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The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today

by Jack Wertheimer,
The Forward, December 31, 2018
In “The New American Judaism,” Jack Wertheimer, a professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the author of “A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America,”... > more

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

by Max Hastings,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 28, 2018
As he looked out on the Mekong Delta waterway at Ban Don near the Cambodian border, George Bonville, a member of the A-team of the Special Forces, wondered why men... > more

Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo; Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War

by Seth Anziska; Micah Goodman,
The Forward, December 14, 2018
For many Israelis and diasporic Jews, the acquisition of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula and Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967 fulfilled the hopes of messianic... > more


by Michelle Obama,
The Florida Courier, December 14, 2018
Growing up in a close-knit middle-class African-American family, crowded into a small apartment in the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Robinson was a “box-checker.”... > more

As a City on a Hill: The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon

by Daniel T. Rodgers,
The Florida Courier, December 14, 2018
As he left office in 1989, President Ronald Reagan, who did more than any other American to transform John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity,” an obscure 17th-century New England... > more

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Andrew Roberts,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 11, 2018
A few hours after Neville Chamberlain resigned as the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who had conducted a lonely struggle throughout the 1930s against appeasing the Nazis, began to assemble... > more

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

by Chris McGreal,
Psychology Today, December 7, 2018
West Virginia is ground zero of America’s opioid crisis. In 2006, the overdose death rate in the state was 16.2 per 100,000, well above the rest of the country.... > more

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies

by Dawn Raffel,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2018
Coney Island, the Brooklyn Eagle opined in 1903, is “the strangest place on Earth for human tots to be fed, nursed and cared for.” Haranguing passersby to pay “a few... > more

The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

by Andrew Delbanco,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 7, 2018
Writing in his journal after the Civil War, Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, declared that Southern states seceded, to no small extent, because Northern states had betrayed their... > more

Yale freshman shares Cornell Summer College experience

Teen Life, November 28, 2018

"Having the opportunity to study at a world-class institution like Cornell was a dream come true. Summer College empowered me to actively shape the future I wanted for myself," says... > more

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

by Deborah Blum,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 25, 2018
Harvey Wiley is an unsung hero. Chief of the United States Department of Agriculture’s chemistry bureau from 1883-1913, he was, in essence, the federal official most responsible for Americans’ food safety.... > more

House of Gold: A Novel

by Natasha Solomons,
The Jerusalem Post, November 23, 2018
House of Gold, the fifth novel by Natasha Solomons, begins in 1911. At a family gathering in Paris, shortly before 20-year-old Greta Goldbaum moves to England to marry Albert Goldbaum,... > more

Potential Challenger Endorses Pelosi For Speaker As Alternatives For Unhappy Dems Dwindle

WJLA ABC 7 (and 46 other media outlets), November 20, 2018

Cornell Winter Session: An opportunity to catch up or get ahead

SCE, November 16, 2018

The "coolest" season at Cornell, Winter Session is a great opportunity to earn up to four credits in just a few weeks—on campus, or off campus through special programs or... > more

Help! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

by Thomas Brothers,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 2018
In John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden, the narrator declares, "there are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle... > more

On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News

by Matthew Pressman,
Psychology Today, November 13, 2018
In the 1970s, Irving Kristol, a founding father of neo-conservatism, declared that most journalists were liberals, who believed that government should regulate corporations, redistribute wealth, and promote civil liberties and... > more

The Fifth Risk

by Michael Lewis,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 2018
In the weeks after the presidential election of 2016, civil servants in federal agencies expected to deliver briefings to members of Donald Trump's transition team. It turned out, Michael... > more

Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster

by H.W. Brands,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 9, 2018
In the first half of the 19th century, “the Great Triumvirate” — Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster — dominated American politics. Promoting the interests of the West,... > more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

by Jane Sherron De Hart,
The Jerusalem Post, November 9, 2018
On January 17, 1973, Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States. Impeccably dressed, and wearing her late mother’s jewelry, the director... > more

