Things to Do, March 14-21

Josh Evans
Trumpeter Josh Evans joins campus jazz ensembles March 22 in Barnes Hall during the 23rd annual Cornell Jazz Festival.

Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day Banquet, Sunday, March 16, noon-2 p.m. in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, will honor accomplishments and aspirations of women at Cornell and around the world.

The keynote speaker is Marianne Schnall ’89, author of “What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power.” Schnall writes a blog for The Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to NPR’s “51 Percent – The Women’s Perspective.” She is founder and executive director of the nonprofit women’s website, and co-founder of, a site promoting environmentally friendly living.

The International Women’s Day Leadership Award will be presented at the banquet.

The event is sponsored by the Cornell Women’s Resource Center and the Graduate School. Space is limited; RSVP at For more information, contact

Tropical engagement

A gallery opening for “Life in the Cloud Forest: A Story of Resistance and Renewal” will be held March 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Human Ecology Building’s Jill Stuart Gallery. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.

The exhibition tells the story of the Intag region, a valley enshrouded in clouds on the western slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes, as well as its people, threats they have faced and their struggle to create a more sustainable future.

On display from March 16-28, the exhibition reflects the work of students and faculty in a new experiential learning course in tropical agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Athlete Ally

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo will speak about the inclusion of LGBT athletes in sports and the importance of being an ally in any community you’re in, March 19 at 8 p.m. in Alice Statler Auditorium. His talk, “Athlete Allies: Paving the Way for Inclusivity,” is free and open to the public.

Ayanbadejo played in Super Bowl XLVII. Now retired from the NFL, he is known as a prominent equal rights spokesman and a straight ally of the LGBT community.

His appearance is presented by the Cornell chapter of Athlete Ally, a national nonprofit organization focused on education in the athletic community and ending homophobia and transphobia in sports; with support from Student and Academic Services, the Student Assembly, Haven – the LGBTQ Student Union and the ILR Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

Jazz festival

Cornell’s 23rd annual Jazz Festival, March 20-23, will feature guest trumpeter and composer Josh Evans, baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and the New Hal Galper Trio, and Cornell faculty and student musicians.

The Galper trio performs March 20 at 8 p.m. at the Carriage House Café in Collegetown. Admission is $15 general; $7 for students at the door. Other festival events are free.

On March 21, Smulyan joins members of the jazz faculty, including trumpeter and festival director Paul Merrill and alto saxophonist Joe Salzano, at 8 p.m. in Barnes Hall Auditorium.

Evans, the Cornell University Jazz Band and the Gussman Jazz Combo (playing the music of Art Blakey) will share a bill March 22 at 8 p.m. in Barnes Hall.

The festival concludes with a free showcase concert including four Cornell jazz groups and R & T, at the Carriage House Cafe on Sunday evening, March 23, at 8 p.m. Presented by the Department of Music.

Childhood in Cambodia

A Cornell Cinema screening of “The Missing Picture,” an innovative new documentary on the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre, will feature a post-screening discussion with professor of Asian studies Arnika Fuhrmann and professor of government Andrew Mertha.

Director Rithy Panh uses claymation and propaganda footage to bring the reality of his devastating childhood in Cambodia to vivid life. “The Missing Picture” won the prestigious Un Certain Regard award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The screening and discussion are co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Program.

Cornell Cinema also presents “Amélie,” Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2002 romantic comedy starring Audrey Tatou, March 22 at 8:15 p.m., with an Amélie-themed party starting at 7:15 p.m. featuring a free photo booth, French music, French bread and fromage. French attire is encouraged.

Athletics sale

Find deals on athletic equipment and clothing at Cornell Athletics’ annual Garage Sale, Friday, March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Bartels Hall Gymnasium. Open to the public.

Ice hockey skates and other athletic equipment, sneakers and cleats from a variety of sports, sweats, uniforms and cold-weather gear are among the items for sale. Information: Sylvia, 607-255-1318 or

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