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Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America

by Michael A. McDonnell,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 23, 2015
After the French and their Indian allies attacked Deerfield, Mass., in 1704, New England colonists tried to persuade the Anishinaabeg to join forces with them and the Iroquois in a... > more

Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age

by Bernard E. Harcourt,
The Huffington Post, December 17, 2015
In 2015, the National Security Agency is apparently intercepting and storing well over 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications every day. The NSA's approach, an internal memo produced... > more

Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

by Joe Domanick,
Tulsa World, December 13, 2015
In the 1970s and ’80s, the Los Angeles Police Department had a reputation as an arrogant, aggressive paramilitary force that covered up acts of brutality, racism and corruption. And then,... > more

America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk

by Megan Pugh,
The Florida Courier, December 11, 2015
In 1984, 18-year-old Larry T. Ellis performed his imitation of Michael Jackson to high school students in Pittsburgh, football halftime shows, and hotel bars around the country. Ellis had... > more

Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation

by Shane O'Mara,
Psychology Today, December 9, 2015
CIA records describe the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, as evolving into “a series of near drownings. Abu Zubaydah, another terrorist suspect, “coughed, vomited,... > more

"How to End Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities"

The Huffington Post, December 3, 2015
Some traditions die hard. Some do not die at all. Hazing has been a pervasive practice in fraternities and sororities on college campuses for generations. A 2008 study by the... > more

Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception

by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller,
Tulsa World, November 23, 2015
Some years ago, an advertisement declared that Anacin contained “the pain reliever doctors recommend most.” The claim was not false. But it was misleading. After all, like Anacin, “Brand X,”... > more

Paris at War: 1939-1944

by David Drake,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2015
On Aug. 26, 1944, after the surrender of German troops and police in Paris, the leader of the Free French movement stood at the top of the Champs-Élysées and addressed... > more

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

by David Maraniss,
The Florida Courier, November 20, 2015
Early in 1963, Jerome Cavanagh, the mayor of Detroit, declared that his city was on the move. Having achieved a position as one of the great industrial centers of the... > more

Hamburgers in Paradise: The Stories Behind the Food We Eat

by Louise O. Fresco,
The Portland Oregonian, November 19, 2015
In Canada, where a hamburger, French fries, and a coke is called "the holy trinity," advertisers once claimed "There's a little McDonald's in everyone." After all, we are, to... > more

The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball

by Charles Fountain,
Tulsa World, November 15, 2015
Soon after the heavily favored Chicago White Sox lost the first game of the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, baseball writer Ring Lardner drafted a new lyric to... > more

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

by Joseph Henrich,
Psychology Today, November 13, 2015
Human beings are smart. But, according to Joseph Henrich, the impact – and import – of the innate intelligence of individuals may be over-rated. In a variety of... > more

1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History

by Jay Winik,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 8, 2015
From her hiding place, four small rooms located behind a bookcase in a house in Amsterdam, 14-year-old Anne Frank somehow learned that Allied troops had invaded Normandy. “This is the... > more

Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

by Dan Ephron,
The Jerusalem Post, November 6, 2015
In October 1994, about a year after leaders of the government of Israel signed the Oslo Accords with the PLO, and soon after an attempt to rescue Cpl. Nachshon Wachsman,... > more

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Steven Lee Myers,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 1, 2015
Not long after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent and an aide to the mayor of St. Petersburg, portrayed himself as a democrat. He... > more

Autobiography of Mark Twain

by Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith (editors),
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2015
Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in Liverpool, England, in the summer of 1907, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) compared himself to “the little skipper” of the Mary Ann. Exchanging greetings... > more

Hitler at Home

by Despina Stratigakos,
The Jerusalem Post, October 30, 2015
Published in 1933, Adolf Hitler’s Adopted Homeland featured 22 drawings of beautiful Alpine landscapes; interiors of the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain home; and villagers in traditional garb.... > more

Arthur Frommer: Check out CAU for your next vacation...

Frommer's Online, October 30, 2015
Oxford and Ithaca: Few Americans take advantage of their summer courses offered to people of all ages and backgrounds. Studying subjects taught by eminent faculty in the liberal arts is... > more

"What are the limits to free speech in schools?"

