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How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of a Yiddish Folk Tradition

by Ruth von Bernuth,
The Jerusalem Post, December 30, 2016
In “A Shameless Fish,” Isaac Bashevis Singer tells the story of a rabbi in Chelm, Poland, who has been given a fine carp by Mendel the fisherman as a token... > more

Outlook 2017: Unpredictable States of America

The Straits Times, December 28, 2016

The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community

by Jeffrey Gurock,
The Jerusalem Post, December 23, 2016
At the beginning of the 20th century, Edward Steiner described what it meant for a Jewish immigrant to make it in New York City: “From a presser the man become... > more

Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment

by Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker,
The Huffington Post, December 20, 2016
In the last twenty years, capital punishment has fallen out of favor in the United States. Death sentences have dropped from 315 a year in the mid-1990s to 49 in... > more

City of Dreams: The 400-Year History of Immigrant New York

by Tyler Anbinder,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 18, 2016
“Read this Letter,” Irish immigrant James Murray wrote to his former minister in County Tyrone in 1737, “and tell aw [all] the poor folk of your place that God has... > more

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

by Peter Cozzens,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 18, 2016
In 1868, after Cheyenne warriors attacked isolated farms, wagon trains and stagecoaches, killing, raping and kidnapping white men, women and children, the Western press demanded the extermination of every hostile... > more

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family

by William J. Mann,
Tulsa World, December 18, 2016
As a young man, Franklin Delano Roosevelt admitted, when pressed, that he was not one of “the Roosevelts.” Theodore Roosevelt was his fifth cousin — and, unlike the nation’s 26th... > more

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend

by Deirdre Bair,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 18, 2016
A few years after he took over the crime syndicate once run by Johnny Torrio, an observer of gangland Chicago called Al Capone “an unusual hood. He has concentration and... > more

The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel

by Steven Fine,
The Jerusalem Post, December 16, 2016
In his 1937 novella The Buried Candelabrum, Stefan Zweig drew on the legend of Procopius, the Byzantine historian, to tell the story of a menorah, part of the spoils taken... > more

Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

by Jonathan Lamb,
Psychology Today, December 15, 2016
The cause of about two million deaths in navies and merchant marines, scurvy was the premier occupational disease on the high seas between 1500 and 1800. The physical symptoms... > more

Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform

by Tommie Shelby,
The Florida Courier, December 9, 2016
Along with many other Americans, White as well as Black, Tommie Shelby wants to see the day that ghettos are abolished. But abolition, he maintains, involves more than overcoming racial... > more

Shoals Marine Laboratory inspires young scientists

Cornell Chronicle, December 5, 2016
Active, immersive learning is one of the best ways to recruit and retain students in STEM fields, and Cornell’s Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) has been doing it for 50 years.

Read... > more

Erica Karsch, co-owner of Juice Press, works to enrich bodies and minds

Modern Luxury, December 5, 2016
Erica Karsch and her husband, Michael, work with Harlem Village Academies and Cornell Summer College to improve education opportunities for underserved youth.

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Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It

by Larrie D. Ferreiro,
Tulsa World, December 4, 2016
Soon after the Seven Years War ended in 1763, France and Spain began planning a comprehensive strategy of revenge against Great Britain. While pretending they were interested only in keeping... > more

Cornell in Washington students visit the Supreme Court and meet Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Rebecca Saber, CIW student, fall 2016,
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, November 30, 2016

A visit to the U.S. Supreme Court is a regular feature of the fall and spring programs at Cornell in Washington (CIW). Following is a description of this semester's... > more

Summer College alumni found youth-run global consulting agency

Bloomberg Businessweek, November 30, 2016
Melinda Guo, Ziad Ahmed, and Nick Jain met while attending Cornell University Summer College's Business World and Debate programs. To learn more Summer College, visit... > more

Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities

by Rogers Brubaker,
The Florida Courier, November 25, 2016
On June 1, 2015, Annie Liebovitz’s photograph of a corseted Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. Formerly Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, Caitlyn... > more

A Nation Without Borders: The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

by Steven Hahn,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2016
In the mid-20th century, historians often celebrated American "exceptionalism" and our nation's supposedly progressive march to democracy and inclusion. Since then, accounts of the past have tended to dwell on... > more

Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds

by Leo Braudy,
Psychology Today, November 22, 2016
All of us are visited by monsters, real and/or imagined. They might originate, as Freud once believed, in childhood traumas. Or our fear of death. Or in... > more

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

by Walter A. McDougall,
The Huffington Post, November 14, 2016
Nearly fifty years ago, the sociologist Robert Bellah coined the term “civil religion.” A non-sectarian creed that makes use of sacred symbols, rituals, holidays, heroes, martyrs and myths, civil religion,... > more

The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific

by David Bianculli,
Tulsa World, November 13, 2016
In his first major speech after President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow declared, “When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the... > more

Storm of Factors Sank Hillary Clinton's Prospects

The Straits Times, Singapore, November 10, 2016

Despite Calls For Unity From All Sides, Trump Now Faces Enormous Challenges

WJLA ABC 7 (and 48 other media outlets), November 9, 2016

FBI Letters Provide Last-Minute Twist in Presidential Race

WJLA ABC 7 (and 45 other media outlets), November 7, 2016

Freud: In His Time and Ours

by Élisabeth Roudinesco,
Psychology Today, November 3, 2016
Seventy-five years after his death, Élisabeth Roudinesco reminds us, Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, continues to “disturb Western consciousness” with his myths; his interpretation of dreams; his explanation of the id,... > more

Travel the world with Cornell faculty

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, November 2, 2016

Cornell's Adult University to visit five continents in 2017

For nearly fifty years, Cornell's Adult University (CAU) has been leading adventurous learners around the globe in the company of some... > more

Bruce Levitt gives Engaged Scholar Prize lecture

Cornell Chronicle, November 2, 2016
What impact can theater have on the lives of incarcerated men in a maximum security prison? Bruce Levitt, Cornell professor of performing and media arts, is working with inmates to... > more

Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation

by Leigh Eric Schmidt,
Tulsa World, October 30, 2016
“We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being,” the Supreme Court declared in Zorach v. Clauson in 1952. For most of American history, Leigh Eric Schmidt, a... > more

Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East

by Michael Doran,
The Jerusalem Post, October 28, 2016
Before he took office as secretary of defense in 2013, US Sen. Chuck Hagel distributed three dozen copies of a study praising president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s management of the Suez... > more

Who Owns the Dead?: The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero

by Jay D. Aronson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 21, 2016
"We are their families," Rosaleen Tallon, sister of firefighter Sean Tallon, who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, often emphasizes. The remains of the victims, she insists, "belong to us. Not... > more

Glenn Altschuler and Faust Rossi recount news-making court cases of the twentieth century in Ten Great American Trials

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, October 20, 2016

Ten of the most dramatic and controversial trials of the past century receive close and thoughtful examination in a new book, Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy, published by... > more

Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism

by James T. Hamilton,
The Huffington Post, October 18, 2016
Investigative journalism is an endangered species. Facing declines in subscribers and reductions in advertising revenues, many newspapers have disappeared. Others have cut back staff and authorized less in depth reporting.... > more

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

by Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman,
Tulsa World, October 16, 2016
At the height of the Great Depression, Oscar Ameringer, a socialist journalist, crisscrossed the country to report on the dire circumstances of millions of Americans. In Seattle, he saw women... > more

SC alum Chad Oppenheim '93, BArch '94, designs high-end buildings in his home city and around the globe

by Beth Saulnier,
Cornell Alumni Magazine, October 14, 2016

When architect Chad Oppenheim '93, BArch '94, was a kid growing up in New Jersey, he'd watch "Miami Vice" on Friday nights and be enraptured by the sun-kissed charisma of... > more

Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

by David Leach,
The Jerusalem Post, October 14, 2016
In 1988, David Leach, a 20-year old Canadian, dropped out of school after breaking up with his high school sweetheart and traveled to Israel to live on a kibbutz. ... > more

Life & Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them

by Tim Parks,
Tulsa World, October 9, 2016
These days, academic literary critics assert that texts are “autonomous.” They construe and deconstruct them through close readings of the words on the page. They disdain “the biographical fallacy,” the... > more

Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination

by Jack Hamilton,
The Florida Courier, October 7, 2016
In 1967, Ralph Gleason, the music critic of The San Francisco Chronicle (and soon to become a founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine), celebrated rock ’n’ roll for banishing African-American... > more

Impact: How Law Affects Behavior

by Lawrence M. Friedman,
Psychology Today, October 6, 2016
In 1974, the California Supreme Court declared that a University of California psychiatrist had a duty to warn authorities that a student expressed an urge to kill his girlfriend. ... > more

Students can earn credits on campus, off campus, and online during Cornell's Winter Session

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, October 3, 2016

For nearly a month every winter, the Cornell campus is delightfully quiet. After finishing their fall exams, many students leave town for visits with family or friends, work, or to... > more

The Winchester: The Gun That Built an American Dynasty

by Laura Trevelyan,
Tulsa World, October 2, 2016
The first gun issued by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., Model 1866, had power, range and a repeating action suitable for hunting animals and human beings.... > more

The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 2: 1920-1928

by Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson, Robert Bernard Hass, Henry Atmore, Editors,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2016
In the 1920s, Robert Frost was widely regarded as one of America's greatest and most beloved poets. He won the first of four Pulitzer Prizes in 1924. Many of his... > more

Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton

by Joe Conason,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 25, 2016
In the aftermath of the 9/​11 attacks, some commentators in the mass media contrasted the initial “deer in the headlights” response of George W. Bush with the instinctive leadership of... > more

The Iran Wars

by Jay Solomon,
The Jerusalem Post, September 23, 2016
Soon after he signed the nuclear agreement with Iran in July 2015, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared: “I have no doubt we avoided a war. None.” Acknowledging... > more

The Boys of Dunbar: A Story of Love, Hope, and Basketball

by Alejandro Danois,
The Florida Courier, September 23, 2016
1981-1982 was a dream season for the basketball team of Baltimore, Maryland’s Paul Laurence Dunbar Community High School.... > more

How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals About Male Health and Mortality

by Richard G. Bribiescas,
Psychology Today, September 20, 2016
Although he and his wife eat similar foods, jog, are about the same age, and have similar lifestyles, Richard Bribiescas, a professor of anthropology and ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University,... > more

A Race with No Clear Favourite

The Straits Times, Singapore, September 9, 2016

The Market As God

by Harvey Cox,
The Huffington Post, September 6, 2016
True faith, St. Paul once wrote, “is the evidence of things unseen.” These days, according to Harvey Cox, such faith is lavished on “free market” capitalism. To twenty-first century prophets... > more

Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy

(co-authored with Faust Rossi)
ABA Book Publishing 2016

The Secret Book of Kings: A Novel

by Yochi Brandes,
The Jerusalem Post, September 2, 2016
At a pivotal moment in The Secret Book of Kings, Michal, the daughter of King Saul and the estranged wife of King David, learns that her husband’s scribes have been... > more

The Underground Railroad: A Novel

by Colson Whitehead,
The Florida Courier, August 26, 2016
As Colson Whitehead’s searing new novel opens, Cora, a teenage slave, “who had seen men hung from trees and left for buzzards and crows,” and her mother abscond without saying... > more

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

by Rosa Brooks,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 26, 2016
In 1999, in a book titled “Unrestricted Warfare,” Qiao Liang and Wang Jiangsui, two colonels in China’s People’s Liberation Army, predicted that violent conflict would soon transcend all limits: “The... > more

Professor Altschuler Is Driven by Curiosity and Diverse Interests

Cornell Daily Sun, August 24, 2016
Ever since Prof. Glenn Altschuler, American studies, joined the Cornell faculty in 1981, he has been an advocate for the value of the humanities and strong bonds between students and... > more

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong,
Tulsa World, August 21, 2016
During its nine-year run on NBC, “Seinfeld” became a sitcom sensation. In 2002, TV Guide named it the best show of all time, better than “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,”... > more

Operation Agreement: Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk

by John Sadler,
The Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2016
In September 1942, as the first stage of an attack on Tobruk – a strategic port in North Africa controlled by the armed forces of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany... > more

How the Post Office Created America

by Winifred Gallagher,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 12, 2016
In “The Wealth of Nations” (1776), Scottish economist Adam Smith declared that a postal service is “perhaps the only mercantile project which has been successfully managed by, I believe, every... > more

