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Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

by Diane Ravitch,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 29, 2013
Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, think tanks, philanthropic foundations and the mass media agree that America's public schools are in crisis. Through two... > more

Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around the World

by Retha Powers (editor),
The Florida Courier, December 27, 2013
"Some view our sable race with scornful eye, 'Their color is a diabolical die,'" Phillis Wheatley proclaimed in the eighteenth century. "Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be... > more

Jesus: The Human Face of God

by Jay Parini,
The Boston Globe, December 25, 2013
In the wake of a substantial body of historical and textual studies by scholars of religion, pointing to inconsistencies in the Gospel accounts and the paucity of undisputed facts about... > more

The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

by William B. Helmreich,
The Portland Oregonian, December 22, 2013
You have to be slightly crazy to get to know New York City by walking along all of its streets, William Helmreich acknowledges. But, he claims, no other method... > more

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

by Richard Kurin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 22, 2013
In 2011, as she listened to an 1880s recording of Alexander Graham Bell reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Carlene Stephens, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.,... > more

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It

by Jennifer Michael Hecht,
Psychology Today, December 16, 2013
Among the top ten causes of death in the United States, suicides take more than 30,000 lives each year. And the rates are rising. The increase is highest... > more

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

by Ben Bradlee, Jr.,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 15, 2013
On Dec. 7, 1937, the Boston Red Sox announced the acquisition of Ted Williams from the San Diego Padres (in the Pacific Coast League). "This is the happiest day of... > more

Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London, and the Birth of the Modern City

by Jonathan Conlin,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 14, 2013
In "Parallele de Paris et de Londres" (1780), Louis-Sebastien Mercier compared the food, bridges, prisons, and pets of the two great cities in Europe. According to Jonathan Conlin, Mercier imagined... > more

Report from the Interior

by Paul Auster,
The Jerusalem Post, December 6, 2013
Paul Auster launched his career three decades ago with a memoir. In The Invention of Solitude (1982), he began his literary search for identity and personal meaning with an affecting... > more

White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making

by Nicholas Carnes,
The Huffington Post, December 4, 2013
Michael Michaud, a member of the United States House of Representatives, grew up in Medway, Maine, graduated from high school in East Millinocket, and worked at a mill and as... > more

The Explorer Gene: How Three Generations of One Family Went Higher, Deeper and Further Than Any Before

by Tom Cheshire,
The Boston Globe, December 3, 2013
A very tall man, with an interminable neck, who wore round spectacles and a Basque beret, Auguste Piccard became the model for Professor Cuthbert Calculus, the head-in-the-clouds scientist in the... > more

"The Gift That Keeps On Giving"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), December 2, 2013
Back at work this morning on black coffee and cold cereal after stuffing ourselves with stuffing, we are still thinking about pie—the American pie and how it's sliced with regard... > more

Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, & Branding in the Social Media Age

by Alice E. Marwick,
Tulsa World, December 1, 2013
As they "conjured up entirely new worlds — like websites — voila! out of nothing," declared Larry Harvey, the co-founder of "Burning Man," the weeklong festival for Silicon Valley "digerati,"... > more

The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

by Al Sharpton,
The Florida Courier, November 22, 2013
The Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and host of MSNBC’s "PoliticsNation," claims he is a changed man. He has lost 150 pounds, doesn’t wear a medallion or a sweat... > more

Dallas 1963

by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis,
The San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2013
In April 1963, two years after he resigned from the military, following revelations that the "Pro-Blue" education program he developed for his division featured articles, books and lecturers from the... > more

Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood

by Dori Katz,
The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2013
In 1942, three-year-old Dori Katz was sent by her mother to live with Franz and Regine Walschot, a Catholic couple, in the village of Beersel, Belgium. Her name was to... > more

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

by Doris Kearns Goodwin,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 10, 2013
In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt made good on his promise not to seek reelection and hand-picked William Howard Taft, his secretary of war, as his successor. The two men... > more

If Mayors Ruled The World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

by Benjamin R. Barber,
The Huffington Post, November 5, 2013
"The difference between my level of government and other levels of government," Michael Bloomberg has said, "is that action takes place at the city level." While the federal government remains... > more

