Schedule of Events

April 14– 17, 2021

Online Conference

Wednesday, April 14

Note: This will take place Wednesday night, April 14, 2021 in Asia.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (EDT) | Cornell and Asia: Historic Past and Great Expectations

Corey Ryan Earle ’07, University Historian and Visiting Lecturer, American Studies

Join us as we kick-off the conference with “Storytime with Corey.” Learn about Cornell’s historic legacy of students and notable alumni of Asian descent, early Asian student organizations, and Cornell’s first international academic collaborations, which brought faculty to China and the Philippines.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. (EDT) | Welcome Reception


Thursday, April 15 

Note: This will take place on Thursday night, April 15, 2021 in Asia.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (EDT) | From the Hill with Campus Leaders

Moderator: Stanley Sun ’00 (HOTEL), MBA ’05, Cornell Asia Alumni Leadership Advisors (CAALA)

Fred Van Sickle, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs; the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development, Department of Development Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  (EDT) | Deans’ Panel: Academic Excellence, Research Innovation and Big Red Impact

Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering and the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering

Ray Jayawardhana, Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences (A&S)

J. Meejin Yoon ’95, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP)   

Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs; the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development, Department of Development Sociology, CALS

In this intimate conversation, three Cornell Deans talk about some of the most exciting programs and developments in their college. They will discuss everything from the impact of COVID to the most pressing questions they see their faculty and students addressing. They will provide highlights from their work in the region and answer questions from the audience.


Friday, April 16 

Note: This will take place on Friday night, April 16, 2021 in Asia.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (EDT) | Keynote Panel: Perspectives on International Education in the US

Jon Burdick, Vice Provost for Enrollment

Derek Chang, Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies, Department of History, A&S

Rachel Riedl, Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor in the Department of Government, A&S

Steve Yale-Loehr ’77 (A&S), J.D. ’81, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School

Gustavo Flores-Macías, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs, Associate Professor of Government, A&S

International education in the United States has shown remarkable resilience in the face of significant challenges in recent years, including changes to the country’s immigration system, nationalist waves, and the global pandemic. Despite considerable obstacles, there is real desire for increasing student mobility, academic exchanges, and intellectual cross-pollination beyond borders. How is Cornell shaping the landscape for international education? What type of immigration policies can we expect from the Biden administration? What role do social stigmas and racial tensions play in the higher education environment for international students?

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. (EDT) | CAAAN Connections: Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network Volunteer Mix and Mingle (open to CAAAN volunteers)

Kyle Downey, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions


Friday, April 16

Note: This will take place on Saturday morning, April 17, 2021 in Asia.

10:30 – 11:30 p.m. (EDT) | Brunch Cook-Along featuring Kevin Lim ’09

Eggs Benedict, with a Malaysian twist, from a Cornellian owned kitchen in Hong Kong! Join chef Kevin Lim B Arch ’09 and Cornell architect Justin Hui, B Arch ’11, on a virtual tour as they explore Hong Kong through the lens of food and architecture. Hop on over to your kitchen and cook along! Be sure to check out the ingredient list before your trip to the grocery store!

Note: Alumni group leaders will receive an invitation to join an Around the Region program taking place Saturday morning.