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The Story of America: Essays on Origins

by Jill Lepore,
Tulsa World, December 30, 2012

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century

by Margaret Talbot,
The Portland Oregonian, December 23, 2012

Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives

by Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood,
The Boston Globe, December 18, 2012

"A Sober Assessment of High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), December 17, 2012

The Noir Forties: The American People from Victory to Cold War

by Richard Lingeman,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 16, 2012


by Robert M. Utley,
Tulsa World, December 16, 2012

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by David Nasaw,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 9, 2012

Back to Blood: A Novel

by Tom Wolfe,
The Florida Courier, December 7, 2012

Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law

by Margaret Jane Radin,
The Huffington Post, December 5, 2012

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956

by Anne Applebaum,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 2, 2012

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End

by Scott W. Berg,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 2, 2012

"An Open Letter to President Obama"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), November 26, 2012
Dear President Obama, Throughout your first term and during the campaign you emphasized the importance of investing in research and guaranteeing that all qualified students can graduate from college without... > more

Dear Life: Stories

by Alice Munro,
The Portland Oregonian, November 25, 2012

Why Tolerate Religion

The Jerusalem Post, November 23, 2012

The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

by Michael Slater,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 18, 2012

Elsewhere: A Memoir

by Richard Russo,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2012

Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

by Michael Chabon,
The Florida Courier, November 16, 2012

Jews and Words

by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger,
The Huffington Post, November 14, 2012

The American Circus

by Susan Weber, Kenneth Ames, and Matthew Wittmann (editors),
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13, 2012

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One

by Mark Kurlansky,
The Michigan Historical Review, November 1, 2012

The Richard Burton Diaries

by Chris Williams (editor),
The Boston Globe, October 30, 2012

"Does Your Major Matter?"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), October 29, 2012

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics

by Daniel Stedman Jones,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 28, 2012

Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

by Jon D. Levenson,
The Jerusalem Post, October 26, 2012

"US elections: do school vouchers work?"

The Conversation, 2012
Most Americans agree that public education in their country is broken. The infrastructure of thousands of schools is decaying, scores on standardised tests are stagnant, and roughly 1.2 million students... > more

Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools

by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Jessica A. Hockett,
The Huffington Post, October 17, 2012

The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

by Mark Bowden,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 16, 2012

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

by David Lesch,
The Jerusalem Post, October 12, 2012

NW: A Novel

by Zadie Smith,
The Florida Courier, October 5, 2012

Ben Pall Interns with Puzzle Master Will Shortz

New Jersey Star-Ledger, October 5, 2012

Ben Pall was five weeks into his engineering program at Summer College when he learned that puzzle master Will Shortz wanted Ben to intern with him upon his return home.

Ben—who... > more

Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger

by Harvey Molotch,
Barron's Financial Weekly, October 1, 2012

The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown

by Richard L. Hasen,
The Portland Oregonian, September 30, 2012

"Fracking: A Role for Universities"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), September 24, 2012
In Ithaca, NY, where we live, as elsewhere, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to gain access to shale natural gas (fracking) is a hot-button issue. New York State Governor Andrew... > more

The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Healthcare Doesn't

by William J. Baumol,
The Boston Globe, September 24, 2012

We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861

by William J. Cooper,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 23, 2012

The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 23, 2012

Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

by Steven Johnson,
The San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2012

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel

by Stephen L. Carter,
The Florida Courier, September 21, 2012

It takes a village: Chinese artists fund Haitian student's earthquake research at Cornell

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, September 21, 2012

Marc-Evens Cadet's route to Cornell began on January 12, 2010. A senior at the University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince at the time, Cadet lost his best friend and three of... > more

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West

by Ruben Martinez,
Tulsa World, September 16, 2012

Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop

by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen,
The Florida Courier, September 7, 2012

"Do the Write Thing: Politics, Prose, and the Presidency"

American Literary History, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 543-549, 2012

On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred

by Paul Reitter,
The Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2012

Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

by Martin Gilens,
The Huffington Post, August 28, 2012

"America's Foreign Language Deficit"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), August 27, 2012

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

by David K. Randall,
The Portland Oregonian, August 19, 2012

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

by Geoffrey Nunberg,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 12, 2012

True Believers

by Kurt Andersen,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2012

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

by Tanner Colby,
The Florida Courier, August 10, 2012

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

by Paul Thomas Murphy,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 5, 2012


by Douglas Brinkley,
Tulsa World, August 5, 2012

American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000

by Joshua B. Freemen,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2012

"On Higher Education: Where We Stand"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), August 1, 2012

"Steven Strogatz: Doing Math in Public"

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, 2012

In the spring of 2010, Steven Strogatz, Cornell's Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, wrote a fifteen-part series on the elements of math, from basic to baffling, for The... > more

The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

by Richard Slotkin,
The Boston Globe, July 27, 2012

"Lillian Lee: Can Computers Really Understand What We Say?"

