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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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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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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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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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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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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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