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Troubled Images: Posters and Images of the Northern Ireland Conflict from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 to Saturday, April 17, 2004

Imagine a wall plastered with the posters of all the parties to the Northern Ireland conflict during the three decades of “the Troubles.” It is of course inconceivable in a divided world of one-sided walls where parties tend to mark their own terrain. Except, that is, in Belfast’s historic Linen Hall Library, where the “Troubled Images” exhibition created new space for all sides of the community in October 2001.

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Isaac Babel, A Writer's Life (1894-1940)

Tuesday, January 27, 2004 to Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Writing and violence, seduction and revolution, humanity and raw power are at the core of the spare and brilliant legacy of Isaac Babel, a Russian Jewish master of the short story, who began his career with the blessing of Maxim Gorky in 1916, rose to international renown with the publication of his Red Cavalry in 1926, and perished after Stalin waved his executioner’s wand in 1940.

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Expanding Europe: The Baltic Dimension

Sunday, December 28, 2003 to Wednesday, July 28, 2004

In May 2004, in the largest round of expansion in European Union history, ten countries will become new EU members, among them the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Thus, thirteen years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the regaining of independence for the Baltic countries in 1991, they will officially join Europe, although many Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians feel that they never left Europe in the first place.

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Creating an Islamic Republic: Iranian Collections from the Hoover Library and Archives

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 to Friday, December 19, 2003

The shah grasps at the coattails of Uncle Sam as a fire-tongued dragon prepares to devour him; women with clenched fists raised march in the shadow of Shi‘i heroine Zeinab; awaiting execution, a row of men, blindfolded with hands tied behind their backs, yell “Long Live Iran!”

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George Orwell's First Century 1903-2003

Sunday, June 1, 2003 to Monday, December 1, 2003

George Orwell (1903-1950) was known throughout the world for his novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as for his essays, books of reportage, and other novels. Born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903, into the "lower-upper middle class" in Motihari, Bengal, India, where his father was a civil servant for the British government, Blair moved to England the following year with his mother and sister. He received an elite education, culminating at Eton, but did not go on to university. His early school years were not happy; he later wrote about his experiences in a bitter essay called Such, Such Were the Joys.

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The American Relief Administration in Soviet Russia

Friday, November 1, 2002 to Sunday, June 1, 2003

On June 26, 1921, the newspaper Pravda reported that a famine was raging in the Volga area, one even worse than the terrible famine of 1891, which had been witnessed by a young Marxist lawyer named Vladimir Ulyanov. His view at that time was that the proper role for a revolutionary socialist was not to engage in famine relief but to organize the destruction of the system that bred famines.

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Sidney Hook

Sidney Hook (1902-1989)

Tuesday, October 1, 2002 to Friday, November 1, 2002

American philosopher Sidney Hook, an outspoken participant in many of the principal political debates of this century, was best known for his vigorous defense of political and academic freedom and his stand against totalitarianism in all forms.

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Enter the Dragon: The History of China in the Twentieth Century

Friday, September 27, 2002 to Sunday, March 9, 2003

An Exhibition Documenting the History of China during the Twentieth Century

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Eric Hoffer's The True Beliver: Manifestations in Mass Movements

Friday, February 22, 2002 to Thursday, June 27, 2002

This exhibit, which was researched and prepared by students in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric, an undergraduate writing program at Stanford, seeks to connect the theories of social philosopher Eric Hoffer with real-world movements, using materials from the Hoover Institution Archives.

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To Benefit Mankind: Celebrating the Centennial of the Nobel Prize 1901-2001

Friday, January 25, 2002 to Monday, July 29, 2002

A documentary exhibit on Nobel Prize winners based on the holdings of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Archives and History Office, and the Stanford University Archives.

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