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A DJ Could Save Your Life Tonight

by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds,
The New York Times, December 30, 2017

The first DJ featured in this NYT op-ed piece about the artistry of DJing is our own Rich Medina ’92, who’ll be coming to Cornell this summer to reprise his... > more

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

by A.J. Jacobs,
The Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2017
A few years ago, A.J. Jacobs, a contributing editor at Esquire magazine, and the author of The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All, and Drop Dead Healthy, heard about an... > more

The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good

by David Goldfield,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 22, 2017
At the end of the 1950s, a substantial majority of Americans told pollsters they supported federal aid to public schools, Medicare, government enforcement of “fair treatment” in employment and housing... > more

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

by Maya Jasanoff,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 21, 2017
In 1874, Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, a 17-year-old orphan, persuaded his uncle to allow him to join the French merchant marine. After promising never to forget that “wherever you may... > more

The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battling Creek

by Howard Markel,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 20, 2017
In 1890, 14 years after Dr. John Kellogg converted a two-story home into a health institute, his Battle Creek Sanitarium had evolved into a massive medical center. The Michigan facility... > more

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake,
The Huffington Post, December 19, 2017
In 1962, in a book entitled The Production and Distribution of Knowledge in the United States, economist Fritz Machlup suggested that forms of knowledge could be produced, like refrigerators and... > more

A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

by Robert Boyd,
Psychology Today, December 14, 2017
Charles Darwin’s theories have stood the test of time. In The Origin of Species, Darwin laid out three conditions in which natural selection would generate cumulative adaptation: 1)... > more

The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of An Early American Crisis

by James E. Lewis, Jr.,
Tulsa World, December 10, 2017
In the first three decades of the 19th century, William Seward declared, Aaron Burr dragged on “a dishonored existence among a generation which [knew him] only by the history of... > more

Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

by Jeremy Dauber,
The Jerusalem Post, December 8, 2017
Explaining his perennial predilection for satire, Sholem Aleichem once wrote, “What shall I do when laughing is a kind of illness for me, God save us, from childhood on?” ... > more

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

by Stephen Greenblatt,
The Jerusalem Post, December 1, 2017
For thousands of years, theologians, philosophers, natural scientists, creative artists and ordinary people have tried to understand the implications of the fate of Adam and Eve. What, they ask, does... > more

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

by Daniel Ellsberg,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 1, 2017
In March 1939, flashes on an oscilloscope convinced physicist Leo Szilard that neutrons were emitted in the fission process of uranium and that harnessing nuclear energy was “around the corner.”... > more

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

by Jesmyn Ward,
The Florida Courier, December 1, 2017
As "Sing, Unburied, Sing" begins, Jojo is having a 13th birthday party. This year, he tells us, there is no happiness in his home.... > more

One of Us: Going to Cuba

by Sue Henninger,
Tompkins Weekly, November 27, 2017

Local writer Sue Henninger describes her experience of traveling in Cuba on a study tour with Cornell's Adult University.

... > more

Feeling Jewish: (A Book for Just About Everyone)

by Baum, Devorah,
The Jerusalem Post, November 24, 2017
Historian Yuri Slezkine once declared that “the Modern Age is the Jewish Age... Modernization is about everyone becoming urban, mobile, literate, articulate, intellectually intricate, physically fastidious, and occupationally flexible.” Not... > more

Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age

by Susan Landau,
The Huffington Post, November 22, 2017
Information is power. And in the Digital Age, information is everywhere. Data is stored in computers, smartphones, credit cards, cars, and television sets. Networking and bits control assembly lines, power... > more

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
The Florida Courier, November 17, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates has always wanted to write with gravity and clarity, without sanctimony or sentimentality. Art, he believes, “must reflect the world in all its brutality and beauty, not in... > more

When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency

by Bernardo Zacka,
Psychology Today, November 15, 2017
More often than not, we use the word “bureaucrat” as an insult. By their very nature, bureaucrats, we believe, are rule-obsessed, callous, petty, power-trippers. Encounters between ordinary people... > more