The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

by Simon Winchester,
The Boston Globe, November 4, 2013
Every day on Christie Street, in what was once the town of Raritan, N.J., a loudspeaker broadcasts the words of Thomas Alva Edison, taken from early gramophone recordings, Simon Winchester... > more

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 29, 2013
In "David and Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell, the clever and counterintuitive author of "The Tipping Point," "Blink" and "Outliers," argues that the powerful are not as powerful as they seem and... > more

"Rating President Obama's College Ratings"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), October 28, 2013
Finding the right college is complicated enough for well-prepared students from middle- or upper-class families with a history of college education. If you’re a low-income student, the first in your... > more

The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen,
The Portland Oregonian, October 28, 2013
In 2010, Abdallah Jarbu, Hamas' Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, proclaimed that Jews "suffer from a mental disorder, because they are thieves and fact, they are foreign bacteria, a... > more

Johnny Cash: The Life

by Robert Hilburn,
Tulsa World, October 27, 2013
In 1972, Johnny Cash looked back on a tumultuous decade. "Yes, congratulations John Cash on your superstardom. Big deal," he wrote to himself. "True, you must be grateful for... > more

One Summer: America, 1927

by Bill Bryson,
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 27, 2013
A lot happened in 1927, as it does in just about every year. Charles Lindbergh made a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Babe Ruth swatted 60 home runs. Millions... > more

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

by Wendy Lower,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 22, 2013
Soon after her arrival in the Ukrainian-Polish border town of Volodymyr-Volynsky in September 1941, 22-year-old secretary Johanna Altvater saw her boss shooting Jews who were loading barrels at the railroad... > more

With Charity For All: Why Charities Are Failing and A Better Way To Give

by Ken Stern,
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 20, 2013
Founded in 2002, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association raised more than $100 million during the decade following IRS approval of its charitable status. Run by an all-volunteer staff, which reports... > more

The Globalization of the NBA

Cornell ILR Sports Business Society Blog, October 20, 2013
Minggao "Magic" Peng is a prospective Cornell student who works as a sports writer in his native China. Magic covers the local soccer club for his provincial newspaper, as... > more

Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

by Alan Dershowitz,
The Boston Globe, October 18, 2013
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz defended so many high-profile clients, including O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, and Bill Clinton, that every time his son saw a case... > more

The Rise of Abraham Cahan

by Seth Lipsky,
The Jerusalem Post, October 18, 2013
Urged by an acquaintance to emigrate from Russia to Palestine, 22-year-old Abraham Cahan opted instead to settle in the United States. In that far-off country, Cahan envisioned a life of... > more


by A. C. Grayling,
Psychology Today, October 15, 2013
Influenced in some measure by Cicero's texts, De Amicitia and Hortensius, Augustine gave a splendid account of friendship in his Confessions. Looking back on the death of a playmate... > more

Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century

by Liesl Schillinger,
The Huffington Post, October 14, 2013
With its iPads and iPhones, email, IM, texts, and tweets, the digital age has, for better and worse, transformed our professional and personal lives. The average teenager spends more than... > more

The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

by James McBride,
The Florida Courier, October 11, 2013
In the late 1850s, Henry Shackelford, the narrator of "The Good Lord Bird," James McBride’s new novel, finds himself working in a brothel in "Bleeding Kansas," the territory torn apart... > more

Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder,
The Boston Globe, October 2, 2013
American institutions of higher education have remained the envy of the world. According to Craig Steven Wilder, an MIT history professor and author of 2001's "In the Company of Black... > more

The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future

by Paul Sabin,
Tulsa World, September 29, 2013
On "a stinking night" in 1966 in Delhi, India, which he was visiting in order to collect butterfly specimens, Stanford University biology professor Paul Ehrlich gained an emotional understanding of... > more

"How College Health Centers Help Students Succeed"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), September 23, 2013
Of all the dramatic changes in higher education in recent years, one that goes largely unnoticed is the tremendous growth in the mission, services, and facilities of health centers. Decades... > more

