The Cornell Lecture Tapes Collection comprises 5,650 presentations (more than 8,500 individual audio tapes) of extra‐curricular academic lectures and symposia that took place on the Cornell campus from 1970 to 1995. These are fragile documents, subject to the instability of magnetic formats and difficult for today’s researchers to access, examine, and mine. Taken individually or as a group, the recorded presentations exist as historical documents, important to the study of political and cultural life in the late‐twentieth century. The Cornell Lecture Tapes Collection documents the ideas and policies of remarkable thinkers. It is a large archive of public lectures and symposia in which speakers articulate their ideas, clarify theories, debate issues, and respond to questions. Umberto Eco, Henry Louis Gates, Nikki Giovanni, Jürgen Habermas, Alex Haley, Timothy Leary, Edward Said, Isaac Bashevis Singer, W. D. Snodgrass, Nancy Spero and Eudora Welty are just a few of the presenters whose voices and ideas are preserved in this collection.

Recent Submissions

  • Ungers on architecture 

    Ungers, O. M. (Oswald Mathias) (1978-05-07)
  • The scene, an uninhabited island (on The Tempest) 

    Green, André (1995-05-01)
  • A discussion with Claude Lanzmann about his films 

    Lanzmann, Claude; Murray, Timothy; Rodowick, David Norman; Weiss, John Hubbel; LaCapra, Dominick, 1939-; Furman, Nelly; Buck-Morss, Susan; Brinkley, Anthony (1995-04-27)
  • Bei Dao and contemporary chinese poetry 

    Beidao, 1949-; Lazer, Hank; Gunther, Robin; Zhen, Zheng; Huang, Yunte (1995-03-31)
    After four local scholars read one poem each by Bei Dau in English, the author reads his work in the original Chinese. Huang discusses the acceptance and interpretation of this and other Chinese poetry in the United States. ...
  • The hierarchy of Islamic arts 

    Nasr, Seyyed Hossein (1994-09-22)
    In this second in a series of three lectures, Nasr first discusses the presence of calligraphy in Islamic art, as well as the extensive use of complex geometry in design. He then introduces the topic of hierarchy in Islamic ...
  • Modern architecture and the mass media 

    Colomina, Beatriz (1993-10-26)
    Colomina examines the interplay between high and mass culture, and the influence of that interaction, along with the advertising techniques of the technological revolution, on modern architecture.
  • What is good design, and do we see any on the Cornell campus? 

    Hascup, George (1993-06-12)
    In his seminar, part of the 1993 Alumni Weekend, Hascup discusses various locations or structures on the Cornell campus which exhibit good design principles. Some of these locations include the Arts Quad, the Johnson Art ...
  • How to get a job like mine 

    Vonnegut, Kurt (1993-04-20)
    Speaking to a capacity audience of over 2,000 people at Bailey Hall, a congenial and unrestrained Vonnegut expresses opinions on such varied topics as the importance of community, social justice, literature, the weather, ...
  • Light, space and form: the heart of architecture 

    Meier, Richard (1992-10-29)
    Meier discusses the role of light in arhictecture, citing his own architecture in particular. He discusses the different aspects of architecture for different kinds of buidlings, focusing especially on museums. He analyzes ...

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