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

by Jesmyn Ward, Editor,
The Florida Courier, August 12, 2016
Not long after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Jesmyn Ward – the author of the novels “Where the Line Bleeds’’ and “Salvage the Bones,’’ and a memoir, “Men We Reaped’’... > more

Students in China invited to study online with Cornell University faculty

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 8, 2016

Cornell University invites high school and college students in China to apply to the Cornell-China College Program (CCCP), an acclaimed program of online study featuring undergraduate classes taught by Cornell... > more

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

by Jeffrey Toobin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 5, 2016
On Feb. 4, 1974, eight revolutionaries who called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped 19-year-old Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of fabled newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. In response to the kidnappers’... > more

The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child

by Paula S. Fass,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 2016
Fearful that even a momentary lapse in oversight will ruin their children's future, many American parents micromanage. Others worry that "helicopter parents" may produce individuals who are overcontrolled, overindulged, and... > more

Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America

by James E. Campbell,
The Huffington Post, August 4, 2016
The political parties in the United States may well be more divided than they have been since the Civil War. In the 112th Congress (2011-2012), 91% of Democrats and 93.5%... > more

Cornell in Turin students get good view of Euro unrest

Cornell Chronicle, August 1, 2016
As Great Britain voted to exit the European Union and the continent’s ongoing migrant crisis continued, Cornell in Turin summer program students examined these hot-button issues in real time... > more

After One-Hundred-and-Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition

by Hillel Halkin,
The Jerusalem Post, July 29, 2016
Although Moses was said to have lived until the age of 120, Psalms set the expectation of our time on earth at threescore years and 10. And “if by reason... > more

Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

by Marc Lamont Hill,
The Florida Courier, July 29, 2016
On Feb. 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, reported to a 911 dispatcher that a "real suspicious” youth in a hoodie was walking around slowly, “looking at all... > more

Email Hack Injects Drama, Discord into First Night of Democratic National Convention

WJLA ABC 7 (and 42 other media outlets), July 25, 2016

What does Elvis Presley have in common with Dionysus?, July 25, 2016
Last week I spent a day reading Euripides' Bacchae with alumni and adult students at Cornell’s Adult University. We used the Hackett Classics edition and for the first half hour,... > more

Summer course maps history, future of green cities

Cornell Chronicle, July 20, 2016
The concept of “green” cities is no current fad, as environmental concerns have shaped human civilization and city planning for centuries.

Learning about more than ecology and sustainability in urban environments,... > more

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

by David Crystal,
Tulsa World, July 17, 2016
Most of us have listened to a virtuoso speaker and wished that we, too, were natural-born orators. We do not realize, David Crystal claims, that any person with normal language... > more

Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America

by Nancy Rosenblum,
Psychology Today, July 12, 2016
In Robert Frost’s classic poem, “Mending Wall,” a man tells an apple farmer that the two of them must maintain the stone boundary between their orchards. With a boulder... > more

Battle for Bed-Stuy: The Long War on Poverty in New York City

by Michael Woodsworth,
The Florida Courier, July 8, 2016
Located in central Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant was a shell of its former self by the 1950s. Tree-lined streets, beautiful brownstones, and an air of gentility had given way to crowded... > more

The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right

by Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse,
The Huffington Post, July 7, 2016
In August, 1986, a month before Warren Burger retired as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Lewis Powell declared that there had been no counterrevolution by the... > more


by Jean Edward Smith,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2016
In a survey conducted by the History News Network in 2008, 98.2 percent of the historians who were polled deemed the presidency of George W. Bush a failure; 61 percent... > more

Record-Setting, Diverse Pool of Students Attend Cornell Summer College

Cornell Daily Sun, July 6, 2016
A record 1,320 students from 40 different countries are attending this year’s summer college, a program which allows high school students to take undergraduate courses, according to James Alan Schechter,... > more

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

by Larry Tye,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2016
Minutes before the televised debates between Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy in 1960, a Nixon aide asked Bobby Kennedy how his candidate looked. Eying Nixon’s five... > more

Professors to offer final 'Great Trials' course this summer

Cornell Chronicle, June 29, 2016
Faust Rossi, the Samuel S. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques emeritus, and Glenn Altschuler, the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, are returning to co-teach their popular summer... > more

Community invited to Cornell's free summer events series

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, June 28, 2016

Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is pleased to announce its 2016 summer events series.

