Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Friday, April 27, 2018
Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion
Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, the exhibition The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution examines the political, social, and cultural upheavals that transformed Russia in the final decades of the Romanov dynasty and the first years of Soviet Communism. Jointly organized by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center, this dual-site exhibition features a wide variety of art objects and documentary materials, including oil paintings by Russian masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, books from Russian Imperial libraries, early Soviet graphics, posters, photographs, film, and rare archival documents.
In a historical move, the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, has released a draft text of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order that will soon be voted on by the commission. The order will roll back public-utility style regulation imposed on Internet Service Providers some two years ago. Not only has the rate of ISP infrastructure investment decreased since passage of the 2015 Open Internet Order, that order also created at least two grave problems that will be cured by restoring Internet regulation to the light-touch model the United States enjoyed for decades.
In Alan Bennett’s play “The Madness of King George,” a political crisis strikes Great Britain when the monarch loses his marbles. Historians continue to debate whether George III’s madness was the result of porphyria or some other affliction. Bennett suggests that the root cause was shock at the rebellion of the American colonies (“a paradise . . . lost”).
Stanford Political Science Professor Shanto Iyengar spoke about increasing polarization in the United States between Democrats and Republicans, and showed us that understanding this trend is crucial for making progress in science communication research.