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New edited volume examines Russian science fiction

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:02:00 UTC

Anindita Banerjee, associate professor of comparative literature, has edited "Russian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema: A Critical Reader.”

Plato offers lessons in literacy, artistry, politics

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:02:00 UTC

Government professor Jill Frank is author of “Poetic Justice: Rereading Plato’s ‘Republic,’” which aims to shift how Plato is read.

Bumper crop of Seley sculptures installed near Sibley

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:02:00 UTC

The Jason and Clara Seley Sculpture Court features three works crafted from chrome automobile bumpers by Jason Seley '40, a former art professor and AAP dean.

Faculty team wins NYC sustainable design competition

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

A collaborative exhibition project created by four faculty members featuring reused grain silos will be installed on Governors Island in New York City this summer.

‘Arabic Movie’ explores Israeli cultural phenomenon

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:02:00 UTC

Israel and Egypt were at war in 1968, but every Friday night families across Israel gathered in their homes to watch Arabic-language Egyptian movies.

Scientists, wildlife DJ, hip-hop archivists create 'BeastBox'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:02:00 UTC

“Beastbox,” a free online game, takes sound clips from real wild animals and allows users to mix and match them into an endless variety of beats, breaks and drops.

Infant skull binding may have conveyed privilege in ancient Andes

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:02:00 UTC

In a new study, Matthew Velasco, assistant professor of anthropology, explores how head-shaping practices in Peru hundreds of years ago may have enabled political solidarity while furthering social inequality in the region.

Einaudi Center, Keio University join forces on cyber research

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:02:08 UTC

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Keio University in Tokyo has signed an agreement to work on cybersecurity together.

Things to Do, Feb. 16-23, 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:02:12 UTC

Events this week include the Banff Mountain Film Festival, better botanical images through technology, Darwin Days, an Ai Weiwei documentary on refugees and migration, and a classic Yiddish tale in music and dance.

Book introduces uncertainty into understanding power

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:50 UTC

“Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics,” a new book co-edited by Peter Katzenstein and Lucia A. Seybert, Ph.D. ’12, argues for a new approach to international relations.  

Historian Margaret Washington in PBS film Feb. 19

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:02:06 UTC

Margaret Washington, professor of history, is featured in the new PBS documentary film, “’Tell Them We Are Rising’: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”

PMA professor directs international play at The Cherry

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:02:39 UTC

“Rule of Thumb,” an international theater production directed by Beth F. Milles, associate professor of performing and media arts, opens Feb. 23.

New book examines Plato's view of human motivation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:02:00 UTC

In “Plato’s Moral Psychology: Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good,” philosophy professor Rachana Kamtekar examines Plato’s approach to human motivation.

To dye for: Exhibit showcases naturally tinted textiles

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:02:44 UTC

An opening for "Quiet Labor," an exhibit featuring naturally dyed textiles, garments, and artworks by participants in the Cornell Natural Dye Studio, took place Feb. 7 at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Nevin Welcome Center and will run until June 25.

Visiting scholar’s opera premieres in Hong Kong

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:02:16 UTC

“Mila,” a chamber opera with music by Eli Marshall, visiting music faculty member, premiered in Hong Kong.

Things to Do, Feb. 9-16, 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:02:47 UTC

Events this week include jazz concerts by Alicia Olatuja and campus and Ithaca ensembles; Darwin Days talks; Valentine's Day films, Oscar nominees and a documentary on Bill Nye '77. 

Students have eye-opening experiences on Cuba trip

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Eleven Cornell students traveled to Cuba over winter break, getting a glimpse of the island nation from the inside.

Book explores Alexander Kluge's literary experiments in futurity

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Leslie Adelson has written “Cosmic Miniatures and the Future Sense: Alexander Kluge's 21st-century Literary Experiments in German Culture and Narrative Form.”

Things to Do, Feb. 2-9, 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:02:00 UTC

Events this week include a Schubert recital with Malcolm Bilson, Ariana Kim and Shin Hwang; a Black History Month film series, and exhibitions and talks with alumni architect William Lim and artist Doug Hall.

New David Feldshuh play has world premiere Feb. 8

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:02:02 UTC

David Feldshuh’s new play, “Dancing with Giants,” will have its world premiere Feb. 8 at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.

Experimental music symposium features concerts and speakers

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:01:01 UTC

The After Experimental Music symposium will bring scholars, performers and artist-practitioners from across North America to Cornell Feb. 8-11.

Lecture series to examine ‘The Difficulty of Democracy’

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:01:25 UTC

A semesterlong series of lectures, “The Difficulty of Democracy: Challenges and Prospects,” begins Feb. 9.

Chorale director sings on choral Grammy winner

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:01:17 UTC

Stephen Spinelli, director of the Cornell Chorale and Chamber Singers, sang on a CD that won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance Jan. 28.

Historian examines India's 'gentlemen' terrorists

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:01:38 UTC

Historian Durba Ghosh examines the interplay between India’s militant movement and the nonviolent civil disobedience led by Gandhi.

