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Virtual events at Cornell include a lecture on challenges endangering freshwater fish, an conference on worker and community concerns in safely returning to work in New York City, an international linguistics meeting and an introduction to religious and spiritual life on campus.

Jeffrey Palmer, assistant professor of performing and media arts, has been nominated for an Emmy award for his film, “N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear,” as a part of PBS’ “American Masters” series.

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The Rural Humanities initiative has chosen “Rural Black Lives” as its theme for 2020-21, and its projects and programming will concentrate on the visibility of Black lives in rural central and western New York state.

Jonathan Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been elected to membership in the British Academy.

The Warrior-Scholar Project offered seminars taught by Cornell faculty and writing instruction July 19-24 in an immersive summer college prep experience for 10 currently enlisted and former service members.

Peggy Odom-Reed, M.S. ’97, Ph.D. ’07, senior lecturer in the School of Hotel Administration, shares her story in the latest episode in the Inclusive Excellence podcast series, “Blackness at Cornell.”

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Freedom on the Move, a database documenting the lives of fugitives from American slavery through newspaper ads placed by slave owners, has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity, a new initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences, will hold its first event, a webinar featuring discussion about the abolition of police, July 27 at 1 p.m.

A new grant awarded to Cornell University Press by the National Endowment for the Humanities will support open-access scholarly publication and help offset the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofit university press publishing.