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.

Recent Submissions

  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Glimpses of Cornell History, Vol 2, The Kendal at Ithaca Connection 

    Cooke, J. Robert; King, Kenneth M. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-06-25)
  • 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.
  • Local Women Go To War: Civil War Nurses 1861-1865 

    Kammen, Carol; Knight, Christopher H. (videographer) (Internet-First University Press, 2013-11-14)
  • 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.
  • 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. ...

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