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

by Anne Abblebaum,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 12, 2017
In June 1932, Joseph Stalin told his subordinates to "pay serious attention to Ukraine." He refused to take responsibility for the famine that was killing millions. Instead, he blamed the... > more

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

by Linda Gordon,
Tulsa World, November 12, 2017
Stimulated in no small measure by the popularity of the 1915 silent film “Birth of a Nation,” the Ku Klux Klan, which had been dormant since the 1870s, was re-established... > more

Students share global and public health projects, solutions to problems

by Teagan Todd,
Cornell Chronicle, November 8, 2017
On November 3, participants in Cornell's Global Health Programs, including the summer program in Tanzania, gathered in Martha Van Rensselaer's Commons to present their research and share their experiences.... > more

Who Will Lead Us? The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America

by Samuel C. Heilman,
The Jerusalem Post, November 3, 2017
Thanks to large families, a retention rate that approaches 80%, and anti-modern beliefs and practices that privilege community, tradition and mysticism, the number of hassidim has increased to about 350,000... > more

FBI Indictment Just the First Salvo by Special Counsel

The Straits Times, November 1, 2017

Cornell offers U of Puerto Rico students academic haven

by Susan Kelley,
Cornell Chronicle, October 30, 2017

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, Cornell is offering a free semester of study – including tuition, room and board – in spring 2018 for up to... > more

Lou Reed: A Life

by Anthony DeCurtis,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 2017
Lou Reed (1942-2013), lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a solo artist for more than four decades, is generally regarded as the principal creator of alternative rock.... > more

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson,
Tulsa World, October 29, 2017
Endowed with insatiable curiosity, an “inhumanly sharp eye” and immense talent, Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man. Two of his paintings — The Last Supper and the Mona... > more

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

by Gordon S. Wood,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 27, 2017
In 1811, with an adroit use of epistolary shuttle diplomacy, Benjamin Rush brokered a reconciliation between two former friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. When the ice broke, the second... > more

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics

by Mark Lilla,
The Huffington Post, October 24, 2017
The homepage of the Republican Party features a document, “Principles of American Renewal,” which begins with the Constitution and contains policy positions on eleven political issues. In stark contrast, the... > more

"How White Supremacists Exploit Public Higher Education"

(co-authored with Kent Fuchs)
The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2017

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

by Lawrence O'Donnell,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 22, 2017
The year 1968 was tumultuous for the United States. The Tet Offensive convinced many Americans that the Vietnam War was all but lost. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.... > more

Black Mirror: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism

by Eric Lott,
The Florida Courier, October 20, 2017
Eric Lott, a professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, is a perceptive and provocative interpreter of the dynamics at play in... > more

Midlife: A Philosophical Guide

by Kieran Setiya,
Psychology Today, October 17, 2017
In 1965, psychoanalyst Elliott Jaques coined the phrase “mid-life crisis.” That same year, the main character of John Williams’ novel Stoner gave a pithy and pungent description of the... > more

The Struggle to Reform Our Colleges

by Derek Bok,
Tulsa World, October 8, 2017
For decades, the colleges and universities of the United States were regarded as national treasures. These days, even though an undergraduate degree is almost universally acknowledged as essential to finding... > more

Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

by Michael Korda,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 1, 2017
On May 26, 1940, a few hours after Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave the order to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, Vice Adm. Bertram Ramsay contacted Gen. Lord... > more

Forest Dark: A Novel

by Nicole Kruass,
The Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2017
As Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss’s fourth novel, opens, 68-yearold Jules Epstein is drifting. His parents have died, he has divorced his wife, and has retired from his law firm.... > more

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2017
In “What Happened,” Hillary Rodham Clinton tries to explain why she lost the presidential election of 2016 without seeming bitter, defensive, or shifting blame away from herself. Her book contains... > more

Free Speech on Campus

by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman,
The Huffington Post, September 25, 2017
Free speech is under attack in colleges and universities throughout the United States. A survey taken in 2015 revealed that 72% of students at Yale believe university officials should take... > more

