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Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture: “Theorizing Freedom at the Conjuncture of Neoliberalism, White Nationalism and Authoritarianism” (POSTER)

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time:  4:30-6:00pm

Place:  Hollis E. Auditorium, 132 GSH



Dr. Carol Anelli, Professor of Entomology, Ohio State University

Lecture: “With Usual Daring on Untried Paths:  Anna Botsford Comstock–Educational Trailblazer, Author and Scientific Illustrator” (POSTER)

Date:  Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time:  4:00PM

Place:  G10 Biotechnology Building

The upcoming University Lecturer will talk about one of Cornell’s most famous naturalists (and Cornell’s first woman professor): Anna Botsford Comstock. Our speaker is Dr. Carol Anelli, an entomologist and science historian from Ohio State. Her Lecture will be at 4pm Oct. 11, in G10 Biotech; it will be followed by a reception.

Several of us heard Dr. Anelli’s talk on Anna Comstock at the annual Entomology Society meetings last November (she had been chosen by the ESA to give this “Founders Memorial Lecture”). It was fascinating, and inspirational. Dr. Anelli delved deeply into the important role that Cornell played in the early history of natural sciences and entomology in the United States. She wove together stories of famous Cornellians (Liberty Hyde Bailey, Martha van Rensselaer) with Anna Comstock’s career as a writer, scientific illustrator, and entomologist. She also touched on Anna Comstock as a model for breaking gender barriers at a time when very few woman went into higher academia. Dr. Anelli told a deeply touching and profound story about the role that Anna Comstock played in the establishment of Cornell as a center for research and education in the biological sciences. Dr. Anelli’s materials are based almost entirely on archival material housed in the Cornell University Libraries.


Dr. Henry Bial, Professor of Theatre, University of Kansas

Lecture:  “The Gatekeepers:  New York Theatre Critics and the Policing of Religion on the American Stage” (POSTER)

Date:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time:  4:30-6:00pm

Place:  Lewis Auditorium, G76 Goldwin Smith Hall

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