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Cornell Summer Session celebrates 125 years

by Dan Aloi,
Cornell Chronicle, June 15, 2017
Beginning in July 1892, the first Summer Session included instruction in botany, drawing and entomology. Now, 125 years later, Cornell offers more than 600 summer courses in nearly 80 disciplines... > more

Cornell's free summer events begin June 27

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 26, 2017

Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to expand your horizons and continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our > more

Earn up to four credits in three weeks during Summer Session

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 8, 2017

Three-week session, May 31–June 23, leaves plenty of time for work and play

Having summer plans to work, travel, or visit friends and family doesn't have to preclude taking a Summer... > more

Cornell Changemakers: Summer programs help students enhance the lives of others

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 7, 2017

Cornell University is committed to improving the lives of people everywhere. As part of this mission, Cornell’s Summer Session faculty are helping students become agents for change in three summer... > more

Cornell hosts Administrative Management Institute, August 7-10, 2017

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 30, 2017

College and university administrators, business managers, directors, and department heads from across the country will convene in Ithaca this summer for the Administrative Management Institute, one of the country's top... > more

Enjoy a summer learning vacation with Cornell's Adult University

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 22, 2017

With Cornell's Adult University (CAU), you can learn to take extraordinary photographs, discover what your genes can tell you, create a divine lamb tagine, or explore the benefits of positive... > more

Cornell offers wealth of summer study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 1, 2017

Online enrollment is now open for hundreds of Cornell courses offered on campus, online, and around the world during Summer Session.

Open to all and available in three-, six-,... > more

Cornell's Summer Session provides exciting off-campus study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, February 16, 2017

Undergraduates from Cornell and other institutions can earn credits during the summer in a variety of off-campus Cornell programs in the U.S. and abroad.

For students interested in professional or personal... > more

"Undergrads gain from service-learning trip to Louisiana"

Cornell Chronicle, 2017
During the 2017 Winter Session, thirteen undergraduates spent a week embedded in a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, helping students prepare for a "living museum" exhibition on black... > more

Cornell courses open to all through part-time study

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 24, 2017

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

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

Raven Rock: The Story of the U. S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die

by Garrett M. Graff,
The Florida Courier, June 16, 2017
Soon after the onset of the Cold War, bureaucrats began to design elaborate, expensive and secret Doomsday projects to ensure “Continuity of Government.” In 1953, Raven Rock, a massive underground... > more

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

by David J. Garrow,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 11, 2017
One evening, while he was a student at Columbia University, Barack Obama confessed to his girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, that he had felt sorry for himself when he was 15 years... > more

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

by Mark Bowden,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 9, 2017
On Jan. 31, 1968, North Vietnamese soldiers shredded the yellow South Vietnamese flag at the Citadel in the ancient city of Hue. They raised a carefully designed new flag, with... > more

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

by David Callahan,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 2017
In 2010, 150 individuals and families joined Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett and pledged to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. And these folks constitute... > more

The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine

by Nathan Thrall,
The Jerusalem Post, June 2, 2017
In a memoir, Martin Indyk, who served as US ambassador to Israel in the 1990s and special envoy for Israel-Palestinian negotiations in 2013 and 2014, opined that “American presidents can... > more

The Corruption Cure: How Citizens & Leaders Can Combat Graft

by Robert I. Rotberg,
The Huffington Post, May 30, 2017
Corruption has been – and continues to be – a permanent feature of public life. As have efforts to cure it. Towns in medieval England weighed public officials before assembled... > more

Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

by Thomas E. Ricks,
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2017
Throughout the 1930s, Winston Churchill was a political pariah. Determined to keep Adolf Hitler mollified, leaders of his own Tory party, including Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain, excluded... > more

Janesville: An American Story

by Amy Goldstein,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2017
Two days before Christmas 2008, the General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., closed. With the 4.8 million-square-foot facility padlocked behind a chain-link perimeter, almost 10,000 people in the county... > more

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert M. Sapolsky,
Psychology Today, May 17, 2017
Behave should be required reading for anyone – and everyone – interested in why human beings believe what they believe and do what they do. A door-stopper of a... > more

Russia Cloud Hangs Heavy Over Donald Trump

The Straits Times, May 16, 2017
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Blue on Blue: An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops

by Charles Campisi,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2017
In his 41 years in the New York Police Department, half with the Internal Affairs Bureau (which he led from 1996 to 2014), Charles Campisi has seen it all. Good... > more

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

by Tom Nichols,
The Florida Courier, May 12, 2017
“They say, ‘oh, Trump doesn’t have experts,’” The Donald told a crowd in Wisconsin in 2016. “They say, ‘Donald Trump needs a foreign policy adviser’….But supposing I didn’t have... > more

Donald Trump Rocks Washington, Feeds Opposition With James Comey's Firing

The Straits Times, May 9, 2017

Nirmal Ghosh, senior correspondent and U.S. bureau chief for The Straits Times (Singapore), talks with Dean Glenn Altschuler about the firing of FBI director James Comey.