The Origin of Others

by Toni Morrison,
The Florida Courier, September 22, 2017
Toni Morrison is a national – and international – treasure. As a senior editor at Random House, she introduced Black writers to generations of readers. Her novels include “The... > more

Republicans Happy, But Trump's Threats Risky

The Straits Times, September 21, 2017

Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence

by Rachel Sherman,
Psychology Today, September 11, 2017
Nadine, who inherited a lot of money from her parents, has a running argument with her partner, who grew up in a middle-class family, about whether their children should spend... > more

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

by Adam Gopnik,
Tulsa World, September 10, 2017
Young writers, Adam Gopnik suggests, think that style and energy will get them published and recognized. But as he has aged, Gopnik declares, he has come to understand that writers... > more

A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 27, 2017
Speaking at the National Review's 30th anniversary dinner in 1985, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that William F. Buckley Jr., "our clipboard Galahad," had come "upon the scene in a forest... > more

The 7 Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice

by Chris Chambers,
Psychology Today, August 23, 2017
Scientists should be more like detectives than lawyers, John Johnson, a professor of psychology at Penn State University, has written. They are supposed to search for relevant data "that... > more

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

by Eddie Izzard,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20, 2017
As though to confirm the claim that comedians use humor to hide their sadness, Eddie Izzard begins his memoir with his mother's death. At age 6, living in Northern Ireland,... > more

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom

by Condoleezza Rice,
The Florida Courier, August 18, 2017
A staunch supporter of Poland’s Solidarity Movement, Lane Kirkland, the head of the AFL-CIO, proclaimed in the 1980s that the transition to democracy “is not decided in the palaces of... > more

US Forced to Confront Ghosts of the Past

The Straits Times, August 18, 2017

The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses

by Richard A. Posner,
The Huffington Post, August 15, 2017
A judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, and the author, among many other books, of The Economic Analysis of... > more

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

by Alexander Klimburg,
Tulsa World, August 13, 2017
In 2014, 61 percent of the 1,600 experts polled by the Pew Research Center stated that a major cyberattack causing significant harm to a nation or nations was likely to... > more

Glenn Altschuler talks about advocacy techniques in great American trials

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 11, 2017

Presenting the first lecture in the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions' free summer events series on July 5, 2017, Dean Glenn Altschuler spoke about the trials of Leopold... > more

Jonathan Lunine considers authorship of Big Bang Theory

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 11, 2017

Can science and religion be reconciled? Astronomy professor Jonathan Lunine offered his thoughts on the subject on July 19, 2017, in Kennedy Hall. The lecture was part of the free... > more

Novelist Robert Morgan reads from Chasing the North Star

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 11, 2017

Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell, read from his 2016 novel Chasing the North Star in Kennedy Hall on July 26, 2017, as part of the free... > more

Travel the world with Cornell faculty through Cornell's Adult University

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 9, 2017

For nearly half a century, Cornell's Adult University (CAU) has been leading adventurous learners around the globe in the company of some of the university's finest faculty. Passionate about... > more

Global scholars study academic English at Cornell

by Sheri Englund,
Global Cornell, August 7, 2017

Cornell's English for International Students and Scholars (EISS) program provides opportunities for non-native speakers of English to prepare for work and study in the academic environment of an American... > more

Scholarship lets rural students bloom at Summer College

by Susan Kelley,
Cornell Chronicle, August 3, 2017
Through a Rural Scholarship Initiative funded by David R. Atkinson '60 and his wife, Patricia, eleven high-achieving high school students from small towns around Ithaca were able to attend Summer... > more

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

by Nick Bilton,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31, 2017
In a June 1, 2011, blog post on Gawker, Adrian Chen revealed that drugs could be bought and sold online "like books or light bulbs. Welcome to Silk Road." A... > more

The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age

by Steven Weitzman,
The Jerusalem Post, July 28, 2017
Scholars agree that the word “Jew” derives from “iudaios” (often translated as “Judean”). They do not agree, however, about whether this etymological relationship implies that Jews are, in essence,... > more

