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Table of Contents VOL. 1 NO. 4, SUMMER 2009

A scene from Miss Evers' Boys
THE ESSENTIALS

The Essentials

Cornell gets an official tartan, Steve Reich '57 wins a Pulitzer, Chinese fungi are repatriated, Merrill Family Sailing Center opens, PBS looks at "Renegade Genius" Tommy Gold, and more. Read more

Language student in Vietnam
COVER STORY

Global Cornell: Both a tradition and a necessity

Cornell may seem isolated but its view is global, with students and researchers traveling far afield to help the developing world. Read more

On the Great Wall of China
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Writing the next chapter in U.S.-China relations

Nearly seven years ago, Michael Zak '75 proposed a new undergraduate major: China and Asia-Pacific Studies, a combination of liberal arts and professional training. The first 12 CAPS majors graduated in 2008. Read more

A German student in Sage Hall
COVER STORY SIDEBAR

Bringing the world to Cornell

Increasing scholarship aid for international students is a component of Far Above The Campaign for Cornell, which has already seen the creation of two major programs for international scholarships.
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Gilbert Levine
VIEWPOINT

The paradox of a 'global Cornell'

What constitutes a global Cornell? Is it the global presence? Is it the preparation of global citizens? Is it the contribution to solving global problems? Read more

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MULTIMEDIA

Online shows about topics in this issue

Video and slide shows about Cornell's global activities, the Straight takeover, Darwin Days and David Feldshuh on creativity. See more

Elementary school students in Florida
OUTREACH

Spring breaks from Florida to Belize

Cornell students spent spring break at a school in Tangelo Park, Fla. mentoring disadvantaged children; and enriching schools in Belize with gardens. Read more

World map of Cornell activities
CENTERSPREAD

A worldview at a glance

Cornell's global programs, research sites, initiatives and partnerships View the map

Classic image of the Straight takeover
CAMPUS LIFE

40 years ago, a takeover symbolized era of change

Early in the morning of Parents' Weekend, April 18, 1969, 11 fire alarms rang out across the Cornell campus. A series of events that were to prompt decades of social, cultural and political change on campus had begun. Read more

Atomic structure images
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

'Instant on' electronic memory

Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell materials scientist Darrell Schlom. Read more

Tomk Groos '78
WORTH SUPPORTING

Unrestricted support is critically important

Unrestricted support is critically important during a time when Cornell's finances have been hit by cuts in state funding, a decline in new gifts for capital projects and a sharp reduction in endowment income.
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Art quilts
ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Art quilts and 'The Grapes of Wrath'

John Steibeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" is this fall's New Student Reading Project; Prof. Riché Richardson takes her quilts to Paris.
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A page from 'S is for Save the Planet'
CORNELL BOOKS

Darwin, black students, burials and a green planet

Darwin's life after the 'Origin,' Cornell's first African-American students, how women lived through letters, the sights and sites of Ithaca and Cornell, and an alphabet book that goes green. Read more

Basketball team
BIG RED ATHLETICS

Winter 2009 season was best ever for Cornell

Big Red teams compiled a 172-91-9 record during the winter season, reaching a winning percentage (.649) that is the greatest in the history of Cornell winter athletics. Read more

A scene at reunion
CAMPAIGN UPDATE

No boundaries for global scholarship

Hearing stories like Class of 2007 alum Ga-Young So's reminds us that, especially in our 21st-century world, it's more important than ever for students to make global connections. Read more

Signing an exchange agreement
ENDNOTE

Past and future international programs at Cornell

The legacy of Cornell's international tradition is profound; global engagement is a core value of the university. However, valuing global research, teaching and education is different from delivering world-class international programs. Read more



From The Publisher

Tommy Bruce

In this issue of Ezra, we look at why Cornell historically has been so invested in international engagement and why that positions our university, and what Professor K.V. Raman describes as our "globally relevant" students, to tackle some of this century's toughest problems. Read more