Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Advice columnist Amy Dickinson distills the life lessons she has accumulated in almost 20 years of giving advice to a national audience. Amy will also have copies of her memoir, “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things” available for sale and signing after her talk.
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Half a century after humans first landed on the moon, space historian and author Andrew Chaikin will discuss the enduring legacies—technical, scientific, and human—of the Apollo program. Chaikin is best known as the author of “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts,” widely considered the definitive account of the missions. The book was used as the basis for Tom Hanks’ Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, “From the Earth to the Moon.” Chaikin is now a visiting lecturer at NASA, teaching about the human behavior aspects of success and failure in spaceflight projects. Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than three decades. Writer-director James Cameron ("Titanic," "Aliens of the Deep") called him “our best historian of the space age.”
David Faulkner from Cornell's John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, examines why Jane Austen's work continues to influence global popular culture today. Austen’s cult status can't be explained by any single cause, but her writing career essentially began as fanfiction, parodying and paying tribute to the popular culture of her day. Examples are her wildly subversive “Juvenilia” short story collection and her first completed novel, "Northanger Abbey," which mocks yet celebrates the vogue for Gothic horror fiction in the revolutionary 1790s. As an Austen enthusiast, Faulkner speculates that her continued popularity might be related not only to social and historical factors linking the late eighteenth century to our own era, but also to what makes her fiction a delightful and productive basis for his First-Year Writing Seminar: the fruitful interaction between academic and amateur ways of thinking about narrative, the way that imaginative writing engenders more imaginative writing, and the pleasure and power of rewriting a beloved story.
Ailong Ke, professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, presents a free, public lecture about the growing promise of gene therapies based on RNA research on bacteria. The lecture is part of Cornell's Free Summer Events Series produced by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
Joyce Carol Oates will read and discuss her newest fiction, which deals with issues of identity, alternate lives, and the evolution of personality. A question and answer session with the audience will follow the reading. Free and open to the public. Presented by Cornell's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
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