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Cornell's unique combination of strengths in the humanities alongside its strengths in the sciences gives it unique challenges, said former Cornell Provost Don Randel Oct. 21 in Statler Auditorium during the Trustee Council Annual Meeting. Randel, also a former dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He spoke immediately after President David Skorton's State of the University Address and just before Skorton announced that a new humanities building will be built on the Arts Quad, with groundbreaking targeted for 2013.
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Susan Murphy, Vice President for Student and Academic Services (SAS), presented an update on the Administrative Streamlining Program's SAS Initiative at an open forum on September 21, 2011.
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Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D. from NJIT talks about the future of engineering in medicine through five high impact areas including point of care technologies, bioelectronics, surgical robotics, optical imaging and tissue engineering. He also discusses his research on multi-modality multi-scale brain imaging with applications in clinical diagnosis and management of neurological diseases and disorders. The event was hosted by Cornell IEEE/EMBS.
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Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, asks what is the relationship between enthusiasm and critique? Is enthusiasm inherently uncritical or can it, rather, animate critique? And can we ever fully disentangle one from the other? Professor Hollywood suggests that we need enthusiasm -- an enthusiasm that refuses to be split in two -- in order to live. But if enthusiasm engenders and fuels all of our projects, including those of critique, yet critique is always in danger of killing our enthusiasm, how, then, do we survive?
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According to Kathryn Bond Stockton, professor of English and director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah, there's a child that Push and Beloved dramatize (the latter quite surprisingly): the HIV child: a sexualized child in a racialized world. Indeed, Stockton proffers two more surprises in this talk. First, she shows how the HIV child becomes the face of the threatening more than the threatened child, messing with the narrative of childhood innocence that the U.S. general public has long favored but is increasingly starting to question. Second, she demonstrates how, in an almost opposite dynamic, world documentaries of the-child-in-peril-in-the-third-world (a genre enjoying conspicuous success on the art-film circuit) are working to restore the "Western"-style innocent child through, of all things, the sexualized, racialized, HIV child. What can explain these dueling dynamics? How are African-American fictions an antidote to these world documentaries? How does the answer rest in part with children's passion for signification, children's libidinal relationship to signifiers? These are questions Stockton answers as she pits this passion against what she theorizes (in her words) as Kid Orientalism, showing that documentaries capture less of children than do fictions of fictionalized children.
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What does it mean for writers to be one another's contemporary? Does sharing the same slice of time suffice? In this lecture, David Wellbery considers Goethe's and Hegel's interest in developing an adequate notion of human freedom, arguing that their contemporaneity consists in a shared historical problematic to which they found kindred solutions. David Wellbery is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
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In his Lectures on Fine Art, delivered in Berlin in the 1820's, Hegel argued that art works involve a unique form of aesthetic intelligibility, and that what they rendered intelligible was the state of collective human self-knowledge across historical time. This approach to art works has been extremely influential in a number of different contexts. The question posed in this lecture is whether Hegel's approach might also be of any value in understanding the most radical revolution in the later history of art, modernism. Accordingly the attempt is to provide a Hegelian interpretation of the paintings of Éduard Manet.
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Dominick LaCapra discusses the work of J. M. Coetzee, a renowned novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize. He focuses on two of Coetzee's most important works: Elizabeth Costello and Disgrace. He explores the intricate problem of the relation between history and literature in the novels, each of which has as a protagonist a writer in a postcolonial context. He also critically examines the role of the "postsecular," and especially the sacrificial, in Coetzee. LaCapra is Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies and member of the History and Comparative Literature Departments at Cornell. The event was sponsored by the School of Criticism and Theory.
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As Cornell finishes preparing a proposal for a New York City tech campus, the university's governing body has thrown its full weight of support behind it. During a special meeting Oct. 12 of the Cornell Board of Trustees at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, the board voted unanimously to endorse Cornell's NYC Tech Campus plan.
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The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC), where Innovation means Business, is Cornell University's technology transfer office. CCTEC manages technologies and plant varieties for Cornell University at the main campus in Ithaca, the Weill Cornell Medical College campus in New York City, and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Their goal is to support Cornell's land-grant mission and to promote public good by connecting Cornell technology to industry and business development efforts. At CCTEC, one of the primary objectives is to foster the growth of new businesses based on Cornell Technology, by working with inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors to create successful transitions from innovation to new enterprise.
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Susanne Bruyère, associate dean of outreach for the ILR School and director of ILR's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI), describes new initiatives that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, ILR will host a webcast with Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, on October 12, 2011 at noon. Visit http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/media/ilronlinewebcasts.html for more information.
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A film by Kai Keane and Jung Soo (Jason) Kim for FILM 3771: Documentary Workshop. Spring 2011.