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

by Bruce Henderson,
The San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 2017
On May 7, 1941, a month short of his 21st birthday, Werner Angress was inducted into the U.S. Army. Having fled Nazi persecution, spent time in Amsterdam and immigrated to... > more

The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State

by Yascha Mounk,
The Florida Courier, July 21, 2017
“It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions,” President Ronald Reagan declared in the 1980s.... > more

The Weight of Ink: A Novel

by Rachel Kadish,
The Jerusalem Post, July 21, 2017
Rachel Kadish spins a tale about a rabbi, a 17th-century female scholar and the pursuit of knowledge The Weight of Ink, the third novel by Rachel Kadish, the author of... > more

High school students explore veterinary medicine courses during Summer College

College of Veterinary Medicine, July 14, 2017
High school students in Cornell's Summer College get a taste of veterinary medicine in three-week programs in Small Animal Practice, Equine Practice, and Conservation Medicine.... > more

Summer in Madrid program transforms students

by Kathy Hovis,
Cornell Chronicle, July 13, 2017

Through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions' Summer Program in Madrid, students use Spanish in and out of the classroom, get to know and interact with native... > more

Donald Trump Stands Strong Despite Fresh Storm

The Straits Times, July 13, 2017

Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

by Mitch Prinstein,
Psychology Today, July 12, 2017
“Anyone who is popular,” Yogi Berra once said, “is bound to be disliked.”... > more

Capitol Hill's Master Tactician

The Straits Times, July 3, 2017

Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

by David S. Brown,
Tulsa World, July 2, 2017
In 1940, the year F. Scott Fitzgerald died, only 72 copies of his novels were sold. Fitzgerald was still earning good money as a Hollywood screenwriter but had yielded pride... > more

Summer Session: Cornell celebrates 125th anniversary

by Matt Weinstein,
Ithaca Journal, June 30, 2017

Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn From the Humanities

by Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro,
The Huffington Post, June 27, 2017
Although they make lots of mistakes, economists are in demand. By contrast, the humanities are in deep trouble. In 2014, President Obama opined that folks can make “a lot more... > more

Pioneers: The First Breach

by S. An-sky,
The Jerusalem Post, June 23, 2017
As Pioneers: The First Breach begins, Zalmen Itzkowitz, a freethinker, has left his yeshiva in Vitebsk to earn his living in the shtetl town of Miloslavka, teaching students the Russian... > more

Raven Rock: The Story of the U. S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die

by Garrett M. Graff,
The Florida Courier, June 16, 2017
Soon after the onset of the Cold War, bureaucrats began to design elaborate, expensive and secret Doomsday projects to ensure “Continuity of Government.” In 1953, Raven Rock, a massive underground... > more

Cornell Summer Session celebrates 125 years

by Dan Aloi,
Cornell Chronicle, June 15, 2017
Beginning in July 1892, the first Summer Session included instruction in botany, drawing and entomology. Now, 125 years later, Cornell offers more than 600 summer courses in nearly 80 disciplines... > more

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

by David J. Garrow,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 11, 2017
One evening, while he was a student at Columbia University, Barack Obama confessed to his girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, that he had felt sorry for himself when he was 15 years... > more

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

by Mark Bowden,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 9, 2017
On Jan. 31, 1968, North Vietnamese soldiers shredded the yellow South Vietnamese flag at the Citadel in the ancient city of Hue. They raised a carefully designed new flag, with... > more

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

by David Callahan,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 2017
In 2010, 150 individuals and families joined Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett and pledged to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. And these folks constitute... > more

The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine

by Nathan Thrall,
The Jerusalem Post, June 2, 2017
In a memoir, Martin Indyk, who served as US ambassador to Israel in the 1990s and special envoy for Israel-Palestinian negotiations in 2013 and 2014, opined that “American presidents can... > more

The Corruption Cure: How Citizens & Leaders Can Combat Graft

by Robert I. Rotberg,
The Huffington Post, May 30, 2017
Corruption has been – and continues to be – a permanent feature of public life. As have efforts to cure it. Towns in medieval England weighed public officials before assembled... > more

