This Thanksgiving, forget about the food

Historian Adrienne Rose Johnson specializes in the history and culture of American food, but this Thanksgiving, she says, forget about the feast and remember our history of giving thanks. Bio:  http://history.cornell.edu/adrienne-rose-johnson Johnson says: “In the bleakest, ugliest depths of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday to commemorate the ‘blessings of fruitful fields and […]

Students to design an app showing region’s Underground Railroad

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hiking the Cascadilla Gorge trail, the 25 students in this semester’s Underground Railroad seminar stopped at a bridge halfway down to talk about why water routes were important to escaping slaves. “Water would help them to know what direction they were heading, it would hide their scent if they were being followed […]

Cornell University launches Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A $20 million gift from the Milstein family will launch the new Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Tech that will pioneer a new approach to developing 21st century leaders and innovators. The program bridges two campuses to deliver a unique […]

To understand Rohingya crisis, look to Darfur

The alleged atrocities in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine State follow a pattern similar to events in 2003 known as the Darfur genocide in western Sudan according to a Cornell University historian. John Hubbel Weiss, a history professor at Cornell University whose research and teaching focuses on genocidal regimes, says the Rohingya crisis is similar […]

Mass expulsion of refugees from Myanmar cause concern around the world

Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis has now escalated into a massive international, humanitarian and political catastrophe with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar. Amid increasing international criticism, Myanmar’s civilian leader – and Nobel peace prize winner – Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday in which she will address the Rohingya crisis. Magnus […]

“Root Map” transcends Mohawk, US, Canada borders to connect cultures

ITHACA, N.Y. –  A new play about borders has found an unusual way to transcend them: by integrating local experiences in each new place it is performed. When it travels Aug. 26 to Akwesasne, the Mohawk Nation territory divided by the U.S. – Canada border, the script will incorporate stories of local Mohawk people, some […]

“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 […]

National Endowment for the Humanities: minute investment with massive impact

Timothy Murray is director of Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and sits on the board of the National Humanities Alliance, as well as other national institutes for the advancement of humanities education. Murray says that cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities – currently under consideration by the Trump administration – will have a massive […]

Writer Elie Wiesel was conscience of our era

Dan Schwarz, a professor of English at Cornell University, and a long-time friend of Elie Wiesel, comments on the writer’s legacy. Bio: https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/drs6/  Schwarz says: “It is not too much to say that Elie Wiesel is the father of modern Jewish studies. At a time when discussion of the Holocaust was often avoided if not suppressed, […]

Ithaca community invited to Klarman Hall dedication and celebration set for May 26

WHAT:          Klarman Hall celebration will include music, academic panels, display of time capsule and Klarman Hall model, building-wide tours, and a dedication ceremony with Cornell’s interim president Hunter R. Rawlings III at 4 p.m. WHEN:          Thursday, May 26, 1 – 5 p.m. WHERE:        Klarman Hall, Cornell University MEDIA:         Members of the public are […]