As Democrats Take House, Experts Say Partisan Polarization Will Only Get Worse

WJLA ABC 7 (and 45 other media outlets), November 7, 2018

Wanamaker's Temple: The Religion of Business in an Iconic Department Store

by Nicole C. Kirk,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 4, 2018
In the 1890s, cartoonists lampooned the Christian commitment of John Wanamaker, Philadelphia's great merchant. Puck's front cover featured two Wanamakers. "Pious John" was dressed in a somber Sunday... > more

Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "The American Dream"

by Sarah Churchwell,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4, 2018
“The American Dream” and “America First” are among our nation’s most oft-used phrases.... > more

The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End

by Gary M. Pomerantz,
The Florida Courier, November 2, 2018
The Boston Celtics have been one of the most successful franchises in the history of American sports. Between 1957 and 1969, the Celtics won 11 National Basketball Association championships, eight... > more

Trump's Immigration Moves May Overshadow Economy for Midterm Voters

WSYX ABC 6 (and 43 other media outlets), November 1, 2018

Republican Incumbents Take Different Tacks In Upstate NY

Associated Press (and 93 other media outlets), October 29, 2018

Cornell Historian to Lead New CAU Civil War Tour Next Fall

Cornell Daily Sun, October 23, 2018

Cornell historian David Silbey will lead the CAU study tour, Winning and Losing the Civil War in Washington, D.C. next fall, that will show the typical lives of soldiers from... > more

The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy

by Greg Miller,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 21, 2018
Greg Miller, a national security reporter for The Washington Post reminds us that Donald Trump and Robert Mueller have superficially similar backgrounds. Both were born to wealth in New York City in... > more

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

by Mary Fulbrook,
The Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2018
Discussions of the persecution of “undesirables” by the Nazis invariably turn to Auschwitz. Located within the Greater German Reich, Auschwitz epitomizes the machinery of mass killing. More than... > more

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan,
The Florida Courier, October 19, 2018
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan's third novel, opens in 1830, on Faith plantation in Barbados.... > more

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

by Rebecca Traister,
Psychology Today, October 12, 2018
Almost forty years ago, black feminist Audre Lorde declared “every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into... > more

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

by Mark Leibovich,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 2018
Football "unites people," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell often declares. At a time in which social, communal, and family institutions are relatively weak, football gives people around the country "a... > more

Our American Israel: The Story of an Entangled Alliance

by Amy Kaplan,
The Jerusalem Post, October 12, 2018
Writing in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Richard Crossman, a Labor MP and member of an Anglo-American Committee investigating the impact of mass immigration on the inhabitants of... > more

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2018
In June 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court concluded a commencement speech at his son's middle school by predicting that "whether I wish these things or... > more

These Truths: A History of the United States

by Jill Lepore,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 28, 2018
he Declaration of Independence famously enumerated truths American revolutionaries deemed self-evident.... > more

Empathy: A History

by Susan Lanzoni,
Psychology Today, September 20, 2018
Coined by psychologists James Ward and Edward Titchener in 1908 as a translation of the German word Einfühlung (in-feeling), the term “empathy’ was used almost exclusively in aesthetic, academic and... > more

Fear: Trump in the White House

by Bob Woodward,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2018
Following the Charlottesville debacle and President Donald Trump’s comment that some of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and KKK marchers were “very fine people,” Sen. Bob Corker told reporters the president... > more

Consent on Campus: A Manifesto

by Donna Freitas,
Tulsa World, September 16, 2018
A raft of surveys document the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses. Although exact percentages — and definitions of what qualifies as a sexual assault — remain contested, it... > more

Leadership in Turbulent Times

by Doris Kearns Goodwin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 14, 2018
“When the American people feel they are doing all right for themselves they do not give much thought to the character of the man in the White House,” Robert Sherwood... > more

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist

by Eli Saslow,
The Florida Courier, September 14, 2018
Don Black was one of the first individuals to appear on "Hate.Com," a 2000 HBO documentary. His Stormfront website, the narrator indicated, had established him as "the godfather of... > more

New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed: Donald Trump's Feud With Critical Media Deepens

