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David Skorton provides a campus update to parents of the Class of 2016. This discussion included information on the upcoming 1st Year Parents Weekend (October 19-21, 2012), Cornell's Homecoming victory over Yale, and several other topics pertinent to students and their families such as housing, campus safety, student leadership and research opportunities, and resources for parents among other issues. This webinar is part of a series, Conversations with David Skorton, which aims to bring together some of Cornell's most engaged alumni, parents and friends for an hour-long discussion with the President.
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MOOCs -- Massive Open Online Courses -- are not the usual sort of online learning. A typical course may have thousands of students enrolled all over the world. Cornell must decide whether or not to join other leading universities in offering such courses. Cornell professors David Easley and Eva Tardos spoke at a faculty forum on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) September 27, 2012, which included presentations by Anant Agarwal, director of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and president of EdX, and Daphne Koller, professor of computer science at Stanford and a co-founder of Coursera, both via videoconferencing.
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Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, gave a talk entitled "Thinking the 20th Century" October 1, 2012 in Lewis Auditorium as part of the Einaudi Center's Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series. Snyder began his talk by discussing his collaboration with Tony Judt, who worked on as many as three books in the time between his diagnosis of ASL (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and his death in August of 2010. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern East European political history.
[LESS INFO] 4 VIEWS | ADDED 05:00:00 10/07/12
Start spreading the news! NYC's tech scene is booming and Cornell has become a go-to recruiting stop for top startup talent. Founders, CEOs and CTOs from some of NYC's hottest start-ups gathered at Cornell to kick off Startup Weekend. Panelists spoke candidly about their entrepreneurial experiences; discussed the technologies they use to solve tough, interesting technical problems; and described a "day in the life" at their NYC start-ups. Hosted by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), this event was cosponsored by Entrepreneurship@Cornell, Johnson's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, the College of Engineering and Computing and Information Science.
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What is the state of the planet's forests? Dr. Joan Maloof, author, ecologist and environmental advocate summarizes the condition of our forests from global and national perspectives. She focuses particularly on forests that have never been logged -- "old-growth forests." How many of these forests are left? Where are they? And why do they matter? Maloof has traveled the nation inspecting the remaining old-growth forests; in her book, Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests , she includes reflections on these questions as well as detailed directions to one old-growth forest in each of the twenty-six states east of the Mississippi River. Going beyond mere documentation, in this lecture Maloof describes her vision of an Old Growth Forest Network -- a nationwide attempt to reverse past destruction and reconnect average families with the beauty and biological abundance found only in the ancient forests. This was part of the 2012 Cornell Plantations Lecture Series.
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Join actor, director, producer, and political activist, Danny Glover, for a discussion with Noliwe Rooks , associate professor of Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender Sexuality Studies; Sabine Haenni , associate professor of Film and American Studies, and Marc Bayard , executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell. The institute is part of the ILR School.
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Thomas Jefferson wrote that "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and his 1,000-foot-long, terraced vegetable garden at Monticello was an experimental laboratory, an Ellis Island of 330 varieties of vegetables. Jefferson himself was a seedy missionary of new and unusual novelties, and his legacy in food, wine, and gardening provides us today with a profound model in vegetable cuisine, sustainable horticulture, and a passion for the earth. This was Jefferson's personal garden, but it was also a family garden where he sowed cabbage seed with his daughter, Martha; a community garden where Jefferson competed in friendly "pea competitions" with his neighbors; a national garden of seeds from the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Spanish southwest, and America's finest plantsmen; and an international garden of vegetables from around the globe. Thomas Jefferson liked to eat vegetables, which "constitute my principal diet," and his role in linking the garden with the kitchen into a cuisine defined as "half French, half Virginian" was a pioneering concept in the history of American food. Peter Hatch examines a full sample of Jefferson's favorite vegetables, from salsify to peas, by discussing both how they were grown and prepared at Monticello but also their history and place in the horticultural world of early nineteenth-century Virginia. Finally, Hatch explores the precedent-setting vegetable garden restoration of the early 1980's and the compelling Jefferson legacy in food and gardening today. This was part of the 2012 Cornell Plantations Lecture Series.
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With the presidential campaigns touching on equality, freedom, and the nature of American democracy but not fully exploring these ideas, the Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life is hosting a series with visiting Scholars on "Deep Issues of the 2012 Elections: Equality, Liberty and Democracy." This second lecture of the series, focusing on the interaction of politics and economic inequality, is provided by Larry Bartels, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt.
