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Rawlings's 'Last Lecture' Available Online
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Tuesday, 02 December 2008

In November, a crowd of 200 gathered in Goldwin Smith to hear former Cornell President Hunter Rawlings deliver his "Last Lecture," a trend in academia in which professors give a talk as if it were their final chance to address an audience. The classics professor described the love of "close reading" he gained in his own student days, in contrast to the current penchant for Googling and other superficial modes of research.

 
We're Not Alone Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Faced with what could be a 30 percent decline in its $36.9 billion endowment, Harvard is freezing staff hires and scrutinizing faculty searches in its Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Boston Globe reports that Michael Smith, the dean of Harvard's largest faculty, e-mailed the news to department heads on November 24.

Harvard may also be looking to sell off some of its declining endowment investments, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 
Rawlings Gives Last Lecture Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008

In a "last lecture" on November 18, former Cornell president and classics professor Hunter Rawlings lamented the loss of the art of close reading, saying that "most of the reading we do these days tends to be superficial" — especially when we're reading online. Like you are now.

 

Stories in the Cornell Chronicle and Cornell Daily Sun provide the details. Read them slowly.

 
A Haven in the Finger Lakes Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2008

Citing Cornell and the city's "palpable energy and eclectic spirit," the New York Times has touted Ithaca as a hotspot for "second-home owners, retirees, and tourists." There goes the neighborhood . . .

 
Amid Concern for 'Human Capital,' Layoffs Likely Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008

The first public forum on the University’s reaction to the national economic downturn drew about 400 people to Bailey Hall, where President David Skorton promised to protect Cornell’s “human capital” while making the cutbacks necessary for fiscal health. While acknowledging that layoffs are likely—and that some positions have already been eliminated due to state funding cuts —Skorton said the University is “going to be very, very aggressive” in trying to keep workers from losing their jobs.

 
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