Free and open to the public, the series runs from June 28... > more

Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government

by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels,
Tulsa World, June 19, 2016
These days, the idea of democratic government is immensely popular among people all over the world. Substantial majorities of people in virtually every country believe that democracies make it possible... > more

What is Modern Israel?

by Yakov M. Rabkin,
The Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2016
Yakov Rabkin, a professor of history at the University of Montreal, argues in his book What Is Modern Israel? that the creation of Israel was a secular “Zionist enterprise” designed... > more

Clinton Has the Votes but Sanders Stays Tight-Lipped

The Straits Times, Singapore, June 16, 2016

"Montezuma's Revenge"

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2016
Critics beware. Donald Trump has uncovered a diabolical and dastardly plot against the United States. Mr. Trump loves Mexicans. He employs thousands of them in his casinos and hotels, in... > more

List: 10 Battleground States to Watch in November

KHQA-TV Online ABC 7 (and 44 other media outlets), June 8, 2016

Clinton and Trump May Be Their Own Worst Enemies in General Election

WJLA ABC 7 (and 35 other media outlets), June 8, 2016

The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction

by Henry T. Greely,
Psychology Today, June 7, 2016
By the middle of the twenty-first century, according to Henry T. Greely, a professor of law at Stanford University, improvements in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and in vitro fertilization (IVF)... > more

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper

by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2016
In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan declared that “Government is not the solution to our problem: government is the problem.” In the ensuing decades this view has... > more

Education and the Commercial Mindset

by Samuel E. Abrams,
The Huffington Post, June 2, 2016
In 1992, a year after he launched The Edison Project, a for-profit venture designed to transform K-12 education in the United States, Chris Whittle lured Benno Schmidt, the president of... > more

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

by Elizabeth Hinton,
The Florida Courier, May 27, 2016
Representing 5 percent of the planet’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners, the United States is the incarceration capital the world. At last count, 2.2 million individuals were behind... > more

The Statesman and the Storyteller

by Mark Zwonitzer,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 24, 2016
At a dinner held in his honor on Nov. 28, 1902, Mark Twain was seated next to his old friend John Hay. Twain reminded Hay, who like him had grown... > more

Paul McCartney: The Life

by Philip Norman,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22, 2016
In the mid-1950s, while Jim McCartney sat in the living room of his home in Liverpool, listening to Mantovani on BBC radio, his son Paul was upstairs, with Bakelite headphones... > more

New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway

by Edna Nahshon, Editor,
The Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2016
Yiddish theater may have been born in 1876 in a wine garden in Iasi, Romania, when Abraham Goldfaden provided a simple storyline to two itinerant folk singers. Goldfaden soon formed... > more

American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division

by Michael A. Cohen,
Tulsa World, May 15, 2016
In the United States, 1968 was a turbulent and traumatic year. The Tet offensive convinced many Americans that the communists were winning the war in Vietnam. Dr. Martin Luther King... > more

Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education

by William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson,
The Huffington Post, May 12, 2016
Since World War II, higher education has been celebrated as an “engine of opportunity” in the United States - and our nation’s colleges and universities have been the envy of... > more

Cornell offers wealth of summer study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 11, 2016

Enrollment is still open for more than five hundred Cornell courses offered on campus, online, and around the world during Summer Session.

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

Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

by Heather Boushey,
Psychology Today, May 10, 2016
These days millions of Americans are struggling to balance their workplace and family responsibilities. With the exception of those at the top of the economic pyramid, incomes are stagnant.... > more

Cornell experts lead hands-on summer program in grape growing and wine making

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 9, 2016

Wine enthusiasts can explore the science of growing grapes and making wine this summer at the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience (CUVEE) from July 31 to August 5,... > more

DJ Rich Medina to teach summer class on hip-hop for CAU

Cornell Chronicle, May 6, 2016
When Rich Medina graduated from Cornell in 1992, he did not imagine he'd return a quarter-century later as an instructor. But this summer Medina -- an advisory board member for... > more