The Straits Times (and 2 other media outlets), September 7, 2018

"Pre-med students explore diverse medical interests"

Cornell Chronicle , 2018
John Carboni ’20 got a front-row seat this summer in an operating room at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, as doctors performed shoulder replacement surgery, cutting into joints and replacing the... > more

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity

by Theodore M. Porter,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2, 2018
The pseudoscience of eugenics (the study of improving the human population through selective breeding) has a long and sordid history. In the United States at the beginning of the... > more

Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919

by Mike Wallace,
Reviews in American History, September 1, 2018
Sequels are rarely as good as, and even more infrequently better than, the original. There are, however, some notable exceptions. Among movies, Godfather II sits on top of a very... > more

The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became An American Religion

by Steven R. Weisman,
The Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2018
In 1824, 47 members of the congregation of Beth Elohim, in Charleston, South Carolina, signed a petition calling for some prayers to be repeated in English, an “abridgment” of the... > more

The Politics of Autism

by Bryna Siegel,
Psychology Today, August 28, 2018
In 1943, Leo Kanner gave autism its name. In an academic paper, Dr. Kanner described “the autistic disturbances of affective contact,” a malady in which children continue to behave... > more

Summer of Research for Qatari High School Students

Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar, August 28, 2018
Qatari high school students with a love of science spent the summer gaining hands-on research experience. ... > more

Democrats Sideline Superdelegates In Effort To Heal Wounds Of 2016 Primaries

WHP-TV Online (and 42 other media outlets), August 27, 2018

The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy

by Jay Cost,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 26, 2018
In 1787, shortly before he arrived in Philadelphia as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, James Madison declared that “the great desideratum” (that is, the essential purpose) of government in... > more

Double Blow For Trump Ahead of November Elections

The Straits Times, August 23, 2018

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America

by Alissa Quart,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 2018
These days, millions of hardworking people are concluding that the American Dream is unattainable.  After the Great Recession of 2008, for the first time since pollsters asked the question, fewer... > more

Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard

by Paul Collins,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 16, 2018
On Nov. 23, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, a wealthy Boston Brahmin, ordered sugar and butter at his neighborhood grocery store and asked the clerk to hold a paper bag with... > more

The Spectre of Race: How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy

by Michael G. Hanchard,
The Florida Courier, August 10, 2018
In 1873, Edward A. Freeman, a founder of comparative politics, proposed an analytical framework for the new field. A scientific method to study political phenomena, he suggested, should avoid excessive... > more

The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983

by Marc Ambinder,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2018
In March 1982, during a briefing on a war game scenario called Ivy League, President Ronald Reagan declared that if he was notified that a Soviet nuclear attack had commenced,... > more

Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War

by Christopher Grasso,
Tulsa World, August 5, 2018
In 1839, Unitarian minister James Walker claimed that “latent and passive skepticism is much more widely diffused in the community than is generally supposed.” A skeptical critique of traditional Christianity,... > more

The Last Utopians: Four Late 19th Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

by Michael Robertson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 2018
In a letter to his friend Henry James in 1888, William Dean Howells responded to the evils of the Industrial Revolution.... > more

The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

by Dan Kaufman,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 2018
“I’m worried about Trump versus Hillary,” Dan Poklinkoski, the president of IBEW Local 2304 in Wisconsin, declared early in 2016. “If you have a right-wing populist,” he said, “you can beat a... > more

Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy; America Classifies the Immigrants: From Ellis Island to the 2020 Census

by Katherine Benton-Cohen; Joel Perlmann,
The Forward, July 15, 2018
In 1943, Earl Harrison, the U.S. Commissioner of Immigration, announced his bureau would remove the designation Hebrew from its “List of Races and Peoples.” Henceforth, the Bureau would classify Hebrews... > more

The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine & Spain 1922-1923

by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, editor,
The Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2018
Following a reception in Tel Aviv in February 1923, at which then-mayor Meir Dizengoff and members of the City Council named him an honorary citizen, Albert Einstein noted in his... > more

