As a partial answer to the most asked question of the summer, we are reading this particular book because so many of the concerns described in it continue to resonate in our daily news headlines. Globalization, immigration, and economic and social inequality are not merely topical issues; they are among the world’s largest unresolved problems.
Cornell is striving to be a part of their solutions.
Last month President Skorton testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology about Cornell’s efforts to increase its global presence. He told them: “any cooperation across borders can play an important role in promoting cross-cultural understanding, and that real and substantial benefits accrue to the U.S. and to the process of innovation -- the driver of our global economic competitiveness."
Cornell has a long history of "internationalization." Thousands of international students study in Ithaca every year. Review the International Students & Scholars Office Annual Statistical Reports to see where they come from, and look at Cornell Abroad to see where Cornell students are studying around the world. There is also The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies with its descriptions of numerous interdisciplinary programs, projects, institutes and initiatives. To get a sense of just how much is happening; check out the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development’s list of Related International Resources at Cornell.
Cornell is a transnational university. Cornell is committed to cross-cultural understanding, social engagement, and diversity. Ezra Cornell’s famous words are not just the university’s motto. They are a call to action. He did found an institution where any student could find instruction in any subject. Or read a book on any subject--and this year, this book.
You’ve read it. You're thinking about it. Now do something with that knowledge.