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Fall Colors at McGraw Hall

Student Opportunities and Resources:

History's Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 4:45pm, in 437 McGraw Hall!

All pre-1800 and non-US courses are now included with the course descriptions in the Class Roster and Courses of Study.

Fall 2018 Course Flyers

Honors Program

Cornell Historical Society

Graduate History Colloquium Series (The graduate history colloquium, now offered as a 1 credit course (Hist 6006), will meet on Tuesdays, 12:15-2:15pm, in B02 White Hall for the Fall 2018 semester.)

Historians Are Writers

Highlights of The Becker Alumni Lecture: Jordan Fabian (White House Correspondent, The Hill) "Trump, Year One: Observations of a White House Correspondent" (February 8, 2018)

Ambassador Daniel Fried (Ret.)

Diplomat Daniel Fried to present LaFeber-Silbey Lecture Oct. 18

From NATO-Russian relations to the collapse of Communism in Poland to Guantanamo Bay, Ambassador Daniel Fried ’75 has been on the front lines of U.S. foreign policy. He’ll share analysis of U.S. foreign policy informed by his 40-year career in the U.S. government  as this year’s LaFeber-Silbey lecturer.  His talk, “Central Europe and 100 Years of American Grand Strategy,” is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Statler Hall, Room 196.

“When I saw Fried  in Warsaw during the 1990s, he seemed to know everyone in the Polish government, so it was no surprise when he became ambassador to Poland,” said emeritus professor of history Walter LaFeber. “During those years he also was a close adviser to Secretary of State Madeline Albright. I recall that during one visit to speak at Cornell he was suddenly summoned by Albright to meet her for a meeting in Buffalo, New York, so he had to cut his trip to Cornell short.”

Fried majored in history and Soviet studies at Cornell, graduating magna cum laude in 1975. He received an M.A. from Columbia’s Russian Institute and School of international Affairs in 1977 and immediately began his foreign service career. Primarily stationed in central Europe, Fried played a key role in designing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. In his talk, he will shed light on the events and challenges in that region today.

A Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, Fried is active in its Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center. He is quoted frequently in the mainstream press.

The LaFeber-Silbey Endowment in History Lecture is held yearly and is given by speakers who are active in public life, policy-making or academics, and who are often Cornell alumni. Several alumni underwrite the series, named for LaFeber and the late Cornell historian Joel Silbey.