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays; Long Division: A Novel

by Kiese Laymon,
The Florida Courier, September 20, 2013
Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Kiese Laymon saw himself as an unrefined “Black Boy looking for both acceptance and something to resist anywhere I could find it.” Acceptance... > more

Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, & Discovery

by Rachel Adams,
Psychology Today, September 17, 2013
Soon after she gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome, Columbia University Professor Rachel Adams, the author of Sideshow USA: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, and the director... > more

"Summer program gives Chinese students taste of Cornell"

Cornell Chronicle, 2013
For Chinese high school students interested in attending college in the United States, the China Cornell College Preparatory Program (CCCPP) offers a preview of higher education at a cutting-edge Ivy... > more

Higher Education in America

by Derek Bok,
The Huffington Post, September 3, 2013
In Francis Cornford's satire, Microcosmographia Academica (1908), the dons in Great Britain dismiss a proposal to change traditional practices at their college because "Nothing should ever be tried for the... > more

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

by Jeff Guinn,
Tulsa World, September 1, 2013
In 1967, police arrested a 33-year-old man who was traveling with a teenage girl just north of San Francisco in a beat-up Volkswagen mini-bus. ... > more

The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power

by Victor S. Navasky,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 25, 2013
In response to David Low's caricatures in London's Evening Standard, which depicted Adolf Hitler as a spoiled brat, the Führer dreamed of retaliation. He commissioned a beautifully bound volume that... > more

The Joker: A Memoir

by Andrew Hudgins,
The Portland Oregonian, August 25, 2013
Every joker, Andrew Hudgins acknowledges, ought to take heed of Goethe’s observation that “Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” Nonetheless, Hudgins (a poet who... > more

"Some Advice For Parents Of New College Students"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), August 20, 2013
It’s mid-August, and 21 million young adults in the United States are getting ready for college. For many of these students, it is a first-time experience that inspires excitement, optimism... > more

For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law

by Randall Kennedy,
The Florida Courier, August 16, 2013
Randall Kennedy attended St. Albans School for Boys, Princeton University and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is... > more

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

by Cris Beam,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, August 12, 2013
Dominique, a foster child, has a tattoo of a butterfly on her left hand. "I think they symbolize freedom," she said, "because I've never seen them standing still; they're always... > more

Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

by Robert Wilson,
The Boston Globe, August 9, 2013
Despite the severe economic downturn following the Panic of 1837, the photography business in the United States grew at a brisk pace into the 1840s and ’50s. Only two sorts... > more

"Haitian student studies job satisfaction as poverty solution"

Cornell Chronicle, 2013
Nemdia Daceney, who discovered a lack of worker satisfaction in one of Haiti’s “free zones,” continued her research at Cornell this summer with the hope of informing Haitian public and... > more

Roof Life

by Svetlana Alpers,
Psychology Today, August 5, 2013
In The Roofwalker (1961), the poet Adrienne Rich imagines builders standing on a roof at night, “the wave of darkness about to break on their heads” and the sky “a... > more

A golden anniversary, the Big Red way

Cornell Chronicle, July 30, 2013
Planning their 50th wedding anniversary, Sam ’61, M.D. ’66, and Judy ’62 Greenblatt considered taking their family on a cruise. But they ended up celebrating their golden anniversary in a... > more

"Open Access to Research: An Ideal Complicated by Reality"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), July 29, 2013
Next month a new Obama-administration policy will give the public greater access to research funded by the federal government. This is good news for the scientific community as well... > more

Ready For a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America

by Mark Kurlansky,
The Boston Globe, July 26, 2013
At the time Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington in 1963, Dizzy Gillespie declared he was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. If elected,... > more

The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer - and How to Win It

by Clifton Leaf,
The Jerusalem Post, July 26, 2013
A Gallup poll taken in December 1949, Clifton Leaf tells us, revealed that 77 percent of Americans did not believe that a human being would land on the moon by... > more

Yerko checks in to hospitality's welcoming ways

Cornell Chronicle, July 24, 2013
Meet Yerkebulan Alpysbay. That’s Yerko, to his friends. A rising high school senior from Kazakhstan, he has just finished a three-week School of Hotel Administration hospitality course at Cornell University... > more

