Things to Do, Oct. 23-30

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Inside baseball (and basketball)

The ILR Sports Management Club will host YES Network president and CEO Tracy Dolgin, ILR '81, at a free and open panel discussion Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in 305 Ives Hall. Dolgin, a former president of FOX Sports Net, was named to his current position in 2004 to oversee operations at YES Network, which provides comprehensive coverage of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets and is the most-watched regional sports and entertainment television network in the country.

Mobile culture

Cornell graduate students, international scholars, artists, architects and information scientists will convene Oct. 23-24 for "Spatialized Networks and Artistic Mobilizations," a workshop on critical thought and practice hosted by the Society for the Humanities in conjunction with its 2009-10 focal research theme, "Networks/Mobilities."

Organized by Timothy Murray, society director, the workshop is the first of a series of "Networks/Mobilities" public events this year that will foster discussion of the flows of peoples, materials, images and ideas across physical and virtual boundaries. Workshop topics will include adaptive architecture; media art, design and popular culture in Japan; and network cultures.

The workshop opens Oct. 23 at 1:45 p.m. at the A.D. White House. For information, contact Mary Ahl at or visit

'Mestiza Power'

International theater group Sa'as Tun will perform the play "Mestiza Power" Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Schurman Hall's James Law Auditorium. The performance is in Spanish, with English subtitles, and is free and open to the public.

The play, by Sa'as Tun founding actor/director Concepción León Mora, illustrates the dignity and everyday lives of contemporary Mayan women and is based on interviews with indigenous women in and around the city of Mérida, Mexico.

The performance draws upon the rituals, myths and essence of the Mayan culture as three women weave together a visual and oral story of struggle and survival. The actors recount childhood memories, educational experiences, cultural life and current issues facing Mayan women, from many perspectives including those of a domestic worker, a street vendor and a mystic herbalist.

The performance is presented by Cornell's Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies Research Group.

Modern troubador

New England singer-songwriter Ellis Paul returns to Cornell to perform on WVBR-FM's "Bound For Glory" live folk music series, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at Anabel Taylor Hall Café. Admission is free, and refreshments are available.

Paul is a popular contemporary folk artist with roots in the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He wrote music for "God's Promise," a Guthrie song he has performed with local group the Burns Sisters. He has released 16 albums and won 13 Boston Music Awards, plays almost 200 shows a year, and his songs have appeared in films and on television.

The show, hosted by Phil Shapiro, can be heard at 93.5/105.5 FM and online and features three sets of music. Upcoming programs include Zoe Mulford Nov. 1 and Roy Book Binder Nov. 8. Information:

Financial gamble

Filmmakers Andrew and Leslie Cockburn will screen "American Casino," a documentary about the subprime lending scandal and financial system collapse, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Uris Auditorium.

The Cockburns will discuss the film and conduct a Q&A with the audience, including students from an Intermediate Microeconomics class taught by John Cawley, policy analysis and management. For information, see

Haydn celebration

Dorian Komanoff Bandy '10 will lead the baroque ensemble Les Petits Violons in a free concert, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in Sage Chapel. The performance, exploring composer Joseph Haydn's early and middle periods, features symphonies, a keyboard concerto and opera arias.

Bandy will play harpsichord and conduct the ensemble of Elizabeth Field (M.A. '91, D.M.A. '99) on violin, Stephanie Vial (M.F.A. '96, D.M.A. '00) on cello, Stefania Neonato (M.A. '08) on fortepiano, and student vocalists Sarah Robinson (soprano) and Zachary Wadsworth (tenor). Bandy, a College Scholar and music major, will also receive the 2009 Cornell Undergraduate Artist Award, presented by the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA). In 2008 he organized a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at Risley Hall, using period performance practices.

The concert is presented by the Department of Music and is funded in part by an Einhorn Discovery Grant and the CCA.

Autism research

Autism researchers, educators and caregivers will participate in a one-day conference on "Autism in Central New York: Research and Practice," Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Robert Purcell Union. Registration is free; go to or call 607-255-3074.

Participants from the Department of Human Development and the Game Design Initiative at Cornell and collaborative researchers from other institutions will provide an update on current neurobiological theories of autism, and how that science relates to therapeutic practices for people with autism spectrum conditions, their parents, educators and other caregivers.

Study space

Students can learn about research opportunities in astronomy and space sciences at an Undergraduate Research Fair hosted by the Department of Astronomy, Oct. 23 from 2-5 p.m. in 105 Space Sciences.

The fair includes a poster session and contest with a $100 prize for the best undergraduate research poster presentation, plus a $500 travel award to a Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society or topical conference. Information: The event is sponsored by the Hewitt Laboratory for Undergraduate Computing and Visualization.

Messenger Lectures

Nancy Fraser, professor of political and social science at the New School for Social Research, will deliver three lectures in the Messenger Lecture Series Oct. 27-29.

Fraser's Oct. 27 topic is "Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation: Reconstructing Karl Polanyi's Framework in Three Dimensions," and on Oct. 28 she will discuss "Regime Change: From Embedded Liberalism to Neoliberalism and Beyond." Both lectures are at 4:30 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

She will also lecture on "Predatory Protections and Dangerous Liaisons: Ambivalences of Emancipation in the Context of Capitalist Crisis," Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Goldwin Smith's Lewis Auditorium.

Fraser will return in March to deliver the final three lectures in the series. Information:


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