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September 2019

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine

September 11 @ 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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What can leaders from the Roman Empire teach us? And in what ways is the Roman Empire still alive and well today? In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Barry Strauss will discuss his new book Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine (Simon & Schuster, 2019). The Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies in the Departments of History and Classics, Strauss also profiles influential women—including Augustus’s wife Livia and Constantine’s mother Helena—while tracking dramatic shifts…

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Jamila Michener on Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics

September 17 @ 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 federal government sets the contours of Medicaid, but individual states implement the program in different ways—from open-handed and generous to tight-fisted and punitive. How does this disparity in benefits to Medicaid affect Americans’ experience of democratic citizenship? In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Jamila Michener will discuss her new book Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics ( Cambridge University Press, 2018). An assistant professor of government, Michener examines how federalism intersects with the largest public health insurer…

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Reading by Jenny Xie

September 19 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Reading by Jenny Xie Thursday, September 19, 4:30 p.m. Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall The Fall 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series kicks off with a reading by acclaimed Chinese American poet and National Book Award finalist Jenny Xie. Jenny Xie was born in Hefei, China, and raised in New Jersey. She is the author of Eye Level, which was selected by Juan Felipe Herrera for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of…

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Bryan Danforth on The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
160 Mann Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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While we often associate bees with hives, the vast majority of bee species actually live solitary lives, explains Bryan Danforth, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Danforth will discuss The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation (Princeton University Press, 2019), a book he wrote with Robert L. Minckley and John L. Neff. While giving an overview of the astounding diversity of the solitary bee species, the book weaves together scientific discoveries with…

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Storyarts Festival

September 27 @ 3:30 pm - September 28 @ 4:30 pm
Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main St.
Homer, NY United States
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Come celebrate stories, written and spoken, at the Story Arts Festival in Homer on September 27th and 28th, 2019. With performances by story tellers, puppeteers, readings by writers of memoir, fiction, children’s and teen books, and picture books, workshops on writing and storytelling, and illustrators, we’ll embrace the power of stories to change our world. Free. Check schedules and venues (at various locations around the Village of Homer Green) at storyartsfestival.org

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October 2019

Chats in the Stacks: Steve Strogatz on Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
160 Mann Library, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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Calculus, the mathematical study of continuous change, underpins some of the most fundamental and miraculous achievements of humankind, from determining the area of a circle to enabling innovations in modern medicine, computing, and space travel. It can also illuminate the patterns of the universe, according to Steven Strogatz. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Strogatz will discuss Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), his book that was listed as a New…

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MorganFest: A Robert Morgan Celebration

October 3
Silver Birch Suite, Statler Hall (5th floor), 7 East Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14853 United States
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MorganFest: A Robert Morgan Celebration Thursday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. *Silver Birch Suite, Statler Hall (5th floor) *unless otherwise noted Cornell University’s Department of English is planning a major celebration to honor Robert Morgan. The event will include panels, a conversation, a reading, and other tributes to one of Cornell’s most beloved professors. An award-winning poet, fiction writer, novelist, historian and biographer and scholar, Morgan remains an inspiring teacher and beloved colleague. Please join us in celebrating…

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MorganFest Reading

October 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

MorganFest Reading Thursday, October 3, 4:30 p.m. Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall This reading is the culmination of a full-day celebration; see full MorganFest schedule on the Cornell Dept. of English events page. Featuring: Robert Morgan, Poet & Novelist Robert Morgan was born on October 3, 1944 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. His early studies included music, science, and engineering, but writing proved to be his truest passion. His first published books were collections of poems,…

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

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