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Jewish Identity and Hollywood Cinema: What Makes it Jewish? (and Why Does it Matter?)

Charlie Chaplin

Taught by Elliot Shapiro
December 21, 2:00 p.m. EST.

This webinar will consider how Jewish identity is made visible (or rendered invisible) in American cinema. We'll discuss the historical and cultural factors that have shaped the narrative cues, character traits, and visual codes that mark Jewishness in films from Hollywood’s early years down to the present. In addition, we'll consider the insights into Hollywood cinema that become visible when we pay attention to the coding of Jewishness.

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The Professor and His Student: Arthur Wesley Dow and the Education of Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe painting

Taught by Nancy Green
February 18, 2:00 p.m. EST.

Arthur Wesley Dow, accomplished artist, photographer, and writer, also played the role of authoritative art professor. First at the Pratt Institute of Art and then at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he influenced a generation through his teachings and his important art manual, Composition. In 1914 Georgia O’Keeffe, who knew of Dow’s pioneering work, came to Columbia to study with him. She acknowledged that at the time she already had technique for handling oil and watercolor easily, but "Dow gave me something to do with it."

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Hubble's Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Images from the Hubble Space Telescope
Taught by Martha Haynes

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990. We’ll review some of the most enigmatic images taken with HST over the last 30 years; explore what their shapes, colors and other clues tell us; and discuss their significance to our understanding of astrophysics and cosmology.
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Natural History Around Beebe Lake
Taught by Cole Gilbert

The Finger Lakes are full of great natural history, and summer is an especially good time to explore outdoors. In this webinar, we’ll investigate some of the creatures that live around Cornell’s Beebe Lake through a short video and a Q&A session with Cole Gilbert, director of undergraduate biology.
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Searching for Spineless Wonders in the Ocean
Taught by Drew Harvell

Drew Harvell’s research uses Cornell’s Blaschka collection of glass invertebrates as a time capsule to find and film the living matches of these specimens in today’s oceans on SCUBA dives from the North Atlantic to the Pacific to Coral Triangle. Join Drew as she talks about amazing wonders of ocean biodiversity and her team’s current research on ocean health.
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Cornell through Crisis
Taught by Corey Ryan Earle

Through pandemics, wars, recessions, and civil unrest, Cornell University has survived more than 150 years of history and emerged a stronger institution. Learn about how Cornell has weathered past conflicts and campus disruptions.
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Global Health or Economic Health: Do We Have to Choose?
Taught by David Lodge

Often it seems that we are asked to choose between public health and economic health. However, biologists collaborating with economists have discovered that economic benefits outweigh the costs of some strategies to manage species invasions, including coronaviruses. Join David Lodge, director of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability, to consider how such insights could inform policy now and bring long-term health and economic benefits.
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The Art of the Depression
Taught by Nancy Green

Nancy Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints, and drawings at Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art shares her presentation on the American spirit experience. Included are photographs by Margaret Bourke-White ’27, prints by the Works Projects Administration, and the newly restored Roosevelt Island Murals that tell the story of the art and artists of the 1930s.
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There’s No Place Like Home: Cornell’s Residential Landscapes
Taught by Roberta Moudry

Cornell’s longstanding ambivalence about on-campus housing and the logistics of a coeducational population resulted in two dormitory landscapes situated to the north and west of central campus. As armchair tourists, we’ll survey student housing, considering the ways in which institutional attitudes, social norms, and architectural fashion shaped dormitory buildings and landscapes from 1868 to those now under construction on North Campus.
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Panel Discussion on the Impacts of COVID-19
Participants: Robert Frank, Juan Hinestroza, Gary Koretzky, and David Silbey

The coronavirus has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of society and scholarship. From medicine to marketing, apparel to politics, humankind must adjust to the ever-evolving impact of this global pandemic. Join our panel of Cornell faculty from diverse fields as they share their perspectives and predictions for a future with COVID-19.
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A Portrait of Home
Taught by Jennifer Gioffre Todd and David Todd

Join Jennifer Gioffre Todd and David Todd on a photographic tour as we explore our most familiar surroundings in a new light. Together we’ll go room by room and rediscover how famous photographers have created some of their best work right at home.
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Smuggling in Southeast Asia: The Past in the Present
Taught by Eric Tagliacozzo

Southeast Asia is a crossroads for trade routes that pass between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, historically and in our own time. These pathways (both legal and illegal) transect the region, funneling cargoes of all sorts—among them, drugs, weapons, and human beings—across a wide geography. This talk looks at the histories of these circuits and asks how these histories still manifest themselves in the commerce of Southeast Asia today.
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Gorgeous Gorges of the Finger Lakes
Taught by Warren Allmon

Each summer for CAU, paleontologist Warren Allmon leads the popular class that treks through the spectacular, fossil-filled gorges of the Finger Lakes. From the comfort of your own home, we’ll listen as Warren describes how the abundant evidence found in these gorges reveals the Earth’s prehistoric past.
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Using Ocean Knowledge to Achieve Climate, Energy, and Food Security by 2050
Taught by Charles Greene

The Earth is an ocean planet. During the next three decades, we must reverse climate change while simultaneously finding sustainable sources of clean energy and food for a global population approaching 10 billion people. Charles Greene will discuss how knowledge of the ocean can enable us to unlock the solutions necessary for achieving a just, equitable, and sustainable future.
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Rediscovering the Art of Drinking: A Forgotten Guide to the Classical Art of Imbibing
Taught by Michael Fontaine

In the winelands of Renaissance Germany, a poet named Vincent Obsopoeus witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Michael Fontaine presents his new translation of Obsopoeus’ poem The Art of Drinking, a how-to manual for enjoying wine with pleasure and discrimination.
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Using Nutrition to Reduce Heart Disease and Cancer
Taught by David Levitsky

Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death. While we haven’t learned how to live forever, nutritional science has taught us how and why improving our diet will reduce the progression of these diseases. We invite you to join us and use this knowledge to live the longest, heathiest life possible.
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A Long Movement: Why the Trumpian Revolution Began in 1954
Taught by Sidney Tarrow

In 1964, Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson. At the time, most observers thought it was a “one-off.” Fifty-two years later, Donald Trump won the election. That, too, was judged a “one-off.” In this lecture, Sid Tarrow asserts that neither of these claims are true, but rather both Goldwater and Trump are part of a “long movement,” one that began in 1954.
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The 2020 Presidential Election: An Update
Taught by Glenn C. Altschuler

In this session, Glenn Altschuler will provide an update—and assessment—of the 2020 presidential race.
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Cuban Dance Introduction
Taught by Michael Ristorucci

Learn the basics of Cuban partner and freestyle dance, including Son, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Conga-Comparsa. We’ll break down the rhythms of Clave and the Conga cowbell and perform basic steps. To conclude, we’ll provide you with a set of learning tools, including reading, music selections, and applications.
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