Welcome to the Trustee-Council Annual Meeting schedule.

While we couldn’t gather in person this year, we still learned from faculty, heard from university leaders, and celebrated the Cornell Promise to support students, achieve academic excellence, and address social justice issues.

Find select recordings of programs below.

See who came

Please contact ovp@cornell.edu or phone 607-254-7115 if you have questions.

Pre-TCAM | Monday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • Cornell Promise: A commitment to learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Tuesday, October 6
    11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
    Cornell community live stream as part of TCAM/StayHomecoming week featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci MD ’66 and NBC News' Kate Snow ’91.

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  • New Member Networking

    Wednesday, October 7
    7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
    (For new members and their assigned mentors)
    Calling all new members! Join us for this informative networking opportunity to meet your mentor. We will provide you with information on what to expect throughout your first TCAM and help with any questions you may have about the expectations of a new council member.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Cornell University Council Administrative Board Meeting

    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
    Administrative Board members only.

  • Reading of "The Bluest Eye" presented by Arts & Sciences

    11:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET(tune in at any time)
    Toni Morrison, MA ’55, is one of our most beloved alumni and her words resonate more than ever during this moment of national reckoning. We are celebrating her this year on the 50th anniversary of the publication of “The Bluest Eye,” her first book.

    Hear “The Bluest Eye” read in its entirety by Morrison scholars, authors, poets, celebrities and members of the Cornell and Ithaca communities. Event streams from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., powered by eCornell and streamed live on Facebook, and will include memorable photos and archival footage of Morrison.

  • 6:30 – 8:00 PM ET
    This conversation explores the history, form, and process behind the creation of the powerful new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. The grounds—designed by Thomas Jefferson and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—were built and maintained by 4000 enslaved men, women, and children. The memorial features memory marks and the names of these individuals carved into granite. It was designed with input from their descendants and Charlottesville community members, turning “grief for a hidden past into a healing space,” according to the New York Times.

    J. Meejin Yoon ’95, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, Planning and Höweler + Yoon
    Eric Höweler ’94, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Höweler + Yoon
    Gregg Bleam, Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect
    E. Franklin Dukes, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia
    Eto Otitigbe, Department of Art, Brooklyn College
    Diane Browne Townes, Charlottesville community member
    Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
    Introduced and moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University

    Co-presented by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Columbia University School of the Arts; Cornell AAP | Architecture, Art, Planning; the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Research in African-American Studies; the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Queens Museum.

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  • Town Hall with the College of Human Ecology Deans

    7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
    Join Rachel Dunifon, the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology and Senior Associate Deans Nancy Wells and Marianella Casasola for an update on the college, student activities, research, and more!
    This event required a separate registration.

  • State of the School: The School of Hotel Administration

    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
    Join Kate Walsh, Dean and E. M. Statler Professor at the School of Hotel Administration for an update.
    This event required a separate registration.

Friday, October 9, 2020

  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM ET
    Robert S. Harrison '76, Chairman, Cornell University Board of Trustees
    John Kuo '85, Chair, Cornell University Council

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  • 10:15 – 11:00 AM ET
    Martha E. Pollack, President, Cornell University

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  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

    More than a century ago, Andrew Dickson White charged the fledgling Cornell Law School to train lawyers who would be “a blessing to the nation.” Today, nearly every student at the Law School spends a part of their legal education practicing in the public interest, translating theory to action and representing underserved communities. This session will feature stories from the front lines of legal advocacy, spotlighting how students and faculty are defending free speech and freedom of the press, helping vulnerable immigrants, fighting discrimination and supporting small businesses.

    Eduardo Peñalver ’94, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law

    Celia Bigoness, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
    Mark Jackson ’81, JD ’84, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, First Amendment Clinic
    Stephanie Jurkowski, JD’19, Senior Court Attorney, New York State Court of Appeals
    Beth Lyon, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Director, Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic
    Carlton Williams, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, Movement Lawyering Practicum

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  • College & Unit Sessions

    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
    Concurrent sessions, pick one to attend. Some programs will be recorded for later viewing.