Tweeting is not revolutionary, Humphreys says

Cornell Chronicle, July 23, 2013
Users of Twitter and other social media receive criticism for broadcasting mundane things about their lives, but a Cornell researcher says the idea of chronicling everyday life for a broader... > more

America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal

by Michael Golay,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 23, 2013
In November 1933, Lorena Hickok, a former editor of the Minneapolis Tribune, returned to Minnesota. She was crisscrossing the United States on an assignment for Harry Hopkins, head of the... > more

Karsches send students to Summer College for fifth year

Cornell Chronicle, July 23, 2013
Remember the name Sharice Jones. Someday you might see her byline on these news stories. Thanks to the support of Erica Karsch ’94 and her husband, Michael Karsch, Jones and... > more

America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation

by Joshua Kendall,
The Boston Globe, July 20, 2013
When a friend predicted that someone would soon write his biography, sex researcher Alfred Kinsey proclaimed, “Nonsense! The progress of science depends upon knowledge. It has nothing to do with personalities.”... > more

Alumna recalls growing up in Frank Lloyd Wright house

Cornell Chronicle, July 16, 2013
Kim Brown Bixler '91 entertained a Statler Auditorium crowd July 10 with stories of growing up in the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Rochester, N.Y.

Bixler mimicked her 8-year-old self... > more

To America with Love

by A. A. Gill,
The Portland Oregonian, July 14, 2013
Some years ago, A.A. Gill, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair who was born in Edinburgh and resides in England, spoke at a literary festival in favor of the motion... > more

Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future

by Robert Wuthnow,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 14, 2013
A  woman in her 70s who lives in the suburbs of Minneapolis recently declared that the best thing about her community is “its small-town atmosphere.” The cornfields disappeared decades ago,... > more

To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

by Robert Cassanello,
The Florida Courier, July 12, 2013
Following the election of 1888, the local press in Florida complained that White voters stayed away from the polls while “motley crowds of negroes loaded to the muzzle,” ready to... > more

Turin Program gives students taste of politics, culture

Cornell Chronicle, July 11, 2013
Fifteen Cornell students spent 20 days in Turin, Italy, June 2-22, to learn about European politics and culture as part of the Cornell in Turin (CiT) summer study abroad. Now... > more

The Working Memory Advantage: Train Your Brain To Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster

by Tracy and Ross Alloway,
Psychology Today, July 8, 2013
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance,” Ophelia tells Hamlet, “pray you love, remember.” Apparently, she was right. In addition to making food more flavorful, psychologist Mark Moss recently demonstrated, rosemary enhances... > more

Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business

by Lynda Obst,
Tulsa World, July 7, 2013
Lynda Obst could not help noticing that, in 2011, the 10 top-grossing films in the United States included eight sequels: "Harry Potter (8)," "Transformers (3)," "The Twilight Saga (4)," "The... > more

The Humans: A Novel

by Matt Haig,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2013
On Vonnadoria, there are no comforting delusions, no religion, no love, hate, passion, or remorse, no names, no husbands or wives, no death. Reason reigns, and every action originates in... > more

Christian Nation: A Novel

by Frederic C. Rich,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2013
"I'm not like you," Greg, the narrator of Frederic C. Rich's new novel, tells his best friend, Sanjay. "I am not a person of passion. I'm practical. I have made... > more

Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment

by Floyd Abrams,
Cornell Alumni Magazine, July 1, 2013
Floyd Abrams '56 has argued more First Amendment cases before the United States Supreme Court than any other lawyer. Few of them, including New York Times v. The United States... > more

The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce

by Anupam Chander,
The Huffington Post, July 1, 2013
The information and services delivered on the World Wide Web generate jurisdictional conflicts, Anupam Chander, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, reminds us. Should the rules... > more

City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York; The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream

by Mason B. Williams; Thomas Dyja,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2013
"Chicago liked watching things being built," the late Severn Darden, an original member of The Second City comedy troupe, once said. "New York audiences like to watch things that are... > more

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

by Jonathan Alter,
The Florida Courier, June 28, 2013
On Election Night 2012, Barack Obama was apparently happier than he had been four years earlier. He believed that the stakes were higher with Mitt Romney as his opponent... > more

