2009-2010 Distinguished Alumni Visitors

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis '59
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Kent State University

Dr. Jerry M. Lewis is professor emeritus of sociology at Kent State University. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Cornell College, his master's degree from Boston University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Lewis was a witness to the shootings of May 4th, 1970, and he has since been involved in researching, memorializing, and lecturing about this tragic event. He has been interviewed numerous times by the local and national media about the shootings. Dr. Lewis is also an international authority on sports fan violence in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Lewis' visit to Cornell during the Homecoming week will include interactions with students in sociology and kinesiology, a public lecture "Remember University Trauma: The Kent State Case," a careers in sociology luncheon, and hands-on workshops.

Visit date: October 5-7, 2009

Laura Arnold

Laura Arnold '04
Editor
HarperCollins Children's Books

Visit date: November 9-10, 2009

Laura Arnold is an editor with HarperCollins Children's Books, where she edits a full range from picture books through novels for teens, with an emphasis on middle-grade novels and chapter books. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell with a degree in English in 2004, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course and began her career at John Wiley & Sons. In 2005 she moved to Harper--home of classics including Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte's Web, and Little House on the Prairie--where she has worked ever since.

Arnold's visit to Cornell included a panel discussion, "Publishing Demystified: An Author-Editor Dialogue" with distinguished visitor professor Sarah Prineas and a "Careers in Publishing" luncheon.

Visit date: November 8-10, 2009

James Hurst

James Hurst '62
Professor of Chemistry
Washington State University

Professor Hurst, a graduate of Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa), received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Stanford University. His thesis advisor was the Nobel laureate Henry Taube. Following three additional years study with Gordon Hammes at Cornell University as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, he joined the faculty at the Oregon Graduate Institute for Science and Technology (then the Oregon Graduate Center). In 1993 he became a member of the chemistry faculty at WSU. He has also held the position of Visiting Scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and is presently an adjunct faculty member of the WSU Biochemistry Department.

Dr. Hurst's research involves characterizing the oxidative chemistry of living cells and in mimicking essential cellular functions using simpler organized chemical systems.

While on campus, Dr. Hurst offered remarks on "The Experiment No One Wants to Do: How Chemists View Global Warming”, facilitated a workshop entitled “Approaches to Direct Solar Photo Conversion”, and gave advice to students in a "Careers in Chemistry" dinner.

Visit date: March 2010

Jeffrey McCune '99

Jeffrey McCune '99
Assistant Professor, American Studies and Women's Studies
University of Maryland

Jeffrey McCune holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the American Studies and  Women's Studies departments and is a faculty affiliate in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies program. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester's Frederick Douglass Institute and a faculty associate in the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. He received his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 2007.

Dr. McCune's writings include "Transformance: Reading the Gospel in Drag" published in the Journal of Homosexuality (2004) and a book manuscript currently under review, entitled "Quaring" the Closet: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Sexual Passing. This manuscript maps the evolution of "Down Low" (DL) men who traditionally identify as "straight" while having sex with other men and refuse to employ the standardized descriptors of sexual identity. His major areas of research include popular culture, critical race/gender/sexuality theory, masculinities, whiteness studies, and 20th century African American literature and culture.  

Dr. McCune's campus visit included a public lecture, "Between Hip-Hop and a Hard Place", a performance of his one-man show, “See-Saw: An (im)Balance of Identities”, a workshop on "Hip-Hop Culture and Performance", a reception with the Women's Studies faculty and students.

Visit date: April 13-15, 2010