Cornell's free summer events begin June 27

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 26, 2017

Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to expand your horizons and continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our > more

Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

by Thomas E. Ricks,
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2017
Throughout the 1930s, Winston Churchill was a political pariah. Determined to keep Adolf Hitler mollified, leaders of his own Tory party, including Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain, excluded... > more

Janesville: An American Story

by Amy Goldstein,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2017
Two days before Christmas 2008, the General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., closed. With the 4.8 million-square-foot facility padlocked behind a chain-link perimeter, almost 10,000 people in the county... > more

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert M. Sapolsky,
Psychology Today, May 17, 2017
Behave should be required reading for anyone – and everyone – interested in why human beings believe what they believe and do what they do. A door-stopper of a... > more

Russia Cloud Hangs Heavy Over Donald Trump

The Straits Times, May 16, 2017

Blue on Blue: An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops

by Charles Campisi,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2017
In his 41 years in the New York Police Department, half with the Internal Affairs Bureau (which he led from 1996 to 2014), Charles Campisi has seen it all. Good... > more

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

by Tom Nichols,
The Florida Courier, May 12, 2017
“They say, ‘oh, Trump doesn’t have experts,’” The Donald told a crowd in Wisconsin in 2016. “They say, ‘Donald Trump needs a foreign policy adviser’….But supposing I didn’t have... > more

Donald Trump Rocks Washington, Feeds Opposition With James Comey's Firing

The Straits Times, May 9, 2017

Nirmal Ghosh, senior correspondent and U.S. bureau chief for The Straits Times (Singapore), talks with Dean Glenn Altschuler about the firing of FBI director James Comey.

... > more

Earn up to four credits in three weeks during Summer Session

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 8, 2017

Three-week session, May 31–June 23, leaves plenty of time for work and play

Having summer plans to work, travel, or visit friends and family doesn't have to preclude taking a Summer... > more

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

by Holger Hoock, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2017

In November 1775, Adm. Samuel Graves, the commander of Great Britain’s American squadron, recommended that since leniency had yielded “farther Violences,” the ungrateful Colonists should be “severely dealt with.” The... > more

Red Shoes for Rachel: Three Novellas

by Boris Sandler, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, May 5, 2017

Born in 1950 in the shtetl town of Belts in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Sandler grew up using Yiddish as his daily form of communication. A violinist with the... > more

The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power

by Joseph Turow, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 2017

In 2015, Nielsen reported that a grocery store in which customers would receive personal recommendations and offers the moment they entered was “closer than you think.” And, according to... > more

Richard Nixon: The Life

by John A. Farrell, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 2017

As he presided over a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 6, 1974, President Richard Nixon sounded combative. But everyone in the room knew that his resignation was imminent. “All that talent... > more

Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust

by Evgeny Finkel, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2017

In an appeal to the ghetto Jews of Bialystok written in January 1943, underground commander Mordechai Tenenbaum pledged, “We shall not go like lambs to the slaughter! If we are... > more

The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms

by Kevin Davis, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
Psychology Today, April 26, 2017

Many years after her then sixty-five year old father, who had no history of violent behavior, was accused of strangling her step-mother and throwing her body out of the window... > more

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
Tulsa World, April 23, 2017

In 1921, a boy hunting squirrels near Fairfax, Oklahoma, found the body of Anna Brown. She had been shot in the back of the head. At about the same time,... > more

Cornell: A History, 1940-2015

Cornell University Press, , April 17, 2017

In this Cornell University Press podcast, Martyn Beeny interviews Glenn C. Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of... > more

Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law

by James Q. Whitman, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
The Jerusalem Post, April 14, 2017

Introduced by the Reichstag in September 1935, the Nuremberg Laws codified the racist policies of the Nazis. The laws declared that the swastika was the national symbol of Germany, consigned... > more

One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us

by Peter H. Schuck,
The Huffington Post, April 13, 2017
Proposals to reform the campaign finance system of the United States have a “curious feature,” law professor David Strauss suggests: “the cure often precedes the diagnosis; and the diagnosis, once... > more

