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The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today
by Jack Wertheimer,
The Forward, December 31, 2018
In “The New American Judaism,” Jack Wertheimer, a professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the author of “A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America,”
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975
by Max Hastings,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 28, 2018
As he looked out on the Mekong Delta waterway at Ban Don near the Cambodian border, George Bonville, a member of the A-team of the Special Forces, wondered why men
Trump's Torrid Week A Signal For Yet More Turbulence Ahead
The Straits Times, December 15, 2018
Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo; Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War
by Seth Anziska; Micah Goodman,
The Forward, December 14, 2018
For many Israelis and diasporic Jews, the acquisition of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula and Old City of Jerusalem in June 1967 fulfilled the hopes of messianic
Becoming
by Michelle Obama,
The Florida Courier, December 14, 2018
Growing up in a close-knit middle-class African-American family, crowded into a small apartment in the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Robinson was a “box-checker.”
As a City on a Hill: The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon
by Daniel T. Rodgers,
The Florida Courier, December 14, 2018
As he left office in 1989, President Ronald Reagan, who did more than any other American to transform John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity,” an obscure 17th-century New England
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
by Andrew Roberts,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 11, 2018
A few hours after Neville Chamberlain resigned as the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who had conducted a lonely struggle throughout the 1930s against appeasing the Nazis, began to assemble
American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
by Chris McGreal,
Psychology Today, December 7, 2018
West Virginia is ground zero of America’s opioid crisis. In 2006, the overdose death rate in the state was 16.2 per 100,000, well above the rest of the country.
The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
by Dawn Raffel,
The San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2018
Coney Island, the Brooklyn Eagle opined in 1903, is “the strangest place on Earth for human tots to be fed, nursed and cared for.” Haranguing passersby to pay “a few
The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
by Andrew Delbanco,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 7, 2018
Writing in his journal after the Civil War, Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, declared that Southern states seceded, to no small extent, because Northern states had betrayed their
Yale freshman shares Cornell Summer College experience
Teen Life, November 28, 2018

"Having the opportunity to study at a world-class institution like Cornell was a dream come true. Summer College empowered me to actively shape the future I wanted for myself," says

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
by Deborah Blum,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 25, 2018
Harvey Wiley is an unsung hero. Chief of the United States Department of Agriculture’s chemistry bureau from 1883-1913, he was, in essence, the federal official most responsible for Americans’ food safety.
House of Gold: A Novel
by Natasha Solomons,
The Jerusalem Post, November 23, 2018
House of Gold, the fifth novel by Natasha Solomons, begins in 1911. At a family gathering in Paris, shortly before 20-year-old Greta Goldbaum moves to England to marry Albert Goldbaum,
Potential Challenger Endorses Pelosi For Speaker As Alternatives For Unhappy Dems Dwindle
WJLA ABC 7 (and 46 other media outlets), November 20, 2018
Cornell Winter Session: An opportunity to catch up or get ahead
SCE, November 16, 2018

The "coolest" season at Cornell, Winter Session is a great opportunity to earn up to four credits in just a few weeks—on campus, or off campus through special programs or

