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Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648

by Mark Greengrass,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 28, 2014
“God Almighty has a quarrel lately with all mankind, and given reins to the ill spirit to compass the whole earth,” James Howell, a Welsh clergyman, proclaimed in 1645; “for... > more

The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth

by Orlando Patterson with Ethan Fosse (editors),
The Florida Courier, December 26, 2014
Growing up in the projects of Crown Heights, New York was “normal living,” according to Juan, a 27-year-old African-American who works in the civil service sector. “I mean street drugs,... > more


by Peter Toohey,
Psychology Today, December 23, 2014
Maurice Bendrix, the narrator of Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair, acknowledges that he measures love “by the extent of my jealousy.” Throughout his relationship with Sarah,... > more

Walter Lippmann: Public Economist

by Craufurd D. Goodwin,
The Portland Oregonian, December 23, 2014
"I do not always agree with you, but what you say almost always makes me sit up and think," Frank Taussig, a professor of economics at Harvard, told Walter Lippmann,... > more

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

by Kai Bird,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 23, 2014
Had Robert Ames been a public man, a fellow CIA agent claimed, “he would have stood tall in his all-American shoes [cowboy boots] as a Louis L’Amour hero. But he... > more

American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street

by Paula Rabinowitz,
Tulsa World, December 14, 2014
Paperback books began to reach mass audiences in the United States in the 1930s. During World War II, the federal government delivered more than 140 million paperback books, designed to... > more

Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way

by Hasia R. Diner,
The Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2014
In 1874, in his Guide For Going to America, Leon Horowitz of Minsk proclaimed that peddlers “who go about the countryside with their wares on their shoulders can earn their... > more

William Wells Brown: An African American Life

by Ezra Greenspan,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 10, 2014
Throughout his life, as a fugitive slave, abolitionist lecturer, prolific historian, novelist, songwriter, playwright, physician and civil rights activist, William Wells Brown resolved “not to be a spectator, but a... > more

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore,
The Portland Oregonian, December 9, 2014
In 1937, William Moulton Marston told reporters that one day women would prevail in a battle of the sexes. "Women have twice the emotional development, the ability for love, that... > more

Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

by Marie Gottschalk,
The Huffington Post, December 9, 2014
In 1994, California mandated that defendants with two or more serious convictions be sentenced to a minimum of twenty-five years to life on conviction of any third felony. Sixteen years... > more

Fire Shut Up In My Bones: A Memoir

by Charles M. Blow,
The Florida Courier, December 5, 2014
The day after his cousin sexually abused him, Charles Blow sat outside of his “House With No Steps,” in Gibsland, LA, inside the maze one of his brothers had mowed... > more

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

by S. C. Gwynne,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 2, 2014
As he rode back to headquarters at the end of the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson suddenly said, “How horrible is war.” Hunter McGuire, his medical... > more

Divine Fury: A History of Genius

by Darrin McMahon,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 23, 2014
When he was three years old, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sat at the clavier and harmonized in thirds. At age six, he composed his own music. Two years later, Mozart dazzled... > more

The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931

by Adam Tooze,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 22, 2014
In March 1919, Thomas Lamont, a banker at J.P. Morgan, drafted a letter to Russell Leffingwell, the U.S. secretary of the treasury. “America holds the key” to a “real and... > more

Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders

by Renee Romano,
The Florida Courier, November 21, 2014
On July 11, 1964, Ku Klux Klansmen shot and killed Lemuel Penn, a 49-year old assistant superintendent of schools in Washington D.C., as he and two companions were driving home... > more

The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest to Build a New England

by Adrian Tinniswood,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 16, 2014
In 1648, at the height of the English Civil War, Thomas Rainborowe, a senior officer in the army and member of Parliament, was kidnapped and murdered by supporters of King... > more

The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It

by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban,
The Huffington Post, November 12, 2014
We know, with precision, for whom American voters cast their ballots. But it is much less clear why they pull the lever for a particular candidate or political party. Some... > more

Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left

by Mark C. Taylor,
Psychology Today, November 10, 2014
More than a hundred years ago, Frederick Winslow Taylor, the father of "scientific management" in the United States, proclaimed that "the most important object" in every business was to make... > more

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

by Gregg Herken,
The Portland Oregonian, November 10, 2014
Shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968, Lyndon Johnson was told that a mob was headed to Georgetown, with the intention of burning it... > more

When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

by Thomas Maier,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 9, 2014
“The measure of a man’s success in life is not the money he’s made, it’s the kind of family he has raised,” Joseph Kennedy proclaimed in 1943. A failed diplomat,... > more

America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation

by Grant Wacker,
The Portland Oregonian, November 4, 2014
We should not be surprised, Grant Wacker, a professor at Duke University Divinity School suggests, that letters addressed to "Rev. Billy Graham, Evangelist, Who lives somewhere in America USA" and... > more

More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook

by Jim Dwyer,
Tulsa World, November 2, 2014
"Facebook holds and controls more data about the daily lives and social interactions of half a billion people than 20th century totalitarian governments ever managed to collect about the people... > more

The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea

by Robert Wald Sussman,
The Florida Courier, October 31, 2014
In 1924, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an editorial in support of the Racial Integrity Act. The editors warned that intermarriage between the races "will sound the death knell of... > more

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

by Francis Fukuyama,
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 29, 2014
With the publication of "The End of History and the Last Man" in 1992, in which he claimed that the end of the Cold War marked the permanent ascendancy of... > more

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black

by Chris Tomlinson,
Tulsa World, October 26, 2014
When he was growing up in Dallas, Texas, in the 1960s and '70s, Chris Tomlinson was rather proud of his family's slaveholding and Confederate past. As an adult, he learned... > more

Hard Choices

by Hillary Rodham Clinton,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 26, 2014
By now it is clear that "Hard Choices" (Simon & Schuster, $35), Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir of her tenure as secretary of state, did not change the narrative. To be... > more

Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician

by Allen Shawn,
The Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2014
Leonard Bernstein made his debut as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on November 14, 1943, replacing Bruno Walter, who had the flu. Although he had... > more

"Midterm Politics: The Back Story is the Thing"

The Conversation US, October 22, 2014
On Tuesday, November 4, Americans will elect all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, 36 United States Senators, 36 governors, and thousands of state legislators and local officials.... > more

The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789

by Edward J. Larson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 19, 2014
In 1783, during a two-day journey through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, confessed "to a certain pleasing, melancholy sensation."... > more

Presidential Leadership

The Hatfield Lecture, Cornell University, October 16, 2014

Cowardice: A Brief History

by Chris Walsh,
Psychology Today, October 14, 2014
The idea of cowardice, which is widely regarded as the most common and profound human failing, has preoccupied Americans for centuries, especially in times of war. About 500 Union... > more

Leningrad: Siege and Symphony

by Brian Moynahan,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 12, 2014
Liubov Shaporina, the stage designer who ran Leningrad’s Puppet Theater, characterized World War II as "the war of the two Herods," Hitler and Stalin. Amid the Nazi siege of her... > more

The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle

by Peter Baldwin,
The Huffington Post, October 8, 2014
In 1989, the United States joined the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Established in 1886, the Berne Convention assumed that such works were a form... > more

The Innovators: How A Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created The Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson,
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 1, 2014
“A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way,” Albert Einstein once declared, “but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.” ... > more

"New Book Celebrates Sesquicentennial"

Cornell Daily Sun, 2014
Last month, Prof. Glenn Altschuler Ph.D. '76, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, published Cornell, A History, 1940–2015 — the first... > more

All the Truth Is Out: The Fall of Gary Hart and the Rise of Tabloid Politics

by Matt Bai,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 28, 2014
In the spring of 1987, Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado was the odds-on favorite to get the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. Following a stakeout of his Washington, D.C.... > more

Cosby: His Life and Times

by Mark Whitaker,
The Florida Courier, September 26, 2014
In 1962, just before he headed to New York City for a gig at The Gaslight Café, Bill Cosby had an epiphany. As he waited for his meal at a... > more

