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

Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneo

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Be sure to check out the new exhibition opening this Thursday, April 19, on the second floor of Green Library's Bing Wing.

From the exhibition website:

The Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections presents an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic artists' books featuring poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, drawings by Manuel Neri, calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire, and bindings by Daniel Kelm. Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneos will open Thursday, April 19, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda on the second floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library, Stanford University. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Madame Bovary published on this date in 1857

Gustave Flaubert

It was on this date in 1857 that Madame Bovary was published. A depiction of Emma Bovary's unsatisfying existence with her country doctor husband and of her longing for the kind of life and love she has read about in books, Gustave Flaubert's first novel became a bestseller upon its publication due to its notoriety. Flaubert had been put on trial by public prosecutors for the book's alleged obscenity. (He was acquitted.)

Flaubert is known for taking great pains to achieve "le mot juste"—the precise word or turn of phrase. Madame Bovary includes a line that "human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars."

A haiku and a limerick for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month book display in Green East

April poetry
Come see our new book display
Take some poems home

April's a good month for some poetry
We have a display you should know-etry
Take a look at our table
Check out books -- you are able!
Then bask in the poetic glow-etry

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