A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Pierre Terdjman.

A view of Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Photo by Pierre Terdjman.

Undergrad Francine Barchett spent part of her summer interviewing coffee and tea plantation farmers in Malang, Indonesia.

Francine Barchett

Chair and Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue introduces the 2018 Polson Institute Symposium. Photo by Patrick Shanahan

Chair and Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue introduces the 2018 Polson Institute Symposium

The fruit of the lacquer tree, cultivated within upland forests in Yunnan Province, China. Photo by John Zinda

Graduate students test ideas at the 'Ethnographies of Interconnection' workshop, April 20. Photo by Christian Elliott

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Scott Peters and collaborators present stories of civic engagement

Sep 11, 2018
Through eight richly detailed oral histories, this book helps to open our imagination to the possibilities for professionals to make constructive contributions to the task of making democracy work as it should. The firsthand stories of public work in these oral histories are told by professionals from six different states who either chose or were invited to jump into civic life as active participants. Read more
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Cornell experts and partners examine a decade of Shale Fracking

Aug 29, 2018
" Since January 2008, approximately 15,939 wells have been drilled and fracked at 5674 sites across these shales. This decennial documents the pace, scale, and stages of actual development and takes stock of the social science on impacts to communities, people, policies, and culture. " Read more