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Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

by Holger Hoock, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2017

In November 1775, Adm. Samuel Graves, the commander of Great Britain’s American squadron, recommended that since leniency had yielded “farther Violences,” the ungrateful Colonists should be “severely dealt with.” The... > more

Red Shoes for Rachel: Three Novellas

by Boris Sandler, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, May 5, 2017

Born in 1950 in the shtetl town of Belts in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Sandler grew up using Yiddish as his daily form of communication. A violinist with the... > more

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power

by Joseph Turow, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 2017

In 2015, Nielsen reported that a grocery store in which customers would receive personal recommendations and offers the moment they entered was “closer than you think.” And, according to... > more

Richard Nixon: The Life

by John A. Farrell, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 2017

As he presided over a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 6, 1974, President Richard Nixon sounded combative. But everyone in the room knew that his resignation was imminent. “All that talent... > more

Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust

by Evgeny Finkel, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2017

In an appeal to the ghetto Jews of Bialystok written in January 1943, underground commander Mordechai Tenenbaum pledged, “We shall not go like lambs to the slaughter! If we are... > more

The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms

by Kevin Davis, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
Psychology Today, April 26, 2017

Many years after her then sixty-five year old father, who had no history of violent behavior, was accused of strangling her step-mother and throwing her body out of the window... > more

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
Tulsa World, April 23, 2017

In 1921, a boy hunting squirrels near Fairfax, Oklahoma, found the body of Anna Brown. She had been shot in the back of the head. At about the same time,... > more

Cornell: A History, 1940-2015

Cornell University Press, , April 17, 2017

In this Cornell University Press podcast, Martyn Beeny interviews Glenn C. Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of... > more

Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law

by James Q. Whitman, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, April 14, 2017

Introduced by the Reichstag in September 1935, the Nuremberg Laws codified the racist policies of the Nazis. The laws declared that the swastika was the national symbol of Germany, consigned... > more

One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us

by Peter H. Schuck,
The Huffington Post, April 13, 2017
Proposals to reform the campaign finance system of the United States have a “curious feature,” law professor David Strauss suggests: “the cure often precedes the diagnosis; and the diagnosis, once... > more

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple

by Jeff Guinn,
The Florida Courier, April 7, 2017
In September 1975, at the Peoples Temple on Geary Street in San Francisco, Jim Jones told members of the Planning Commission of his church that it was all right, this... > more

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

by Frances FitzGerald,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2017
In the 1970s and ’80s, the Christian right emerged as a potent political force in the United States as evangelicals mobilized to combat moral decay and “secular humanism” by restoring... > more

Superfandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

by Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron M. Glazer,
Psychology Today, March 30, 2017
Each time Justin Bieber launches a new CD, his fans organize a “buyout.” They march through Kmarts and Best Buys in an attempt to propel the album to the... > more

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

by Cass R. Sunstein,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2017
In 1927, John Dewey wrote that the essential need of democracy, of self-government and freedom, properly understood, was "the improvement of the methods and conditions of debate, discussion and persuasion.... > more

On Betrayal

by Avishai Margalit,
The Jerusalem Post, March 24, 2017
Edward Snowden. Bernard Madoff. Vidkun Quisling. Palestinians who sell their land to Israeli Jews and inform on other Palestinians to security forces. Husbands who sleep with their wives’ best... > more

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy

by David A. Nichols,
The Huffington Post, March 20, 2017
Between February 1950, when he charged that the State Department was “infested” with communists and held up a list, which he claimed contained the names of subversives, and December 1954,... > more

Civil rights defender and CIW alum Joe Margulies talks about his career and life in DC

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 20, 2017
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Trump Vows to Fight On As Judges Block Travel Ban

The Straits Times, March 17, 2017
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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

by Adam Alter,
Psychology Today, March 16, 2017
Isaac Vaisberg began playing World of Warcraft while he was a student at Worcester Academy, a prestigious boarding school near Boston. The game became an obsession, his “sole means... > more

Reporting War: How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II

by Ray Moseley,
Tulsa World, March 12, 2017
Ernie Pyle, the legendary World War II reporter, reminded his readers that although journalists “were usually under fire only briefly,” they “never caught up on sleep, rest, cleanliness, or anything... > more