Cornell Changemakers: Summer programs help students enhance the lives of others

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 7, 2017

Cornell University is committed to improving the lives of people everywhere. As part of this mission, Cornell’s Summer Session faculty are helping students become agents for change in three summer... > more

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple

by Jeff Guinn,
The Florida Courier, April 7, 2017
In September 1975, at the Peoples Temple on Geary Street in San Francisco, Jim Jones told members of the Planning Commission of his church that it was all right, this... > more

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

by Frances FitzGerald,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2017
In the 1970s and ’80s, the Christian right emerged as a potent political force in the United States as evangelicals mobilized to combat moral decay and “secular humanism” by restoring... > more

Superfandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

by Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron M. Glazer,
Psychology Today, March 30, 2017
Each time Justin Bieber launches a new CD, his fans organize a “buyout.” They march through Kmarts and Best Buys in an attempt to propel the album to the... > more

Cornell hosts Administrative Management Institute, August 7-10, 2017

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 30, 2017

College and university administrators, business managers, directors, and department heads from across the country will convene in Ithaca this summer for the Administrative Management Institute, one of the country's top... > more

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

by Cass R. Sunstein,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2017
In 1927, John Dewey wrote that the essential need of democracy, of self-government and freedom, properly understood, was "the improvement of the methods and conditions of debate, discussion and persuasion.... > more

On Betrayal

by Avishai Margalit,
The Jerusalem Post, March 24, 2017
Edward Snowden. Bernard Madoff. Vidkun Quisling. Palestinians who sell their land to Israeli Jews and inform on other Palestinians to security forces. Husbands who sleep with their wives’ best... > more

Enjoy a summer learning vacation with Cornell's Adult University

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 22, 2017

With Cornell's Adult University (CAU), you can learn to take extraordinary photographs, discover what your genes can tell you, create a divine lamb tagine, or explore the benefits of positive... > more

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy

by David A. Nichols,
The Huffington Post, March 20, 2017
Between February 1950, when he charged that the State Department was “infested” with communists and held up a list, which he claimed contained the names of subversives, and December 1954,... > more

Civil rights defender and CIW alum Joe Margulies talks about his career and life in DC

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 20, 2017

Trump Vows to Fight On As Judges Block Travel Ban

The Straits Times, March 17, 2017

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

by Adam Alter,
Psychology Today, March 16, 2017
Isaac Vaisberg began playing World of Warcraft while he was a student at Worcester Academy, a prestigious boarding school near Boston. The game became an obsession, his “sole means... > more

Reporting War: How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death to Cover World War II

by Ray Moseley,
Tulsa World, March 12, 2017
Ernie Pyle, the legendary World War II reporter, reminded his readers that although journalists “were usually under fire only briefly,” they “never caught up on sleep, rest, cleanliness, or anything... > more

The Blood of Emmett Till

by Timothy B. Tyson,
The Florida Courier, March 10, 2017
Like many Black folks in Chicago, Mamie Carthan Till did not want to lose touch with her ancestral home in Mississippi, even though it remained a land of ghosts and... > more

All Eyes on Man Who Could Head Russian Probe

The Straits Times, March 8, 2017

A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland

by Sydney Nathans,
The Florida Courier, March 3, 2017
Long after the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, Paul and Jim Hargis continued to work on the plantation near Greensboro, Alabama owned by Paul Cameron, their former master.... > more

Cornell offers wealth of summer study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, March 1, 2017

Online enrollment is now open for hundreds of Cornell courses offered on campus, online, and around the world during Summer Session.

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

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

by Walter Scheidel,
The Huffington Post, March 1, 2017
Inequality is great and growing, in the United States and elsewhere. Americans in the highest one tenth of one percent income bracket increased their share almost six times since 1970.... > more

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

by Anders Lydell,
The Jerusalem Post, February 24, 2017
The Nazis burned books. Organized as celebratory events, the book burning in the 1930s targeted the works of communists, pacifists, writers and intellectuals from the Weimar Republic, Freemasons and, of... > more

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

by Derek Thompson,
Psychology Today, February 21, 2017
“Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and His Comets, appeared on the B-side of “Thirteen Women” in 1954, spent one week on the Billboard charts and disappeared. A... > more

High school students learn about life at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Qatar is Booming, February 19, 2017
Choosing a career is not easy, but high school students from across Qatar have a better understanding of what life would be like as a doctor thanks to programs run... > more

Cornell's Summer Session provides exciting off-campus study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, February 16, 2017

Undergraduates from Cornell and other institutions can earn credits during the summer in a variety of off-campus Cornell programs in the U.S. and abroad.