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team,
The Boston Globe, September 25, 2014
"It’s so nice to be back in Benghazi," Christopher Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, wrote in his diary on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. Stevens felt a "much stronger... > more

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

by Lawrence Wright,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 14, 2014
At the end of the summer of 1978, almost a year after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic trip to Israel, negotiations between the two countries had stalled. In March, after... > more

Israel: Is It Good For The Jews?

by Richard Cohen,
The Jerusalem Post, September 12, 2014
In 1948, Chaim Weizmann, the country’s first president, issued a prescient warning. Predicting that Israel would eventually have to contend with "a large Arab majority," he urged his fellow citizens... > more

Cornell: A History: 'Campus Confrontation, 1958'

Cornell Alumni Magazine, September 11, 2014
The September/October 2014 edition of Cornell Alumni Magazine features an exclusive excerpt from Cornell: A History in which, "the authors recount the tale of the 'apartment riot' of 1958, a... > more

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

by Ramita Navai,
The Minneapolis Star Tribume, September 7, 2014
“We believed what we were doing was the right thing,” Ghassem Namazi, the judge who sentenced a young man’s parents to death in 1988, tells the man, Amir, in 2013.... > more

'Cornell: A History' looks at university's second 75 years

Cornell Chronicle, September 4, 2014
Cornell University’s emergence as a modern research university after World War II and the ongoing challenge to balance its ideals of freedom and responsibility are detailed in a new book... > more

Alien Landscapes? Interpreting Disordered Minds

by Jonathan Glover,
Psychology Today, September 2, 2014
In recent decades psychiatry has been medicalized. Researchers in epidemiology, genetics, pharmacology, and neuroimaging have found some causal links between body chemistry and personality disorders – and identified drugs... > more

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

by Greil Marcus,
The Huffington Post, September 2, 2014
Sometimes, Greil Marcus claims, "a song says what its words never could." It hints that some things cannot be captured in words or shouldn't be. Inside the loudness "is a... > more

Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

by Walter Mosley,
The Florida Courier, August 29, 2014
As "Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore," the new novel by the prolific Walter Mosley, who is best known for the Easy Rawlins mysteries, begins, Debbie Dare, a Black porn queen,... > more

Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom

by Lewis Buzbee,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2014
"Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be," Peter DeVries once quipped. But, as Lewis Buzbee, a writer of children’s books who teaches at the University of San Francisco, demonstrates, it... > more

Chinese students enjoy immersion in summer program

Cornell Chronicle, August 14, 2014
For Chinese students enrolled in three- or six-week courses in the program, “the experience is a real immersion.”... > more

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

by Matthew Thomas,
Psychology Today, August 12, 2014
Near the end of We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas’ first novel, Connell Leary rescues his mother from a faith healer who channels a spirit named Vywamus. "I want... > more

The Second Amendment: A Biography

by Michael Waldman,
Tulsa World, August 11, 2014
On Main Street in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, a large sign declared "The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited." In Wichita, strangers were told "Leave Your Revolvers at... > more

Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

by Robert Wuthnow,
The Huffington Post, August 4, 2014
After Governor Dan Moody proclaimed in 1930 that a few of his Texas Rangers could rid the city of Chicago of its gangsters, the Chicago Daily Tribune shot back that... > more

Back Channel: A Novel

by Stephen L. Carter,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 3, 2014
In a classroom discussion of civil-defense planning for a nuclear attack on the United States, Margo Jensen, the heroine of Stephen Carter's new novel, declares that because human beings are... > more

Cornell: A History, 1940-2015

(co-authored with Isaac Kramnick)
Cornell University Press 2014

Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia 1880-2012

by Martin Kilson,
The Florida Courier, August 1, 2014
With the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s, former slaves and their children were left to fend for themselves. In their quest for equal rights and opportunities, African-Americans depended... > more

Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes

by John Rosengren,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 27, 2014
In 1930, after a one-at-bat end of the season rookie stint with the Detroit Tigers, Hank Greenberg returned to his home in the Bronx, New York. Out for a ride... > more

American Innovations: Stories

by Rivka Galchen,
The Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2014
The narrator of "Wild Berry Blue" – one of 10 stories in Rivka Galchen’s quirky and disquieting new book, American Innovations – remembers the crush she had when she was... > more

The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball

by Willie Randolph,
The Florida Courier, July 18, 2014
Willie Randolph grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. As a kid, he played baseball in Betsy Head Playground, a 10-acre park full of broken bottles, garbage, and syringes. "The... > more

The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism

by Marwan Muasher,
The Jerusalem Post, July 18, 2014
Ignited in December 2010, when a Tunisian man set himself on fire, the Arab Spring spread to more than half a dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa,... > more

"Email and Higher Ed History"

Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2014
For decades now, email has been the preferred form of communication for individuals in large and small organizations, including colleges and universities. The impact of the use of email on... > more

Summer course trains experts in WHO policies

Cornell Chronicle, July 8, 2014
More than 30 nutrition experts from around the globe gathered at Cornell July 7-18, 2014, for hands-on training in World Health Organization (WHO) procedures to retrieve, summarize and assess reliable,... > more

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee,
The Huffington Post, July 7, 2014
Following her arrest in October, 1949, Olga Ivinskaya, the mistress of Boris Pasternak, was interrogated by Victor Abakumov, Joseph Stalin's minister of state security. Notorious for placing a bloodstained carpet... > more

The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car

by Steven Parissien,
Tulsa World, July 6, 2014
By the 1920s, the automobile had become the "magic carpet of modern times" for millions of families in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Western European countries.... > more

A Social Strategy: How We Profit From Social Media

by Mikolaj Jan Piskorski,
Psychology Today, July 3, 2014
"I am always quite surprised how many people 'like' my Facebook posts with my runs or leave comments," a Nike Plus user told Mikolaj Piskorski, a professor at the Harvard... > more

Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

by Elizabeth Mitchell,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2014
When he returned to France after a trip to Cairo in 1856, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a 22-year-old sculptor, apparently told a friend, "When I discover a subject grand enough, I... > more

But Enough About You

by Christopher Buckley,
The Portland Oregonian, June 29, 2014
Although he found "The Real Animal House," the memoir by Chris Miller about the fraternity that inspired the movie, so disgusting, debased, misogynist, chauvinistic and at times revolting that it... > more

"Today's Vets Get Shortchanged on GI Bill", June 28, 2014
Seventy years ago this week, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, formally the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, which the House of Representatives and Senate passed unanimously. It authorized... > more

Mannequin Girl: A Novel

by Ellen Litman,
The Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2014
Just before she starts first grade in 1980, Kat Knopman-Roshdal, a local wunderkind, is diagnosed with scoliosis. It is not the only "handicap" with which she must contend. Her... > more

"Get an Ivy League Education - on Vacation"

Yahoo!, 2014
Being able to say that you studied at Harvard or Cornell just got a whole lot easier. Whoever said summer school was a bad thing obviously didn't have these higher-education... > more

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead,
The Portland Oregonian, June 17, 2014
When the editor of Grantland magazine offered to pay his $10,000 entry fee for a seat at the World Series of Poker in exchange for an essay on his experiences,... > more

The Way We Were - And Are: Cornell Professors and Students, 1940-Present

Olin Lecture, Cornell University, June 14, 2014
American universities remain the envy of the world, and Cornell University is a jewel in the crown of American higher education. In researching their forthcoming book, Cornell: A History, 1940-2015,... > more

"The Problematic Primacy of Primaries"

The Huffington Post, June 12, 2014
The defeat of Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, by David Brat, a little known professor of economics at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, in the Republican... > more

Liberalism: The Life of an Idea

by Edmund Fawcett,
The Huffington Post, June 11, 2014
"We all declare for liberty," Abraham Lincoln declared in 1864, "but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing."... > more