The Nazi Hunters

by Andrew Nagorski,
The Jerusalem Post, May 6, 2016
Seven decades after the end of World War II, at least one Nazi hunter remains active. For a campaign called Operation Last Chance, Efraim Zuroff, the director of the... > more

Indiana Win Gives Sanders Campaign Dose of Delusion to Press Forward

WJLA ABC 7 (and 64 other media outlets), May 4, 2016

The Simplicity of Trump's Appeal

WJLA ABC 7 (and 64 other media outlets), May 4, 2016

Cornell Hosts Annual Administrative Management Institute

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 3, 2016

College and university administrators, business managers, directors, and department heads from the eastern U.S. and beyond will visit Ithaca this summer for the twenty-fourth Administrative Management Institute (AMI), an... > more

A Refreshing Summer at Cornell University

World Student magazine, May 1, 2016

Jeffrey Liao, a high school student from Taiwan who attended last summer’s Hotel Operations Management program, talks about his summer at Cornell.

... > more

Cambodia experience sows seeds for future scholars

Cornell Chronicle, April 28, 2016
For the past two years, professor of government Andrew Mertha has led students on an intensive two-week Cambodian experience for a three-credit study abroad course over winter break – Chinese... > more

After Tuesday's Sweeping Victory, Is a Trump Nomination Now Inevitable?

WJLA ABC 7 (and 52 other media outlets), April 27, 2016

There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow

by Jeffrey J. Selingo,
The Huffington Post, April 26, 2016
These days, college graduates are having a hard time finding meaningful entry-level jobs and achieving financial independence. Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009, the employment rate among college graduates reached... > more

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible

by Chanan Tigay,
The Jerusalem Post, April 22, 2016
In the summer of 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira, an antiquities dealer based in Jerusalem, declared that he had discovered 15 leather strips, containing three copies of Deuteronomy, that could well... > more

Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House

by Kathleen Grissom,
The Florida Courier, April 22, 2016
“Let me explain,” Jamie Butler, the protagonist of “Glory Over Everything,’’ says to the father of the young woman he has seduced. After hurling a glass paperweight at Jamie and... > more

The Evolution of Donald Trump

WJLA ABC 7 (and 29 other media outlets), April 22, 2016

Dean Glenn Altschuler engages audiences in Israel on the American presidential election process

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 21, 2016

On a visit to Israel in March, Glenn Altschuler addressed two “lively and loud” audiences on the subject of American politics and the 2016 presidential primaries.

The Thomas and Dorothy... > more

"Earth Day: Civic Ecology"

MIT Press, 2016
In honor of Earth Day, Marianne Krasny reflects on recent civic engagement projects in China, South Africa, and beyond.... > more

Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss

by Dr. Kenneth J. Doka,
Psychology Today, April 20, 2016
All of us, no doubt, will have occasion to grieve. We grieve when a loved one dies, when we get divorced, become disabled, lose a job, break up with... > more

Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan During Reconstruction

by Elaine Frantz Parsons,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 17, 2016
One evening in May 1866, a half-dozen former Confederate soldiers gathered in a law office in Pulaski, Tenn., and decided to form a club. Seeking a name “suggestive of the... > more

Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel

by Dov Waxman,
The Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2016
More and more American Jews these days are critically engaging with Israel, over such issues as West Bank settlements, trading land for peace, and the nuclear deal with Iran. ... > more

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War

by Adam Hochschild,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 15, 2016
In December 1936, Joseph Selligman Jr. left Swarthmore College to enlist in the Spanish Civil War. "Please don't try to follow or catch me or anything," he told his parents.... > more

How to Find Educational Trips for Retirees

The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2016
We also are big fans of Cornell University’s Adult University in Ithaca, N.Y. (Go to and click on: Cornell’s Adult University.) Each July, the school offers, in effect: a... > more

CAU launches its 2016 summer programs for adults, youth, families

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 23, 2016

Whether your passion is history, cooking, gardening, photography, birding, or tennis, Cornell’s Adult University (CAU) has a program to challenge and inspire you this summer.

