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Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

by Dean Burnett,
Psychology Today, May 21, 2018
Along with the rest of us, but after their own fashion, psychologists and neuroscientists are in hot pursuit of happiness. The Journal of Happiness Studies receives far more submissions... > more

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 20, 2018
In 2009, David Nutt, a professor at the University of Bristol and chair of Britain’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, declared that using LSD or Ecstasy was “of... > more

The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

by Sarah E. Igo,
Tulsa World, May 20, 2018
In his decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), overruling legislation banning married couples’ use of contraceptives, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas affirmed a “right to privacy.” That right, Douglas... > more

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics

by Stephen Greenblatt,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 18, 2018
When the presidential election of 2016 confirmed his “worst fears,” Stephen Greenblatt, a professor of the humanities at Harvard University and the author of Will in the World, Shakespeare’s Freedom,... > more

In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea

by Michael Brenner,
The Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2018
David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, often pointed to two apparently contradictory, but in his view complementary and interdependent aspirations for the Jewish people. “We... > more

Trump Shows He Can Talk Tough - And Be Tough

The Straits Times, May 9, 2018
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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 6, 2018
In recent years, Jordan B. Peterson has emerged from relative obscurity as a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto to prominence as a pop psychologist and public intellectual.... > more

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

by Anshel Pfeffer,
The Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2018
In 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu made his second appearance on the cover of Time magazine. In his profile, managing editor Richard Stengel crowned him “King Bibi.” Poised to become the longest-serving... > more

Cornell in Washington Partners with 11th Street Bridge Park to Build Inclusive Communities

by Shelley Preston,
Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 26, 2018

The Anacostia River has long divided Washington D.C. by race and access to opportunity. On one side is affluent Capitol Hill; on the other is a food desert with one... > more

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

by Lawrence Wright,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 26, 2018
A staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “The Looming Tower,” Lawrence Wright believes that Texas has a lot to answer for. His bill of particulars includes: a... > more

Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America

by Cass R. Sunstein, editor,
The Florida Courier, April 20, 2018
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis responded to the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with a novel entitled "It Can't Happen Here." Lewis' cautionary tale featured Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip,... > more

How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain

by Thomas Lickona,
Psychology Today, April 17, 2018
“Be kind whenever possible,” the Dalai Lama once wrote. He then added a kicker: “It is always possible.”... > more

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

by Priya Satia,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 12, 2018
One hundred years ago, amid armed combat around the world, Randolph Bourne, a contributing editor at the New Republic, proclaimed that “war is essentially the health of the State.” The... > more

On Grand Strategy

by John Lewis Gaddis,
Tulsa World, April 8, 2018
“I don’t know anything about diplomacy,” Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1861. “I will be very apt to make blunders.”... > more

The Chateau

by Paul Goldberg,
The Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2018
The Chateau, Paul Goldberg’s new novel, begins a few days before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Goldberg’s hero, William M. Katzenelenbogen, a 52-year-old science writer for The Washington Post,... > more

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

by David Frum,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2018
David Frum begins “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic” with a quotation from Montesquieu, the French philosopher who had a profound impact on America’s Founding Fathers. A free society,... > more

Podcast with Mona Anita Olsen

WHCU Radio, March 30, 2018
Listen to a March 30, 2018 podcast with Mona Anita Olsen" -- published WHCU Radio.... > more

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

by Adam Winkler,
The San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2018
Published in the 18th century, William Blackstone’s “Commentaries of the Law of England” became the most influential legal treatise in Anglo-American history. Among the important subjects addressed by Blackstone were... > more

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

by Nassim Nichola Taleb,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2018
In The Black Swan (2007), Nassim Taleb, a former hedge-fund manager and derivatives trader, argued that “faux experts” had built systems that made modern economies vulnerable to rare, unforecastable,... > more

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

by Ryan H. Walsh,
Tulsa World, March 18, 2018
Appearing on public television channel WGBH’s “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”, “the first TV show that spoke to the stoned generation,” Mel Lyman, a former musician in Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band... > more

Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion

by Steve Fraser,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2018
Throughout our history, many Americans have insisted that the United States is immune to class-consciousness and class conflict. In sharp contrast to Europe, they argue, America has had no kings,... > more

