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Free summer events

Wednesday lectures

Thanks to the generosity of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, all lectures will take place in Kennedy Hall's Call Auditorium.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Spiders are the dominant terrestrial predators on earth, and their biology and behavior are fascinating. Learn all about them from Cornell's spider expert, Dr. Linda Rayor, star of Monster Bug Wars and award-winning senior lecturer in the Department of Entomology. Find out how these little cannibals work out conflicts between the sexes, what happens when spiders live together in groups, which animals find them tasty, and interesting details about the most poisonous spider in the world.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Someday, NASA hopes to send astronauts to explore small and distant asteroids—and in preparation, they've sought the assistance of Steven Squyres, the James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell and principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project. Since 2011, Squyres has served with crews of astronauts on several underwater NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) missions, using the neutral buoyancy afforded by being underwater to simulate zero gravity. Squyres will describe what they learned on these missions, how it may be applied to the goals of asteroid exploration, and what it was like living and working under the sea.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Although white Republicans in Washington regarded Reconstruction as a policy for the defeated Confederacy only, black activists and veterans hoped the post-Civil War era would bring dramatic change to the entire nation. By the end of the war (the same year that Cornell was founded), 179,000 African Americans had served in the army, but only in New England could black men vote on an equal basis with whites. New York State imposed a property qualification on blacks only, and not a single black veteran could vote in Lincoln’s Illinois.

On leave from Le Moyne College's History Department and recently the Merrill Family Visiting Professor of History at Cornell, Douglas Egerton will describe how activists struggled to win the right to vote after the war and why Frederick Douglass insisted that “the entire country requires reclamation.”

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
Many of us know about the death of Julius Caesar from William Shakespeare's eponymous play—but what actually took place on the Ides of March, 44 BC, was quite different. Barry Strauss, Cornell’s Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, chair of the Department of History, and author of the highly praised new book The Death of Caesar, will present a fresh analysis of the primary sources and the central characters surrounding the man and the legend. He'll talk about what drove a group of more than sixty senators to murder the head of state and why, after first supporting the deed, the public turned on them.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
What makes the world look the way it does? A major quest in computer graphics research has been to understand and virtually model the appearance of the real world. Kavita Bala, an associate professor in Cornell's Computer Science Department and Computer Graphics Program, will talk about the university's pioneering research in this area and describe how it has influenced practice in a broad range of applications, from architecture and industrial design to entertainment.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.

Past lectures

"'Little Note nor Long Remember': Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?"

In this July 30, 2014 lecture at Bailey Hall, Allen C. Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era and the director of the Civil War Era Program at Gettysburg College, analyzes Abraham Lincoln's best-remembered speech.

"Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life"

In this July 23, 2014 lecture at Bailey Hall, Brian Wansink, the John Dyson Professor of Consumer Behavior at Cornell and head of Cornell's Food and Brand Lab, offers actionable ideas for improving our eating habits.

"The Way We Were—and Are: Reflections on Students and Faculty at Cornell"

Distinguished Cornellians Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, coauthors of Cornell: A History, 1940–2015, share insights about changes and continuities in Cornell's students and faculty on July 16, 2014, at Bailey Hall.

"'I Have a Dream': The Speech and Personal Reflections"

Award-winning playwright Samuel Kelley brings to life Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on July 9, 2014, at Bailey Hall.