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 Lori Khatchadourian, recipient of one of three seed grants from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

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Six on faculty receive Einaudi Center grants for international work

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies has awarded seed grants to three faculty members to support new collaborative research efforts on international topics, and small grants to three more to help fund conferences, workshops or other activities. 

 A botanical print of Camellia sinensis, which has been consumed in various forms for nearly 5,000 years.

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Conference considers a global plant steeped in meaning

It is the centerpiece of one of the world’s subtlest rituals. It is swilled by thirsty workers at truck stops and construction sites. It is a pick-me-up and a sign of refinement, a bracing tonic and a sugary treat. It is sold in hawker stalls and high-end shops, often on the same city block. It is, after water, the most popular drink on the planet. It is, of course, tea.
 Cornell undergraduate students diagnosing wine grape diseases in a plant pathology laboratory in Chile.
Cornell undergraduate students diagnosing wine grape diseases in a plant pathology laboratory in Chile in 2018.

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Grant expands undergrad offerings on Latin America and Caribbean

Political upheaval. Environmental change. Technological innovation. Economic turmoil. Social movements. Refugee crises. Vibrant cultures. Emerging threats to public health.

For years, Cornell faculty and graduate students have immersed themselves in these topics in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 Roadside vendors sell tomatoes in Mikumi, Tanzania

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Six grad students win Fulbright-Hays fellowships

It was late September when Cornell’s Fulbright adviser, David Holmberg, learned that six of his advisees had won Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. This was out of just 100 fellowships awarded nationwide.

Unfortunately, Holmberg also learned that the winners had three days to submit their signed paperwork or they would lose their awards.

 ‘Paths to Peace’ explores legacy of antiwar campaigner

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‘Paths to Peace’ explores legacy of antiwar campaigner

On June 12, 1982, an estimated one million people marched through the streets of New York City to protest the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. They had a simple proposition: immediately freeze the development and deployment of nuclear weapons. Then, they argued, we can begin the hard work of eliminating them altogether.

  food, healing, justice

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‘Collaboratory’ shares ideas on food, healing, justice

The wrap-up session for the inaugural meeting of the Ecological Learning Collaboratory was not your typical academic exercise.

In a sunlit room at Carl Becker House, 16 people danced to songs in Swahili (from Tanzania), Tumbuka (from Malawi), and Tamil (from southern India). As each song ended, the group erupted in shouts and raucous laughter.

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Enhanced e-book calls for public interaction with central banking

The 2008 financial crisis was a watershed moment for the world’s central banks and their central bankers. Long seen as old boys’ clubs of bland technocrats, they suddenly found themselves in newspaper headlines and the speeches of populist politicians. The debates were not about standard central banking fare – tweaking interest rates to manage inflation – but equality, fairness and democracy.

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Law/economics initiative takes on big questions at kickoff conference

For most of human history, nearly everyone lived in precarious conditions – their lives, in the words of the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

 Andrea Restrepo-Mieth, a 2017-18 travel grant recipient, in Medellin, Colombia.

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Einaudi Center travel grants to send 100 graduate students packing

Zhiyu Gong (linguistics) will travel to China to record some of the last remaining speakers of the critically endangered Daur language. Kara Fikrig (entomology) will go to Colombia to study the feeding habits of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and other diseases. Ali Abbas (applied economics and management) will spend time in Pakistan exploring collusion between citizens and the state in the property tax market.

 Basu

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Law and economics initiative launches with NYC event

The initiative connects economists, legal experts and other scholars with leading thinkers in government, international development, civil society and the private sector.
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Cornell, Yale scholars to debate role of law in preventing war

Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Specifically, do laws and treaties have the power to stop armed conflicts before they begin? That is the question on the table at the next Einaudi Center Lund Debate, “Can War Be Prevented by Law?,” March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall.
 Cornell Arts Quad

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Anthropology grad students receive Fulbright-Hays fellowships

Two Cornell anthropology graduate students will conduct their fieldwork overseas with support from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. Alexandra G. Dalferro and Rebekah M. Cirbassi are among 91 students nationwide who received the prestigious award this year.

 Hirokazu Miyazaki

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For anthropologist, doll exchange is not child's play

Hirokazu Miyazaki doesn’t usually get his research ideas from his son. But last year, after reading a children’s book about an exchange of dolls among Japanese and American schoolchildren in the 1920s, then-10-year-old Xavier asked his father to investigate.

 Azat Gündoğan

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Cornell provides refuge for scholars under threat

Cornell works with several organizations that protect academics threatened by violence or persecution.
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Working group: Give citizens say in nuclear accident plans

As nations search for ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the long-simmering debate over nuclear power has heated up. Nuclear advocates, opponents and governments argue over nearly every aspect of the technology, from the cost of construction to the challenge of waste storage to the industry’s relationship with nuclear weapons programs.

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Einaudi Center launches dissertation development program

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies will lead a campuswide effort to help doctoral students strengthen their dissertation research proposals with a new grant from the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

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