The Blood of Emmett Till

by Timothy B. Tyson,
The Florida Courier, March 10, 2017
Like many Black folks in Chicago, Mamie Carthan Till did not want to lose touch with her ancestral home in Mississippi, even though it remained a land of ghosts and... > more

All Eyes on Man Who Could Head Russian Probe

The Straits Times, March 8, 2017
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A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland

by Sydney Nathans,
The Florida Courier, March 3, 2017
Long after the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, Paul and Jim Hargis continued to work on the plantation near Greensboro, Alabama owned by Paul Cameron, their former master.... > more

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

by Walter Scheidel,
The Huffington Post, March 1, 2017
Inequality is great and growing, in the United States and elsewhere. Americans in the highest one tenth of one percent income bracket increased their share almost six times since 1970.... > more

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

by Anders Lydell,
The Jerusalem Post, February 24, 2017
The Nazis burned books. Organized as celebratory events, the book burning in the 1930s targeted the works of communists, pacifists, writers and intellectuals from the Weimar Republic, Freemasons and, of... > more

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

by Derek Thompson,
Psychology Today, February 21, 2017
“Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and His Comets, appeared on the B-side of “Thirteen Women” in 1954, spent one week on the Billboard charts and disappeared. A... > more

High school students learn about life at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Qatar is Booming, February 19, 2017
Choosing a career is not easy, but high school students from across Qatar have a better understanding of what life would be like as a doctor thanks to programs run... > more

Selfless 16 launches partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Ontario

PRNewswire, February 15, 2017
Founded in 2016 by Soheila Mosun, a grade 11 student at Appleby College and Cornell University Summer College Ambassador, Selfless 16 has quickly captured the attention of youth and educators.... > more

Carson Adviser: Democrats 'Crippling' Trump Administration with Cabinet Delays

WJLA ABC 7 (and 2 other media outlets), February 14, 2017
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Democracy: A Case Study

by David A. Moss,
The Huffington Post, February 9, 2017
Noting that more than two-thirds of students did not reach proficiency in a civics assessment conducted in 2006, reformers claim that robust civics courses in social studies, economics, political science,... > more

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons

by Elizabeth Brown Pryor,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 3, 2017
Most Americans regard Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents. They celebrate “Honest Abe” as a self-made man, a shrewd and pragmatic politician (and master of the English language)... > more

The Original Black Elite

by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 2017
Soon after Daniel Murray became chief of the periodical division of the Library of Congress, the Washington Times included a biographical sketch of him, along with a pen-and-ink likeness, in... > more

Trump's First Week Marked by Action and Friction

The Straits Times, January 28, 2017
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True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement

by Jon Else,
The Florida Courier, January 27, 2017
In 1979, Henry Hampton, the founder of Blackside Inc., a documentary film company committed to presenting the “Black side” of American history, submitted a proposal to PBS for a multi-part... > more

Montaigne: A Life

by Philippe Desan,
Tulsa World, January 22, 2017
Published more than 500 years ago, Michel de Montaigne’s “Essais” (translated as “Attempts”) remains a classic of Western philosophy and literature. These days, “Essays” is acclaimed not only for its... > more

Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism, and Delegitimizing Israel

by Robert Wistrich, Editor,
The Jerusalem Post, January 20, 2017
Reporting on a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris in July 2014, journalist Pascal Riché confessed that he had never heard so many expressions of antisemitism in so short a time. ... > more

No Rumo da Intolerância

Exame, January 18, 2017
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Establishing Quality Review Process for Online Courses

Cornell Academic Technologies, January 15, 2017
Academic Technologies and the Center for Teaching Excellence have partnered with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) to develop a quality review process for online courses offered... > more

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

by Michael Lewis,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 15, 2017
Asked who did what in their collaboration, psychologist Daniel Kahneman replied, “We didn’t know at that time, not clearly. It was beautiful not knowing.” Geniuses often work on their own,... > more

Obama Calls For Unity As He Fights For His Legacy

The Straits Times, January 12, 2017
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Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable

by Erwin Chemerinsky,
The Huffington Post, January 10, 2017
On October 6, 1976, Los Angeles police officers stopped Adolpho Lyons, a twenty-four year-old African American, for driving with a defective taillight. With guns drawn, four cops ordered Lyons to... > more

Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

by Jonathan Lear,
Psychology Today, January 10, 2017
“I have lived through an eventful year, yet understand no more of it than a babe in arms,” the narrator of J.M. Coetzee’s novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, tells us.... > more

US Will Bargain Hard - But Stop Short of Trade War

The Straits Times, January 9, 2017
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