The Devil's Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock 'n' Roll

by Randall J. Stephens,
The Florida Courier, March 16, 2018
“Gospel and rock ‘n’ roll were cut from the same cloth,” Tav Falco, leader of the psychedelic group Panther Burns, once observed, “even though one is considered to be the... > more

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

by Amy Chua,
Psychology Today, March 9, 2018
In 1999, Thomas Friedman predicted that the spread of free markets and democracy around the world would allow “people everywhere to turn their aspirations into achievements,” erase human as well... > more

A History of Judaism

by Martin Goodman,
The Jerusalem Post, March 8, 2018
In the 10th century, Rabbi Saadia Gaon, the leader of the rabbinic academy in Sura, Babylon, laid out the appropriate approaches to scriptural interpretation in his Book of Beliefs and... > more

Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906

by David Cannadine,
Tulsa World, February 25, 2018
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 provided an occasion for Englishmen and women to celebrate a half century of unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural progress, domestically, imperially... > more

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

by Bryan Caplan,
Psychology Today, February 20, 2018
More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie declared that “men have sent their sons to colleges to waste their energies upon obtaining a knowledge of such languages as Greek and... > more

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

by Steven Pinker,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2018
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Four Weeks In, UPR Students Continue to Adjust to Life at Cornell

Cornell Daily Sun, February 15, 2018
Describing the weather in Ithaca as “bipolar,” the professors as “helpful” and the community as “welcoming,” students from the University of Puerto Rico say they are grateful for the Ivy... > more

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

by Niall Ferguson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2018
In November 2010, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen predicted that governments would be “caught off-guard when large numbers of their citizens, armed with virtually nothing but cell phones, take... > more

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

by Omer Bartov,
The Jerusalem Post, February 9, 2018
In 1936, Mendel Reich, president of a Talmud Torah in Buczacz, a small border town in Eastern Galicia, declared that the Jews were “condemned to wait on death row for... > more

Trump Calls For Unity As He Touts His Achievements

The Straits Times, February 1, 2018
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The First Republican Army: The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War

by John H. Matsui,
The American Historical Review, February 1, 2018
In the summer of 1862, following the Second Battle of Bull Run, General George McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, boasted to his wife that his enemies had... > more

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2018
In October, 1970, William Eagleton, head of U.S. Operations in Algeria, sent a secret cable to Secretary of State William Rogers. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, who had... > more

Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court

by Paul Finkelman,
The Florida Courier, January 26, 2018
In February 1865, during a debate over an appropriation to fund a bust of Roger Taney, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner asked, “What is the office of Chief Justice, if it... > more

Cornell courses open to all through part-time study

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 22, 2018

Through part-time study, anyone can take advantage of the vast academic resources at Cornell University.

High school students, visiting college students, area residents, retirees, corporate learners, and Cornell employees or alums... > more

Shutdown Signals Deeper Dysfunction in Government

The Straits Times, January 21, 2018
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Cornell's Adult University celebrates fifty years

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 17, 2018

In the mid-'60s, Cornell trustee Les Severinghaus '21 told Cornell President James Perkins that the time had come for alumni "to be led not by the hand, but by the... > more

U of Puerto Rico students prep to take refuge at Cornell

by Susan Kelley,
Cornell Chronicle, January 16, 2018

Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 62 students from Universidad de Puerto Rico are preparing to begin a semester of study at Cornell.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

by Daniel H. Pink,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2018
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It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

by David Cay Johnston,
The Huffington Post, January 11, 2018
At the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office, his job approval ratings are lower than those of any American president in modern history. The establishment mass media, on... > more

Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More

by Morten Hansen,
Psychology Today, January 9, 2018
For more than a century, experts on individual and organizational behavior have tried to account for differences in performance at work. They have measured the impact of many factors,... > more

Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House

by Joshua Zeitz,
Tulsa World, January 7, 2018
Lyndon Johnson’s legacy as President of the United States will always be tarnished by the war in Vietnam. That said, historians continue to give extraordinarily high marks to his domestic... > more

Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

by David A. Goldstein,
The Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2018
In the spring of 2004, during Passover, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team hosted Zelgiris Kaunus in the deciding game of the Euroleague quarterfinals. With two seconds left, and... > more

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