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

by Randi Hutter Epstein,
Psychology Today, July 12, 2018
In a lecture delivered at the Royal College of London in 1905, Ernest Starling explained the results of the gland research he had conducted with William Bayliss. Chemical messengers,... > more

Energy: A Human History

by Richard Rhodes,
Tulsa World, July 8, 2018
“Energy: A Human History” originated in a graph prepared 40 years ago by Cesare Marchetti, a physicist, for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Marchetti’s “simple and predictive model... > more

Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

by Keith E. Whittington,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2018
In 1655, John Cotton, a Puritan minister in the Massachusetts Bay colony, maintained that “to allow any man uncontrollableness of speech” results, inevitably, in “great blasphemies” and the destruction of... > more

Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century

by Konrad H. Jarausch,
The Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2018
A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, Ruth Klüger emigrated to the United States in 1947. Unable, and to some extent unwilling to escape her cultural heritage, she became a professor... > more

Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)

by Ken Auletta,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 1, 2018
According to Michael Kassan, the CEO of MediaLink, a “smash-up” has occurred in the advertising and marketing industries: “The Mad Men, which was the creative agency, and the Media Men,... > more

Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

by James Loeffler,
The Forward, June 29, 2018
Following Winston Churchill’s prediction in 1942 that the war against fascism would “end with the enthronement of human rights,” the phrase, which had rarely been used in the discourse of... > more

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World

by Meredith Broussard,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 2018
Nearly 30 years ago, philosopher John Searle claimed that digital computers were not – and could not be – intelligent. Unlike human beings, who think and feel, Searle wrote,... > more

Trump's Cult of Personality in the Republican Party

The Straits Times, June 25, 2018

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen,
The Florida Courier, June 22, 2018
Barbour County has produced eight governors of Alabama, including some of the most virulent segregationists in the United States.... > more

'I'm With Her': Timeline Of Texts The OIG Said 'Cast A Cloud' Over Clinton Case, June 15, 2018
While the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General found no evidence political bias influenced the outcome of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server... > more

Demographic Angst: Cultural Narratives and American Films of the 1950s

by Alan Nadel,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 15, 2018
In the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II, Americans were eager to heed the advice of the lyric of the title song of Singin’ in the Rain... > more

Our Minds, Ourselves: A Brief History of Psychology

by Keith Oatley,
Psychology Today, June 11, 2018
The human brain contains at least 86 billion neurons. Each brain neuron, on average, connects with 7,000 other neurons. Little wonder, then, that scientists often compare the brain... > more

The Dealmaker Who Craves Validation

The Straits Times, June 10, 2018

Idleness: A Philosophical Essay

by Brian O'Connor,
Tulsa World, June 3, 2018
In “Anatomy of Melancholy,” author Robert Burton enumerated the dire consequences of idleness. In addition to digestive disorders, Burton wrote, idleness was “the nurse of naughtiness, stepmother of discipline, the... > more

Puerto Rico Students Escape Hurricane Damage and Spend Semester at Cornell, Reflecting Back

Syracuse University WAER, May 31, 2018
Cornell University said goodbye this past week to a special group of students who spent a semester in Ithaca because they couldn’t attend college in Puerto Rico. The special... > more

Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West

by James Pogue,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 25, 2018
Not long after he arrived in Oregon in January 2016 to write about the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, led by Ammon Bundy, James Pogue concluded that the... > more

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

by Rachel Devlin,
The Florida Courier, May 25, 2018
When third-grader Tessie Prevost and two other African-American girls enrolled in previously all White Semmes Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960, they were punched, kicked, tripped, and spat on.... > more

Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

by Dean Burnett,
Psychology Today, May 21, 2018
Along with the rest of us, but after their own fashion, psychologists and neuroscientists are in hot pursuit of happiness. The Journal of Happiness Studies receives far more submissions... > more

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 20, 2018
In 2009, David Nutt, a professor at the University of Bristol and chair of Britain’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, declared that using LSD or Ecstasy was “of... > more

The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

by Sarah E. Igo,
Tulsa World, May 20, 2018
In his decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), overruling legislation banning married couples’ use of contraceptives, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas affirmed a “right to privacy.” That right, Douglas... > more

