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Cornell University professors Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick read excerpts from their recently published book, Cornell: A History, 1940-2015, at the launch in Barnes Hall on September 10, 2014.

The book, published as Cornell begins its sesquicentennial celebrations, chronicles Cornell's seventy-five-year journey from World War II to the creation of Cornell NYC Tech. It explores incidents involving the faculty, administration, and students as the university navigates its way through the Cold War, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, antiapartheid protests, the women's movement, and the opening of relations with China.

In this short video, Kramnick, the Richard Schwartz Professor of Government, reads from a chapter about former Cornell president Jeffrey Lehman, while Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Litwin Professor of American Studies, shares details of the great Cornell pumpkin prank of 1997.

Cornell: A History, 1940-2015 is available now from Cornell University Press. For more information about the book and upcoming readings, visit