Help! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration
by Thomas Brothers,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 2018
In John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden, the narrator declares, "there are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle
On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News
by Matthew Pressman,
Psychology Today, November 13, 2018
In the 1970s, Irving Kristol, a founding father of neo-conservatism, declared that most journalists were liberals, who believed that government should regulate corporations, redistribute wealth, and promote civil liberties and
The Fifth Risk
by Michael Lewis,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 2018
In the weeks after the presidential election of 2016, civil servants in federal agencies expected to deliver briefings to members of Donald Trump's transition team. It turned out, Michael
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster
by H.W. Brands,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 9, 2018
In the first half of the 19th century, “the Great Triumvirate” — Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster — dominated American politics. Promoting the interests of the West,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
by Jane Sherron De Hart,
The Jerusalem Post, November 9, 2018
On January 17, 1973, Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States. Impeccably dressed, and wearing her late mother’s jewelry, the director
As Democrats Take House, Experts Say Partisan Polarization Will Only Get Worse
WJLA ABC 7 (and 45 other media outlets), November 7, 2018
Wanamaker's Temple: The Religion of Business in an Iconic Department Store
by Nicole C. Kirk,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 4, 2018
In the 1890s, cartoonists lampooned the Christian commitment of John Wanamaker, Philadelphia's great merchant. Puck's front cover featured two Wanamakers. "Pious John" was dressed in a somber Sunday
Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "The American Dream"
by Sarah Churchwell,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4, 2018
“The American Dream” and “America First” are among our nation’s most oft-used phrases.
The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End
by Gary M. Pomerantz,
The Florida Courier, November 2, 2018
The Boston Celtics have been one of the most successful franchises in the history of American sports. Between 1957 and 1969, the Celtics won 11 National Basketball Association championships, eight
Trump's Immigration Moves May Overshadow Economy for Midterm Voters
WSYX ABC 6 (and 43 other media outlets), November 1, 2018
Republican Incumbents Take Different Tacks In Upstate NY
Associated Press (and 93 other media outlets), October 29, 2018
Cornell Historian to Lead New CAU Civil War Tour Next Fall
Cornell Daily Sun, October 23, 2018

Cornell historian David Silbey will lead the CAU study tour, Winning and Losing the Civil War in Washington, D.C. next fall, that will show the typical lives of soldiers from

