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Book cover: The Rock of Arles

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Your July 2024 reads

This month’s feature titles include an ancient guide to romance and “the first book authored by a geological formation,” both by A&S faculty.
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In a new book, prof translates ancient advice for the lovelorn

How to Get Over a Breakup is Michael Fontaine’s latest entry in a series that mines modern wisdom from classical works
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New Book Chronicles Cornell’s International Impact

In "Beyond Borders," more than four dozen authors – many from A&S – contribute to an overview of the university’s "global dimensions."
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American Sign Language has found a growing home on the Hill

Now offered as a minor, the study of ASL at Cornell came about through years of student advocacy
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We Need Anthropologists Everywhere—Especially in AI

"I never imagined working in STEM with a humanities degree, but it actually prepared me for an amazing career."
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Through cycling tours, alum peddles her passion

For more than three decades, anthropology graduate Lauren Hefferon ’83 has run a company that offers upscale trips on two wheels.
Amanda Hernandez ’21

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Dancing with the (collegiate) stars

A&S alumna Amanda Hernandez ’21, now a busy med student, coaches her former team to ‘pom’ glory—from hundreds of miles away.
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Remembering the sacrifice of a Cornellian lost in war

Campus event honored Marine Corps Maj. Richard Gannon ’95, who was just 31 when he died in Iraq two decades ago
Michelle Knudsen

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Bestselling children’s author weaves tales of wonder

The latest by Michelle Knudsen ’95, of Library Lion fame: the story of a sensitive spider who yearns to be a pet kitten
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Racing toward her second Olympics, Taylor Knibb ’20 preps for Paris

The Arts & Sciences alum (psychology) and Big Red four-sport standout is set to compete in the women’s triathlon for Team USA.
Anna Esaki-Smith

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What my winding career path taught me about college

Asian Studies alum Anna Esaki-Smith ’83, who struggled with what to do after graduation is author of 'Make College Your Superpower: It’s Not Where You Go, It’s What You Know'
Kate Manne

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A moral philosopher contemplates the evils of 'fatphobia'

After penning two acclaimed books on misogyny, Kate Manne turns her attention to a different—but related—form of oppression
Elbert Cox: a black and white portrait of a person wearing doctoral regalia

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Remembering the Cornellian who broke racial barriers in math

After becoming the first Black person to earn a PhD in the field, Elbert Cox, PhD 1925, spent a lifetime inspiring others to follow.
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Poised for Oscar gold, Oppenheimer boasts a Big Red distinction

Thanks in part to its physics-centric plot, the hit movie may depict more Cornellians than any other feature film in history.
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How much do you know about Africana Studies on the Hill?

During Black History Month, test your knowledge of Cornell’s ground-breaking program with 10 trivia questions!
Fatema Gunja Sumar ’01

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Founded by undergrads, service groups are still going strong

Meet some alums whose good works—from youth outreach to food drives—are being continued by a new generation
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For 75+ years, students have made Watermargin a home

The pioneering co-op led the way in creating an interracial, interfaith house as a nondiscriminatory ideal.
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Campus time capsules are blasts from the past

From contemporary ephemera to a missive from Ezra himself, the historic containers are relics of an earlier Cornell.
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With 'Succession,' another Emmy for producer Scott Ferguson '82, BA '83

The veteran Hollywood exec boasts a resume including Oscar winners, ratings toppers and critical favorites.
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For two Cornellian pals, art meets life — now in book form

An enduring friendship between alums — dating back to when they were mentor and student — has led both to cultivate their creativity.
Book cover: Cornell, A History

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Big Red books, perfect for gifting

Need a present for the Cornellian on your list? Here are titles on University history, traditions, songs, famous alums—even recipes!
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Giving voice to the often voiceless, alum wins a ‘Genius Grant’

Fiction writer Manuel Muñoz, MFA ’98, draws inspiration from his upbringing in a Mexican-American farming family
Joseph Holland ’78, MA ’79

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Alum’s book gleans inspiration from Black American trailblazers

From Oprah and the Obamas to lesser-known heroes, Joseph Holland ’78, MA ’79 finds words to live by.
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Cornell Cinema still lights up the silver screen

After more than a half-century in the Straight, the Hill’s iconic movie venue remains a film fan’s delight.
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Brains! Collection is a (slightly spooky) artifact of an earlier era

Now overseen by the psychology department, the vintage cerebra draw many a visitor to the second floor of Uris Hall.
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New memoir spotlights pioneering female surgeon's WWI service

