[Notable] Classmates Celebrate Black History Month and More

In celebration of Black History Month, Cornell Wellness sat down with our classmate Dr. Renee Alexander.  Renee, before retiring in June  2019, was Cornell’s associate dean of students and director of Intercultural programs.  She won a highly acclaimed Perkins Prize for her work in furthering the University’s values of racial and cultural diversity.  Her interview is open, candid, motivational and inspirational as she discusses health, lifestyle, inspirations and hopes. She exhorts us to “live our best life” and “each one reach one”.  Watch her full interview here.

Cornell Trustee and our classmate Dr. Cynthia Cuffie is part of a PCCW (President’s Council of Cornell Women) Panel discussing what it means to be a powerful black woman working in America today.  This event is February 10th at 6:00 pm EST.  Click here to learn more and register.

The University is celebrating Toni Morrison MA ’55 all this year.  During Black History Month there are two special events:  A roundtable discussion on February 18th (Toni’s 90th birthday) with Morrison Scholars, and a reading of her classic, “The Bluest Eye” on February 19th. To learn more and to register, click here.

Cornell Botanic Gardens is hosting a lecture by Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.  Dr. Finney will discuss the complexities and contradictions of American history related to green space.  She’ll also talk about the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges.  To learn more and register click here.

Students have arrived back on campus to get ready for the start on classes on Monday. Most classes will be online again this semester, but there will be some in-person instruction.  Returning students were greeted by (you guessed it) snow and lots of it–20 inches and still counting.  Brings back memories of snow days, an impassable Libe Slope and those miraculous Straight chocolate chip cookies.

We’ve been able to enjoy interesting webinars and fun mixers over the past few months.  Check our Class Website and our Class Facebook Group often so you don’t miss anything.

Stay connected and stay well!