The Conversation US, October 28, 2015
Citing a rule that barred all images displaying drugs and alcohol, an official of a middle school in Vermont told Zachary Guiles in 2004 to remove a t-shirt that called... > more

Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

by Susan Southard,
Tulsa World, October 25, 2015
At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, as 16-year-old Taniguchi Sumiteru was delivering mail in the northwestern section of Nagasaki, an American B-29 dropped a five-ton plutonium bomb on the... > more

Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

by Michael Javen Fortner,
The Florida Courier, October 23, 2015
In 1967, the Rev. Oberia Dempsey, the youth minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church (who had also held the ceremonial position of “Mayor of Harlem),” declared that criminal behavior related... > more

The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

by Thomas W. Laqueur,
The Huffington Post, October 21, 2015
For more than two thousand years, some people, inspired perhaps by Diogenes the Cynic (ca. 412-323 B.C.E.), have made fun of burial practices and monuments. Poor, naked, inert, decomposing dead... > more

Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal

by Jay Parini,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 18, 2015
Gore Vidal, who died in 2012, was a prolific American writer and public intellectual. Across a wide variety of genres - novels, screen- and teleplays, stage plays, essays, and memoirs... > more

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

by David Talbot,
The San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2015
“Oh, how I hate my husband,” Clover Dulles wrote in her journal in March 1947. “I want to kill him. … I will be like a fighting cock with knives... > more

Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968

by Niall Ferguson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 11, 2015
Born in Germany in 1923, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger immigrated to the United States with his family in 1938. He served in the 84th Infantry Division and in... > more

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

by Sherry Turkle,
Psychology Today, October 6, 2015
Two years ago, during a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. military intervention in the civil war in Syria, John McCain grew restless. He began playing poker... > more

Twenty Years and Still Going Strong

by David Sherry,
EDUCAUSE, September 29, 2015
The ICPL as a conference challenges me, broadens my thinking, and allows me to see things differently. Bringing together a cohort of about fifty attendees, it assembles lawyers, librarians, historians,... > more

"Graduate education is a mess. Shouldn't universities fix it?"

The Conversation US, September 28, 2015
Colleges and universities in the United States remain among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world. But, concerned about rising costs and the job prospects of young... > more

Black Flags: The Rise of Isis

by Joby Warrick,
The San Francisco Chronicle, September 24, 2015
In January 2004, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of jihadist insurgents in Iraq, wrote a letter to Osama bin Laden. Dismissing Americans as “the most cowardly of creatures,” who... > more

The Making of Asian America: A History

by Erika Lee,
The Portland Oregonian, September 22, 2015
Asian Americans, the fastest growing group in the United States, have also been hailed as the best educated, wealthiest, and even happiest. Their achievement, according to the Pew Research Center,... > more

Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices and the Overpowering Urge to Help

by Larissa MacFarquhar,
Psychology Today, September 16, 2015
In “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” an essay written in the aftermath of a cyclone and genocidal violence in already impoverished regions of East Pakistan in 1971, Peter Singer, the Australian... > more

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times

by Anne C. Heller,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 13, 2015
In the 1950s, Hannah Arendt, a refugee from Nazi Germany, was a highly acclaimed public intellectual. Critics praised her book “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (1951) as an extraordinarily incisive and... > more

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
The Florida Courier, September 11, 2015
Throughout his life, Ta-Nehisi Coates has asked this question: “How do I live free in this Black body?” 150911_book01The context for addressing the question, he emphasizes, is an... > more

The Israeli Mind: How the Israeli National Character Shapes Our World

by Alon Gratch,
The Jerusalem Post, September 11, 2015
Not long ago, at a dinner party in Jerusalem hosted by his friends, Alon Gratch presented an outline of the themes of his forthcoming book on the national character of... > more

The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975

by Michael Schudson,
The Huffington Post, September 9, 2015
Almost half a century ago, Ralph Nader declared that "A well-informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy; and in all areas of government, information, particularly timely information, is the currency... > more

"4-H programs spark NY youth to success"

Human Ecology magazine, fall 2015, 2015

Under a warm July sun, Diondra Dyer, carrying a backpack and smiling bright, strides across North Campus. Finished with Cornell Summer College classes for the day, she’s headed to play... > more

The Debate Over Jewish Achievement: Exploring the Nature and Nurture of Human Accomplishment

by Steven L. Pease,
The Jerusalem Post, August 21, 2015
Jews have been punching above their weight for centuries. Although Jews represent only two-tenths of 1 percent of the world’s population, they have compiled an astonishing rate of achievement in... > more

