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  • Don’t Touch My Hair!

    Historical Perspectives and Current Trends for Black Hair By Aixa Marchand MB17 & Natasha Johnson MB16 Slides, notes, music and videos from a PubSpeak at MBTA on September 27, 2018.             The Business of Black Hair   'Nappily Ever After':......

  • American Football – Are All Players Doomed?

    Some facts and discussion about concussions in contact sports (Afterthoughts from a Pubspeak at MBTA on September 13, 2018) By Marianna Coulentianos MB17 After watching the movie “Concussion” in which Will Smith plays the role of Dr Omalu, the doctor who discovered CTE, a condition......

  • Tell Us Your Dream TASS or TASP Seminar Topic

    by Matthew Trail SP81 CB82 TA84 Two hundred and twenty-five TASPs have been held since 1954, and 54 TASSes since 1993, covering an extremely broad range of topics in the liberal arts. Indeed, surveying the range and succession of seminar topics over the last 60+......

  • Tellurider Chronicles “Greatest Statue Never Built” in New Book

    By Jess Falcone CB04 TA07   My book, Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built, has just been published by Cornell University Press. It is my first book, so as you might imagine, Telluride friends, it’s an emotional......

  • New Semester, New Michigan Branch

    by Puneet Singh MB16 TA17 This Labor Day weekend, MBTA began its yearly operations welcoming 23 students and 3 faculty guests. Eleven of the students are new, while 12 of them are returning to the house from last year. Three of the current housemembers are......

  • You Never Know Who You’ll Meet…

    by Matthew Trail SP81 CB82 TA84 Preparing the logistics for Telluride’s summer programs entails a lot of different tasks, from creating contracts to ordering books and…buying extra sheets. Telluride’s Administrative Director Ellen Baer was in the Ithaca Target this June buying extra sheets to have......

  • Staffing TASP 2018: An Experience From the Side

    by Anmol Kabra CB17 Just until 3 weeks ago, I was supervising a group of promising high schoolers who were cleaning the kitchen after dinner. The weather that week had been damp and gloomy in Ithaca, in contrast to the usual sunny and crisp skies......

  • Reflections of a Former Refugee Resettlement Caseworker

    by Chris Opila MB17 Editor’s Note: In our Spring 2018 Newsletter, Michael Becker SP08 TA13, wrote about Telluriders  working in the area of immigrant rights. You can read the article here. Post publication, we reached out to Michigan Branch member Chris Opila, who is a......

  • Banking on Faith? Mansfield-Wefald Winner Writes on Islamic Banking and Financial Innovation

    This spring’s Mansfield-Wefald Senior Thesis Prize was awarded to Cengiz Cemaloglu SP13. Cengiz shares an abstract of his thesis below, which will be of particular interest to economists, anthropologists, political scientists, and others.  What role do banks play in society? Can nations and religions systematically......

  • Moving Towards Less Meat Consumption

    By Joaquin Brito Jr. CB17 TA18 As the climate continues to change, how we transform ourselves, our communities, and society towards sustainable practices will be a hot (pun intended) topic of conversation. Last year at CBTA, we continued engaging in conversations and initiatives of environmental......

  • Urban Appalachian Oratorio

    by Nate May MB07 In April 2014 I was working as a high school math teacher in Fayette County, West Virginia, when I accepted an offer to begin a master’s degree in music composition in the coming fall at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.......

  • Apples

    by Marina Tinone SP15 TA17 They were pretty. The little red flowers, all bunched together. The apartment window open, and the light coming through. I watered the flowers. And I thought that if Grandma were the one watering them, she would be singing. So, I......

  • The L.L. Nunn Limited Liability Corporation (LLN LLC): A FAQ

    By Ave Leslie SP00 TA06 The following is my personal understanding of the history and current status of the LLN LLC, based on interviews and documentary research. Given the complexity and controversy of this topic, alternative perspectives and disagreement probably are inevitable. I welcome your......

  • Convention 2018: Innovation and Hard Work, Plus Fun

    By Michael Becker SP08 TA13 This past weekend, Telluride Association members and associates gathered in Ithaca, New York, for the 107th annual Convention. At this annual meeting, we evaluate the success of our programs and committees throughout the year, make decisions on major policy and......

  • Telluriders Abroad

    by Matthew Trail Over the last 100 years, the Telluride Newsletter has regularly featured letters and articles from its overseas associates. From the croquet lawns of Oxford to Mussolini’s Italy and the Biafran War, Telluriders have brought their insights, humor, and critical eye to their......

  • Deep Springs College Online Digital Archive, a Great Nunnian Resource

    This week’s blog features Deep Springs College’s online digital collection of nearly 1,000 photos relating to the College. Many photographs feature Telluride alumni as well, of course, reflecting the (variously) close ties between the two Nunnian institutions over their more than 100 years of shared history.......

  • Ridley Jones SP05 MB06 TA08 shares her poetry

    by Ridley Jones SP05 MB06 TA08 __________ Seattle Freeze Beneath the sky’s furrowed brow Furtive rivulets of we disappear And the mountains lay down Their daily burden   _________ Autumn Song Slide with me, world, dark and gentle Fall through me, time, swift and lovely......

  • Oddities from the Archives

    by Matthew Trail SP81 CB82 TA84 Telluride Association’s history is rich with colorful characters, interesting traditions, and great stories. In today’s blog, we feature just a few of the interesting photos from our archives…                      ......

