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H.R. McMaster to speak on America’s standing and security Dec. 8

Former National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, Lt. General, U.S. Army, retired, will speak to the Cornell community about foreign policy, national security and America’s standing in the world. The virtual event will be held on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

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South Asia, Latin America ‘flashpoints’ of global care markets

The global south has been a vital resource for the sustenance of life and care.
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Middle class actually enables autocrats in post-Soviet countries

Rosenfeld spent more than a year doing research in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
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Race and racism across borders

The collection, assembled by Global Cornell, includes prose, poems and visual art submitted by Cornell students and alumni.
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Pulitzer-winning writer and professor Alison Lurie dies at 94

Professor Emerita of English Alison Lurie, the award-winning and critically acclaimed writer who set some of her fiction on a campus with a striking similarity to Cornell’s, died Dec. 3 in Ithaca. She was 94.

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“Zoomed-out”: extracurricular life in the time of COVID-19

Cornell students adapted to changing circumstances, as they improvised to sing, dance, make art and build things together.
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‘Di Linke’ webinar series explores history of Jewish Left

The Jewish People’s Fraternal Order (JPFO) was founded in 1930 and flourished for two decades as the Jewish division of the multi-ethnic International Workers Order (IWO) before being shut down during the Cold War.

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Lund Critical Debate to examine global policing, social justice

In the wake of last summer’s protests against racism and police violence, this year’s Lund Critical Debate, “The Police and the Public: Global Perspectives,” will explore the contested ground between social justice and security, and weigh strategies for conflict resolution – both inside and outside the policing framework.

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Smartphones help show how places affect health in real time

In places they perceived as stressful or threatening, older adults were significantly more likely to report momentary spikes in fatigue or pain.
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'Puzzling' politics in Israel as dissolution looms

Lawmakers in Israel passed a preliminary measure on Wednesday to dissolve the coalition government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. If negotiations between parties does not stall the dissolution, it would result in a fourth election in just two years.

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American history scholar Richard Polenberg dies at 83

Richard “Dick” Polenberg, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History Emeritus, died Nov. 26 in Ithaca. He was 83.

Polenberg, a foremost scholar of American history, taught at Cornell from 1966 through his retirement in 2012. He served as department chair from 1977-80, taught memorable large lecture courses (including his popular class on modern U.S. history, which reliably filled Bailey Hall), and trained and mentored countless graduate students over the decades.



Pandemic pivots: Students find ways to continue research projects

"Being able to delve into my project has made me feel more powerful."
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Democracy 20/20 series to close with post-election debrief

The 2020 presidential election tested the political system and pushed U.S. democracy close to the brink.

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Ahmann co-edits journal issue on ‘late industrialism’

The term “late industrialism” has become synonymous with collapse: breakdown, pollution, waste and disappointment left behind by failing or exploitive systems.

But the “late” in “late industrial” also carries radical potential, according to Chloe Ahmann, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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‘Mini’ dance showcase meets challenges with virtual performance

The Mini Locally Grown Dance (MLGD) will showcase student and faculty dance performances from the Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), December 3–5 at 7:30 p.m. online. The events are free and open to the public but ticket reservations are required.

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Humanities Scholars Program kicks off series with Cornell leaders

Undergraduates in the new Humanities Scholars Program in the College of Arts & Sciences heard from top Cornell leaders this semester about their college experiences and the impact of humanities education on their career paths.

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‘Writers & Poets’ faculty reading series begins Nov. 30

The final weeks of the semester will be enlivened by a virtual “Writers & Poets” reading series featuring faculty in the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) reading their own works.

Beginning Nov. 30, a video of a professor reading from their own work will be released every other weekday, through Dec. 23.

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Panel: Segregation still ‘in force’ in US schools, neighborhoods

Civil rights legislation and Supreme Court rulings have undone a history of legal racial segregation in America, but schools and neighborhoods remain largely segregated, four Cornell faculty members said during the Nov. 19 webinar, “Racism in America: Education and Housing.”