01) C.A.P.E. Lectures

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The Cornell Associate of Professors Emeriti (CAPE) provides services, events, and activities for the retired faculty of Cornell University, including a lecture series. The CAPE Lecture Series is free and open to CAPE members and to the public. Lectures are held at the Boyce Thompson Institute Auditorium (1st floor) unless otherwise noted. This is conveniently located at a TCAT bus stop opposite the Vet Tower. During the academic year, this monthly series covers wide-ranging, multidisciplinary topics and is intended for a general audience. The Lecture Series schedule is posted at CAPE website and in the newsletter

Many of these lectures will be posted here for broader, online access.


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    How Birds Can Save the World
    Fitzpatrick, John; Agassiz, Louis; Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (Internet-First University Press, 2016-02-18)
    Birds can save the World- so says John Fitzpatrick, the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. In this lecture to the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti, Fitzpatrick explains how. As part of the Laboratory’s program called e-Bird, volunteers all over the world are reporting bird sightings. Based on this data, Federal and local agencies are setting aside land from development and making other changes to protect bird species and hence the environment.
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    Achieving Food Security for All in the Foreseeable Future
    Pinstrup-Andersen, Per (Internet-First University Press, 2015-12-03)
    Large increases in cereal prices in 2007-08 raised questions about the ability of world agriculture to produce the food needed by future generation. Predictions about impending world famine and continued increases in food prices are plentiful but almost certain to be wrong. Today, the world is awash in cereals and prices have decreased rapidly during the last three years. Enlightened policies, appropriate investments in research and technological change and better utilization of the currently underutilized productive capacity, are likely to result in continued increases in global food production sufficient to sustain a long-term trend of falling but more volatile real food prices. Increasing food production is necessary but not sufficient for food security. To be food secure, households must have access to the quantity and kinds of food needed for a healthy and productive life. Very large stocks of food currently coexist with widespread food insecurity. Appropriate policies along with public and private investments are needed to enhance low-income people’s purchasing power or food production capacity. Considering both the supply and demand sides, this presentation will discuss what it will take to achieve food security for all in the foreseeable future.
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    Foundations of Muslim Extremism and the Marginalization and Violence Against Women
    Barazangi, Nimat; Research Fellow Feminist; Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Cornell University (2015-11-19)
    In this presentation I argue that Muslim women issues are symptoms of the widespread crisis in understanding Islam. I also argue that these issues, being the consequences of extremism on all fronts, are the active drive to understand the foundations of Muslim extremism. To better understand this crisis, we need a radical shift in discourse to be able to analyze the mind-set of these extremist Muslims, the majority of whom are males. They may claim to adhere to Islam, yet they are violating the basic principle of Islam by coercing people to follow their own rules under threat of force or rape. They call for the rule of shari’a, but the meaning of “shari’a” has been largely abused for many centuries. Their behavior is mainly based on few Islamic texts that are either taken out of context or fabricated to justify their violent acts. For example, Muslim extremists use some of the reported narratives (Hadith) on the authority of the Prophet Muhammad (also known as his tradition or sunnah) to enforce social structure that negatively affect Muslim women, like issues of modesty, leadership, and testimony. This abuse of the reported narratives, I argue, is the main cause of the crisis in understanding Islam because some of these narratives are not corroborated by the Qur`an. Muslim women, therefore, need to rethink the Hadith because it is still being used as a source for applying the Qur`an, or as the primary source before the Qur`an, even when the contents of some narratives are not corroborated by the Qur`an. Hadith narratives must be carefully evaluated and should not replace Qur`anic guidance, the only divine and binding text of Islam.
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    The Risks and Benefits of Shale Gas
    Ingraffea, Anthony; Cathles, Lawrence; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (2015-10-22)
    In 2011, Howarth, Santoro, and Ingraffea published an estimated range of life-cycle methane emissions from development of natural gas, petroleum, and coal. They concluded that, even at the low end of their estimate, methane emissions from shale gas would make it the worst of the fossil fuels from a climate change point of view. They also concluded that their estimate was based on insufficient data and information because actual measurements of emissions on a national scale had never been done.
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    Animal Navigation: An Enduring Mystery
    Walcott, Charles (Internet-First University Press, 2014)
    Many animals move thousands of miles over the surface of the earth. Monarch butterflies return to a small place in Mexico to overwinter, Arctic Terns fly some 24,000 miles per year and salmon return to the gravel beds in the streams where they themselves were hatched. Despite years of research, we still don’t know exactly what cues animals use to perform these feats!
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    Glimpses of Cornell History, Vol 2, The Kendal at Ithaca Connection
    Cooke, J. Robert; King, Kenneth M. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-06-25)
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    The First Ten Years of the Internet-First University Press and CAPE's Histories and Biographies Project
    Cooke, J. Robert (Speaker) (Internet-First University Press, 2014-03-20)
    An Internet-based experiment in scholarly publishing has reached its ten-year mark. The Histories and Biographies Project of the emeritus faculty is described.
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    Local Women Go To War: Civil War Nurses 1861-1865
    Kammen, Carol; Knight, Christopher H. (videographer) (Internet-First University Press, 2013-11-14)
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    The Arab Winter: Oil, Wealth, and Declining Science
    Barazangi, Muawia (Internet-First University Press, 2013-09-12)
    There is no Arab Spring, not now and not for decades, and really for centuries.
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    Glimpses of Cornell History Vol 1
    Cooke, J. Robert; King, Kenneth M. (The Internet-First University Press, 2012-12-06)
    This C.A.P.E. lecture was presented on 06Dec12 at BTI. The lecture describes the usage of low-­‐cost digital publishing to preserve and to make Cornell’s institutional history more accessible. The lecture outlines issues and principles that guided the creation of The Internet-­‐First University Press and cites its popularity (with more than 1 million downloads of books and videos each year). An incomplete listing of its published content, including abstracts and URL links, is provided. Finally a collage of snippets from thirteen of the IFUP videos constitutes our first volume of “Glimpses of Cornell History.”