Sept. 25, 2008

Things to do: Week of Sept. 26

Social Security's future

Submit your questions via e-mail to the ILR School's live webinar, "The Long-Term Federal Fiscal Outlook and Social Security Reform," today, Sept. 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Facilitated by Susanne Bruyère, associate dean of outreach and director of ILR's Employment and Disability Institute, the online experts include John Palmer, of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Mary Daly, vice president, head of Applied Microeconomic Research and director of the Center for the Study of Innovation and Productivity, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Free. Registration: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/register/Webcast-SSReform.cfm. Information: 607-255-3921.

Live and animated

Animator Brent Green will screen his critically acclaimed hand-drawn films Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. at Cornell Cinema, with Green providing live narration and improvising with musical collaborators Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Jim Becker of Califone, Alan Scalpone of The Bitter Tears and Rodney McGlaughlin. Green's work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Getty Center and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. See: http://cinema.cornell.edu/EarlyFall08/eveningwithanimatorbrent.html.

Songs for Lincoln

The Cornell University Glee Club presents a Homecoming concert honoring Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. It will feature the world premiere of Bernard Rands' "Trinity," with text from Walt Whitman's elegy, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." The concert will also feature songs of the Civil War era and conclude with popular Cornell songs. Scott Tucker conducts. See: http://baileytickets.com.

A plan for Georgia

Retired career diplomat John W. McDonald will speak on "The Most Practical Vision for Solving the Georgia-Russia Crisis," Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. in G08 Uris Hall. McDonald, chairman of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and a founder of the Iowa Peace Institute, advocates establishment of "peace zones" in the Republic of Georgia. Susan Allen Nan, professor of conflict at George Mason University; Mamuka Tsereteli, president of the Georgian Association in the United States; and Cornell professors Valerie Bunce and Matthew Evangelista will respond to McDonald. Sponsored by Cornell's Center for Transformative Action, Peace Studies Program and Department of Government.

Stylish dance

Trajal Harrell Dance Style performs Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cornell Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The company will perform "Quartet for the End of Time," a full-evening dance work choreographed by Harrell for four dancers. The work takes Olivier Messiaen's music of the same name to investigate the antagonism between sincerity and irony in contemporary life.

Strategies for Africa

The Institute for African Development hosts Lisa Kuennen-Asfaw, director of Catholic Relief Services' Public Resource Group in Baltimore, Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in G08 Uris Hall. She will speak on "Rising Fuel and Food Prices: Winners and Losers in Africa." Kuennen-Asfaw acquires and manages financial resources and food aid provided by the U.S. and other governments for use in Catholic Relief Services programs around the world. She has worked in Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia.

Wearable art

The third Barbara L. Kuhlman Fiber Arts and Wearable Art Exhibition runs through Oct. 3, weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Martha Van Rensselaer Gallery I. The creations of 12 Kuhlman scholars from the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) in the College of Human Ecology will be displayed.