The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
by Greg Miller,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 21, 2018
Greg Miller, a national security reporter for The Washington Post reminds us that Donald Trump and Robert Mueller have superficially similar backgrounds. Both were born to wealth in New York City in
Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice
by Mary Fulbrook,
The Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2018
Discussions of the persecution of “undesirables” by the Nazis invariably turn to Auschwitz. Located within the Greater German Reich, Auschwitz epitomizes the machinery of mass killing. More than
Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan,
The Florida Courier, October 19, 2018
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan's third novel, opens in 1830, on Faith plantation in Barbados.
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
by Rebecca Traister,
Psychology Today, October 12, 2018
Almost forty years ago, black feminist Audre Lorde declared “every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into
Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times
by Mark Leibovich,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12, 2018
Football "unites people," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell often declares. At a time in which social, communal, and family institutions are relatively weak, football gives people around the country "a
Our American Israel: The Story of an Entangled Alliance
by Amy Kaplan,
The Jerusalem Post, October 12, 2018
Writing in the immediate aftermath of World War II, Richard Crossman, a Labor MP and member of an Anglo-American Committee investigating the impact of mass immigration on the inhabitants of
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2018
In June 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court concluded a commencement speech at his son's middle school by predicting that "whether I wish these things or
These Truths: A History of the United States
by Jill Lepore,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 28, 2018
he Declaration of Independence famously enumerated truths American revolutionaries deemed self-evident.
Empathy: A History
by Susan Lanzoni,
Psychology Today, September 20, 2018
Coined by psychologists James Ward and Edward Titchener in 1908 as a translation of the German word Einfühlung (in-feeling), the term “empathy’ was used almost exclusively in aesthetic, academic and
Fear: Trump in the White House
by Bob Woodward,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 18, 2018
Following the Charlottesville debacle and President Donald Trump’s comment that some of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and KKK marchers were “very fine people,” Sen. Bob Corker told reporters the president
Consent on Campus: A Manifesto
by Donna Freitas,
Tulsa World, September 16, 2018
A raft of surveys document the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses. Although exact percentages — and definitions of what qualifies as a sexual assault — remain contested, it
Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 14, 2018
“When the American people feel they are doing all right for themselves they do not give much thought to the character of the man in the White House,” Robert Sherwood
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
by Eli Saslow,
The Florida Courier, September 14, 2018
Don Black was one of the first individuals to appear on "Hate.Com," a 2000 HBO documentary. His Stormfront website, the narrator indicated, had established him as "the godfather of
New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed: Donald Trump's Feud With Critical Media Deepens
The Straits Times (and 2 other media outlets), September 7, 2018
"Pre-med students explore diverse medical interests"
Cornell Chronicle , 2018
John Carboni ’20 got a front-row seat this summer in an operating room at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, as doctors performed shoulder replacement surgery, cutting into joints and replacing the
Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity
by Theodore M. Porter,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2, 2018
The pseudoscience of eugenics (the study of improving the human population through selective breeding) has a long and sordid history. In the United States at the beginning of the
Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
by Mike Wallace,
Reviews in American History, September 1, 2018
Sequels are rarely as good as, and even more infrequently better than, the original. There are, however, some notable exceptions. Among movies, Godfather II sits on top of a very
The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became An American Religion
by Steven R. Weisman,
The Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2018
In 1824, 47 members of the congregation of Beth Elohim, in Charleston, South Carolina, signed a petition calling for some prayers to be repeated in English, an “abridgment” of the
The Politics of Autism
by Bryna Siegel,
Psychology Today, August 28, 2018
In 1943, Leo Kanner gave autism its name. In an academic paper, Dr. Kanner described “the autistic disturbances of affective contact,” a malady in which children continue to behave
Summer of Research for Qatari High School Students
Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar, August 28, 2018
Qatari high school students with a love of science spent the summer gaining hands-on research experience.
Democrats Sideline Superdelegates In Effort To Heal Wounds Of 2016 Primaries
WHP-TV Online (and 42 other media outlets), August 27, 2018
The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy
by Jay Cost,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 26, 2018
In 1787, shortly before he arrived in Philadelphia as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, James Madison declared that “the great desideratum” (that is, the essential purpose) of government in
Double Blow For Trump Ahead of November Elections
The Straits Times, August 23, 2018
Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America
by Alissa Quart,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 2018
These days, millions of hardworking people are concluding that the American Dream is unattainable.  After the Great Recession of 2008, for the first time since pollsters asked the question, fewer
Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard
by Paul Collins,
The San Francisco Chronicle, August 16, 2018
On Nov. 23, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, a wealthy Boston Brahmin, ordered sugar and butter at his neighborhood grocery store and asked the clerk to hold a paper bag with
The Spectre of Race: How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy
by Michael G. Hanchard,
The Florida Courier, August 10, 2018
In 1873, Edward A. Freeman, a founder of comparative politics, proposed an analytical framework for the new field. A scientific method to study political phenomena, he suggested, should avoid excessive
The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983
by Marc Ambinder,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2018
In March 1982, during a briefing on a war game scenario called Ivy League, President Ronald Reagan declared that if he was notified that a Soviet nuclear attack had commenced,
Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War
by Christopher Grasso,
Tulsa World, August 5, 2018
In 1839, Unitarian minister James Walker claimed that “latent and passive skepticism is much more widely diffused in the community than is generally supposed.” A skeptical critique of traditional Christianity,
The Last Utopians: Four Late 19th Century Visionaries and Their Legacy
by Michael Robertson,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 2018
In a letter to his friend Henry James in 1888, William Dean Howells responded to the evils of the Industrial Revolution.
Return of American War Dead Temporary Boost for Trump
The Straits Times, August 2, 2018
The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics
by Dan Kaufman,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 2018
“I’m worried about Trump versus Hillary,” Dan Poklinkoski, the president of IBEW Local 2304 in Wisconsin, declared early in 2016. “If you have a right-wing populist,” he said, “you can beat a
Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy; America Classifies the Immigrants: From Ellis Island to the 2020 Census
by Katherine Benton-Cohen; Joel Perlmann,
The Forward, July 15, 2018
In 1943, Earl Harrison, the U.S. Commissioner of Immigration, announced his bureau would remove the designation Hebrew from its “List of Races and Peoples.” Henceforth, the Bureau would classify Hebrews
The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine & Spain 1922-1923
by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, editor,
The Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2018
Following a reception in Tel Aviv in February 1923, at which then-mayor Meir Dizengoff and members of the City Council named him an honorary citizen, Albert Einstein noted in his
Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
by Randi Hutter Epstein,
Psychology Today, July 12, 2018
In a lecture delivered at the Royal College of London in 1905, Ernest Starling explained the results of the gland research he had conducted with William Bayliss. Chemical messengers,
Energy: A Human History
by Richard Rhodes,
Tulsa World, July 8, 2018
“Energy: A Human History” originated in a graph prepared 40 years ago by Cesare Marchetti, a physicist, for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Marchetti’s “simple and predictive model
Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech
by Keith E. Whittington,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2018
In 1655, John Cotton, a Puritan minister in the Massachusetts Bay colony, maintained that “to allow any man uncontrollableness of speech” results, inevitably, in “great blasphemies” and the destruction of
Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century
by Konrad H. Jarausch,
The Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2018
A survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, Ruth Klüger emigrated to the United States in 1947. Unable, and to some extent unwilling to escape her cultural heritage, she became a professor
Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)
by Ken Auletta,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 1, 2018
According to Michael Kassan, the CEO of MediaLink, a “smash-up” has occurred in the advertising and marketing industries: “The Mad Men, which was the creative agency, and the Media Men,
Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
by James Loeffler,
The Forward, June 29, 2018
Following Winston Churchill’s prediction in 1942 that the war against fascism would “end with the enthronement of human rights,” the phrase, which had rarely been used in the discourse of
Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World
by Meredith Broussard,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 2018
Nearly 30 years ago, philosopher John Searle claimed that digital computers were not – and could not be – intelligent. Unlike human beings, who think and feel, Searle wrote,
Trump's Cult of Personality in the Republican Party
The Straits Times, June 25, 2018
Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics
by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen,
The Florida Courier, June 22, 2018
Barbour County has produced eight governors of Alabama, including some of the most virulent segregationists in the United States.
'I'm With Her': Timeline Of Texts The OIG Said 'Cast A Cloud' Over Clinton Case
Circa.com, June 15, 2018
While the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General found no evidence political bias influenced the outcome of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server
Demographic Angst: Cultural Narratives and American Films of the 1950s
by Alan Nadel,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 15, 2018
In the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II, Americans were eager to heed the advice of the lyric of the title song of Singin’ in the Rain
Our Minds, Ourselves: A Brief History of Psychology
by Keith Oatley,
Psychology Today, June 11, 2018
The human brain contains at least 86 billion neurons. Each brain neuron, on average, connects with 7,000 other neurons. Little wonder, then, that scientists often compare the brain
The Dealmaker Who Craves Validation
The Straits Times, June 10, 2018
Idleness: A Philosophical Essay
by Brian O'Connor,
Tulsa World, June 3, 2018
In “Anatomy of Melancholy,” author Robert Burton enumerated the dire consequences of idleness. In addition to digestive disorders, Burton wrote, idleness was “the nurse of naughtiness, stepmother of discipline, the
Puerto Rico Students Escape Hurricane Damage and Spend Semester at Cornell, Reflecting Back
Syracuse University WAER, May 31, 2018
Cornell University said goodbye this past week to a special group of students who spent a semester in Ithaca because they couldn’t attend college in Puerto Rico. The special
Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West
by James Pogue,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 25, 2018
Not long after he arrived in Oregon in January 2016 to write about the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, led by Ammon Bundy, James Pogue concluded that the
A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools
by Rachel Devlin,
The Florida Courier, May 25, 2018
When third-grader Tessie Prevost and two other African-American girls enrolled in previously all White Semmes Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960, they were punched, kicked, tripped, and spat on.
Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why
by Dean Burnett,
Psychology Today, May 21, 2018
Along with the rest of us, but after their own fashion, psychologists and neuroscientists are in hot pursuit of happiness. The Journal of Happiness Studies receives far more submissions
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
by Michael Pollan,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 20, 2018
In 2009, David Nutt, a professor at the University of Bristol and chair of Britain’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, declared that using LSD or Ecstasy was “of
The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America
by Sarah E. Igo,
Tulsa World, May 20, 2018
In his decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), overruling legislation banning married couples’ use of contraceptives, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas affirmed a “right to privacy.” That right, Douglas
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics
by Stephen Greenblatt,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 18, 2018
When the presidential election of 2016 confirmed his “worst fears,” Stephen Greenblatt, a professor of the humanities at Harvard University and the author of Will in the World, Shakespeare’s Freedom,
In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea
by Michael Brenner,
The Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2018
David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of the State of Israel, often pointed to two apparently contradictory, but in his view complementary and interdependent aspirations for the Jewish people. “We
Trump Shows He Can Talk Tough - And Be Tough
The Straits Times, May 9, 2018
Cornell says farewell to Puerto Rican students
Cornell Chronicle, May 7, 2018
Sixty-two students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) are leaving campus in the next two weeks. They say they’ve had memorable academic experiences and made friendships they hope will
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 6, 2018
In recent years, Jordan B. Peterson has emerged from relative obscurity as a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto to prominence as a pop psychologist and public intellectual.
Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu
by Anshel Pfeffer,
The Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2018
In 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu made his second appearance on the cover of Time magazine. In his profile, managing editor Richard Stengel crowned him “King Bibi.” Poised to become the longest-serving
Cornell in Washington Partners with 11th Street Bridge Park to Build Inclusive Communities
by Shelley Preston,
Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, April 26, 2018