"The Hidden Work Life of University Faculty"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), June 24, 2013
It’s summer at last in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell University, the lawns have turned emerald, ancient sycamores and oaks are flourishing, sunbeams glance off the bronze head of Ezra... > more

Summer College alum Ian Perry blogs for "Life on the Hill"

Cornell University, June 24, 2013
Summer College alum Ian Perry is a Cornell undergraduate and a blogger for the university's "Life on the Hill" site.... > more

Summer College alum Alexandra Hoffman blogs for "Life on the Hill"

Cornell University, June 24, 2013
Summer College alum Alexandra Hoffman is a Cornell undergraduate and a blogger for the university's "Life on the Hill" site. ... > more

The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences

by David Cannadine,
The Portland Oregonian, June 23, 2013
It is "an odd presumption," Amartya Sen once observed, that "people of the world can be uniquely characterized according to some singular and overarching system of partitioning." ... > more

All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

by John Taliaferro,
Tulsa World, June 23, 2013
"There are two important lines of human endeavor in which men are forbidden even to allude to their success," John Hay told the governor of New York state, the mayor-elect... > more

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Highjacking

by Brendan I. Koerner,
The San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2013
In his best-seller "The Skyjacker: His Flights of Fancy," published in 1971, Dallas psychiatrist David Hubbard concluded that the men who chose to commit this particular crime had been traumatized... > more

What Changed When Everything Changed: 9/11 and the Making of National Identity

by Joseph Margulies,
The Florida Courier, June 21, 2013
At an event marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Joseph Margulies asked members of the audience if they had an opinion about... > more

One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child

by Lauren Sandler,
Psychology Today, June 12, 2013
Some myths die hard. Others don’t die at all. In 1895, in a study entitled Of Peculiar and Exceptional Children, G. Stanley Hall, the first president of the American Psychological... > more

Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

by Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto,
The Huffington Post, June 3, 2013
The Tea Party was born less than a month after Barack Obama was inaugurated as president. Reporting from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade for CNBC, libertarian Rick... > more

Summer College alum Daniel Lu featured in Cornell "Portraits"

Cornell University, May 29, 2013
Summer College 2008 alum Daniel Lu, who took The Business World, is featured on Cornell's Portraits page, a "collection of extraordinary individuals." ... > more

Summer College alum Erica Sutton featured in Cornell "Portraits"

Cornell University, May 29, 2013
Summer College 2007 alum Erica Sutton is featured on Cornell's Portraits page, a "collection of extraordinary individuals."... > more

"Rules of Engagement: How Students Can Learn Well and Do Good"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), May 28, 2013
As we noted in a previous post, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have the potential to transform higher education. But as online education makes headlines, a quiet revolution is under... > more

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

by Richard Rubin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 26, 2013
In 2004, when he was 103, George Briant remembered marching near the village of Le Charmel in France. “There’s action and danger,” he recalled. “What’s thrilling about it — you... > more

Acts of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't

by Robert G. Kaiser,
The Boston Globe, May 23, 2013
Americans’ dissatisfaction with Congress, alas, is matched by ignorance about how the legislative branch of the government actually works. Constituents are grateful when their representative intervenes to help them solve... > more

College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means For Students

by Jeffrey J. Selingo,
The Huffington Post, May 7, 2013
Since the 1970s, Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, acknowledges, plenty of people have predicted the end of colleges and universities as we know them.... > more

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin To Einstein: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

by Mario Livio,
Psychology Today, May 6, 2013
When James Watson saw the model for proteins (and the structure) of DNA proposed by Linus Pauling, the world’s greatest chemist, in 1953 he was shocked. “You could not have... > more

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong,
Tulsa World, May 5, 2013
In 1969, Jim Brooks and Allan Burns flew from Los Angeles to New York to pitch their sitcom, starring Mary Tyler Moore, to the programming executives for CBS TV. ... > more

Isaac and Isaiah: The Covert Punishment of a Cold War Heretic

by David Caute,
The Jerusalem Post, May 3, 2013
Isaac Deutscher and Isaiah Berlin had a lot in common. Born just two years apart, both were Jews, refugees (Berlin from Latvia/Russia, Deutscher from Poland) who settled in England,... > more