The book curates the diaries and letters of ‘double Red’ alum and Cornell trustee Mary Crawford 1904, MD 1907.
Steve Salm

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Meet the alum behind some of music's biggest rights deals

Steve Salm ’93 is a founding partner at the firm that owns the catalogs of Genesis, KISS, Imagine Dragons, and much more.
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Meet some of the (many!) Cornellians who’ve won the Nobel

From Hans Bethe to Toni Morrison, we offer a sampling of alums and profs who’ve earned one of the world’s highest accolades.
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Cheryl Engelhardt ’02 Is a rising star in new age music

Her latest album snagged a Grammy nomination — and she once scored a Cheerios commercial starring Grumpy Cat
Julie Schumacher

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Award-winning author mines humor from academic absurdity

Julie Schumacher, MFA ’86, closes out her satirical series with "The English Experience," in which a study-abroad trip goes off the rails.
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Project chronicles experiences of alums of Asian descent

In an ongoing effort, Cornellians are being asked to recall their student days for an oral history.
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Campus center holds the ‘keys’ to musical history

From fortepianos to pipe organs, the Hill boasts one of the world’s leading collections of performance-ready vintage instruments.
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Novels set at ‘Cornell’ bring you home to the Hill

The University has served as a backdrop for literary fiction, mysteries, tales inspired by real-life events, and more.
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From the Sun to CNN: Journalist and Commentator S.E. Cupp ’00

‘I came up through academic, intellectual conservatism,’ says the popular pundit, who’s unafraid to challenge her own party.
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Alum launches first Smithsonian museum dedicated to women

Lisa Sasaki ’97 is helping to shepherd the high-profile new Washington, D.C., institution into existence
Ozan Varol

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Rocket science can be a roadmap for life, says this astrophysics alum

Former law professor (and proud polymath) Ozan Varol ’03 inspires audiences with lessons rooted in space exploration.
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From corks to Corey to the cosmos: The Hill’s most ‘legendary’ courses

Cornellians offers a (not-at-all-comprehensive) roundup of quintessentially Cornellian classes—and invites you to weigh in!
Eve Ogden Schaub

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Alum aimed for zero waste—and wrote a book about it

Eve Ogden Schaub ’92, BA ’93, BFA ’93, caps off her trilogy of memoirs with "Year of No Garbage."
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The notable lives behind (seven more) big red buildings

In part two of our continuing series, we meet a celebrated scientific couple, a distinguished Chinese scholar, and much more.
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Popular course offers life lessons from faculty dream team

Drawing on research in psychology and economics, the profs offer practical tools for relationships, finances, and more.
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For Newman Lab’s 75th Birthday, Some Fascinating Facts

You don’t have to be a nuclear physicist to appreciate these tidbits about the Hill’s first facility devoted to accelerator physics
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Meet two young alums doing hands-on relief work in Ukraine

The best friends recently marked one year since they left their East Coast lives for a humanitarian aid mission to Eastern Europe.
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‘March Madness’ Contest Will Crown the Top Fictional Alum

Cornell history maven Corey Earle ’07 is running a Twitter poll with 64 contenders—and you can vote.
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In a Posthumous Memoir, Famed Prof Recalls a Turbulent Childhood

Long before Isaac Kramnick joined the Cornell faculty, he was a foster child from a family grappling with poverty and mental illness.
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On a Half-Century of Navigating a ‘Maze Lined with Flypaper’

First elected at just 23, retired Assemblyman Richard Gottfried ’68 holds the record for longest-serving New York State legislator.
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CU in Congress: Alumni in the House

The seven Cornellians serving as representatives in D.C. include military veterans, businesspeople, and even a former MMA fighter — and two A&S graduates.
J.C. Dombrowski

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TikTok Star’s Eclectic Offerings Entertain—and Educate—Millions

Exploring topics from marine mammals to moisturizers, leading influencer J.C. Dombrowski ’23 loves to share science.
Victor LaValle ’94, BA ’95

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Acclaimed Horror Writer Forges Bright Paths Through Dark Worlds

Novelist Victor LaValle ’94, BA ’95, has recently expanded his eerie narrative voice into Marvel Comics—and Apple TV.
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At a Personal Crossroads, a Visit to Ithaca Focused My Mind

Alumna perspective: "As a student, I never spent much time downtown—but in my 20s, vacationing in the Finger Lakes proved unexpectedly meaningful."
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‘LaFeber Posse’ Gears up to Honor Legendary Professor

A posthumous festschrift and 2023 conference in New York City will celebrate the eminent historian’s impact—on former students and worldwide.