Three A&S professors among finalists for Falling Walls summit

Three Arts & Sciences faculty members have been selected as finalists for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs Science Summit 2023.

Among the 30 finalists in the social sciences and humanities category are:

  •  Lori Khatchadourian, associate professor of Near Eastern studies and anthropology, and Adam T. Smith, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Anthropology, for their project “Cultural erasure: Saving the walls of humanity’s past” (with Ian Lindsay of Purdue University), connected to their research group Caucasus Heritage Watch.
  • Olúfémi Táíwò, professor of Africana studies, for his project “Against decolonization: Taking African agency seriously.”

The Falling Walls Science Summit 2023, set for November 7-9 in Berlin, will explore the forefront of scientific trends that shape the world, bringing together the brightest minds in science, politics, business and the media with a goal of a more equitable and sustainable future.

The two Cornell-based projects are among 30 finalists from universities worldwide in the social sciences and humanities category. By the end of July, ten winners in this category will be invited to Berlin for the Falling Walls Science Summit and their research featured online. The project awarded the title Breakthrough of the Year 2023 in Social Sciences and Humanities will be invited to present in November to a global audience at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin. 

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