Letters to a Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson,
The Boston Globe, April 29, 2013
On July 3, 2006, the Explorer’s Club, joined by the American Museum of Natural History and several other organizations, conducted a “bioblitz” in New York’s Central Park. The bioblitz is... > more

The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, and A Movement

by David Graeber,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 28, 2013
"Creating a new, alternative civilization" in the teeth of opposition from political and economic elites with militarized police at their disposal is "a difficult business," David Graeber acknowledges. He ought... > more

The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution

by Marcia Coyle,
The Portland Oregonian, April 28, 2013
"One of the hardest things about constitutional law is that there aren't clear answers to questions," former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal declared about a year... > more

"Back to Basics at the National Science Foundation"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), April 25, 2013
Vannevar Bush died long before the launch of, but he built analog computers in the 1920s and described a mechanism that anticipated hypertext and the Internet in the 1940s.... > more

Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism

by Gil Troy,
The Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2013
On November 10, 1975, after the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which announced that "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination," Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the US... > more

The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars

by Terry Mort,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 23, 2013
Second Lt. George Bascom was “a fine looking fellow” and a gentleman, a white settler of Arizona recalled, “but he was unfortunately a fool.” After all, Bascom’s decision in 1861... > more

Who Owns the Future?

by Jaron Lanier,
The Huffington Post, April 22, 2013
Jaron Lanier is making James T. Kirk's wager. Like the fictional captain of the USS Starship Enterprise on Star Trek, played on television by William Shatner, Lanier, a computer scientist... > more

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

by Benn Steil,
Tulsa World, April 21, 2013
In the spring of 1941, the British economist John Maynard Keynes was briefed on the American personalities he would face in meetings in New York and Washington about the provisions... > more

Hitler's Philosophers

by Yvonne Sherratt,
The Jerusalem Post, April 19, 2013
Asked in 1941 how his fellow philosophers were receiving the war, Dr. August Faust, a professor at the University of Breslau, wrote that "in German thought there were always ready... > more

Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

by Bob Thompson,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 17, 2013
In 1833, after regaining his old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, David Crockett started cashing in on his celebrity. Puzzled that his “humble name” attracted public interest, he... > more

Equilateral: A Novel

by Ken Kalfus,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 14, 2013
The equilateral triangle combines the virtues of uniformity and variety, Sanford Thayer, the main character in Ken Kalfus' new novel, proclaims.... > more

The New Mind of the South

by Tracy Thompson,
The Florida Courier, April 12, 2013
Living next door to Tracy Thompson’s former colleague in Marietta, GA, is a Navy man, who watches Fox News and listens to Rush Limbaugh. The man and his wife, both... > more

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

by David Nirenberg,
The Jerusalem Post, April 5, 2013
"A good maxim" Friedrich Nietzsche claimed, "is too hard for the teeth of time, and all the millennia cannot succeed in consuming it, though it always serves as nourishment."... > more

Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community

by Kenneth T. MacLeish,
The Florida Courier, March 29, 2013

Middle C: A Novel

by William H. Gass,
The Jerusalem Post, March 29, 2013
“If Paul Pry were to open him like a tin,” Joseph Skizzen, the main character in William Gass’s long-awaited novel, confesses to himself, “the tin would be empty, not even... > more

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff,
(co-authored with Patrick M. Burns)
The Huffington Post, March 28, 2013

"College Behind Bars: How Educating Prisoners Pays Off"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), March 25, 2013
Ithaca, NY, where Cornell’s main campus is located, is less than an hour’s drive from four maximum-security state prisons for men. Proximity has led to a partnership among institutions of... > more

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means For Our Economic Well-Being

by Zoltan J. Acs,
Tulsa World, March 24, 2013
Americans are the most generous people on earth. Each year, they give away about $350 billion, roughly 2 or 3 percent of the gross domestic product. Philanthropy and... > more

The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor

by Earl Shorris,
The San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2013
On a Saturday morning in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in January 1995, David Howell, a 24-year-old man with a history of violent behavior, called Earl Shorris. Howell told... > more