Adults can spend a week on... > more

On Being Human: Why Mind Matters

by Jerome Kagan,
Psychology Today, March 22, 2016
Physics and chemistry should be regarded as “easy sciences,” Theodore Lowi, my Cornell colleague, often said. After all, researchers in these disciplines can isolate variables and repeat laboratory experiments... > more

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

by Adam Cohen,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 20, 2016
Carrie Buck was not an "imbecile." She had successfully reached the sixth grade, and Dr. Albert Priddy, Virginia's superintendent for epileptics and the feebleminded, privately acknowledged that her practical knowledge... > more

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness

by Eli Sanders,
Tulsa World, March 20, 2016
On a summer night in 2009, in a small red house on South Rose Street, near the Duwamish River, in one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods, Isaiah Kalebu, a mentally... > more

The Banjo: America's African Instrument

by Laurent Dubois,
The Florida Courier, March 18, 2016
Accompanied by a ragtag group of men from Senegal, the Caribbean and the United States, Lincoln Agrippa Daily made his living playing the banjo. Caressing the instrument, Daily declared that... > more

I Will Find You

by Joanna Connors,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 2016
On July 9, 1983, a stranger in an empty theater grabbed Joanna Connors from behind, brandished a knife, and pushed her against a concrete wall, his hand over her mouth.... > more

"College Prep: College Acceptance for Every Student"

Edutopia, 2016
Urban Prep has created partnerships with different schools, from Cornell and Georgetown University to Cambridge College in England, so that students can experience taking college classes and campus life. ... > more

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government

by Gary Gerstle,
Tulsa World, March 13, 2016
Former United States Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, D-S.C., often reminded his constituents of the man who went to college on the GI Bill; got electricity from the TVA; bought a... > more

Recalling Garrett as a 'force of nature with a stunning smile'

Cornell University, March 11, 2016
At venerable Bailey Hall, where the walls echo a century of concerts and educational lectures, more than 1,000 Cornellians reflected on the life and legacy of President Elizabeth Garrett at... > more

The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine

by Andrew M. Nussbaum, M.D.,
Psychology Today, March 11, 2016
Several years ago, Abraham Nussbaum agreed to head the psychiatry unit at Denver Health, an academic safety-net hospital, which also trains medical students and residents. The hospital printed business... > more

Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice

by Nikhil Goyal,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2016
At age 20, Nikhil Goyal is a self-proclaimed "bug in the system." A critic of compulsory schooling, Goyal is now an undergraduate at Goddard College and a journalist whose work... > more

Cornell in Turin cited for study of model community center

Cornell Chronicle, March 10, 2016
Students and faculty in the Cornell in Turin program were recognized recently for their work in Turin’s San Salvario neighborhood as part of their research studies of migration and services... > more

Wisdom's Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University

by James Axtell,
The Huffington Post, March 8, 2016
Elite research universities in the United States remain the envy of the world. In the five most recent global rankings, American institutions of higher education received 7-8 of the top... > more

Is It Time For the GOP Establishment to Surrender to Trump?

WJLA ABC 7 (and 34 other media outlets), March 2, 2016

Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father

by George Goodwin,
Tulsa World, February 28, 2016
In 1775, shortly before Benjamin Franklin left London, where he had served as a colonial agent for 18 years, his son William proclaimed that he was “returning to a Country... > more

Algerian Diary: Frank Kearns & the "Impossible Assignment" for CBS News

by Gerald Davis,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 28, 2016
In the summer of 1957, as CBS-TV news reporter Frank Kearns and cameraman Yousef (Joe) Masraff were about to enter the mountains of eastern Algeria to join rebels fighting for... > more

Cornell Professor Unravels Judicial Injustice

SUNY Cortland, February 23, 2016

Who Benefits Most From the End of the Jeb Bush Campaign?