'Down Girl' tackles misogyny in the #MeToo era

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:01:38 UTC

Why does misogyny persist, even in supposedly post-patriarchal parts of the world like the U.S., asks Kate Manne in her book, "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny."

Richard Meier '56 endows architecture chair in AAP

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:01:00 UTC

The chair of the Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning has been endowed by renowned architect Richard Meier, B.Arch. '56.

Two Cornellians score Oscar nominations

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:01:56 UTC

Two Cornellians, Reed Van Dyk ’07 and Trevor White ’07, are nominated for Academy Awards.

Rand to house luminous, voluminous fine arts library

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:01:07 UTC

Rand Hall will be transformed over the next 18 months as the home of the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, a state-of-the-art facility on the building's top two floors.

MLK lecturer: King's 'other America' endures

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:01:15 UTC

Several hundred people attended the annual MLK Day of Commemoration address by Mitchell Jackson Jan. 23 in Sage Chapel.

Things to Do, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:01:00 UTC

Events this week include a Cornell Chorus community concert; Festival 24 and auditions for Performing and Media Arts productions; "45 Years at the Johnson Museum" and a film series on women scientists and inventors including Hedy Lamarr.

Tony-winning director, ‘Hill’ reporter return for campus talks

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:01:35 UTC

Jordan Fabian ’09 and Sam Gold ’00 will visit campus this spring to speak to students thanks to an alumni gift from the family of James H. Becker, a Class of 1917 graduate.

Things to Do, Jan. 19-26, 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:01:10 UTC

Events this week include both "Blade Runner" films; pianists Xak Bjerken and Mike Lee; Paul Cerra on design for climate change; and a survey of drawings at the Johnson Museum.

Sara Warner participates in ‘Therapy as Performance,’ premiering Jan. 19

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:01:00 UTC

"Therapy as Performance,” a new interdisciplinary series premiering Jan. 19 at The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca.

Apply for 2018 Arts and Sciences digitization grants

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:01:00 UTC

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for 2018 awards to digitize collections for teaching and research.

History course on Cornell returns this semester

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:01:25 UTC

Corey Ryan Earle ’07 resumes teaching Cornell: The First American University this semester.

Museum course dives into artistic, literary connections

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:01:00 UTC

Students explored texts and artworks with themes of movement, escape and water and curated a gallery installation at the Johnson Museum in a course in the "Connecting Research With Practice" initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Cornell artists win global soil painting competition

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:01:00 UTC

A soil painting created by Cornellians won first prize in the university category of a global soil painting competition.

Gifts create new Arts and Sciences professorships

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:01:00 UTC

Four new alumni gifts have helped the College of Arts and Sciences create three new professorships and fund a new graduate student position.

Second-century mosaic installed in Klarman Hall atrium

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:01:00 UTC

A fragment of a second-century floor mosaic now holds a place of honor in the Groos Family Atrium in Klarman Hall.

Sara Holdren wins 2016-17 George Jean Nathan Award

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:01:00 UTC

Sara Holdren won the 2016-17 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, administered by Cornell's English department.

New volume offers a wider view of Africa

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:01:05 UTC

"Global Africa: Into the Twenty-First Century” offers an image of Africa at odds with the Western narrative of a backward continent.

Circus musical ‘Pippin’ at Schwartz Center Jan. 12-14

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:01:12 UTC

An Ithaca-area youth community theater company will present the circus musical "Pippin" from Jan. 12-14 at Cornell’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Jewish Studies Program holds two NYC events in 2018

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:12:53 UTC

The Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Jewish History in New York City will present events Jan. 8 and March 28, 2018.

Composer Roberto Sierra wins top Spanish prize

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:12:00 UTC

Roberto Sierra, professor of music, has been awarded Spain's Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize, the highest honor given in Spain to a composer.

Government alumnus takes on the system

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:12:09 UTC

Ethan Felder ’09 isn’t shy about standing up for what he believes in – even if that means literally standing up in front of a crowd of 1,000 people at a Queens neighborhood rally.

Things to Do, Dec. 15, 2017-Jan. 19, 2018

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:12:54 UTC

Events in December and January include fall exhibitions ending at the Johnson Museum, "A Christmas Carol" at Hangar Theatre, a Twelfth Night celebration and a panel on patent and intellectual property law.

Philosopher’s new book examines fundamental things

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:12:09 UTC

In “Making Things Up,” philosopher Karen Bennett tackles how fundamental things determine or generate less fundamental things.

Of mice, men and medieval fun

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:00 UTC

Readings of ancient poems and sagas at the annual Festival of Medieval Readings Dec. 4 were not lost in translation.

Diet books open a window into the American soul

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:12:45 UTC

In “Diet and the Disease of Civilization,” historian Adrienne Rose Bitar asks, what if diet books worked like literature?

Andy Sheng ’20 wins Cornell Concerto Competition

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:12:35 UTC

Andy Sheng ’20 won the 14th annual Cornell Concerto Competition, Dec. 10 in Barnes Hall, with a Beethoven piano concerto. A physics, math and music major, he will perform the piece with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra in March.