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Cornell event highlights for Sept. 15-22

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From films to concerts to lectures, check out this week's event highlights at Cornell. For complete calendar information, visit the university's online calendar at

'The Future of Food' film, panel
"The Future of Food," an in-depth look at genetically engineered foods on U.S. grocery store shelves, will screen Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, Deborah Koons Garcia (widow of musician Jerry Garcia); Matthew Dillon of the Organic Seed Alliance; Ignacio Chapela of UC-Berkeley; and Cornell professors David Pelletier, nutritional sciences, Margaret Smith, plant breeding and genetics, and Milton Zaitlin, plant pathology. The film is part of the American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Traveling Film & Video Festival, Sept. 15-22 at Cornell Cinema. For more information, call 255-3522 or see

Nabokov's 'Lolita' turns 50
Cornell celebrates the 50th anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita," first published Sept. 15, 1955, in Paris, with a special exhibit on display now through Oct. 17 in Kroch Library. Nabokov, a professor of Russian literature at Cornell from January 1948 to February 1959, completed the controversial novel in late 1953 but initially failed to find a U.S. publisher. Banned around the world, the book became a best seller and its author one of the 20th century's most celebrated writers. For more information, visit


Studying endangered monarch butterfly habitat
Biologist Lincoln Brower, who has studied the monarch butterfly for 51 years, will speak about "Monarch Butterfly Migration: an Endangered Biological Phenomenon" in the Department of Entomology's 23rd annual William J. Hamilton Jr. Lecture, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Statler Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Fanclub Collective show features Aloha
Rock band Aloha headlines the first Fanclub Collective show of the fall, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Noyes Community Center, with opening acts The Lovekill and Head of Femur. Admission is $6 with a Cornell ID, $8 for the general public. For more information on the student-run concert organization, visit

Peformance artist salutes scientist Anning
Performance artist and playwright Claudia Stevens will read from her postmodern musical-in-progress, "Blue Lias, or the Fish Lizard's Whore," Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alice H. Cook House Common Room. A literary romp about controversial Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning, the play considers the interactions of science, religion and art. The event is free and open to the Cornell community and the general public. A discussion will follow. For more information, contact the Ethics & Public Life program office, 255-8515, or visit