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 Jonathan Culler


Literary scholar Jonathan Culler elected to British Academy

Literary scholar Jonathan D. Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected to membership in the British Academy.

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Luce award will boost Southeast Asia grad studies

Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) has received a $275,000 Luce Foundation award to strengthen graduate education in Southeast Asian studies by developing new mechanisms for sharing expertise and resources among major Southeast Asia centers across the United States.

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New book echoes conference on classics, media theory

A new edited volume, “Classics and Media Theory,” features participants from a Cornell media studies conference exploring the interactions between media and antiquity.

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New book chronicles complexities of Roman storage

Storage in the preindustrial world of ancient Rome could make or break small farmers and giant empires alike.
 David Grossvogel


Diacritics founder David Grossvogel dies at 94

Influential scholar, writer and editor David I. Grossvogel, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies Emeritus and member of the Cornell faculty since 1960, died June 14 in Chicago. He was 94.

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Recorded on tour, singers bring Sierra’s music home

The Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus perform on a new CD of works composed by Roberto Sierra, the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities.

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New book explores intertwined histories of Islam and Asia

Covering 1,300 years, the book documents the historical moments when active contributions of knowledge and practice flowed between regions and cultures.
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16 faculty, staff members receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards

Sixteen faculty and professional staff members in three state contract colleges at Cornell have been selected for the 2019-20 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

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‘Bending’ to create homemade musical instruments

Students in an innovative class this spring made their homes not only classrooms, but also studio and laboratory spaces as they imagined and created unique musical instruments out of materials close at hand.

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Lepage, Pepinsky honored with Tisch professorships

G. Peter Lepage, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics, and Thomas Pepinsky, professor of government, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, have received two of Cornell’s highest honors for faculty members.

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Students, faculty make art in the time of coronavirus

Making art addresses “the emotions of the times,” said Helena Maria Viramontes, director of the Creative Writing Program. “We should ‘speak, so that we can heal.’”
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Students reflect on engaged experiences, leadership

Twenty students recently completed a leadership program that gave them a chance to reflect and build on their community-engaged learning experiences.

 David Bathrick


Professor Emeritus David Bathrick dies in Germany at 84

Beloved emeritus professor and scholar David Bathrick, who taught theater arts, German studies and Jewish studies at Cornell for 20 years, died April 30 at his home in Bremen, Germany. He was 84.

Bathrick taught and inspired countless students and colleagues over a colorful and successful career in his chosen fields.

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Department of Music shares performances online

The department is sharing a variety of faculty and student projects on a new Quarantunes page.
 Victor Nee


Victor Nee elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Nee is among 276 newly elected fellows honored for individual achievements in academia, the arts, business, government and public affairs.
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Sierra, Stucky concertos featured on radio program

Two 21st-century works for recorder and orchestra by Cornell faculty composers are included in a recent feature by New York City classical radio station WQXR.

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Book on ’60s film has insight on work in modern times

"What is the dividing line between work and life?”
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Snail mail to Wi-Fi: Cornell’s history of remote instruction

Generations before Cornell’s shift to online classes this semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university was making strides in remote instruction – including some of the earliest, and one of the largest, distance learning programs in the United States.

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Book retrieval effort gives grad student welcome relief

You’ve been working on your dissertation for what seems like forever, doing research abroad when you’re not teaching or holed up in the library, and making great progress – until one day, the library is closed indefinitely with your books still inside.

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Cornell celebrates electronic music pioneer Robert Moog

Cornell and the Ithaca community celebrated the life, work and influence of synthesizer inventor Robert Moog, Ph.D. ’65, with three days of events March 5-7.

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Maize, not metal, key to native settlements’ history in NY

The focus was on the period from the late 15th to the early 17th century, he said, or “the long 16th century of change in the northeast.”

New research is producing a more accurate historical timeline for the occupation of Native American sites in upstate New York, based on radiocarbon dating of organic materials and statistical modeling.

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‘First, but never alone’: Cornell joins first-generation initiative

Cornell has been recognized for its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes for its first-generation students.

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Salaam promotes value of resilience, faith in MLK Lecture

Criminal justice activist Yusef Salaam, one of “The Exonerated Five” wrongly accused and convicted in the Central Park jogger case in New York City three decades ago, offered wisdom and hope to students and community members in the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, Feb. 17 in Sage Chapel.

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Norton chronicles road to American Revolution in new book, ‘1774’

The book is the first in-depth recounting of 1774 as a critical “long year” for revolutionary change.
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‘Thought-action figures,’ new media inform research, learning

Jon McKenzie, professor of practice in the Department of English, is working with area school teachers and their students to address issues meaningful to them and their communities, using strategic storytelling, a variety of media-making and participatory research.
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Joy Zhang ’21 wins Cornell Concerto Competition

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra's principal flautist performed Georges Hüe’s Fantaisie for Flute and Piano.
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George Hutchinson’s ‘Facing the Abyss’ cited by MLA

Professor George Hutchinson has been recognized by the Modern Language Association (MLA) of America in the competition for its fourth annual Matei Calinescu Prize, with an honorable mention for his book “Facing the Abyss: American Literature and Culture in the 1940s” (Columbia University Press).
 Brian Tierney


Historian and medievalist Brian Tierney dies at 97

Professor Emeritus Brian Tierney, who taught medieval history at Cornell for 33 years and was recognized as a leading authority on medieval church law and political thought, died Nov. 30 in Syracuse. He was 97.