  • CBTA Hosts Retreat of Nunnian Institutions

    by Jess Falcone CB04 TA07 photos by Puneet Singh MB16 TA17                 The first Nunnian Weekend ran from April 27th to April 29th at Cornell Branch in Ithaca, NY. The core group was comprised of two Telluride Association......

  • Membership: A Telluride Educational Program of Its Own

    by Michael Becker SP08 TA13 With our annual Convention approaching, Telluride Association is once again recruiting alumni of our programs interested in applying for membership on our Board of Directors. TA members serve on TA committees throughout the year and attend an annual Convention each......

  • I Am From: An Ode to the Telluride House by Emily Lawsin

    A 10-minute Free-Writing Poetry Workshop with Telluride & GEAR-UP Ypsilanti © by Emily P. Lawsin I am from The paneled library with its George Nelson lamps Warmed by the grand piano next door, and eclectic books donated from graduating seniors; An army of stubborn ants......

  • 50 Years Ago in the Telluride Newsletter

    50 Years Ago in the Telluride Newsletter: Past Telluride Newsletters are often a fascinating window into both the history of Telluride Association and the wider currents of social and political issues of the day. The November 1968 issue is a great example of both. Interspersed with......

  • Recipe for Chinese Scallion Pancakes

    On Mar 6, 2018, MBTA housemembers enjoyed a PubSpeak by Allina Chang (MB’17) on Chinese Food and Cooking. As part of the PubSpeak, she taught housemembers how to make Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Vegan) and Steamed dumplings. Anthony Zheng (MB’17) was her sous chef for the......

  • Telluriders in Music

    Music—both its performance and study—has been a topic of great interest to many Telluriders over the years (it is no accident that one of Cornell Branch’s public rooms is known as the “Music Room,” nor that music is a frequent topic of TASS and TASP......

  • From Web to Web: Rebecca Carter SP91 CB92 TA00, Spider Scientist turned Data Scientist

    By Michael Becker Rebecca Carter has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, but she’s eschewed her former work on the behavior and evolution of spiders to delve into data science with the major online auction site eBay. Editor Michael Becker recently sat down......

  • Eyes on a Changing World: Three Poems by Pepper Trail

    by Pepper Trail CB72 TA73 SYLLABUS FOR THE WARMING WORLD Teach me now the epistemology of melt The inflexible rules of liquefaction How broad white glaciers, bovine and calm Drop their slippery calves into the sea How ice, crystalline and blue, can rot Pock, crack,......

  • Telluride’s Olympians: Meredith “Flash” Gourdine CB50 and Bonnie St. John SP81

    By Matthew Trail SP81 CB82 TA84 Telluride has had at least two Olympians among its ranks, and both were medalists: Meredith Gourdine in the 1952 Summer Olympics and Bonnie St. John in the 1984 Winter Paralympics. Both went on from their Telluridean and Olympic careers......

  • Yarrow Award Winner Helena Ratté writes about her experiences with AMICA e.V.

    By Helena Ratté MB13 I received the 2017 Yarrow Award to conduct research in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as part of an evaluation project for the German humanitarian women’s organization AMICA e.V. Over the course of a six-month period, I assisted in designing a......

  • 1962: Civil Rights and Black Power at CBTA

    By Michael Becker In May 1962, Cornell hosted a remarkable debate between two leading intellectuals and activists around Black freedom: Malcolm X, then representing Elijah Muhammed’s Nation of Islam, and James Farmer, president of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality. At the time of their......

  • ACLU Attorney Miriam Aukerman: “Telluride teaches you to see the impact of the decisions you make”

    by Maia Dedrick Miriam Aukerman SP86 CB87 TA88 is a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, and manages the ACLU’s West Michigan Regional Office. Miriam graduated summa cum laude from both Cornell University and the New York University Law......

  • For Telluride Association, Development Has Always Been Personal

    by Amy Bao For all of us fortunate enough to have experienced a Nunnian education in some way, shape, or form, we know it is much more than a scholarship or summer program. At its core, it is about the people we meet and the......

  • An Emblem for the Association

    The excerpts below refer to a very early effort on the part of Telluride Association to develop an emblem for itself. The effort was “crowd-sourced,” and generated a fair amount of discussion. Apparently, however, the early efforts led to naught… From 1912 Proceedings, pp. 23-24.......

  • The Active vs. Passive Investment Debate

    Anthony W. Mariano The Telluride Association’s Investment Policy Statement, passed at the 2016 Convention dictates that our investment strategy “will utilize both passively and actively managed investments.” A later section states: “The asset allocation will be implemented using both active and passive investment managers. Highly......

  • Uteruses Too Loyal – An Essay by Ann Cheng

    We drove twelve hours across four states and stopped to pee seven times. We smiled secretly at each other when I turned down champagne at the wedding and sucked it in for photos. When my brother-in-law threw up because he drank too much I felt......

  • Past Summer Programs

    Has Telluride Ever Hosted Summer Programs at Stanford University? Yes! Telluride has sponsored TASPs at 15 different sites since 1954, and TASS at 3. Here’s the list: TASP: Cornell: 1954 – Deep Springs College: 1957-60, 1969-73, 1978-90 Stanford: 1961-62 Princeton: 1963-66 Hampton University: 1966-70 Cremona......

  • Alumni Profile: Tiffany Yizar

    In our Alumni Profile series, we’ll be sitting down with Telluride alumni from a wide variety of fields who are making their mark on their profession and their communities. For our inaugural interview, we sat down with Tiffany Yizar, SS01 SP02. Tiffany holds a bachelor’s......

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