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The newest cohort of Arts and Sciences College Scholars, students who plan their own interdisciplinary curriculum around a topic that doesn’t fit into a traditional major, are interested in a wide range of disciplines.

Isaac Kramnick, the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus, a renowned scholar of English and American political thought and history, and a longtime champion of undergraduate education, died Dec. 21 in New York City. Kramnick was 81.

Wonder Women, a “Learning Where You Live” course for North Campus residents, engages participants in discussions with guest speakers over personal definitions of success, decision-making and identity building.

“ZIP Codes Matter,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, shows how inequality can be tracked across America simply by looking at ZIP codes.

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Sophie Partington ’21 and Laura DeMassa ’21 have gone from friends in French class to research partners thanks to the Institute for European Studies, part of the Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Joy Zhang ’21, a student in the College of Human Ecology, has won the Cornell Concerto Competition, held Dec. 15 in Barnes Hall. She performed Georges Hüe’s Fantaisie for Flute and Piano.

Michael Fontaine, professor of classics in the College of Arts and Sciences, had fun publishing the first translation of 16th-century poet John Placentius’ playful “Pugna Porcorum” (“The Pig War”).

Events at Cornell this week and through the winter break include student film screenings, winter solstice celebrations, the Cornell Concerto Competition and Winter Employee Celebration.

“Segregated Education,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series from the College of Arts and Sciences, explains the history of educational inequities in the U.S.

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