The Anacostia River has long divided Washington D.C. by race and access to opportunity. On one side is affluent Capitol Hill; on the other is a food desert with one

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
by Lawrence Wright,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 26, 2018
A staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “The Looming Tower,” Lawrence Wright believes that Texas has a lot to answer for. His bill of particulars includes: a
Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America
by Cass R. Sunstein, editor,
The Florida Courier, April 20, 2018
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis responded to the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with a novel entitled "It Can't Happen Here." Lewis' cautionary tale featured Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip,
How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain
by Thomas Lickona,
Psychology Today, April 17, 2018
“Be kind whenever possible,” the Dalai Lama once wrote. He then added a kicker: “It is always possible.”
Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution
by Priya Satia,
The San Francisco Chronicle, April 12, 2018
One hundred years ago, amid armed combat around the world, Randolph Bourne, a contributing editor at the New Republic, proclaimed that “war is essentially the health of the State.” The
On Grand Strategy
by John Lewis Gaddis,
Tulsa World, April 8, 2018
“I don’t know anything about diplomacy,” Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1861. “I will be very apt to make blunders.”
The Chateau
by Paul Goldberg,
The Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2018
The Chateau, Paul Goldberg’s new novel, begins a few days before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Goldberg’s hero, William M. Katzenelenbogen, a 52-year-old science writer for The Washington Post,
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
by David Frum,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2018
David Frum begins “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic” with a quotation from Montesquieu, the French philosopher who had a profound impact on America’s Founding Fathers. A free society,
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We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
by Adam Winkler,
The San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2018
Published in the 18th century, William Blackstone’s “Commentaries of the Law of England” became the most influential legal treatise in Anglo-American history. Among the important subjects addressed by Blackstone were
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
by Nassim Nichola Taleb,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2018
In The Black Swan (2007), Nassim Taleb, a former hedge-fund manager and derivatives trader, argued that “faux experts” had built systems that made modern economies vulnerable to rare, unforecastable,
Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
by Ryan H. Walsh,
Tulsa World, March 18, 2018
Appearing on public television channel WGBH’s “What’s Happening, Mr. Silver?”, “the first TV show that spoke to the stoned generation,” Mel Lyman, a former musician in Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band
Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion
by Steve Fraser,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2018
Throughout our history, many Americans have insisted that the United States is immune to class-consciousness and class conflict. In sharp contrast to Europe, they argue, America has had no kings,
The Devil's Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock 'n' Roll
by Randall J. Stephens,
The Florida Courier, March 16, 2018
“Gospel and rock ‘n’ roll were cut from the same cloth,” Tav Falco, leader of the psychedelic group Panther Burns, once observed, “even though one is considered to be the
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
by Amy Chua,
Psychology Today, March 9, 2018
In 1999, Thomas Friedman predicted that the spread of free markets and democracy around the world would allow “people everywhere to turn their aspirations into achievements,” erase human as well
A History of Judaism
by Martin Goodman,
The Jerusalem Post, March 8, 2018
In the 10th century, Rabbi Saadia Gaon, the leader of the rabbinic academy in Sura, Babylon, laid out the appropriate approaches to scriptural interpretation in his Book of Beliefs and
Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906
by David Cannadine,
Tulsa World, February 25, 2018
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 provided an occasion for Englishmen and women to celebrate a half century of unprecedented political, economic, social and cultural progress, domestically, imperially
The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money
by Bryan Caplan,
Psychology Today, February 20, 2018
More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie declared that “men have sent their sons to colleges to waste their energies upon obtaining a knowledge of such languages as Greek and
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
by Steven Pinker,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2018
Four Weeks In, UPR Students Continue to Adjust to Life at Cornell
Cornell Daily Sun, February 15, 2018
Describing the weather in Ithaca as “bipolar,” the professors as “helpful” and the community as “welcoming,” students from the University of Puerto Rico say they are grateful for the Ivy
The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
by Niall Ferguson,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 11, 2018
In November 2010, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen predicted that governments would be “caught off-guard when large numbers of their citizens, armed with virtually nothing but cell phones, take
Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
by Omer Bartov,
The Jerusalem Post, February 9, 2018
In 1936, Mendel Reich, president of a Talmud Torah in Buczacz, a small border town in Eastern Galicia, declared that the Jews were “condemned to wait on death row for
Trump Calls For Unity As He Touts His Achievements
The Straits Times, February 1, 2018
The First Republican Army: The Army of Virginia and the Radicalization of the Civil War
by John H. Matsui,
The American Historical Review, February 1, 2018
In the summer of 1862, following the Second Battle of Bull Run, General George McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, boasted to his wife that his enemies had
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD
by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2018
In October, 1970, William Eagleton, head of U.S. Operations in Algeria, sent a secret cable to Secretary of State William Rogers. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, who had
Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court
by Paul Finkelman,
The Florida Courier, January 26, 2018
In February 1865, during a debate over an appropriation to fund a bust of Roger Taney, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner asked, “What is the office of Chief Justice, if it
Cornell courses open to all through part-time study
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 22, 2018

