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Cornell's Graduate Program in Medieval Studies appoints no faculty of its own. Yet faculty from 13 departments within the College of Arts and Sciences choose, out of love, to devote their time and energy to the program and its extremely diverse and dedicated group of students.

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Societal changes are inextricably linked to changes in women's roles and status. And throughout March, Cornell will host a series of programs that explore these linkages - particularly in terms of what they tell us about notions of "family values," that loaded expression that has been a rallying cry of political conservatives.

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Paul Britten Austin, a poet and relative of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, will give two public lectures at Cornell on Monday, March 3, including one about his renowned brother-in-law. In a lecture titled "The Bergman Background," at 4:30 p.m. in the Film Forum of the Center for Theatre Arts.

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Cornell Choral Director Scott Tucker routinely teaches the works of Western classical artists like Brahms and Handel to his students in the Glee Club and Chorus. But lately he has been directing them in songs of African origin and in an African language.

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The seventh Cornell Council for the Arts Individual Grants exhibition opens Jan. 11 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus. The exhibition features the work of nine artists who were awarded the grants in either 1992, 1993 or 1994.

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While Andrew Dickson White's role in helping to found Cornell has been rightfully celebrated, his prowess as a book collector has gotten short shrift, say Mark G. Dimunation, Cornell's curator of rare books, and Elaine D. Engst, university archivist.

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Fabrics have always been an integral part of flight, according to a Cornell University video. And now, this connection will be a featured part of a new Smithsonian Institution exhibit in the new gallery, How Things Fly, in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Some of the hottest debates raging in America today hinge on the extent to which governments can, or should, regulate human relationships. Should states hold parents accountable for their children's crimes? Restrict no-fault divorces? Prohibit same-sex marriages? Addressing such questions, commentators often lament the loss of propriety that prevailed early in this century, when more families were intact, more morals adhered to.

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Despite Ezra Cornell's decree that he would "found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," instruction in hotel management at Cornell University almost didn't happen. In the early 1900s, Cornell President Jacob Gould Schurman rejected the idea that Cornell should provide hotel management training as "absolutely out of the question."