"All is Not Well in the World of Intercollegiate Football"

The Conversation US, August 20, 2015
College football is America’s national pastime. Tens of millions of fans will soon begin watching games each week, from the stands and on network and cable television.... > more

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

by Jim Rendon,
Psychology Today, August 14, 2015
Millions of Americans have experienced or will experience a traumatic event. They will suffer, of course, perhaps from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or related symptoms. For many victims of... > more

Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy & the Future of Marriage

by Stephen Macedo,
The Huffington Post, August 13, 2015
During the litigation over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the relationship between one man and one woman, Attorney Charles Cooper maintained that the legislation "furthered... > more

Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century

by Andrew Wender Cohen,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 11, 2015
Smuggling is as American as apple pie. During the fiscal year 1872-1873, for example, the commissioner of customs estimated that 36,830 travelers smuggled nearly $130 million (about $2.4 billion today)... > more

American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century

by Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 9, 2015
In 1900, railroads were the go-to mode of transportation in the United States, for passengers as well as freight. More than a century later, railroads are out of sight, out... > more

Touché: The Duel in Literature

by John Leigh,
Tulsa World, August 9, 2015
Among the achievements of Louis XIV, celebrated on an inscription in an equestrian statue of the king dedicated in the Place des Victoires in 1686, was the abolition of dueling.... > more

Katrina: After the Flood

by Gary Rivlin,
The Florida Courier, August 7, 2015
Appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show’’ a week after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin gave his host a tour of the Superdome. Assaulted by a... > more

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

by Steve Inskeep,
Tulsa World, July 26, 2015
In 1819, two years after Gen. Andrew Jackson forced the Cherokees to sign a treaty that included incentives for the tribes to leave their ancestral lands and move west, John... > more

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

by Jimmy Carter,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 26, 2015
Thirty-five years after he lost his bid for a second term as president, Jimmy Carter remains active and outspoken. Through the Carter Center, he engages in conflict resolution, monitors elections... > more

The Heart of the Order: A Novel

by Theo Schell-Lambert,
Tulsa World, July 19, 2015
As “The Heart of the Order,” Theo Schell-Lambert’s debut novel, opens, Blake “Xandy” Alexander, the left fielder for the Carolina Birds, injures the cruciate ligament in his knee. Placed on... > more

Hotel Moscow: A Novel

by Talia Carner,
The Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2015
As Hotel Moscow, the fourth novel by Talia Carner (the former publisher of Savvy Women magazine), opens, Brooke Fielding, a 38-year-old New York investment manager who has abandoned her Diaspora... > more

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

by Barton Swaim,
The Huffington Post, July 15, 2015
On June 24, 2009, at a hastily arranged press conference in the rotunda of the State House, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, and a rising star in the... > more

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita

by Robert Roper,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 2015
In 1940, after living for two decades in Germany and France, Vladimir Nabokov, the scion of an eminent anti-Bolshevist Russian family, and Vera Evseevna, his Jewish wife, fled the Nazis... > more

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

by Rinker Buck,
The Portland Oregonian, July 12, 2015

"Inside the Academy, Time to Ask Some Difficult Questions"

The Conversation US, July 10, 2015
These days, public discussion of colleges and universities in the United States – and there is a lot of it – is almost exclusively concerned with rising costs, the job... > more

Citizen Swain: Tales from a Minnesota Life

by Tom H. Swain,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 8, 2015
In 1996 University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo asked Tom Swain to become interim vice president for institutional relations, working with Gov. Arne Carlson and disaffected members of the business... > more

Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety

by Joseph LeDoux,
Psychology Today, July 7, 2015
Conditions in which a maladaptive fear (in response to a specific object or situation) or anxiety (in which the threat is not manifestly “present”) play a central role constitute the... > more

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex

by Michael Hiltzik,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 4, 2015
Completed in 1931, with funds supplied by the Rockefeller Foundation, Research Corporation and the University of California, Berkeley, Ernest Lawrence’s cyclotron — an accelerator that produced high-energy particles — revolutionized... > more


by Nell Zink,
The Florida Courier, July 3, 2015
As "Mislaid," Nell Zink’s second novel, begins, Margaret Vaillaincourt, a first-year student at Stillwater College in rural Virginia, and a lesbian with lofty literary ambitions, marries Lee Fleming, a gay... > more

Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

by Rosemary Sullivan,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2015
In September 1957, four years after her father died, Svetlana Stalina began to use her mother’s name, Alliluyeva. The metallic sound of the name Stalin, she said, lacerated her heart.... > more

Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword

by David K. Shipler,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 2015
A few years ago, Jessica DeVivo, a junior at Clarkstown High School North in New City, N.Y., brought home The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a coming-of-age novel that addresses... > more

The Arab-Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture

by Jonathan Rynhold,
The Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2015
The US and Israel have had a special relationship since the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948. Already deep-seated and pervasive, Americans’ support for Israel has grown since 9/11.... > more

Summertime, and the living on campus is busy

Cornell Chronicle, June 24, 2015
Approximately 3,600 students from more than 37 countries are currently enrolled in credit classes on campus, off campus, and online through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE).... > more

The Meursault Investigation

by Kamel Daoud,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 2015
Carrying the absurd on his back and in the bowels of his land, Harun Uld el-Assas, the narrator of Kamel Daoud's first novel, wants justice.... > more

The Book of Aron: A Novel

by Jim Shepard,
The Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2015
As Jim Shepard’s seventh novel begins, Aron Rózycki makes a new friend. As The Book of Aron details, Lutek – a small boy who wears a rabbit-skin cap with... > more

The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do About It

by Dirk Philipsen,
The Huffington Post, June 16, 2015
"He who has enough to satisfy his want," a philosopher declared in the fourteenth century, "and nevertheless ceaselessly labors to acquire riches, either to obtain a higher social position or... > more

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough,
The Portland Oregonian, June 10, 2015
In 1899, Wilbur Wright wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institution (on the stationary of the Cycle Company he and his brother ran), asking for works in print in the... > more

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

by Joseph J. Ellis,
Tulsa World, June 8, 2015
In 1784, Benjamin Read, a member of Congress from South Carolina, lamented the absence of competence or coherence in the government under the Articles of the Confederation. “Let the blame... > more

A Doctor Has Been in the House

State of the University Lecture, Reunion, Cornell University, June 6, 2015

"Will the 'Right' College Major Get You a Job?"

The Conversation US, June 3, 2015
A college education provides lots of benefits. Those benefits include acquiring skills, identifying interests, learning about others across time and space, and establishing personal and professional connections.... > more

Madness in Civilization: From the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

by Andrew Scull,
Psychology Today, June 2, 2015
The practitioners of Hippocratic medicine maintained that madness had “natural” causes. “My own view,” one of them wrote, “is that those who first attributed a sacred character to this... > more

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony

by Nelson Denis,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 1, 2015
At the conclusion of the Spanish-American War of 1898, the New York Times concluded that “Porto Rico” [sic] was a charming winter resort, with considerable commercial value, and a valuable... > more

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

by Tracy K. Smith,
The Florida Courier, May 29, 2015
In her poem, “The Ordinary Life,” Tracy K. Smith reflects on the meaning of slogging through the weight of the everyday, even when you’re tired. “Just once,” she muses,... > more

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868

Cokie Roberts, May 24, 2015
"I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women," President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1864, "but I must say that if all that has been said by orators... > more

Reagan: The Life

by H. W. Brands,
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2015
At a black-tie dinner party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 1991, nearly 1,000 guests celebrated the 80th birthday of Ronald Reagan. Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister of... > more

When Parents Part: How Mothers and Fathers Can Help Their Children Deal with Separation and Divorce

by Penelope Leach,
Psychology Today, May 7, 2015
These days, almost half of the marriages in the United States are likely to end in divorce. About half of all children, including many under the age of five,... > more

"'Class Ceiling' in Workplace Suppresses the American Dream"

The Conversation US, May 6, 2015
The American dream of equal opportunity, based on the conviction that intelligence, hard work and character are the keys to success, may be on life support. These days children raised... > more

The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

by Bryan Denson,
The Portland Oregonian, May 6, 2015
In June 1997, Judge James Cacheris sentenced Harold James Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage, to 23 years and seven months in prison. The judge recommended that... > more

The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and Its Aftermath

by Dan Stone,
The Jerusalem Post, May 1, 2015
At the end of World War II, the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration was tasked with providing relief to the millions of displaced persons in Europe, and helping exiles return... > more

