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October 2019

Chats in the Stacks: Drew Harvell on Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

How can we stop the spread of infectious diseases in our oceans, threatening life both in water and on land? In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Drew Harvell will explain how we can protect aquatic ecosystems from dangerous diseases as she discusses her new book Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease (University of California Press, 2019). A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Harvell devoted more than two decades to study the devastating impact of diseases…

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Family Fun & Literacy Awareness Day

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Broome Country Public Library, 185 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901 United States
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Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga Counties Inc. (LVBTC) invites you to join us as we celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL), with our fourth annual “Family Fun & Literacy Awareness Day” on Saturday, October 19, from 12 to 4 pm at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton. This event features Silly Nomads children’s book author Jan Lewis Zelesnikar and a Farm Animals & Furry Friends theme. Animal Adventure, Reading to Therapy Dogs and a Police…

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Chats in the Stacks: Suman Seth on Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire

October 22 @ 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 evolution of medicine in the 18th-century British empire was deeply intertwined with constructions of race, according to Suman Seth, a professor of History and Science and Technology Studies. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Seth will discuss his new book Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2018), where he explores the complex histories of tropical medicine and colonial politics. Apart from unveiling how medicine influenced ideas of race in early British…

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Reading by Desiree Cooper

October 24 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Reading by Desiree Cooper Thursday, October 24, 4:30 p.m. Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall, Cornell The Fall 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Journalist & Women's Rights Activist Desiree Cooper. Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, has won numerous awards including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry…

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Chats in the Stacks: Laurent Dubreuil on Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus

October 29 @ 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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Poetry goes beyond the limits of language and thought, according to Laurent Dubreuil, a professor of comparative literature and Romance studies, and a member of the Cognitive Science Program. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, he will discuss his book Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus (Fordham University Press, 2018) which draws from literary theory, philosophy, and cognitive science to argue that poetry transcends syntactic structures, cognitive binding, and mental regulations. The broad literary scope of Poetry and Mind encompasses…

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November 2019

Matthew Pritchard on Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
160 Mann Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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Deep lakes, waterfalls, shale, salt deposits, drumlins, and gorges—the unique landscapes of the Finger Lakes captivate locals and tourists alike. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Matthew Pritchard will discuss Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region (Paleontological Research Institution, 2018) by the late Art Bloom, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), who introduced generations of Cornellians and other inquisitive minds to our beautiful landscapes and the powerful forces that formed…

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Story Slam: Road Trip

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St
Homer, NY 13077 United States
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$5 – $8

Join us for an evening of entertainment on November 7 as we hear stories from friends, neighbors, and community members. Great stories stop people in their tracks, captivate attention, and come from the heart, not just memorization. You'll leave feeling entertained and a little more connected to the world around you. Over the course of the evening, storytellers will each share a 5-minute account around the theme "Road Trip." Stories can be humorous, heart-wrenching, poignant, or a little bit of…

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The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading by Dorothy Chan, Nicholas Friedman, Ruth Joffre, & Daniel Peña

November 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading by Dorothy Chan, Nicholas Friedman, Ruth Joffre, & Daniel Peña Thursday, November 14, 4:30 p.m. Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall Recipients of the 2019 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication will read from their works: Dorothy Chan BA ‘12, Poet Dorothy Chan is the author of Revenge of the Asian Woman, Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold, and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets. She was a…

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The Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture by Richard Rambuss: “Milton, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Carnival—New Orleans Style”

November 21 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
A.D. White House, 27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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The Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture by Richard Rambuss “Milton, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Carnival—New Orleans Style” Thursday, November 21, 4:30 p.m. Guerlac Room, A.D. White House Literature may be far from mind now when one thinks of what’s billed as the greatest bacchanal in the US: Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Yet a learned deployment of English literature—especially Renaissance literature—played a structuring role in a denotatively Anglo-American endeavor to appropriate and “elevate” Carnival traditions in multicultural New Orleans. This lecture focuses…

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December 2019

Chats in the Stacks: Janet McCue on Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography

December 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Horace Kephart, a Cornell graduate student in the 1880s and later a Yale librarian, evolved into an enigmatic woodsman, author, and activist instrumental in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail that runs through it. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Janet McCue will discuss Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2019), which she coauthored with George Ellison. The biography is a culmination of decades of scholarship and painstaking research…

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Chats in the Stacks: Janet McCue on Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography

December 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Horace Kephart, a Cornell graduate student in the 1880s and later a Yale librarian, evolved into an enigmatic woodsman, author, and activist instrumental in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail that runs through it. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Janet McCue will discuss Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2019), which she coauthored with George Ellison. The biography is a culmination of decades of scholarship and painstaking research…

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