Through part-time study, anyone can take advantage of the vast academic resources at Cornell University.

High school students, visiting college students, area residents, retirees, corporate learners, and Cornell employees or alums

Shutdown Signals Deeper Dysfunction in Government
The Straits Times, January 21, 2018
Cornell's Adult University celebrates fifty years
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, January 17, 2018

In the mid-'60s, Cornell trustee Les Severinghaus '21 told Cornell President James Perkins that the time had come for alumni "to be led not by the hand, but by the

U of Puerto Rico students prep to take refuge at Cornell
by Susan Kelley,
Cornell Chronicle, January 16, 2018

Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 62 students from Universidad de Puerto Rico are preparing to begin a semester of study at Cornell.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2018
It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
by David Cay Johnston,
The Huffington Post, January 11, 2018
At the end of Donald Trump’s first year in office, his job approval ratings are lower than those of any American president in modern history. The establishment mass media, on
Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More
by Morten Hansen,
Psychology Today, January 9, 2018
For more than a century, experts on individual and organizational behavior have tried to account for differences in performance at work. They have measured the impact of many factors,
Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House
by Joshua Zeitz,
Tulsa World, January 7, 2018
Lyndon Johnson’s legacy as President of the United States will always be tarnished by the war in Vietnam. That said, historians continue to give extraordinarily high marks to his domestic
Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land
by David A. Goldstein,
The Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2018
In the spring of 2004, during Passover, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team hosted Zelgiris Kaunus in the deciding game of the Euroleague quarterfinals. With two seconds left, and