Scalia: A Court of One

by Bruce Allen Murphy,
The Boston Globe, June 10, 2014
Following a 98-to-0 vote in the US Senate approving the nomination of Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court in 1986, Judge Abner Mikva, a longtime liberal adversary, noted that his... > more

Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic

by Laura Dawes,
Psychology Today, June 10, 2014
Sponsored by a wide array of organizations, including the American Medical Association’s Committee for Public Health Education Among Women, the Congress of Mothers, and the Woman’s Home Companion, "Better Baby"... > more

A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide

by Alon Confino,
The Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2014
"The Jews must get out of Germany, indeed out of Europe altogether," Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary in 1937. "This will take some time yet, but it will and... > more

Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack

by Katherine C. Mooney,
The Florida Courier, June 6, 2014
"One of the best points in the character of the colored men is their strong love and devotion to the racehorse," a writer for The Spirit of the Times declared... > more

Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America

by Donald L. Miller,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2014
As they entered the lavish lobby of his skyscraper on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Forty-Fifth Street in 1934, two characters in Don DeLillo's novel Underworld asked, "Who in... > more

Gorge safety is paramount in Cornell summers

Cornell Chronicle, May 29, 2014
A dedicated corps of gorge stewards -- an integral part of the newly named Nathaniel Rand '12 Memorial Gorge Safety Education Program -- are here to greet and guide, inform... > more

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

by Lynne Cheney,
Tulsa World, May 25, 2014

Other People's Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business

by Jennifer Taub,
The Huffington Post, May 20, 2014
Following the savings and loan crisis of 1987, Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas announced that the federal government's response had been guided by two watchwords: "Never again." As he signed... > more

"Summer College alum Justine Lee featured in Cornell "Portraits""

Cornell University, 2014
Summer College 2009 alum Justine Lee, who took the Architecture program, is featured on Cornell's Portraits page, a "collection of extraordinary individuals."... > more

Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters

by Michael S. Roth,
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2014
In 1869, Charles W. Eliot, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote an essay in The Atlantic Monthly entitled "The New Education." He began with a question... > more

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

by Adam Phillips,
Psychology Today, May 12, 2014
Although he wrote speculative accounts about the lives of Moses, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Leonardo da Vinci, Sigmund Freud had an intense aversion to biography. "To be a biographer," he... > more

Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76

by Dan Epstein,
Tulsa World, May 11, 2014
In April 1976, Charlie Finley, the owner of the Oakland Athletics, hired Laurie Brady, an astrologer, to help manager Chuck Tanner make decisions about his lineup and pitching rotation.... > more

The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude Van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews

by Bernard Wasserstein,
The Jerusalem Post, May 9, 2014
Early in 1942, after failing to persuade Nazi officials to rescind their orders, the Jewish Council of Amsterdam urged conscripts to comply with instructions to vacate their homes, surrender their... > more

The Double Life of Paul de Man

by Evelyn Barish,
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 9, 2014
On a visit to Europe in the 1960s, Alice Cook, a professor at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, met the former chief secretary of Belgium's socialist party. She... > more

The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

by John Demos,
Tulsa World, May 4, 2014
In 1816, Ward Safford, a philanthropist, urged Jeremiah Evarts, the corresponding secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, to take decisive action to secure a permanent residence... > more

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern,
The Jerusalem Post, May 2, 2014
In the late 18th century, soon after Russia took control of 400,000 square miles of Poland, Catherine the Great announced that the new rulers would win the hearts of the... > more

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style

by Nelson George,
The Florida Courier, April 25, 2014
Nick Cannon, star of the film Drum Line and husband of Mariah Carey, is delighted that Soul Train is "something archived." If aliens land on earth and watch episodes... > more

A Fighting Chance

by Elizabeth Warren,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 2014
As she began her campaign to become the United States senator from Massachusetts in 2012, Elizabeth Warren indicates that she felt far more comfortable discussing stagnant wages and predatory mortgage... > more