For students interested in professional or personal... > more

Selfless 16 launches partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Ontario

PRNewswire, February 15, 2017
Founded in 2016 by Soheila Mosun, a grade 11 student at Appleby College and Cornell University Summer College Ambassador, Selfless 16 has quickly captured the attention of youth and educators.... > more

Carson Adviser: Democrats 'Crippling' Trump Administration with Cabinet Delays

WJLA ABC 7 (and 2 other media outlets), February 14, 2017

"Undergrads gain from service-learning trip to Louisiana"

Cornell Chronicle, 2017
During the 2017 Winter Session, thirteen undergraduates spent a week embedded in a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, helping students prepare for a "living museum" exhibition on black... > more

Democracy: A Case Study

by David A. Moss,
The Huffington Post, February 9, 2017
Noting that more than two-thirds of students did not reach proficiency in a civics assessment conducted in 2006, reformers claim that robust civics courses in social studies, economics, political science,... > more

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons

by Elizabeth Brown Pryor,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 3, 2017
Most Americans regard Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents. They celebrate “Honest Abe” as a self-made man, a shrewd and pragmatic politician (and master of the English language)... > more

The Original Black Elite

by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 2017
Soon after Daniel Murray became chief of the periodical division of the Library of Congress, the Washington Times included a biographical sketch of him, along with a pen-and-ink likeness, in... > more

Trump's First Week Marked by Action and Friction

The Straits Times, January 28, 2017

True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement

by Jon Else,
The Florida Courier, January 27, 2017
In 1979, Henry Hampton, the founder of Blackside Inc., a documentary film company committed to presenting the “Black side” of American history, submitted a proposal to PBS for a multi-part... > more

Montaigne: A Life

by Philippe Desan,
Tulsa World, January 22, 2017
Published more than 500 years ago, Michel de Montaigne’s “Essais” (translated as “Attempts”) remains a classic of Western philosophy and literature. These days, “Essays” is acclaimed not only for its... > more

Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism, and Delegitimizing Israel

by Robert Wistrich, Editor,
The Jerusalem Post, January 20, 2017
Reporting on a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris in July 2014, journalist Pascal Riché confessed that he had never heard so many expressions of antisemitism in so short a time. ... > more

No Rumo da Intolerância

Exame, January 18, 2017

Establishing Quality Review Process for Online Courses

Cornell Academic Technologies, January 15, 2017
Academic Technologies and the Center for Teaching Excellence have partnered with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) to develop a quality review process for online courses offered... > more

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

by Michael Lewis,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 15, 2017
Asked who did what in their collaboration, psychologist Daniel Kahneman replied, “We didn’t know at that time, not clearly. It was beautiful not knowing.” Geniuses often work on their own,... > more

Obama Calls For Unity As He Fights For His Legacy

The Straits Times, January 12, 2017

Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable

by Erwin Chemerinsky,
The Huffington Post, January 10, 2017
On October 6, 1976, Los Angeles police officers stopped Adolpho Lyons, a twenty-four year-old African American, for driving with a defective taillight. With guns drawn, four cops ordered Lyons to... > more

Wisdom Won from Illness: Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

by Jonathan Lear,
Psychology Today, January 10, 2017
“I have lived through an eventful year, yet understand no more of it than a babe in arms,” the narrator of J.M. Coetzee’s novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, tells us.... > more

US Will Bargain Hard - But Stop Short of Trade War

The Straits Times, January 9, 2017

Elvis's Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield

by Brian McAllister Linn,
Reviews in American History, January 1, 2017

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