Tierney taught in the Department of History from 1959 until his retirement in 1992 as the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies.

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Writer, emeritus professor James McConkey dies at 98

Acclaimed writer James McConkey, the Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature Emeritus and mentor to young writers at Cornell for nearly four decades, died Oct. 24, 2019 at his home in Enfield. He was 98.

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Experimental band Henry Cow challenged itself, audiences

Cornell professor Benjamin Piekut’s latest book is an exhaustive study of an experimental British group that blurred the lines between genres as it created captivating music.​


Harold Bloom ’51, literary critic of influence, dies at 89

Harold Bloom ’51, a bestselling literary critic and a friend to many of Cornell’s English faculty over the years, died Oct. 14 in New Haven, Connecticut. A longtime professor of English at Yale University, Bloom was 89.
 Robert Morgan


Influential writer, teacher Robert Morgan celebrated Oct. 3

Robert Morgan, an influential American writer and one of Cornell’s most beloved professors, will be honored at a celebration on campus on the occasion of his 75th birthday.



Three at Cornell receive NEH grants

Cornell faculty and staff are the recipients of three National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants totaling more than $300,000, to fund research and preservation projects.
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Cornell welcomes talented Class of 2023

The 3,218 first-year students arriving on campus Aug. 23-24 bring a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and accomplishments to Cornell.
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Warrior-Scholar Project helps veterans adapt to demands of the classroom

Thirteen students came to campus July 20-28 for The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), an immersive college preparation experience for current and former enlisted service members.
 Edward David Intemann


Ed Intemann, lecturer, Schwartz Center lighting designer, dies at 60

E.D. (Ed) Intemann, M.F.A. ’84, a senior lecturer in the Department of Performing and Media Arts and resident lighting designer at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts for more than two decades, died Feb. 21 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He was 60.

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Active Learning Initiative funds nine projects

In all, 70 faculty members will work on substantially changing the way they teach in more than 40 courses to over 4,500 students.
 Rachana Kamtekar


NEH supports faculty research, preservation projects

Faculty members Denise N. Green ’07 and Rachana Kamtekar have received grants for preservation and research projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The awards were announced Dec. 12 by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA).

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Ariana Kim’s quartet earns Grammy nomination

The album, “Blueprinting,” features recordings of new works written for the quartet by five contemporary American composers.
 Aditya Deshpande


Aditya Deshpande ’22 wins Cornell Concerto Competition

Aditya Deshpande ’22 performed Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major to win the 16th Cornell Concerto Competition, held Dec. 9 in Barnes Hall. He will perform the concerto with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra at a concert on campus in March.

 Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Kelly Zamudio


Eight faculty honored with Weiss teaching awards

Cornell has recognized eight faculty members for excellence in their teaching of undergraduate students and contributions to undergraduate education.

 Featured CCA Biennial artist Carrie Mae Weems discusses her Arts Quad installation “Heave”


CCA Biennial launches with art projects across campus

The 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial launched with a tour of outdoor projects on campus Sept. 28 and artist panels at a conference Sept. 29. The Biennial features Cornell and invited artists, such as Carrie Mae Weems and Xu Bing, with 18 project installations and performances on the theme “Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival,” curated by CCA director Timothy Murray.



$1.7 million Mellon grant fortifies prison education

The Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) has received a grant for $1.7 million to ensure the success of ongoing efforts to accelerate degree completion for incarcerated college students, to look at the benefits of college-in-prison in the broader society, and facilitate Cornell students’ education and engagement in criminal justice reform.
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Dance, multimedia performance to open 2018 CCA Biennial

The 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Biennial kicks off Sept. 14-15 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts with “A Meditation on Tongues,” conceived and directed by guest artist Ni’Ja Whitson and performed by The NWA Project.

Whitson’s dance and multimedia adaptation of Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 video portrait of black gay identity, “Tongues Untied,” opens a series of fall performances on the Biennial theme, “Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival.”

Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore


Moore, Kramnick explore atheism in America in new book

Did America’s founders intend it as “one nation under God?” Does the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion extend to freedom from religion?
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Cornell Cinema hosts 'RBG' screening with discussion

Cornell  Cinema will host a special screening of “RBG,” a multidimensional portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in Willard Straight Theatre, which will include an introduction by Government Professor Gretchen Ritter, who will also lead a post-screening discussion.

 Joel Sibley


Joel Silbey, emeritus professor of history, dies at 84

Historian Joel H. Silbey, the President White Professor of History Emeritus and a member of the Cornell faculty since 1966, died Aug. 7. He was 84.

Silbey was a prolific scholar of American history and political behavior, with a particular focus on the 19th century, and his teaching and scholarly interests included the Jacksonian era, sectional controversy, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and quantitative methods in history.

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Prison education program graduates 16 at Five Points

The first graduating class of Five Points Correctional Facility inmates in the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) received their degrees to congratulations and cheers at a recent ceremony.

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New radiocarbon cycle research may alter history

“We went looking to test the assumption behind the whole field of radiocarbon dating.”
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Fulbright scholar engages with indigenous communities

As a Fulbright scholar at Cornell this year, Rebecca Macklin deepened her research through engagement with Native American communities, including joining Cornell students in educational outreach to indigenous high school students.