished on the return route. Recently, studies of Scott's expedition and other explorations of the "Heroic Age" have re-emphasized the scientific contributions made by these pioneers.

The study of both the human and scientific history of Antarctica thrives at Stanford: Continuing Studies Lecturer and bibliophile Joan Boothe has studied the history of human exploration of the Antarctic and is author of The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in Antarctica's Peninsula Region (Regent Press, 2011) and collected the print culture of Antarctic exploration. Nick Clinch, a Stanford graduate, attorney, and accomplished alpinist led the first ascent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica in 1966. Alan Cooper, an emeritus geophysicist with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and consulting Professor in Geological and Environmental Sciences has led efforts to collect seismic data from Antarctica. Rob Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, has studied ancient seafloor sediments under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to find evidence of Earth's past climate – and clues to our future climate. Edward Larson is a visiting professor of law at Stanford University and author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science (Yale University Press, 2011). Larson is the University Professor of History and holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is the recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Joan Boothe's book will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Sonia Lee if you would like to attend:, 650.736.9538

Parking is free on campus after 4:00 pm.
Closest parking may be found on Galvez St., Serra St., or in the Oval (top of Palm Drive)
This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Bender Room, Green Library

It's (more or less) the birthday of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Today is the date generally agreed to be the birthday of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. We don't have the exact date he was born but we do know he was baptized on April 26, so tradition places his birth on April 23. He died on an April 23 as well (in 1616).

Shakespeare's work includes some 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems. Several of his plays -- including Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello -- are considered among the finest in the English language.

Shakespeare's profound influence has not been limited to the realms literature and theater. According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography:

From small delights like Juliet's Nurse, or Bottom the Weaver, or the Gravedigger, to such incomparable creations as Falstaff, King Lear, and Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare has enlarged our world by imitating it. It should not surprise us, therefore, that personalities as vivid as these have gone on, as it were, to lives of their own outside the dramatic settings in which they first thought and spoke and moved. In opera alone there are enough different renderings of characters and scenes from Shakespeare's plays to assure that the devotee of Charles-François Gounod or Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner or Benjamin Britten, could attend a different performance every evening for six months and never see the same work twice. Which is not to suggest, of course, that the composers of other musical forms have been remiss: Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Sergey Prokofiev, and Aaron Copland are but a few of the major figures who have given us songs, tone poems, ballets, symphonic scores, or other compositions based on Shakespeare. Cole Porter might well have been addressing his fellow composers when he punctuated Kiss Me Kate with the advice to "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."

Certainly the painters have never needed such reminders. Artists of the stature of George Romney, William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Eugene Delacroix, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti have drawn inspiration from Shakespeare's dramatis personae; and, thanks to such impresarios as the eighteenth-century dealer John Boydell, the rendering of scenes from Shakespeare has long been a significant subgenre of pictorial art. Illustrators of Shakespeare editions have often been notable figures in their own right: George Cruikshank, Arthur Rackham, Rockwell Kent, and Salvador Dali.

And of course there are the numerous film and television versions and adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, including Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood; Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books; and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

We have lots and lots of material by and about William Shakespeare available here in Green Library.

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