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics

by Stephen Greenblatt,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 18, 2018
When the presidential election of 2016 confirmed his “worst fears,” Stephen Greenblatt, a professor of the humanities at Harvard University and the author of Will in the World, Shakespeare’s Freedom,... > more

In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea

by Michael Brenner,
The Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2018
David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, often pointed to two apparently contradictory, but in his view complementary and interdependent aspirations for the Jewish people. “We... > more

Trump Shows He Can Talk Tough - And Be Tough

The Straits Times, May 9, 2018

Cornell says farewell to Puerto Rican students

Cornell Chronicle, May 7, 2018
Sixty-two students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) are leaving campus in the next two weeks. They say they’ve had memorable academic experiences and made friendships they hope will... > more

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 6, 2018
In recent years, Jordan B. Peterson has emerged from relative obscurity as a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto to prominence as a pop psychologist and public intellectual.... > more

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

by Anshel Pfeffer,
The Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2018
In 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu made his second appearance on the cover of Time magazine. In his profile, managing editor Richard Stengel crowned him “King Bibi.” Poised to become the longest-serving... > more

Cornell in Washington Partners with 11th Street Bridge Park to Build Inclusive Communities

by Shelley Preston,
Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 26, 2018

The Anacostia River has long divided Washington D.C. by race and access to opportunity. On one side is affluent Capitol Hill; on the other is a food desert with one... > more

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

by Lawrence Wright,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 26, 2018
A staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “The Looming Tower,” Lawrence Wright believes that Texas has a lot to answer for. His bill of particulars includes: a... > more

Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America

by Cass R. Sunstein, editor,
The Florida Courier, April 20, 2018
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis responded to the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with a novel entitled "It Can't Happen Here." Lewis' cautionary tale featured Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip,... > more

How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain

by Thomas Lickona,
Psychology Today, April 17, 2018
“Be kind whenever possible,” the Dalai Lama once wrote. He then added a kicker: “It is always possible.”... > more

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

by Priya Satia,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 12, 2018
One hundred years ago, amid armed combat around the world, Randolph Bourne, a contributing editor at the New Republic, proclaimed that “war is essentially the health of the State.” The... > more

On Grand Strategy

by John Lewis Gaddis,
Tulsa World, April 8, 2018
“I don’t know anything about diplomacy,” Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1861. “I will be very apt to make blunders.”... > more

The Chateau

by Paul Goldberg,
The Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2018
The Chateau, Paul Goldberg’s new novel, begins a few days before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Goldberg’s hero, William M. Katzenelenbogen, a 52-year-old science writer for The Washington Post,... > more

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

by David Frum,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2018
David Frum begins “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic” with a quotation from Montesquieu, the French philosopher who had a profound impact on America’s Founding Fathers. A free society,... > more

Podcast with Mona Anita Olsen

WHCU Radio, March 30, 2018
Listen to a March 30, 2018 podcast with Mona Anita Olsen" -- published WHCU Radio.... > more

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

by Adam Winkler,
The San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2018
Published in the 18th century, William Blackstone’s “Commentaries of the Law of England” became the most influential legal treatise in Anglo-American history. Among the important subjects addressed by Blackstone were... > more

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

by Nassim Nichola Taleb,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2018
In The Black Swan (2007), Nassim Taleb, a former hedge-fund manager and derivatives trader, argued that “faux experts” had built systems that made modern economies vulnerable to rare, unforecastable,... > more

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

by Ryan H. Walsh,
Tulsa World, March 18, 2018
Appearing on public television channel WGBH’s “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”, “the first TV show that spoke to the stoned generation,” Mel Lyman, a former musician in Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band... > more

Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion

by Steve Fraser,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2018
Throughout our history, many Americans have insisted that the United States is immune to class-consciousness and class conflict. In sharp contrast to Europe, they argue, America has had no kings,... > more

The Devil's Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock 'n' Roll

by Randall J. Stephens,
The Florida Courier, March 16, 2018
“Gospel and rock ‘n’ roll were cut from the same cloth,” Tav Falco, leader of the psychedelic group Panther Burns, once observed, “even though one is considered to be the... > more

