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 Arts & Sciences students attending the Wednesday Lunch Series on Aug. 29, sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program (AASP)

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Lunch series features informal discussions

So many students attended the semester’s first Wednesday Lunch Series on Aug. 29, sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program (AASP) and the Asian and Asian American Center, that some of them ended up standing.

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Top music industry expert speaks Sept. 27

Numerous artists have been launched into chart-topping, award-winning careers by Mathew Knowles, including both his daughters, Beyoncé and Solange. On Thursday, Sept. 27, Knowles will discuss his first two books, “The DNA of Achievers” and “Racism From the Eyes of a Child,” in a panel at 4:30 p.m. in the Africana Studies and Research Center. A reception will follow. The event is free, and the public is invited.
 A.D. White Professor-at-Large to speak on race, class, speech

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A.D. White Professor-at-Large to speak on race, class, speech

Linguist and A.D. White Professor-at-Large John Rickford will address race, class and speech in a series of campus events Sept. 17-21 that include public talks and a screening of his 2017 film, “Talking Black in America.”

 Niankai Fu

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Niankai Fu a finalist for 2018 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists

Niankai Fu, a postdoctoral researcher in organic chemistry, has been recognized for his “transformative” work by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation as a finalist for the 2018 Blavatnik Regional Awards.
 image of paper cutouts of people still connected to each other

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Professor Timothy Campbell receives AAIS book prize

Timothy Campbell, professor of Romance studies, has been awarded the 2017 American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) prize in film and other media studies for his recent book, “Technē of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life.”

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New exhibit finds art in unusual places

Marbled plastic, strange fluorescent colors, irregular forms: Large-format photographs on display in the John Hartell Gallery scale images of tiny plastic toys up 30 times.
 Crowds at a march in Washington DC. Photo credit: @royaannmiller/Unsplash

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Physics theory used to predict crowd behavior

Electrons whizzing around each other and humans crammed together at a political rally don’t seem to have much in common, but researchers at Cornell are connecting the dots.
 German map showing the Gulf of Aden around 1860. Credit: By August Heinrich Petermann (Somaliland and Aden: Images from the Past) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Field research leads to surprising results for historian

Some research just has to be done on-site, said historian Mostafa Minawi, and he should know.

Thanks to an ANAMED fellowship, he spent seven months in Sudan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Somalia and Djibouti, tracking down details for his new book on Ottoman/European/Ethiopian competition over the coast of Somalia. The most surprising thing he found, he said, was how alive that history still is in some areas.

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Book traces influence of Southern white politicians on the US

The South has shaped America in subtle, surprising ways. In a new book, “Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy After Reconstruction,” three political scientists reveal the influence of Southern white supremacists on national public policy and Congressional procedures, from Reconstruction to the New Deal, and the impact that continues today.

 Quilt depicting orange lines and slave ships in a half circle facing out

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Slave ship image helped end slavery, new book shows

Art historian Cheryl Finley provides the first in-depth look at how the 18th-century slave ship schematic became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity and remembrance.
 Laurent Dubreuil

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New book analyzes poetry across the world

“What one cannot compute, one must poetize,” concludes a new interdisciplinary study of poetry.
 Abi Bernard standing amidst library shelves

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‘Serendipity’ leads to summer research for history major

Abi Bernard ’19 says her experience is pretty typical at Cornell: she came in with one plan – to major in linguistics – but that changed in her first semester when she took a history course.
 Prison cells , with toilet and sink visible through the bars. Credit: 	Marine Perez

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Rising from the ashes: redemption through theater at Auburn prison

The process of attending a show by the Phoenix Players Theatre Group (PPTG) in Auburn Correctional Facility gives attendees a hint of what it’s like to be a prisoner in the maximum security facility.
 'Toolkit' aids sustainable manufacture of medicines

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'Toolkit' aids sustainable manufacture of medicines

A new technique that combines electricity and chemistry offers a way for pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications – to be manufactured in a scalable and sustainable way. The procedure for this technique is outlined in a new paper published Aug. 2 in Nature Protocols.

 Maria Fernandez

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Book explores Latin American modernity, technology

The impact of technology on modernity has been a worldwide phenomenon, but Western art historians tend to ignore the “global south” – less developed countries – as María Fernández explores in her new edited work, “Latin American Modernisms and Technology.”

 A kneeling man and a standing woman gaze at a broad crack in the pavement

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An art historian, a tweet and an unexpected result

Image: Conceptual installation by Colombian-born sculptor Doris Salcedo at the 2007 exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Photo credit: Gilberto Dobón, Wikimedia Commons

 Jupiter with the albedo (reflected light) plotted over it

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Exoplanet detectives create catalog of ‘light-fingerprints’

The catalog includes 19 of the most diverse bodies in our solar system.
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New book investigates the government-citizen disconnect

Suzanne Mettler explores this growing gulf between people’s perceptions of government and the actual role it plays in their lives in her latest book.

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Seminar participants explore literary and media theory

In a light-filled classroom in Klarman Hall, the students don’t seem to notice the verdant courtyard just outside the window, so focused are they on exploring the ties between literary criticism and media studies.
 Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Grabbing a piece of the sky: Steve Squyres to speak on proposed NASA mission

On July 26, astronomer Steve Squyres will explain the exciting science behind the proposed Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (CAESAR) mission. His talk, at 7 pm in Klarman Hall’s Rhodes-Rawling Auditiorium on the Cornell campus, is free and the public is invited.
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