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change

by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, Nicole Kosanke, with Stephanie Higgs,
Tulsa World, April 21, 2014
Addiction touches at least 1 in 4 families in the United States. Each year, more than 22 million individuals have problems with substances that can be classified as dependence or... > more

American Tax Resisters

by Romain D. Huret,
The Huffington Post, April 14, 2014
To pay the expenses incurred in fighting the Civil War, the government of the United States sold bonds and levied several taxes, including a small graduated income tax. Despite the... > more

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel,
Psychology Today, April 10, 2014
After his first exam at Georgia Regents University Medical School, Michael Young realized that his study habits needed to change. Although he had read and reread the assigned material, he... > more

Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

by Kevin Roose,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 9, 2014
In 2011, a Yale undergraduate affiliated with an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement questioned the career choices of her classmates. "It’s weird," she said, "that we’re not allowed... > more

Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better

by Peter H. Schuck,
The Boston Globe, April 9, 2014
Americans have a dismal view of the performance of their government. In 1958, 73 percent of respondents told pollsters they trusted Washington D.C. to do what is right "just about... > more

"Summer Introductory Oceanography featured by NY Times"

The New York Times, 2014
Professor Bruce Monger's popular course "Introductory Oceanography" makes the New York Times list of "10 Courses With A Twist"... > more

"Q & A with Cornell's deans featuring Glenn Altschuler"

Ezra Magazine, 2014
This article features deans Glenn Altschuler from the School of Continuing Education, Dan Huttenlocher from Cornell Tech, and Gary Koretzky from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.... > more

We the People: The Civil Rights Revolution

by Bruce Ackerman,
The Florida Courier, March 28, 2014
When we think of the mid-20th century civil rights movement in the United States, we tend to think, first and foremost, about Supreme Court cases. Brown v. Board of... > more

The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

by Zaid Al-Ali,
The Portland Oregonian, March 24, 2014
As a meeting of senior-level officials of the United Nations in 2008 to evaluate reclamation projects in Iraq approached its conclusion, an Iraqi said "Wait, we haven't discussed whether any... > more

Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

by Diane Jacobs,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 23, 2014
In 1783, following the death of her father, the Rev. William Smith, Elizabeth Shaw affirmed the strength — and indispensability — of her bond with her sisters, Abigail Adams and... > more

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself

by Andrew Pettegree,
The Huffington Post, March 20, 2014
In Italy, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, news gathering scribes began offering their services to subscribing customers. Relying on a web of contacts across Europe and the Ottoman Empire... > more

Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement

by Lori Sturdevant,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 16, 2014
In 1960, Rosalie Wahl, a mother of four in her mid-30s, had an epiphany. Along with several other women, she had presented a proposal to the Washington County Board in... > more

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

by Simon Blackburn,
Psychology Today, March 12, 2014
Confessing that self-love possessed "all my soul and all my every part," William Shakespeare declared in Sonnet 62 that "for this sin there is no remedy." And yet, Simon... > more

"Book 'Em?"

Inside Higher Ed, March 3, 2014
A number of New York state legislators have responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to provide state funding for college programs in prison with a string of rhetorical questions:... > more

The Americanization of Narcissism

by Elizabeth Lunbeck,
Tulsa World, March 2, 2014
Published in 1978, "The Culture of Narcissism" became the signature critique of "The Me Decade." In the book, cultural historian Christopher Lasch claimed that a personality type consistent with clinical... > more

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2, 2014
Following her failure to be nominated as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 2008, Hillary Clinton's political career appeared to be over. After she was appointed secretary of... > more

The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God

by Peter Watson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2, 2014
In several books, especially The Blind Watchmaker (1986) and The God Delusion (2006), biologist Richard Dawkins maintained that Charles Darwin "made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist."... > more

Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

by Martin Duberman,
Reviews in American History, March 1, 2014

Pulitzer winner offers summer seminar on Vietnam War

Cornell Chronicle, February 24, 2014
How and why did the United States embroil itself in a long, bloody and arguably fruitless war in Southeast Asia after France’s defeat in the first Indochina War? Fredrik Logevall,... > more

Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity

by Kwame Anthony Appiah,
The Florida Courier, February 21, 2014
For much of his long life, W.E.B. Du Bois gave voice to his anger at racism in America. Nonetheless, the distinguished scholar, co-founder of the NAACP, and convert to Marxism... > more

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by Danah Boyd,
Psychology Today, February 18, 2014
"Only connect!," the English novelist E.M. Forster wrote in 1910. "Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that... > more

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

by Betty Medsger,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 16, 2014
On March 8, 1971, while Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world in Madison Square Garden, eight anti-Vietnam War protesters broke into an... > more

The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

by Angela E. Stent,
The Huffington Post, February 11, 2014
At her first meeting with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva in March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the Russian Foreign Minister a small gift box. Inside was a red... > more

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History

by Nicholas A. Basbanes,
Tulsa World, February 9, 2014
Pointing to the "tendency on the part of paper to take the place of everything else, to become a universal substitute, so to speak," a journalist concluded in 1881 "that... > more

Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

by Kenneth Pollack,
The Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2014
Kenneth Pollack believes that "by any standards, the Iranian regime is odious. It is oppressive. It is authoritarian." He is convinced that the world, the Middle East and the... > more

The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools

by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski,
The Portland Oregonian, February 4, 2014
In 2010, "Waiting for Superman" added momentum to the movement to privatize education. Featuring Geoffrey Canada, the founder of charter schools in Harlem, and Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of... > more

Cornellians at play, in winter's snow and ice

Ezra Magazine, January 31, 2014
To most Cornellians today, winter in Ithaca means subzero temperatures, bundling up in jackets and scarves, Big Red hockey, and occasional hikes to class through two feet of snow. But... > more

Semesters in D.C., New York Offer Unique Experiences

Cornell Daily Sun, January 28, 2014
For students looking to spend time away from Ithaca, off-campus programs such as Cornell in Washington and the College of Human Ecology Urban Semester program have become increasingly popular.... > more

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

by Pat Conroy,
The Portland Oregonian, January 27, 2014
At age 65, almost 40 years after he wrote his novel "The Great Santini," Pat Conroy still carries "the bruised freight" of his childhood every day. Taking pride in having... > more

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

by Robert M. Gates,
The San Francisco Chronicle, January 26, 2014
The greatest challenge faced by a secretary of defense, according to Robert Gates, is the crushing impact "of dealing daily with multiple problems, pivoting on a dime every few minutes... > more

After Civil Rights: Racial Realism in the New American Workplace

by John D. Skrentny,
The Florida Courier, January 24, 2014
Over two decades ago, Harvard Law Professor Martha Minow described "the dilemma of difference." When does treating people differently "stigmatize or hinder them on that basis," she asked. ... > more

Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong

by George Edmonds,
Psychology Today, January 23, 2014
You may well be familiar with this thought experiment: standing on a footbridge overlooking a railway track, an observer sees a trolley hurtling toward five people tied to the... > more

Unbalanced: The Co-Dependency of America and China

by Stephen Roach,
The Huffington Post, January 21, 2014
The United States and China are political and economic rivals. They are also joined at the hip in many ways. A source of inexpensive products and surplus financial capital, China... > more

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

by John Rizzon,
The Boston Globe, January 15, 2014
Soon after September 11, 2001, CIA director George Tenet began to preside over a daily session in which senior Agency officials reviewed the latest developments in the war against Al... > more

"WSJ features CAU summer programs"

Wall Street Journal, 2014
Already sick of winter? There is an antidote: Start making your travel plans for the summer. And spring. And fall.... > more

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940

by Victoria Wilson,
Tulsa World, January 6, 2014
In 1926, a family friend arranged an audition for an aspiring actress with David Belasco, the icon of the Broadway theater.... > more

Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life

by Berel Lang,
The Jerusalem Post, January 3, 2014
Until 1938, "it had not meant much to me that I was a Jew," Primo Levi claimed in The Periodic Table (1975). "Within myself and in my contacts with Christian... > more

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