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March 2020

History Sandwiched In: Jigsaw Puzzles

March 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
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People have been enjoying the challenge of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle for over 250 years. From “dissected maps” in the 18th century, to their peak popularity during the Great Depression, to modern 3D puzzles today, this pastime has a rich history that reflects cultural and technological change. Join the Geneva Historical Society’s Visitor Services and Public Programs Manager of Rose Hill Mansion Amy Pepe as she discusses the evolution of jigsaw puzzles and how the function and popularity of…

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When Machines Rock Panel Discussion: The Life and Legacy of Robert Moog

March 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Launching the three-day festivities of When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music, this panel explores Moog’s life and musical innovations. Speakers include: David Borden, composer, founder of Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company Albert Glinsky, composer, Moog biographer, and author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director, Robert Moog Foundation The panel is moderated by Trevor Pinch, musician, author, and Goldwin Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell. When Machines Rock: A…

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FRPCV Book Fest 2020: If Animals Could Talk; A Habitat Adventure

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Diven School, 1115 Hall Street
Elmira, NY 14901 United States
Free

Free Fun for the Whole Family: Join us and learn all about your favorite Animals and where they live: Explore different Biomes: it could it be the Rainforest, the Desert or maybe the Grassland! FEATURING: Anne Mazer, author of over 45 books, including The Salamander Room, at 10:30 am. Live video chat with Dr. Meg Lowman, a.k.a Canopy Meg, biologist, explorer, and educator; at 12:00 pm. Enjoy The Elmira College Readers’ Theater and The Zoo in Our Backyard by Friends…

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Chats in the Stacks: Caitlín Barrett on Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens

March 10 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
107 Olin Library, Cornell University, 107 Olin Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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Many private gardens in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii were decorated with statues, paintings, and mosaics evoking far-away Egypt, which was part of the Roman empire at the time. These foreign images and objects transformed household space into a microcosm of empire, according to Caitlín Eilís Barrett, an associate professor in the Department of Classics at Cornell. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Barrett will discuss case studies from Pompeii featured in her illustrated book, Domesticating Empire: Egyptian…

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Chats in the Stacks: Karen Penders St. Clair on The Comstocks of Cornell: The Definitive Autobiography

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
107 Olin Library, Cornell University, 107 Olin Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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Decades after her death, nature study movement leader Anna Botsford Comstock is finding her true voice. The original 1953 publication of her autobiography, The Comstocks of Cornell, has long been considered the definitive account of her life and that of her husband, entomologist John Henry Comstock, but it was, in fact, heavily edited—with important parts omitted and with several discrepancies from the original memoirs. Karen Penders St. Clair has restored Anna Botsford Comstock’s voice in her edited The Comstocks of…

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April 2020

Lecture by Dr. L.H. Stallings

April 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House, 27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Lecture by Dr. L.H. Stallings (Georgetown University) To Be Without Form: Sexuality Without a Publics in the 21st Century Thursday, April 9, 4:30 p.m. Guerlac Room, A.D. White House In this talk, Stallings will discuss portions of her transdisciplinary funk studies project: Black Saeculum: An Erospatiography, which discusses the end of sex and gender as we know it through an experiment with forms of writing and film about sex and race: erotica, pornography, and academic writing on sex. If the…

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Chats in the Stacks: Michael Fontaine on How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

April 15 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
107 Olin Library, Cornell University, 107 Olin Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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The wisdom of the ancients might be applicable to beer pong. In 1536, alarmed by a rising culture of binge drinking and competitive excess in sixteenth-century Germany, humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus wrote De Arte Bibendi urging moderation while also offering tips for giving good toasts and winning drinking games—all based on his extensive personal experience. In this Chats in the Stacks book talk, Michael Fontaine, professor in the Department of Classics and the associate vice provost of undergraduate…

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