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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Wednesday lectures

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Readers of Karl Pillemer’s first book, 30 Lessons for Living, appreciated the sage advice and great stories shared by extraordinary older Americans. Now, Pillemer returns with lessons on the most talked-about parts of that book: love, relationships, and marriage. Drawing on interviews with seven hundred long-married elders, his new book, 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage, delivers timeless wisdom from a wide range of voices on everything from choosing “the one” to dealing with in-laws, communicating effectively, avoiding conflicts over money and children, and keeping the spark alive for a half century or more. In this lecture, sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Pillemer will draw on the vast resource of elder wisdom to illuminate the path to lifelong, fulfilling relationships.

Pillemer is a professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology and of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA). His major interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Lifelong naturalist Katy Payne began her career as a bioacoustics researcher by studying the evolving songs of the humpback whale. She shifted her focus to elephants in 1984, when she and two colleagues discovered infrasonic calling in elephants by recording at a zoo. In this lecture, sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Payne will share her findings about how elephants use these calls to communicate and to coordinate social behavior over long distances.

In 1999, Payne founded the Elephant Listening Project (ELP), which she led until her retirement in 2005. Now a visiting fellow in the Lab of Ornithology’s Bioacoustics Research Program, she continues to play a critical role in all of ELP’s activities.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Ken Blanchard will share his thoughts on “refiring”—a process in which the primary focus is not on career advancement, financial gain, or specific types of achievements, but on healthy living, warm and significant relationships, continued learning and cognitive growth, vitality and meaningful involvement, and the development of a personal sense of spirituality.

An insightful speaker and sought-after business consultant, Blanchard is coauthor of The One Minute Manager, which has sold more than 13 million copies since its publication in 1982. His management consultant company, The Ken Blanchard Companies, has more than 300 employees and offices around the world. Blanchard is a Cornell alum, a trustee emeritus, and a visiting professor at the School of Hotel Administration.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
In this final lecture of Cornell’s free summer lecture series, Brian Earle, long a standard-bearer for proper etiquette, will offer a light-hearted look at how we can all improve our social interactions, our use of electronic devices, and our dining manners. Earle has championed the cause of good manners since his early days of teaching in Cornell’s Department of Communications. “I began getting more and more questions from students who had second interviews over lunch,” says Earle—who then decided that table manners and common courtesy deserved a place in the curriculum.

Retired since 2008, Earle still gives lectures for the career offices on campus and speaks at many schools on the East Coast. His talks range from the art of holding successful conversations with new acquaintances to how to use digital devices politely. Says Earle, “It’s up to each of us to contribute to a more civil environment.”
The links below are to video recordings on the CornellCast website.

Past lectures