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Things to Do, June 30-July 31

Folk music series

The summer season of “Bound for Glory” on WVBR broadcasts free folk music concerts from the Cornell campus, 8-11 p.m. Sundays through July. All ages are welcome to attend the performances in Anabel Taylor Hall’s Durland Alternatives Library. The program airs on 93.5 FM and streams online at

Local singer, songwriter and musician Nate Marshall (and friends) will perform June 30 on the program, with three sets of music beginning at 8:30 p.m. Marshall builds on the folk tradition of song and storytelling with a modern twist of humor, and musicianship steeped in swing, blues, Americana and jazz.

Nate Marshall performs on WVBR's “Bound for Glory" June 30 from Anabel Taylor Hall.

Also scheduled to perform this summer: Ross Hollow, a band from Indianapolis, July 7; Hoot and Holler, an original old-time duo, July 14; singer-songwriter Kora Feder, July 21; and Gordon Thomas Ward, July 28.

The program airs “Albums from the Studios” with host Phil Shapiro, M.A. ’69, during August; the 53rd season of “Bound for Glory” live shows begins Sunday, Sept. 1.

Humanities lectures

The School of Criticism and Theory, a summer program hosted by the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, has a free lecture series continuing in July with leading figures in political thought, including scholars, philosophers and theorists.

All events are open to the public and held at 4 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Lectures include:

  • “The Phenomenology of White Identity,” July 1, with Linda Martín Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center;
  • “The Poverty of Philosophy,” July 2, with Ankhi Mukherjee,professor of English and world literatures at Oxford University;
  • “Death and Life at the Site of Address,” July 15, with Cathy Caruth, Cornell’s Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters; and
  • “Blackface Broken Records: Blues Afterlives and the Problem of the Archive,” July 23, with Daphne Brooks of Yale University.

The complete schedule is online.

Free summer events

Cornell’s Free Summer Events Series presents lectures and performances on campus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 2. All events are at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

Friday concerts on the Arts Quad include some local favorites: The Blind Spots, July 5; Road Man, July 12; Arthur B. and the Planetary Mix, July 19; and The Caribe Jazz All-Stars, July 26. Indoor performances on Tuesdays include Richie Stearns and the Finger Lakes Old-Time All-Stars, July 9 in Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall.

The Blind Spots play a free concert July 5 on the Arts Quad as part of Cornell’s Free Summer Events Series.

Lectures on Wednesdays feature Cornell faculty and others, such as advice columnist and Ithaca-area native Amy Dickinson with “Ask Amy: Answers!” on July 10. The series will include one Thursday lecture: writer Joyce Carol Oates visits Aug. 1 to read from her newest fiction.

New York City’s Aeolus Quartet performs July 16 in Sage Chapel, with a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On July 17, historian Andrew Chaikin, author of “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts,” talks about his interviews for the book. His subjects included Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

The series is sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. More information (including the full schedule and where to park) is available online.

Mid-summer scoop

Summer RED Day (Recognizing Employees Day) is Tuesday, July 16. Cornell Catering will set up tables across campus, with Cornell community volunteers serving up free Cornell Dairy ice cream and fresh fruit to all employees from noon to 1:30 p.m. (or until gone) in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the university.

Table locations will include Campus Road near Carpenter Hall; the College of Veterinary Medicine (240 Farrier Road); East Avenue across from Klarman Hall; the Humphreys Service Building Atrium, Dryden Road; Tower Road near Bradfield Hall; and the circle at the East Hill Office Building.

Employees can also find ice cream at the Cornell Botanic Gardens drop-off at 1 p.m., and in the third-floor kitchen at Seneca Place in downtown Ithaca at 2 p.m.

Cornellians near any of these locations who are interested in assisting with scooping ice cream can contact Cheryl McGraw at

Cornell Maple Camp

The Cornell Maple Program is offering a comprehensive, four-day training program covering all aspects of maple syrup production, July 23-26 in Arnot Forest, south of Ithaca.

The course, for beginners and practitioners with some experience, features hands-on instruction in the forest’s 7,000-tap sugarbush with experienced researchers and staff from the maple program. Topics range from sugarbush management to value-added products. Learn more and register online.

Lawn games

Cornell employees are invited to play lunchtime lawn games Wednesday, July 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Arts Quad.

Ice water will be available to participants; bring your own cup. More details will be announced soon.

The activity is sponsored by Cornell Recreation Connection and the Employee Assembly. Contact Cheryl McGraw at if you are interested in helping with setup, teardown or hosting at the event.

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