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

by Phyllis Lee Levin,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2015
On July 11, 1803, his 36th birthday, John Quincy Adams noted in his diary “with sorrow to think how long I have lived and with how little purpose.” He would... > more

Cornell: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

2015 Charter Day Ceremony, Cornell University, April 27, 2015

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by Robert D. Putnam,
Tulsa World, April 26, 2015
In 1968, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, chaired by Otto Kerner, the governor of Illinois, declared that “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white... > more

God Help the Child: A Novel

by Toni Morrison,
The Florida Courier, April 24, 2015
The 11th novel of Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison begins with Mrs. Bridewell’s lamentation that she knew something was wrong the moment she saw her baby. Lula Ann was “Midnight... > more

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

by Richard Reeves,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2015
Following President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, issued on Feb. 19, 1942, more than 120,000 Japanese — American citizens and noncitizens — living in California, Oregon and Washington were incarcerated by... > more

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD,
Psychology Today, April 21, 2015
The publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness in 1980 was a pivotal moment in the history of medicine. DSM III eliminated... > more

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

by Peter Singer,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 2015
After establishing trust funds for his wife and children, Zell Kravinsky is living on $60,000 a year so he can give most of his $45 million real-estate fortune to charity.... > more

In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media

by Diana C. Mutz,
The Huffington Post, April 8, 2015
"If a producer can find someone who eggs on conservative listeners to spout off and prods liberals into shouting back, he's got a show," Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly... > more

"W(h)ither the Liberal Arts?"

The Conversation US, April 8, 2015
In 1828, a faculty committee at Yale declared that the aim of a liberal education “was not to teach that which is peculiar to any one of the professions, but... > more

Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

by Susan Butler,
The Portland Oregonian, April 8, 2015
In 1942, government-controlled radio stations and newspapers in the Soviet Union announced that a "complete understanding" had been reached by Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt with regard... > more

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

by Richard Rhodes,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 29, 2015
"I've got to go to Spain," Ernest Hemingway told Maxwell Perkins, his editor, in December 1936. "But there's no great hurry. They'll be fighting for a long time, and it's... > more

Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, & American Cultural Dislomacy

by Greg Barnhisel,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 29, 2015
During the 1950s, novelist William Faulkner traveled abroad frequently as part of a diplomatic initiative sponsored by the United States Information Agency. Along with warnings about the prospects of nuclear... > more

Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

by Sarah Helm,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 29, 2015
Ravensbrück, recalled Denise Dufournier, a prisoner at the camp, was “like a mysterious planet, where the macabre, the ridiculous, and the grotesque rubbed shoulders in a fantastic irrational chaos.” The... > more

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

by Erik Larson,
Tulsa World, March 22, 2015
In a letter to his son, written on May 2, 1915, Walter Page, the United States Ambassador to England, expressed concern that America might be drawn into the war in... > more

Too Hot To Handle: A Global History of Sex Education

by Jonathan Zimmerman,
The Huffington Post, March 18, 2015
Written in 1891, Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind, dealt with adolescent sexuality, abortion, homosexuality, rape and suicide. Censored by German officials, Spring Awakening did not have its debut... > more


by Alberto Manguel,
Psychology Today, March 17, 2015
Toward the end of his life, Carl Jung connected his uncertainty about himself with a growing “feeling of kinship with all things.” The meaning of his existence, he wrote,... > more

The Sacrifice: A Novel

by Joyce Carol Oates,
The Florida Courier, March 13, 2015
As "The Sacrifice," Joyce Carol Oates’ remarkable novel begins, Sybilla Frye, a 15-year-old girl has been found in the basement of a deserted New Jersey factory, bound, gagged, brutally beaten,... > more

Russian Tattoo: A Memoir

by Elena Gorokhova,
The Jerusalem Post, March 13, 2015
On her first full day in the United States, Elena Gorokhova awoke with images floating in her memory: of her bed in Leningrad, with its white duvet and square pillow,... > more

Sometimes an Art: Nine Essays on History

by Bernard Bailyn,
Tulsa World, March 1, 2015
Bernard Bailyn, an emeritus professor at Harvard University, is the dean of historians of the American colonial and Revolutionary experience. In more than 20 books, written over a span of... > more

Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience

by Kerri P. Steinberg,
The Jerusalem Post, February 27, 2015
In the 1960s, Bill Bernbach, the founder and creative director of Doyle Dane Bernbach, launched an advertising revolution. A Jewish outsider in predominantly gentile Madison Avenue, Bernbach brought to ad... > more

The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood

by Susan Engel,
Psychology Today, February 26, 2015
Young children deluge their parents – and others – with questions about the world around them. A recent study that followed four children from fourteen months old to five... > more

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

by Eric Foner,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 22, 2015
In 1855, James Miller McKim, a correspondent for the National Anti-Slavery Standard, expressed the hope that long after the extinction of slavery, the courageous and compassionate acts of the Americans... > more

Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education

by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin,
The Huffington Post, February 19, 2015
These days, colleges and universities are struggling to deal with rising costs, defaults on student loans, reduced appropriations from state and federal agencies, competition from for-profit institutions, the potential of... > more

One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History

by Peter Manseau,
The San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2015
Following the arrival of hundreds of Sikhs in Bellingham, Wash., in 1906, a minister opined (in a sermon reprinted around the region) that “at the present rate at which they... > more

A Spool of Blue Thread

by Anne Tyler,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 15, 2015
As with most families in Anne Tyler's novels, there is nothing all that remarkable about the Whitshanks. None of them is famous or exceptionally smart or good-looking. The Whitshanks pride... > more

In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China

by Michael Meyer,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 15, 2015
On Michael Meyer’s first visit to Wasteland, the inappropriately named hometown of his wife’s family, the bus driver stopped at the edge of a two-lane road, looked into the darkness... > more

The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire

by Adam D. Mendelsohn,
The Jerusalem Post, February 13, 2015
In 1853, after a sojourn in California and a visit to Melbourne, Australia, William Kelly concluded that clothing marts resembled Jewish synagogues. “When running the scent of wearing apparel,”... > more

Mourning Lincoln

by Martha Hodes,
The Florida Courier, February 13, 2015
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on Good Friday, April 15, 1865, a few days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate forces at Appomattox Court House,... > more

"History, courtship, controversy and the Cornell Chimes: All part of musical 'Jennie's Will'"

Ezra Update, 2015
The story of the chimes and their donor, Jennie McGraw, of Dryden, is a savory one, full of interpersonal friction, class conflict, litigiousness and -- the sine qua non of... > more

F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

by William J. Maxwell,
The San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2015
In “The FB Eye Blues” (1949), Richard Wright, a renowned black writer and a frequent target of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-men, satirized the agency he deemed the most invasive, pervasive... > more

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

by Sven Beckert,
Tulsa World, January 25, 2015
In 1862, British merchant John Benjamin Smith boasted that the manufacture of cotton yarn and cloth had become “the greatest industry that ever had or could by possibility have ever... > more

Ups and downs of town-gown history

Ithaca Journal, January 23, 2015

As Cornell marks its 150 years in Ithaca, shared town-gown experiences and occasional differences are part of the sesquicentennial story.

They are captured brilliantly in Cornell: A History, 1940-2015 (Cornell University... > more

SC alums create multimillion-dollar home goods site

Cornell Alumni Magazine, January 22, 2015
They met at Summer College! Read the success story of co-owners and CU alums Niraj Shah '95 and Steve Conine '95 in Cornell Alumni Magazine.... > more

The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder

by Abram De Swaan,
The Huffington Post, January 21, 2015
As far as we know, human beings have always engaged in mass murder. With the emergence of the nation-state, however, sustained violence, including wars between more or less symmetric parties... > more

Big Red Book: Two Professors Write Readable History of Cornell

Ithaca Times, January 21, 2015

Who is the readership for a 500-page book about Cornell University? When the question is put to its authors, professors Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, they reply quickly.

“Why, the world,... > more

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society

by Julian E. Zelizer,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 18, 2015
A few months after he became president of the United States, Lyndon Johnson told Bill Moyers, his speech writer and adviser, that he had precious little time to enact his... > more

The Devil Wins: A History of Lying From the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment

by Dallas G. Denery II,
Psychology Today, January 14, 2015
In the early fifth century, Augustine of Hippo, the North African bishop, categorically declared that all lies were sins. Men who live according to truth, live according to God,... > more

Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

by James M. McPherson,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 6, 2015
By the end of 1864, many Southerners blamed Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, for the almost certain defeat of secession. "No money in the Treasury, no... > more

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