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English major wins poetry award

English major Yvette Ndlovu ’19 was recently honored with West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Myong Cha Son Haiku Poetry Award. Along with a monetary prize, Ndlovu was invited to read her haiku at an award ceremony to take place at the university.

“The Haiku form, while it aesthetically looks very simple, can be challenging to execute,” Ndlovu said. “While the Haiku is a traditional form, you can really do lots of great things with it and take it to new directions.”

 Cornell alumna at reunion


A&S plans host of events for Reunion 2018

Events focus on everything from astronomy to physics to public service.
 Face of a cheetah


In a Word to explore writing ‘beyond the human’

How can we speak from the vantage of animals, vapors, cells, corporate or collective persons? What resources might writers of lyric poems and novels have to imagine alternative perspectives?

On May 2, associate professors of English Joanie Mackowski and Elisha Cohn will explore how to write beyond the human at “In a Word.” The conversation, at 4:30 p.m. in G70 Klarman Hall, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall.

 the loneliness project


Play documents Chicago's LGBTQIA+ communities

The Association of Graduates in Theatre is collaborating with The History Center of Tompkins County and Ithaca’s Civic Ensemble to present a staged reading of “The Loneliness Project” April 19-21.

The documentary was co-written and co-directed by Cornell doctoral candidate Caitlin Kane, along with colleagues Kelli Simpkins, Reed Motz, Al Evangelista and Patrick Andrews and uses testimony to document the LGBTQIA+ activist history in Chicago.


Artist visits campus in conjunction with Urban Representations Lab course

Ana Teresa Fernández, an artist whose public art, paintings, and films explore the intersections of geopolitical borders and boundaries of identity will visit campus April 25 for a lecture, “Magic Informalism: [re]drawing solutions to alternative truths.”

 Cornell student visting the United Nations


Educational trip brings students to UN to appreciate complex world

UNITED NATIONS, New York City — A diverse group of undergraduates, graduate students, academic fellows and staff from Cornell took a trip to the city last month to tour the United Nations, learn more about disarmament issues and talk about career prospects with the global organization.


Student playwrights and screenwriters honored March 23

The winning stage and screenplays from this year’s Heermans-McCalmon Writing Competition will be showcased Friday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Class of ’56 Dance Theatre at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.


Cornell Symphony Orchestra offers annual young person’s concert

Young musicians from Ithaca High School Chamber Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra and the Cornell Synphony Orchestra will come together to perform a concert for the Ithaca community on Sunday, March 11.


Alumna explores colonialism in Puerto Rico in aftermath of Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico this past fall, and the slow recovery has left scholars and politicians wondering how to best help. On March 5, alumna Rosa Ficek ’03 will explore colonialism in Puerto Rico after this destructive hurricane in a public lecture, “Infrastructure, Colonialism and the State of Puerto Rico after Maria.” The talk, at 3:30pm in Cornell’s Morrill Hall, is free and open to the public.

 Poster for "Criminalizing Immigrants" conference


Conference explores impacts of the criminalization of immigration

Today, 245 million people live outside of the countries where they were born, many escaping economic conditions, political suppression, or wars. But despite their circumstances, many are unwelcome in their new countries.

 Students in computer science club


New club combines computer science and creativity

Michael Lucido ’19 is studying computer science and is minoring in film. Last fall, he searched for a club to join that would appeal to both of his interests.

“There were either film clubs that did shooting or CS clubs that did programming,” he said, “There weren’t a lot of technology and creative clubs – they weren’t talking to each other.”


NPR’s “The World According to Sound” comes to Klarman Hall

Radio producers Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett, co-creators of the 90-second NPR radio show, “The World According to Sound,” will be on campus to offer a presentation at 7 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

 Andrea Pitzer


Harbingers and Echoes of the Shoah

Concentration camps existed before World War II and still exist, as Andrea Pitzer will explore in her Oct. 17 lecture, “Harbingers and Echoes of the Shoah.”
 book cover for 'Chinatown Sonnets'


Alumni wins chapbook contest

In her recently published chapbook, "Chinatown Sonnets,” Dorothy Chan ‘12 reflects on her experiences growing up and the influence she felt from Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, nearby her hometown, and Chinatowns all over the world.
Nima Arkani-Hamed


Speaker to advocate for “Shut Up and Calculate!” in physics

Nima Arkani-Hamed is one of the leading particle physicists in the world. On September 25, he will be presenting the lecture, “Three cheers for ‘Shut up and Calculate!’ in fundamental physics,” in his last public talk as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. 

The talk, at 7:30 p.m. in Cornell’s Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, is free and open to the public. There will be a pre-lecture reception held outside of Schwartz Auditorium from 6:30-7:30pm.

 Cover of Chasing the North Start


Morgan receives award for newest novel

“Chasing the North Star,” the new novel by Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English, was recently chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), for the Southern Book Award in the category of historical fiction.
 Ronal Harris-Warrick


Just say know! talk describes effects of drugs on the brain

Ronald Harris-Warrick, the William T. Keeton Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, spoke to students April 12 as part of the Bethe Ansatz “Building a Life Worth Living” series. His lecture,  “Just say know!
 Emiko Stock


Doctoral student named Newcombe fellow

Doctoral candidate Emiko Stock is one of 21 students to be named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for 2017 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

 Student writing


Alum's work honors best writing in mathematics

Mircea Pitici PhD '15, created "The Best Writing on Mathematics" series after discovering there was no such series.
 Valerie Mack


Young alumna starts 3D modeling company

Valerie Mack '16, now an MPS graduate student here, is creating a company to make 3D printing more reliable.