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Barton Hall Panel

The faculty panel discussion of The Grapes of Wrath took place at Barton Hall on August 23, 2009. Below is a recording of the event.


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This year's panel will consist of the following faculty panelists:

Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Professor O’Hara’s research focuses on issues in market microstructure, and she is the author of Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell:1995), as well as numerous journal articles. Her most recent research has focused on the liquidity and the valuation of securities in an uncertain world, the regulation of sub-prime mortgages, the impact of transparency on trading system performance, listing and delisting issues in securities markets, and the role of liquidity and information risk in asset pricing. In addition, Dr. O’Hara publishes widely on a broad range of topics, including banking and financial intermediaries, law and finance, and experimental economics. 
Professor O’Hara joined the faculty at Cornell in 1979. She earned her BS in economics from the University of Illinois and her MS in economics and PhD in finance from Northwestern University. She was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa, by the Facultés Universitaires Catholiques à Mons (FUCAM), Belgium, in 2007.

Jeremy Braddock

Jeremy Braddock

Jeremy Braddock received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the department at Cornell, he was a member of the English faculty at Princeton and a faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. His research concerns the relationships among artists, institutions, and cultural intermediaries in the American interwar period, in particular those involving modernist and African American literary culture. His book-in-progress is a study of art collections, anthologies, and archives titled Collecting as Modernist Practice. He also has an interest in film studies and is co-editor of Directed by Allen Smithee (Minnesota 2001), a book that examines the politics of the directorial pseudonym in Hollywood.

Natalie Mahowald

Natalie Mahowald

Dr. Mahowald`s research focuses on understanding interactions between aerosols and biogeochemistry and climate. Much of her research has focused on characterizing and understanding global and regional variability of desert dust (mineral aerosols) during the last 20,000 years and human impacts on desert dust.  She has also worked on understanding how iron in the desert dust becomes bioavailable to ocean biota and may impact the ocean carbon cycle. In addition, she works on the variability and impact of other "natural " aerosols and how humans may be impacted by these aerosols. Finally, she is interested in the feedback of these aerosols onto downwind biogeochemistry and climate.
Professor Mahowald joined the Cornell faculty in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and an M.S. in Resource Policy Analysis from the University of Michigan in 1993.  Her undergraduate degree from Washington University in 1988 was a B.S. in Physics combined with an A.B. in German.

Jeff Cowie

Jeff Cowie

Professor Cowie teaches labor and working-class history.  His interests focus on workers and the problem of social class in the postwar United States as well as issues in international and comparative history, especially with regard to Latin America . He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization.  Professor Cowie's research includes investigations in a number of areas including politics, social history, and popular culture. His current book project focuses on workers and national civic culture in the pivotal decade of the 1970s. He received his B.A. in history from the University of California , Berkeley in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill in 1997.

CyberTower - Grapes of Wrath Videos

You can also watch and listen to five Grapes of Wrath CyberTower commentaries by: Former Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education Michele Moody-Adams, Associate Professor in Industrial and Labor Relations Jefferson Cowie, Assistant Professor in English Jeremy Braddock, and Associate Professor in Earth & Atmospheric Science Natalie Mahowald.