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The President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, spoke at Cornell on "Iceland's clean energy Economy - A Roadmap to Sustainability and Good Business" Friday, November 21st at 4:00pm in the Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.

As part of the Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, this lecture gave the audience the opportunity to learn more about how a country's entire power comes from sustainable energy (mostly geothermal and hydroelectric energy).


The Cornell in Turin Summer Study Abroad is designed for students who wish to learn about European politics and society, with a special focus on Italy, by immersing themselves in a city rich with history and culture. From italian gastronomy to culture and arts, this program provides the students with the opportunity to experience the italian way of life!

The courses are conducted in English, so no knowledge of Italian is required. The program is open to all majors and students from outside cornell are also welcome to apply.

The Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative [OTSI] hosted a lecture by  Dr. Malte Fuhrmann of Ruhr-University Bochum on Wednesday, November 19 at 4:30pm in 106 White Hall. Fuhrmann on Turkish Nationalism & German Colonialism: A Joint Venture During WWI during which he discussed the collaboration between German colonialist activists with Turkish nationalists by focusing on Enver Pasha and his connections to the German military, archaeological, and economic establishment.

Fuhrmann’s research on this period shows that despite their semi-colonial aspirations in West Asia, Germans took on important roles as models, instructors, and supporters in the ideological and practical establishment of Turkish nationalism.

by Daniel Aloi
Cornell Chronicle

Gather a group of people from varying backgrounds in one place, get them talking and watch their different perspectives emerge.

That is one outcome of the New Student Reading Project at Cornell and a central theme of this year’s selection, “Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” by Amara Lakhous.

At locations across campus Aug. 25, faculty, staff and administrators facilitated small group discussions of the book with first-year and new transfer students who read it over the summer.

The Ottoman & Turkish Studies Initiative [OTSI] kicks off its 2014 falls series WWI in the Ottoman Empire with a lecture by Lerna Ekmekciouglu [MIT] who will present The Sex of Genocide: Armenian Women & their Children during and after World War I on Wednesday, October 8 at 4:30pm in 106 White Hall.

In the words of CIES' Mediterranean Studies Initiative Director & Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow Gail Holst-Warhaft, 'The earliest laws we know of concern water. In the dry lands of the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East, water was always a precious substance, even if it was free.'