Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 03/26/2012 - 13:20.
Congratulations to Stanford alumnus Juan Felipe Herrera, California's new Poet Laureate. Herrera has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from Stanford and his papers are held in Special Collections.
Submitted by email@example.com on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 13:02.
On Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Green Library Bender Room, Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, will be in conversation with Stanford Professor of Computer Science Terry Winograd. They'll be introduced by Alexis Madrigal, technology editor at The Atlantic.
Morozov is currently a visiting scholar in Stanford's Liberation Technology Program, and his book made a real splash last year: see, e.g., the New York Times review and this entertaining 10-minute animated summary of a presentation at the Royal Society for the Arts called "The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?" which touches on some themes from the book. He has spoken extensively about the "current events" aspect of his book (which can be roughly caricatured as "Twitter and the Arab Spring"), but for our event he and Terry will likely address more philosophical issues of cyberutopianism, cyberspace as "space," etc.
To get a sense of Morozov's most recent work, I highly recommend his review essay, "Form and Fortune," on the recent Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs; this essay was the cover story in The New Republic last month. Have a look also at his amusing and very smart op-ed from New York Times a few weeks ago, "The Death of the Cyberflâneur."
Morozov's outstanding book has just come out in paperback; it won't be sold at the event, so be sure to bring a copy from your local bookstore if you'd like to follow along during the conversation or to get an autograph from our honored author.
Please see the official event announcement here, and note the request for RSVP: seating will be limited.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 08:08.
It was on this day in 1809 that writer Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was born in the Ukrainian village of Velikie Sorochintsy. According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography,
Gogol is the father of Russia's Golden Age of prose realism. Later nineteenth-century Russian authors wrote in the shadow of Gogol's thematics and sweeping aesthetic vision; twentieth-century modernists acknowledge Gogol as an inspiration.
Gogol's novels include Dead Souls and Taras Bulba; among his best-known short stories are "The Nose" (about a St. Petersburg official's nose that takes off on its own, dressed in uniform); "The Overcoat" (in reference to which Fyodor Dostoevsky is reported to have said that he and his fellow Russian writers "all came out from under Gogol's 'Overcoat'"); and "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich."
Submitted by email@example.com on Thu, 03/15/2012 - 13:09.
Philosophy Talk—the Stanford-based "program that questions everything...except your intelligence"—welcomes former Senator Russ Feingold to Cubberley Auditorium this evening. Feingold will join hosts and Philosophy Professors John Perry and Ken Taylor in a discussion about corporations and the future of democracy.
From the Philosophy Talk site:
The event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 7:00 pm