The new initiative – Migrations: Researching, Teaching and Building for a World on the Move – was officially launched Oct. 1 with a panel discussion and interactive tour of a special exhibit on migration, how the light gets in, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
Cornell’s inaugural Global Grand Challenge grew out of a symposium held last November and a subsequent task force of 16 faculty members, representing nine colleges and schools, who identified focal areas and activities of interest.
The topic of migrations is both timely and in keeping with the university’s mission and values, according to Provost Michael Kotlikoff.
“From our founding more than 150 years ago as the land-grant university of New York state, all the way to the present, our mission has always included bringing knowledge to bear for public benefit, and to meet the world’s major challenges,” Kotlikoff said. “Perhaps no issue today is more pressing and more complex than the movement of humans, plants, animals and resources across a planet that is increasingly fragile – environmentally, economically and socio-politically.”