College of Arts and Sciences

As Cornell celebrates 150 years, the College of Arts and Sciences explores the ideas, imaginations and discoveries that have made it a bustling and collaborative intersection for the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences at the center of this great university.

A&S luminaries shine at Charter Day events

Cornell's 150th birthday extravaganza featured performances, lectures and "eye-popping" images from faculty, alumni and students from the College of Arts & Sciences.

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1971 Science Magazine recognizes the work of sociology Prof. Louis Guttman on the development of scaling theory as one of the 62 major advances in social science between 1900 and 1965.

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1954Ruth Bader Ginsburg '54 receives her bachelor's degree in government. She will go on to become the second female Supreme Court Justice of the United States in 1993.

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Chemistry alumni celebrate varied career pathways

From medicine to art preservation to explosives detection, chemists tell their stories at sesqui event.

The varying paths of chemists

History, Meaning & Language in the Novels of Toni Morrison

In honor of Cornell's Sesquicentennial, the English department recognized Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, M.A. '55, as the subject of the annual Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature.

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Thinking the Deepest Thoughts

Some of the greatest minds in philosophy have studied and taught in the Sage School of Philosophy since its founding in 1891.

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1973Physics Professor Edwin Salpeter receives the Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.

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1969The Cornell Conference on Women takes place over a four-day period during winter intersession, leading to the first women's studies courses.

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Cornellians to Anatolia

Blizzards, bad roads and "unsettled" country: nothing daunted three Cornellians on an archaeological expedition to Anatolia in 1908. But their courageous story has been lost to Cornell history — until now.

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Uncovering Mysteries and Solving World Problems

Former students of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology who now work for organizations ranging from NOAA to the Nature Conservancy to universities and the New York Times are coming to campus to tell their stories.

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The Vietnam War on Campus, Revisited

In the mid-1960s, Cornell students were caught up in the cataclysmic movements and events surrounding the growing resistance to the Vietnam War.

See how the events unfolded.

Dancing in the Streets and 149 More Stellar Events

Surprising venues and inventive performances are behind the 150 events created to celebrate Cornell's colorful history.

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1966The Society for the Humanities is founded.

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1973Professor A. R. Ammons of the English Department wins the National Book Award for "Collected Poems"

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Percolation, Activism and Hyperbolic Crocheting

Known throughout the world for its stimulating atmosphere, the Department of Math covers a broad spectrum of research. Learn about the department's rich history, pioneering research and distinguished faculty.

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1868The Cornell University Glee Club is founded within a month of the opening of Cornell.

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1946Biochemistry Professor James Sumner wins the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work purifying and crystallizing enzymes.

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