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In recent years it has been unfashionable in literary studies to attempt to distinguish poetic language from ordinary language, since poetic language has no monopoly on lively imagery or figurative expressions and poets have been disinclined to adopt anything resembling "poetic diction." But Professor Culler asks whether nonetheless there are not distinctive uses of language characteristic of lyric poetry and singles out forms of lyric address to absent or impossible addressees and a special use of the present tense. When action verbs are used in a non-progressive present tense - "I wander through each chartered street?." they signal that we are dealing with a lyric poem, which attempts to be an event rather than a representation of a past event. This lecture was sponsored by the School of Criticism & Theory.
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In his much-discussed texts, W. G. Sebald engages the classical double bind of a posttraumatic situation, particularly a situation in which one lives in the heavy shadow of atrocities one did not directly "perpetrate" but for which one nonetheless bears a sense of responsibility if not guilt. Sensitive to both historical and formal problems in the writing of literature, this lecture explores the stylistic and substantive ways Sebald works his way into and at times through this double bind whereby one feels constrained endlessly to speak of the unspeakable. Dominick LaCapra is the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor of History and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. This lecture was sponsored by the School of Criticism & Theory.
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How did Critical Theorists respond to the challenge of early twentieth-century theologians to diagnose and address an acute sense of modern crisis and political impasse? The following lecture, entitled "Inverse versus Dialectical Theology: The Two Faces of Negativity and the Miracle of Faith," seeks to provide a partial answer to this complex question by comparing Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Hans-Joachim Schoeps, and Karl Barth as readers of St. Paul. Hent de Vries is the Russ Family Professor in the Humanities and a Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, where he also serves as Director of The Humanities Center. This lecture was sponsored by the School of Criticism & Theory.
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New York Times science writer Andrew Revkin spoke on climate change and hydraulic fracturing, September 24, 2012 as part of the Atkinson Center's Outside Voices speaker series. Prof. Drew Harvell (EEB) moderated the conversation. Revkin is internationally recognized for his expertise on climate change science, energy and related policy issues. A Times reporter from 1995-2009, he writes the "Dot Earth" environmental blog for the Times' Op-Ed section. He also is a senior fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University.
[LESS INFO] 5 VIEWS | ADDED 05:00:00 09/25/12
For help designing the College of Human Ecology's newest community space, college leaders turned to a team of in-house experts: 10 senior interior design students in its Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The 5,000-plus square foot Human Ecology Commons, which connects Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and the new Human Ecology Building, opened last fall and has quickly become the hub of the college. It's a place to meet, eat, study and relax, drawing visitors with its flexible furniture, abundant natural light, proximity to Martha's Cafe and an interactive, multiscreen media wall.
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John Ruskin--art critic, amateur scientist, utopian socialist, and one of the greatest prose stylists in English--founded modern art criticism in Britain by conceiving landscape painting as an art, a branch of science, and a religious act all at once. His five-volume series Modern Painters (1842-1860), with its famous word paintings, was as much a primer of the system of nature as a history of art; his succeeding books on architecture saw in the decoration of Gothic cathedrals--the twisted vines, flowers, columns, and sculptured saints and angels--an emblem in stone of the unity of God, nature, and social life. But when he became obsessed by the damage wrought by rampant industrialism on both landscape and human welfare, he became a radical social critic, becoming in effect Europe's first great environmentalist. This lecture traces Ruskin's dramatic and contradictory career from his exquisitely precise drawings of clouds, rocks, leaves, and sculptured walls and niches, into his storm-driven middle years, when his despair over the deterioration of landscape matched his fierce belief that science, art, and writing were but differing routes to the same truth: Nature as the source of the greatest art and the ultimate guarantor of human values. In his tragic final years, he waged a struggle against insanity by recapturing in prose the glittering landscapes of his lost youth.. This was part of the 2012 Cornell Plantations Lecture Series.
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Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Inc., helped launch Homecoming Weekend when he spoke as the university's 31st Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education, September 20, 2012. A tech industry pioneer, Schmidt served as Google's CEO from 2001-11, overseeing the company's technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. As executive chairman, he is responsible for all external matters, including building business partnerships, government outreach, and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.