Taught by Cornell University faculty members

Join us on Tuesday evenings from January 5 through February 2, 2021, to explore fascinating topics on numerous subjects with leading Cornell faculty members.

You'll enjoy access to faculty expertise and lively Q&A sessions for each synchronous webinar presentation.

The cost for the five 60-minute webinars series is $100 per household. The registration deadline is December 21, 2020.

Register here

Medicine, Race, and Statistics: Lessons from the Past for the Covid-Era Present

Taught by Suman Seth
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

Drawing from his book Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire (Cambridge, 2018), Suman Seth explores ways history can inform our approach to treating disease. Can being more careful with statistics concerning 'racial' disparities in susceptibilities and immunities overcome the problems that might arise through widespread deployment of medications? Suman focuses on longstanding relationships between medicine, the construction of race, and the history of military medical statistics to make an argument about what philosopher Ian Hacking calls the 'subversive' effects of statistical analysis.

How the Immune System Works

Taught by Avery August
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

Avery August, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, explains how our bodies utilize diversity to protect us from infection. Using Covid-19 vaccine efforts as an example, this webinar will cover the components of the immune system and discuss how they are mobilized in effective vaccines.

Cornell Tech: Engineering the Future

Taught by Greg Morrisett
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

Find out what’s happening on the Cornell Tech campus in the heart of New York City. Led by Greg Morrisett, Cornell Tech’s dean and vice provost, this webinar focuses on the school’s mission to bring together business, design, engineering, and law students to collaborate on cutting-edge research that promotes deep engagement in technology and its impacts on society.

The Pandemic at Nine Months: Figuring out COVID and the New Normal

Taught by David Silbey
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

As the world continues to struggle with coronavirus, we find ourselves in the defining historical moment of the early twenteith century. Waves of cases have come, gone, and come again in the United States and around the globe. This webinar will examine the pandemic, explore the difficulties many nations have had finding a solution, and assess where we are with preventative measures and potential vaccines. By investigating countries that have handled the outbreak effectively – and those that haven't – we’ll talk about what the experience has been like and discuss the lessons we should learn for the future.

Salamis and Actium: Lessons from Two Decisive Battles in Ancient Greek Waters

Taught by Barry Strauss
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

The naval battles of Salamis (480 BCE) and Actium (31 BCE), both fought in Greek waters, decisively tilted the balance of power in favor of the west against the east. Neither clash would have been possible without a successful prior campaign, and each is an example of brilliant execution, leadership, and audacity. They have much in common – and much to teach us today.