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Things to Do, June 1-30, 2018


The 13th annual Fiske Conference on Medieval Icelandic Studies, aka “Norsestock,” will be held on campus June 1-2. The conference is free and open to the public.

Named for Willard Fiske, a noted Icelandic scholar and Cornell’s first university librarian, the conference is an informal meeting for the presentation of completed papers and research in progress by rising and established scholars.

Participants will meet June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library Level 2B, and June 2, 1-3:30 p.m. in 258 Goldwin Smith Hall.

The meeting includes an exhibition of books from Cornell’s Fiske Icelandic Collection, presented by curator Patrick Stevens.

Secrets of bird migration

Cornell researchers who are unlocking the secrets of bird migration are featured in a Monday night seminar, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lab of Ornithology auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca.

Kyle Horton, Adriaan Dokter and Cecilia Nilsson are all Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellows at the lab. Their talk, “Dark Ecology: Studying Night-time Bird Migration with Weather Radar,” is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed.

The researchers are at the forefront of a burgeoning new field, combining data from weather radar stations with the observations of citizen scientists to shed new light on the twice-yearly phenomenon. The work addresses such questions as which nights migratory birds will be travelling in great numbers, in what direction they are headed, and which species are likely to be part of the massive stream passing overhead.

For information, email or call 607-254-2473.

Cider rules

A tenfold increase in hard cider production over the past decade has created a need for research into the entire supply chain, from growing specialized cider apples to fermentation to marketing. Gregory Peck, Ph.D. ’08, gives an overview of his research and Cornell contributions to the American cider industry in a talk, “The Modern Emergence of a Historic Drink,” June 8 at 10 a.m. in the Stern Seminar Room, 160 Mann Library.

Learn about cider apple research, teaching and other Cornell contributions to the cider industry at a talk and tasting June 8 at Mann Library.

Peck, assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science’s Horticulture Section, will discuss how his cider research program and teaching are addressing industry needs. He’ll also talk about a research project connecting historical texts in Cornell University Library to genetic fingerprinting.

The talk is free and open to the public and presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Apples to Cider: An Old Industry Takes Fresh Root” in Mann Library lobby, where a cider tasting takes place at 11 a.m., following Peck’s presentation.

Moth Night!

The lights will be on for Finger Lakes Land Trust’s “Moth Night!” Saturday, June 9, 9-11 p.m. at Roy H. Park Preserve, 800 Irish Settlement Road, Freeville.

Jason Dombroskie, manager of the Cornell Insect Collection and coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab, will lead the event and discuss the identification and natural history of the species that show up. Lights will be set up for moth and other insect observation. Bring a lawn chair, headlamp, warm clothes and a camera.

The rain date is June 10 at 9 p.m.; check the event’s Facebook page or website for directions and updates. For more information, call 607-275-9487 or email

Summertime folk

Bound for Glory” presents six Sunday night concert broadcasts on WVBR-FM this summer, beginning June 24 with Catskills singer-songwriters and storytellers Lisa DiSavino and A.J. Bodnar.

Admission is free and open to all ages, 8-11 p.m. Sunday nights in the Alternatives Library in Anabel Taylor Hall. Now in its 51st year, the free folk music series features performers playing three sets starting at 8:30 p.m., and concerts are always free.

Upcoming shows include The Twangtown Paramours, from Nashville, July 1; and regional duo The Vollmers (Brian Vollmer and Claire Byrne), July 15.

Nature camp

The Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp provides environmental and outdoor education and encourages young nature enthusiasts to learn in a fun and engaging way.

The camp offers nearly 60 program sessions from June 25 through Aug. 31, most geared to children ages 3 to 14 and older. Established in 1986, the camp’s curriculum integrates hands-on exploration and active game playing, and facilitates self-discovery of the natural world.

Programs run for one or more weeks, and include Preschool Naturalists (for ages 3-5), Explorer Camp (ages 5-12) and specialty camps such as Art Camp, Critter Camp, Animal Camp, Archery Camp, Recreation and Outdoor Leadership Skills and a Counselor-In-Training program. To find out more, and to register, go to

Terrace screenings

“Cinema Under the Stars” returns for its 19th year with three Hollywood classics shown outdoors on the Willard Straight Terrace, presented by Cornell Cinema.

The series features “The Thin Man” (1934) with William Powell and Myrna Loy, Wednesday, June 27; “To Have and Have Not” (1944) with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Thursday, July 12; and “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), with Gloria Swanson and William Holden, Wednesday, July 25.

“The Thin Man” begins the summer Cinema Under the Stars series, June 27 on Willard Straight Terrace.

Screenings in the summer series are open to the public and include a cash bar and complimentary snacks. Prize drawings for three pairs of cinema tickets will be held at each event.

Tickets are $13 general admission, $11 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at beginning June 4. Advance tickets are recommended, as terrace shows usually sell out. Tickets will be held for pickup the night of the show; tickets unclaimed by 9:15 p.m. may be resold.

Patrons are welcome to bring picnic dinners. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. and films will start at 9:30 p.m. for each program. In the event of rain, films will be shown in Willard Straight Theatre.

Free summer events

The Cornell Summer Event Series features free music, dance and theater in Klarman Hall; public lectures; and Friday outdoor concerts on the Arts Quad, beginning with the Sim Redmond Band, June 29 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

Tuesday performances at the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall start July 10 at 7:30 p.m. with fiddle-accordion duo Eloise & Co. The lecture series begins July 11 with Dava Sobel and “The Glass Universe,” at 7 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.

The series is sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. See the complete schedule online.

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