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, 2012

With Siri on the iPhone and Watson beating human champions at Jeopardy, we now have machines that talk to us. But what is the nature of such "conversation," and what... > more

"Michael Burlingame: Lincoln's Emotional Life"

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, 2012
When Michael Burlingame's 2,024-page biography of Lincoln was published in 2008, it was hailed by critics as "definitive" and "magisterial."

In this talk, which begins the free summer lecture series sponsored... > more

Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

by Frank Partnoy,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 8, 2012

The World Without You: A Novel

by Joshua Henkin,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2012

The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

by Alan Ehrenhalt,
Barron's Financial Weekly, July 2, 2012

Barack Obama: The Story

by David Maraniss,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 1, 2012

"Cornell's Adult University trip explores 'mother of all conflicts' "

Ezra Magazine, 2012
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has often been called the "mother of all conflicts." A Cornell's Adult University (CAU) trip in May looked at that conflict up close and personal, in part... > more

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power:

by Robert A. Caro,
The Florida Courier, June 22, 2012

In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible

by Michael Walzer,
The Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2012

Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom

by Shlomo Breznitz and Collins Hemingway,
The Huffington Post, June 18, 2012

Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive

by Ray Raphael,
Tulsa World, June 17, 2012

Mudwoman: A Novel

by Joyce Carol Oates,
The Florida Courier, June 8, 2012

America the Philosophical

by Carlin Romano,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 3, 2012

"Cornell Theater Season Includes Play by Lauren Feldman"

Cornell University, 2012

Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts will present A People, a play by Summer College and Cornell alumna Lauren Feldman, in February 2013 at the Schwartz Center for the... > more

A Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character

by Jack Hitt,
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 2012

The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It

by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson,
The Huffington Post, May 21, 2012

Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States

by Michael Lind,
Tulsa World, May 20, 2012

10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said

by Charles Wheelan,
The Boston Globe, May 17, 2012

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

by George Dyson,
Tulsa World, May 13, 2012

In One Person: A Novel

by John Irving,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2012

Max Chen Brings National Attention to the Greening of Greensburg

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 1, 2012

In 2007, Greensburg, Kansas, was devastated by a tornado. Four years later, SC alum Max Chen helped to bring Greensburg's "green" recovery to national attention on the PBS Nightly... > more

Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power

by Terri Apter,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, April 30, 2012

Paper Promises: Debt, Money and the New World Order

by Philip Coggan,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 2012

Calico Joe: A Novel

by John Grisham,
The Portland Oregonian, April 22, 2012

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

by Jonathan D. Sarna,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 2012

Promiscuous: Portnoy's Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness

by Bernard Avishai,
The Jerusalem Post, April 20, 2012

Finance and the Good Society

by Robert J. Shiller,
The Huffington Post, April 10, 2012

Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York

by Richard Zacks,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 8, 2012

The Beginner's Goodbye: A Novel

by Anne Tyler,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 2012

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

by Richard Aldous,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 8, 2012

"Fun, Fun Rock 'n' High School"

(co-authored with Robert O. Summers)
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, April 1, 2012

Schmidt Steps Back: A Novel

by Louis Begley,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 2012

Watergate: A Novel

by Thomas Mallon,
Tulsa World, March 18, 2012

In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

by Patricia Cohen,
The Portland Oregonian, March 18, 2012

Psychology's Ghosts: The Crisis in the Profession and the Way Back

by Jerome Kagan,
The Jerusalem Post, March 16, 2012

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

by Andrew Nagorski,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 11, 2012

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg,
The Portland Oregonian, March 11, 2012

"Super Tuesday Stand-Off"

The Conversation, March 9, 2012

Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

by Andrew Preston,
The Huffington Post, March 1, 2012

Theodor SUESS Geisel

by Donald E. Pease,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
Reviews in American History, March 1, 2012

Memory: Fragments of a Modern History

by Alison Winter,
The Boston Globe, February 19, 2012

Thinking the Twentieth Century

by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder,
The San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2012

A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

by James Barr,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 12, 2012

The Street Sweeper: A Novel

by Elliot Perlman,
The Jerusalem Post, February 10, 2012

Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847

by Winston Groom,
Tulsa World, February 5, 2012

Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition

by Marni Davis,
The San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2012

Hope: A Tragedy

by Shalom Auslander,
The Jerusalem Post, February 3, 2012

The Night Swimmer: A Novel

by Matt Bondurant,
The San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2012

The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

by Philip Taubman,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 22, 2012

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest

by Wade Davis,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 8, 2012


by Diane Brady,
The Florida Courier, January 6, 2012

Invisible Men: Men's Inner Lives and the Consequences of Silence

by Michael Addis,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, January 4, 2012

Room for Improvement: Notes on a Dozen Lifelong Sports

by John Casey,
Tulsa World, January 1, 2012

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

by Shields, Charles J.,
Cornell Alumni Magazine, January 1, 2012

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