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

by Amy Chua,
Psychology Today, March 9, 2018
In 1999, Thomas Friedman predicted that the spread of free markets and democracy around the world would allow “people everywhere to turn their aspirations into achievements,” erase human as well... > more

A History of Judaism

by Martin Goodman,
The Jerusalem Post, March 8, 2018
In the 10th century, Rabbi Saadia Gaon, the leader of the rabbinic academy in Sura, Babylon, laid out the appropriate approaches to scriptural interpretation in his Book of Beliefs and... > more

Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906

by David Cannadine,
Tulsa World, February 25, 2018
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 provided an occasion for Englishmen and women to celebrate a half century of unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural progress, domestically, imperially... > more

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money

by Bryan Caplan,
Psychology Today, February 20, 2018
More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie declared that “men have sent their sons to colleges to waste their energies upon obtaining a knowledge of such languages as Greek and... > more

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

by Steven Pinker,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2018

Four Weeks In, UPR Students Continue to Adjust to Life at Cornell

Cornell Daily Sun, February 15, 2018
Describing the weather in Ithaca as “bipolar,” the professors as “helpful” and the community as “welcoming,” students from the University of Puerto Rico say they are grateful for the Ivy... > more

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

by Niall Ferguson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2018
In November 2010, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen predicted that governments would be “caught off-guard when large numbers of their citizens, armed with virtually nothing but cell phones, take... > more

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

by Omer Bartov,
The Jerusalem Post, February 9, 2018
In 1936, Mendel Reich, president of a Talmud Torah in Buczacz, a small border town in Eastern Galicia, declared that the Jews were “condemned to wait on death row for... > more

Trump Calls For Unity As He Touts His Achievements

The Straits Times, February 1, 2018

The First Republican Army: The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War

by John H. Matsui,
The American Historical Review, February 1, 2018
In the summer of 1862, following the Second Battle of Bull Run, General George McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, boasted to his wife that his enemies had... > more

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2018
In October, 1970, William Eagleton, head of U.S. Operations in Algeria, sent a secret cable to Secretary of State William Rogers. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, who had... > more

Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court

by Paul Finkelman,
The Florida Courier, January 26, 2018
In February 1865, during a debate over an appropriation to fund a bust of Roger Taney, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner asked, “What is the office of Chief Justice, if it... > more

Cornell courses open to all through part-time study

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 22, 2018

Through part-time study, anyone can take advantage of the vast academic resources at Cornell University.

High school students, visiting college students, area residents, retirees, corporate learners, and Cornell employees or alums... > more

Shutdown Signals Deeper Dysfunction in Government

The Straits Times, January 21, 2018

Cornell's Adult University celebrates fifty years

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 17, 2018

In the mid-'60s, Cornell trustee Les Severinghaus '21 told Cornell President James Perkins that the time had come for alumni "to be led not by the hand, but by the... > more

U of Puerto Rico students prep to take refuge at Cornell

by Susan Kelley,
Cornell Chronicle, January 16, 2018

Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 62 students from Universidad de Puerto Rico are preparing to begin a semester of study at Cornell.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

by Daniel H. Pink,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2018

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

by David Cay Johnston,
The Huffington Post, January 11, 2018
At the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office, his job approval ratings are lower than those of any American president in modern history. The establishment mass media, on... > more

Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More

by Morten Hansen,
Psychology Today, January 9, 2018
For more than a century, experts on individual and organizational behavior have tried to account for differences in performance at work. They have measured the impact of many factors,... > more

Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House

by Joshua Zeitz,
Tulsa World, January 7, 2018
Lyndon Johnson’s legacy as President of the United States will always be tarnished by the war in Vietnam. That said, historians continue to give extraordinarily high marks to his domestic... > more

Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land

by David A. Goldstein,
The Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2018
In the spring of 2004, during Passover, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team hosted Zelgiris Kaunus in the deciding game of the Euroleague quarterfinals. With two seconds left, and... > more

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