The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy

by Michael Pettis,
Tulsa World, March 17, 2013
About a year ago, Dutch academic Helen Mees predicted that "as China's economy continues to mature, it may just be the economic engine that the United States and Europe need... > more

Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State

by T. D. Allman,
The Portland Oregonian, March 10, 2013
With the passage of time, journalist T.D. Allman, a native Floridian and the author of "Miami: City of the Future," indicates, the truth "supposedly emerges from the rubble of accusations... > more

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

by Jonah Berger,
The Boston Globe, March 3, 2013
Published in 2000, "The Tipping Point" rapidly reached a tipping point. In the blink of an eye, it seems, Malcolm Gladwell's argument that social epidemics are spread by a small... > more

Once His Fear, Insects Are Now Samuel Ramsey's Career

Pest Control Technology, February 22, 2013

A staff entomologist at American Pest in Maryland, insectophile and Cornell grad Samuel Ramsey admits that he was once afraid of insects. Profiled in Pest Control Technology in October 2012,... > more

"Do We Really Need More Guns on Campus?"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), February 21, 2013
Given a sense of urgency by the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun control debate rages on across the nation. Less well known is that this year many... > more

The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How To Fix It

by Peter Temin and David Vines,
The Huffington Post, February 20, 2013
Whenever he argued with John Maynard Keynes, the philosopher Bertrand Russell recalled, "I felt I took my life in my hands and I seldom emerged without feeling something of a... > more

The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

by W. Patrick McCray,
Tulsa World, February 3, 2013
Gerard O'Neill, a professor of physics at Princeton University, described himself as "a romantic, an idealist, and a practical physicist and engineer." O'Neill hoped that whenever the romance got out... > more

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson

by Barbara Ransby,
The Florida Courier, February 1, 2013
"We Negroes have now passed The Point of No Return," Eslanda Robeson wrote in 1964. "We are determined, determined to claim our full citizenship and human rights, now, period."

A year... > more

I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies

by Jeanine Basinger,
The Boston Globe, January 30, 2013
"Marriage is not a word,” actor Eddie Cantor once declared. “It's a sentence.”

The most important event in the lives of millions of people, marriage, even at it's best, as Cantor... > more

"MOOCs: A College Education Online?"

(co-authored with David J. Skorton), January 28, 2013
Although it has given rise to jokes about cows and an outfielder for the 1986 New York Mets, MOOC is actually an acronym for Massive Open Online Courses. Depending on... > more

Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are

by Carlin Flora,
The Huffington Post, January 27, 2013
Good friendships, formed in adolescence, according to psychologist Carl Pickhardt, give individuals a capacity to forge and sustain other relationships, including romantic ones. "But we have a funny culture," Pickhardt... > more

The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

by Edward Ball,
The San Francisco Chronicle, January 27, 2013
On the surface, Leland Stanford and Eadweard Muybridge were an odd couple. One of the wealthiest men in the United States, Stanford lived high, dressed well (rarely leaving home without... > more

"The Cornell in Washington program gives students a look at government's company town"

Cornell Alumni Magazine, 2013
Named for the star that once guided escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad, the Polaris Project is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to combating human trafficking. Its offices are located... > more

"Alison Malmon Changes the Conversation about Mental Health"

The Huffington Post, 2013

In spring 2000, as she was finishing her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, Alison Malmon received the devastating news that her beloved brother and only sibling, Brian, had... > more

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

by Alexandra Horowitz,
The Portland Oregonian, January 13, 2013
Paul Shaw looks at everything. A teacher of calligraphy and typography at Parson's School of Design in New York City, he noticed that the current version of taxi cab signage... > more

Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865

by James Oakes,
The Florida Courier, January 11, 2013
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans continue to fight about the causes and consequences of the Civil War. Was the conflict “irrepressible,” some ask, or... > more

"Compromising History: Lincoln on Capitol Hill"

The Huffington Post, January 3, 2013
Movie Night is a rare event on Capitol Hill, so when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) took a break from fiscal cliff... > more

"Political Culture"

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, Joan Shelley Rubin and Scott E. Casper, editors, 2013

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