Le Pen lost, but opposition to French establishment lives on

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says Marine Le Pen – who lost the race for the French presidency yesterday – has established the Front National as France’s opposition party, pitting […]

To govern, Macron will need more than a victory on Sunday

On Sunday, French voters will decide who will be their next president in the second – and final – round of a critical election. The two candidates – both fringe in French politics – are pro-business, centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigrant, far-right Marine Le Pen. Cornell University experts comment on this race and how the […]

French election: First round out of the way, second round will be a yawner

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, two non-traditional candidates who campaigned on opposite electoral platforms, advanced to the second and final round of the French presidential race. Cornell experts offer their views on the election so far, and what we should expect come May 7. Christopher Way, professor of government and director of the Cornell […]

Viral videos of onboard clashes are not the full story

Videos of heated confrontations between flight attendants and passengers have recently spurred global uproar after being uploaded online. Risa Mish, professor of management at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, says that the public should not be quick to judge employees confronting customers on viral video clips. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile?id=rmm22   Mish says: “In no way would […]

“Side by Side:” Artist to unveil large installation on inclusion, empathy

WHAT:          Artist Pepón Osorio unveils large sculptural and media installation, “Side by Side,” at Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial event WHEN:          Thursday, April 20, from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE:        2nd Floor, Rand Hall, East MEDIA:         The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to […]

April surprise: Is Le Pen really Hillary?

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says comparisons between French populist candidate Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump – already fraught ­– may end this weekend, when Le Pen faces the […]

Capitol Hill’s alumni networks attract influence, PAC money

ITHACA, N.Y. – The old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has long fueled the parental drive for children to attend Ivy League schools. But it turns out where you went to school is less important than who else went to the same school – at least, if you’re in Congress. […]

Brain changes make some older adults more vulnerable to scams

ITHACA, N.Y. – Older adults who have been scammed by friends, relatives or strangers seem to behave just like elders who have avoided rip-offs. They are able to balance their checkbooks. They can remember and evaluate information. Their personalities are normal, and their arithmetic is fine. But their brains are different. For the first time, […]

Watch for volatility spikes after May triggers Brexit

Andrew Karolyi, professor of asset management and finance at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, says that after Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Brexit on Wednesday, investors will be looking for clues in volatility spikes in markets with similar political pressures toward exit, like Greece, Italy, Spain, Hungary, and France.  Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile/id/gak56      […]

Demise of Sears tears fabric of consumer culture

Lawrence Glickman, professor of history at Cornell University and an expert in American consumerism, says that up until the 1970s Sears – which this week acknowledged the possibility of bankruptcy – has been a key component in American economic culture.  Bio: http://history.cornell.edu/lawrence-b-glickman   Glickman says: “The demise of Sears would be a hugely important loss to […]