    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability: A 2020 View of Climate Change
    Join a panel of CALS faculty/Atkinson Fellows for this discussion, with introductory comments by Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    College of Arts & Sciences: Update with Dean Ray Jayawardhana, Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences
    Join Ray Jayawardhana, Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for an update on the College of Arts & Sciences. Following the dean’s remarks, guests will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the dean.

    College of Engineering: Town Hall with Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
    Please join us for a conversation with Lynden Archer as he shares his emerging strategic vision for the College: Cornell Engineering 2030.

    College of Human Ecology: Q&A with Dean Rachel Dunifon, Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean, College of Human Ecology
    As a complement to Dean Dunifon's Town Hall being held on October 8th, Council Members are invited to join Rachel for a more intimate conversation and ask questions about the College and her plans for the College in coming years.

    College of Veterinary Medicine: Cornell's COVID-19 Testing Lab (CCTL) at Vet: Robots, Pipettes, and Pools
    Hear about Cornell's new COVID-19 testing lab now in operation at the Vet College. Dean Lorin Warnick and others provide an inside look at how the lab was created and the essential role the Vet College and collaborators are playing in safeguarding human health in the "new normal".

    Computing and Information Science: Update with Dean Kavita Bala
    Join Kavita Bala, the new CIS Dean, for exciting news and updates from the college.

    International Alumni Relations, SC Johnson College of Business: The Strong United States-Mexico Relationship, What Next After USMCA?
    Since last November, Mexico has become the largest trade partner to the United States. In January, the USMCA, the New NAFTA, was signed into law, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador traveled to Washington DC to celebrate its launch. The bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico has been and will continue to be vital for the two countries' prosperity. What are the prospects for the two countries' key issues in the bilateral agenda, including trade, migration, and security? How might the US presidential election affect the bilateral relationship? With its two boardrooms for the Cornell Americas program, Cornell and JCB are committed to the country and want to be a partner of Mexico's education and progress. This program is in partnership with The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and The College of Arts and Sciences.

    School of Industrial and Labor Relations: Q&A with Dean Alex Colvin
    Dean Colvin will give an update on the school and answer questions.

    Athletics: Interview with Entrepreneur, 3x Author, and Spartan, Joe De Sena '90
    Joe De Sena '90, NY Times bestselling author, and CEO and founder of Spartan Race, will share his incredible story of resilience, discipline, and grit and his mission to transform 100 million lives through the Spartan philosophy.

    Cornell University Library During COVID-19: Managing Student Needs During Remote and In-Person Learning
    Gerald R. Beasley, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, will provide an overview of how the Library is responding to student needs during the COVID-19 crisis. He will talk about how the Library is providing critical resources to students during remote learning and how the Library has re-opened to support students safely in-person.

    Reanna Esmail, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, will talk about the fall semester orientation and provide more detail about how the Library is safely providing services and guidance to students to help ensure their academic success during this challenging time.

  • 1:00 – 5:30 PM ET(explore on your own)
    View lifelong learning digital content from throughout the university to round out your TCAM experience. From diversity, equity and inclusion conversations to a tour through campus, you can journey through these programs to find what's perfect for you.

  • Council Social Online Gathering and Celebration

    5:45 – 6:45 PM ET
    Be entertained and network with your fellow council members during an engaging and interactive digital gathering.

Post-TCAM & StayHomecoming

  • Friday, October 9
    7:00 - 8:30 PM ET
    Join us for an evening of entertainment as Cornell Athletics Hall of Famers face-off in a spirited showdown of speed, wit, and Big Red brawn.

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  • Saturday, October 10
    12:00- 1:00 PM ET
    Join us for a discussion with Cornellians who rose to the challenge of restarting professional sports and continued to represent some of the world’s best athletes while COVID-19 cases were spiking across the country. Hosted by ESPN Sports Reporter, Sarah Spain ’02. See more.

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  • Saturday, October 10
    2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

    Moderated by Congressman Steve Israel, Director of Cornell’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, faculty from Cornell Law School, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Human Ecology discuss how Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘54 has influenced government, law, fashion and politics. See more.

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  • StayHomecoming Virtual 5K

    Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10
    Join fellow Cornellians in completing the StayHomecoming 5K run/walk wherever you are and however you can participate safely. Post a picture and tag it with #StayHomecoming for a chance at social media glory!