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Jack London: A Twentieth Century Icon

The Jack London Symposium at Stanford on Sept. 19, included a a curated pop-up exhibit of Jack London's books, objects, and memorabilia. This special exhibit considered the cult of celebrity surrounding Jack London in the twentieth century, and the hold that he continues to have on the western imagination. The exhibition was made possible by a loan from the private collections of Sarah and Darius Anderson of Sonoma.

The Life and Legacy of Jack London: Complete Video

Scholars talked about the life and legacy of novelist, journalist, photographer, and social activist Jack London. They showed a selection of London’s photojournalism and spoke how the author of The Call of the Wild influenced generations of Western novelists and writers. 

Read more about the Jack London symposium: A Century After His Death, Scholars Examine Jack London’s Enduring Legacy

Journalism’s Voyage West

With American newspapers under stress from changing economics, technology and consumer behavior, it's easy to forget how ubiquitous and important they are in society. For this data visualization, we have taken the directory of US newspaper titles compiled by the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project – nearly 140,000 publications in all – and plotted them over time and space. This visualization is also viewable as a series of video animations.

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