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Classical Indian dance performers Renjith and Vijna present “Natyanjali,” Oct. 15 in Barnes Hall.

Things to Do, Oct. 13-20, 2017

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Lindsey Hadlock

Playing in church

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, University Organist Annette Richards presents “Reformation 500: Women at the Organ in the Shadow of Martin Luther,” Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. on the baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel.

For Luther, music was central to divine worship – but at the time women were officially prohibited from performing in the church. Richards explores the ways that women did perform, both in church and as amateurs at home. Featuring music by Buxtehude, Scheidemann, Kuhnau and J.S. Bach, the program traces the hidden talents of church organists’ daughters in the 16th and 17th centuries and one of the 18th century’s few documented female organists, Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia.

Also at Anabel Taylor: In “The Instrument of Instruments,” a Midday Music for Organ program Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m., Michael Plagerman showcases the various ways Bach and other composers used the organ’s capacities for different sounds – from an instrumental ensemble to a soloist with internal accompaniment.

The events are free and open to the public, and presented by the Department of Music.

Classical Indian dance

The Cornell chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) presents “Natyanjali,” a classical Indian dance performance by Renjith and Vijna, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Barnes Hall Auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the event is supported in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts and funding from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. Cosponsors include the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, South Asia Program and Asian Studies Program.

On research and rigor

National Public Radio science correspondent Richard Harris will discuss the loss of rigor in the rush to publish research, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in B25 Warren Hall.

His talk, “Rigor Mortis: Returning Delight and Rigor to Science,” is presented by the University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Harris will present examples of the problem of pressure to publish quickly to continue getting grants, how setting the competitive bar higher results in moving it lower, the consequences of misinformation on society, and the policies and practices that make the problem inevitable.He derives the lecture from his recent book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions,” and his 30 years of science reporting.

Two faculty panels Oct. 17 will offer perspectives on how Cornell can lead in restoring rigor and on getting published in top journals, acquiring the appropriate merits for tenure and promotion and proposing innovative research projects that receive funding.

The first panel, at 9:15 a.m. in Veterinary Lecture Hall 101, features Margaret Smith, professor of plant breeding and genetics; Luis Schang, professor of animal virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health; and Avery August, Ph.D. ’94, professor and chair of microbiology and immunology. The second panel, at 11:15 a.m. in the Whetzel Room, 404 Plant Science, includes Marjolein van der Meulen, professor and director of biomedical engineering; Tony Bretscher, professor of cell biology in molecular biology and genetics; and Paula Cohen, professor of biomedical sciences.

Investigating hope

The new essay collection “The Economy of Hope” addresses an integral part of social life not previously studied systematically in the social sciences.

Professor of anthropology Hirokazu Miyazaki and professor of sociology Richard Swedberg, the book’s co-editors, lead a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in 107 Olin Library. The talk is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments.

Essays by contributing authors describe the resilience of hope and the methodological implications of studying it, from a variety of disciplinary vantage points. Hope becomes an essential framework for an analysis of economic phenomena, from farm collectivization in Romania in the 1950s to Barack Obama’s 2008 political campaign during a global financial crisis.

Miyazaki is director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies at Cornell. Swedberg is an economic sociologist and the author of “The Art of Social Theory” (2014).

Civil liberties

Norman Siegel, former director of the New York branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, discusses the U.S. Constitution and the Trump administration, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. in Statler Auditorium. His talk, “Declaration 17: Using the Constitution to Challenge and Resist This Administration,” is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Cornell Democrats.

Cornell is the first stop on Siegel’s “Declaration 17” speaking tour. The declaration was drafted to allow individuals to declare independence from Trump administration policies and practices.

The event is cosponsored with the ALANA Intercultural Board, Black Ivy Pre-Law Society, La Asociación Latina, Kappa Alpha Pi, Phi Alpha Delta, Cornell Political Union, Cornell Roosevelt Institute and Planned Parenthood Generation Action.

Experimental filmmakers

Cornell Cinema presents “Elective Affinities,” a collection of short films introduced by Japanese experimental filmmakers Tomonari Nishikawa and Daïchi Saïto, Oct. 17 at 7:15 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre.

Two experimental filmmakers introduce their short films in “Elected Affinities,” Oct. 17 at Cornell Cinema.

Their celluloid-based work in 8mm, 16mm and 35mm formats has won awards at international film festivals and been shown at museums, galleries and cinematheques worldwide. Ten shorts will be shown, most ranging from 3 to 10 minutes.

Also showing: Two recent documentaries on global hot spots, both Ithaca premieres: “City of Ghosts,” about citizen journalists in war-torn Syria, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.; and “Behemoth,” detailing social and ecological devastation in Mongolia, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

SPARKing conversation

Scientists, humanists, economists and engineers are among the scholars presenting their work at Cornell University Library’s SPARK Talks, Oct. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 107 Olin Library.

The free event features five-minute “lightning talks” on research by 10 Cornell graduate students and postdocs. Their topics include the search for better antibiotics, combating the opioid crisis, views on aging, the consequences of debt in relationships, monitoring contaminants in water, and technology on dairy farms. The interdisciplinary theme for talks this semester is “Expansion.”

The series is intended to give scholars an opportunity to network, present their research to a wider audience and receive feedback. The talks foster presenting skills and the clear communication of research, whether to undergraduates in the classroom, prospective employers, funding agencies or the general public.