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Historian and medievalist Brian Tierney dies at 97

Professor Emeritus Brian Tierney, a leading scholar who taught medieval history at Cornell for 33 years, died Nov. 30 in Syracuse. He was 97.

Sign of the times: American Sign Language thrives on campus

Senior lecturer Brenda Schertz, a whirlwind of energy, teaches the first American Sign Language classes at Cornell that meet the College of Arts and Sciences’ three-semester world language requirement.

New podcast episode examines the impact of incarceration

“Climate of Fear,” the latest episode in the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, explores the impact of incarcerated parents on their children’s education with Anna Haskins, assistant professor of sociology.


Book provides a map for reading boundary-challenging author

In “Framing Roberto Bolaño: Poetry, Fiction, Literary History, Politics,” Jonathan Monroe delivers one of the first full-length monographs devoted to the late Spanish-language author.

Benjamin Garcia, MFA ’11, wins National Poetry Series award

The National Poetry Series is sponsoring the publication of creative writing alumnus Benjamin Garcia’s first collection of poems in 2020.


Study reframes the history of LGBT mental health care

Research co-authored by assistant professor of history Stephen Vider reveals that community-based clinicians play a key role in reshaping mental health care for LGBT people and broader attitudes about sexuality and gender.

Susan Choi, MFA ’95, wins National Book Award

Author Susan Choi, an alumna of Cornell’s Creative Writing Program, has won the National Book Award for fiction for her fifth novel, “Trust Exercise.” 

Things to Do, Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2019

Events at Cornell include the 32nd annual Traditional Thanksgiving Feast; “Queen of Carthage,” an opera-oratorio by Ellie Cherry ’19; a lecture on birding and nature appreciation, and Mini Locally Grown Dance concerts.

New podcast episode explores racism and resilience

“Lived Experience,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, explores global racial hierarchies and their remedies.