WGXA-TV Online (and 34 other media outlets), February 22, 2016

How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network

by Shane Greenstein,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 21, 2016
In 1994, Charles Ferguson, a founder of Vermeer, a company aspiring to develop software tools and Internet applications for the newly emerging World Wide Web, had a difficult time attracting... > more

The Yid: A Novel

by Paul Goldberg,
The Jerusalem Post, February 12, 2016
Paul Goldberg’s debut novel brings together a ragtag group of Russian Jews ready to exact imagined revenge. Paul Goldberg’s debut novel – set in the post-World War II Soviet Union... > more

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

by Manisha Sinha,
The Florida Courier, February 12, 2016
“Let it be remembered,” William Lloyd Garrison often proclaimed, “that the man of color has to labor against wind and tide.”... > more

5 Ways New Hampshire Primary Results Might Surprise You

WPDE ABC 15 News (and 24 other media outlets), February 8, 2016

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

by Jane Mayer,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 7, 2016
In the late 1980s, Richard Fink, the principal political aide of Charles Koch, laid out a blueprint for a takeover of American politics. The first phase required investments in intellectuals... > more

When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress

by Rachael Coakley,
Psychology Today, February 5, 2016
Chronic pain is a pervasive problem for children in the United States. Each year about 1.7 million youngsters experience moderate to severe pain. More than half of kids... > more

The New Deal: A Global History

by Kiran Klaus Patel,
The Huffington Post, February 3, 2016
"We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace," Franklin Roosevelt declared in 1945; "our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other Nations, far away." That lesson,... > more

What Does Trump's Iowa Loss Really Mean?

WPDE ABC 15 News (and 17 other media outlets), February 2, 2016

How Honesty and Reputation May Have Hurt Clinton in Iowa

WEYI NBC 25 News (and 23 other media outlets), February 2, 2016

Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995

by Avril Horner and Anne Rowe (editors),
The San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 2016
“The only conclusion I have to come to of late,” 24-year-old Iris Murdoch wrote to a friend in 1943, “is that if (I say if, and cannot give the word... > more

Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

by David M. Levy,
Psychology Today, January 20, 2016
In 1890, William James, the founder of American psychology, defined attention as “the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one of what seem several simultaneously... > more

Glenn Altschuler and Faust Rossi to lead summer program on great American trials of the 20th century

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 20, 2016

Glenn Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and Faust Rossi, the Samuel S. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques (emeritus), will team up to lead a... > more

Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military

by William C. Banks and Stephen Dycus,
Tulsa World, January 17, 2016
Mindful of the disputes that led them to seek independence from England, the framers of the United States Constitution tried to balance widespread fears of a standing army with a... > more

Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

by E. J. Dionne, Jr.,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 17, 2016
After Lyndon Johnson routed Barry Goldwater in the presidential election of 1964, pundits predicted that the right wing of the Republican Party had been discredited for good. We now know,... > more

Cornell experts offer summer programs for wine lovers

Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 15, 2016

Whether you’re a casual wine lover or an aspiring vineyard owner, Cornell has a wine program that’s right for you.

With its long history of food and wine research, Cornell University... > more

The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial

by Lawrence Douglas,
The Jerusalem Post, January 15, 2016
On September 21, 1976, Joseph Czarny pointed to a photograph of John Demjanjuk, a Cleveland autoworker and naturalized US citizen, and declared: “This is Ivan Grozny, that is the Ivan,... > more

Kopita '87 Changes Lives with Summer College Scholarships

Summer College, January 14, 2016

Educational consultant Jon Kopita '87 makes a living out of figuring out what's keeping a student from learning. Working with students at New York City's top schools, Jon focuses not... > more

Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary

by Richard A. Posner,
The Huffington Post, January 14, 2016
Richard Posner confesses to being "outspoken for a judge." His career - as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; a senior lecturer at... > more

Return to Casablanca: Jews, Muslims, and an Israeli Anthropologist

by André Levy,
The Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2016
Starting in the 1940s and ’50s, thousands of Moroccan Jews emigrated to Israel, while others moved to France. By the second decade of the 21st century, the number of Jews... > more

Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

by Wil Haygood,
The Florida Courier, January 8, 2016
Thurgood Marshall was an icon of the civil rights movement in the United States. The founder and executive director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Marshall played a... > more

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It...Every Time

by Maria Konnikova,
Psychology Today, January 5, 2016
Published on April 1, 1857, The Confidence Man, by Herman Melville, ends with “the cosmopolitan” telling his companion on the steamboat Fidèle that the lack of confidence “these days” is... > more

Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections

by Richard L. Hasen,
The Huffington Post, January 5, 2016
"There are two things that are important in politics," Marcus Hanna, chairman of the Republican National Committee and United States Senator from Ohio once declared: "The first is money, and... > more

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