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Glenn Altschuler

Glenn Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has been an administrator and teacher at Cornell since 1981. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Cornell: A History, 1940–2015 (with government professor Isaac Kramnick), and more than eight hundred essays and reviews.

In addition to his books and publications in scholarly journals, he has written for American Heritage Magazine, The Australian, The Baltimore Sun, Barron’s Financial Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Florida Courier, The Jerusalem Post, The Kansas City Star, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Moscow Times, The New York Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Portland Oregonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tulsa World, NPR’s Books We Like, and His op-eds and book reviews appear regularly on The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. The National Book Critics Circle has cited his work as "exemplary." Psychology Today has featured it as "essential reading." For four years he wrote a column for the Education Life section of the New York Times. He was a regular panelist on national and international affairs for the WCNY television program The Ivory Tower Half Hour.

An animating force in the program in American studies at Cornell, Altschuler has won several awards for teaching and undergraduate advising, including the Clark Teaching Award, the Donna and Robert Paul Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising, the Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Award for Outstanding Advising, and the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship.

Olin Lecture: Cornell Professors and Students, 1940–Present

American universities remain the envy of the world, and Cornell University is a jewel in the crown of American higher education. In researching their book Cornell: A History, 1940–2015, Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick were struck by the changes and continuities in what faculty and students have been like, how they have spent their time, and the ways in which the institution has evolved, culturally and structurally, over the last seventy-five years.

Glenn and Isaac reflect on these changes and continuities and their impact on Cornell in the 2014 Olin Lecture, June 6 in Bailey Hall.