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Free summer events

Wednesday lectures

Past lectures

  • Shimon Edelman, "The Happiness of Pursuit," July 31, 2013
  • Walter Stahr, "William H. Seward: Abraham Lincoln's Indispensable Man," July 24, 2013
  • Lee Humphries, "Social Media: Origins, Opportunities, and Risks," July 17, 2013
  • Kim Brown Bixler, "Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House," July 10, 2013
  • Steven Strogatz, “Doing Math in Public,” August 1, 2012
  • Karl Pillemer, "Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest (and Oldest) Americans," July 25, 2012
  • Lillian Lee, "'I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That': Can Computers Really Understand What We Say?" July 18, 2012
  • Michael Burlingame, “Lincoln’s Emotional Life,” July 11, 2012
  • S. E. Cupp, “Let's Talk Politics: Turning Your Opinions into a Career,” July 27, 2011
  • Jon Kleinberg, "What Can Facebook, Amazon, and Google Teach Us About Society and About Ourselves?" July 20, 2011
  • Diane Ackerman, “One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing,” July 13, 2011
  • Paul McEuen, "The Future of Small," July 6, 2011
  • Kenneth H. Blanchard, "Leading Others and Yourself at a Higher Level," July 28, 2010
  • Patricia A. Moore, "A Journey of the Lifespan," July 21, 2010
  • James B. Maas, "Everything You Need to Know About Sleep, But Are Too Tired to Ask," July 14, 2010
  • Rachel Dickinson, "The Writer's Life: Juggling Soccer Balls, Birds of Prey, and Moleskin Notebooks," July 7, 2010
  • Joyce Carol Oates, "The Writer's (Secret) Life: Woundedness, Rejection, and Inspiration," August 5, 2009
  • Marjorie Blachard: "Leading Others and Yourself at a Higher Level," July 29, 2009
  • Brian C. Wansink, "Mindless Eating: Secrets and Solutions," July 22, 2009
  • Francis J. DiSalvo, "World Challenges: Making Our Way to Sustainable Solutions," July 15, 2009
  • Amy Dickinson, "An Evening with Ask Amy, July 8, 2009
  • Kathie T. Hodge, "A Visit to the Mushroom Planet," July 1, 2009

Doing Math in Public

Mathematics professor Steven Strogatz talks about bringing math to the masses.

"I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That": Can Computers Really Understand What We Say?

Computer expert Lillian Lee says that computers still have a lot to learn.

Lincoln’s Emotional Life

Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame examines Lincoln's relationships with those closest to him—his parents, children, and wife—and explores the psychological origins of Lincoln's hatred of slavery.

Let's Talk Politics: Turning Your Opinions into a Career

Author, columnist, commentator, and Cornell alumna S.E. Cupp shares inside tips and tricks on how to become a political pundit.

What Can Facebook, Amazon, and Google Teach Us about Society and about Ourselves?

Jon Kleinberg, the Tisch University Professor in Cornell’s Department of Computer Science, talks about how data gleaned from digital networking offers a radically new perspective on fundamental questions in the social sciences.

The Future of Small

Paul McEuen, Cornell's Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics, examines why small is so big and speculates how nano will change your life, both for good and for ill.