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March 15, 2022

Mar 15, 2022: Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Yarden Kedar at Stimson Hall

"Bilingual Community-Based Language Pedagogy: An Arab-Jewish Language Café in Jerusalem"
Yarden Kedar
Israel Institute Visiting Faculty, Department of Psychology, Cornell University

The Good Neighbors – Abu Tor/Al-Thuri project is a grassroots, volunteer-based initiative that started in 2014 in order to promote a shared life approach and to build a joint community between Jews and Palestinians who live side by side in Abu Tor, a binational neighborhood, which is located on the seam between East and West Jerusalem.
This unique project, which is extraordinary given the long geopolitical and national conflict and the explosive daily tension between Arabs and Jews, includes initiatives such as language courses in Arabic and in Hebrew; a community organic garden; "Abu-Job" – a job placement project; a bilingual street library; and a variety of community events and festivities that are organized by and intended for Jerusalemites from both nationalities.
We focus on the Language Café, an authentic, bottom-up local initiative in which Jews and Palestinians actively teach and learn Hebrew and Arabic from each other. This study explores the unique bilingual pedagogy that has evolved in the Language Café and the participants' perceived language learning process and its outcomes (i.e., their motivations to learn the language of the other group, their attitudes toward the learning situation, and its potential outcomes, particularly sociocultural outcomes).
The findings reveal that the pedagogical model that has been developed and employed by the Language Café non-professional tutors promotes values of equity, equality, and mutual respect among the Jewish and Palestinian participants alike. Moreover, this new model builds on the language and cultural repertoire of the participants, hence affording them the opportunity to learn and teach each other's language and culture. Despite the long-standing political tension, the language tutors seem to have created a safe learning environment that allows both Jewish and Palestinian participants to feel at ease. Participants express genuine interest and desire to learn the language and culture of the other national, religious, and cultural group. Furthermore, they report having gained not only conversational language skills in the languages they wanted to learn but also novel insights about each other's cultures, enabling them to engage in various social activities within their neighborhood and beyond.
These findings may contribute to the development and advancement of both formal and informal pedagogical frameworks worldwide – in language as well as other subject matters – based on inter-group appreciation and collaboration. Such frameworks could also bring about more tolerant and integrated societies in conflict zones.

Bio: Yarden Kedar is an Israel Institute Visiting Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. He has served as Head of the Early Childhood Education Department in the Faculty of Education at Beit Berl College between 2015-2021. He is also the Head of the Language and Cognition Development Lab at Beit Berl College.
Dr. Kedar received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (2007) from Cornell University and then became a Kreitman Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University (2007-2010), focusing on the neurolinguistic aspects of syntactic processing in young children.
Dr. Kedar's research interests relate to Language Acquisition, Cognitive Development, and Early Childhood Education across several cultures and languages and a variety of child populations (e.g., infants, children, and adults; monolinguals and bilinguals; Arabic, English, and Hebrew learners). In other lines of research, he explores the interaction between language and socioemotional aspects of development such as immigration, gender, and various preschool educational environments.

This event will be held in person in G25 Stimson and will also be streamed live over Zoom. Join us at the LRC or on Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public. Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell's public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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December 19, 2021

Dec 19, 2021: (Re)collecting Southeast Asian Art at Cornell at Johnson Museum of Art

Please note our Thanksgiving break hours: Closed November 25-26, open 11AM-3PM on November 27-28.

“(Re)collecting” signifies the active process of remembering and draws attention to the power of collections to elicit memories and histories and to act as participants in social and political change. This special installation showcases a collection of objects at the Johnson Museum that have been donated by alumni and faculty of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), beginning in the 1970s with gifts of Buddhist sculpture from Alexander Brown Griswold, SEAP visiting professor.

This installation was curated by Anissa Rahadiningtyas, curatorial assistant for Asian art at the Johnson and SEAP graduate student; Alexandra Dalferro, SEAP graduate student; and Astara Light, SEAP graduate student; under the supervision of Ellen Avril, chief curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art.

Visit the online exhibition here.

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December 18, 2021

Dec 18, 2021: (Re)collecting Southeast Asian Art at Cornell at Johnson Museum of Art

Please note our Thanksgiving break hours: Closed November 25-26, open 11AM-3PM on November 27-28.

“(Re)collecting” signifies the active process of remembering and draws attention to the power of collections to elicit memories and histories and to act as participants in social and political change. This special installation showcases a collection of objects at the Johnson Museum that have been donated by alumni and faculty of the Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), beginning in the 1970s with gifts of Buddhist sculpture from Alexander Brown Griswold, SEAP visiting professor.

This installation was curated by Anissa Rahadiningtyas, curatorial assistant for Asian art at the Johnson and SEAP graduate student; Alexandra Dalferro, SEAP graduate student; and Astara Light, SEAP graduate student; under the supervision of Ellen Avril, chief curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art.

Visit the online exhibition here.

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January 13, 2015

Investing in China will Always be a Struggle: Andrew Karolyi Explains

Professor Andrew Karolyi is quoted by CFO Magazine on hurdles to investing in China. Click here to read the article.

February 10, 2015

Global Information Technology Report: China

Dean Soumitra Dutta talks to New Tang Dynasty Television about China’s position among nations in information technology infrastructure and development.

February 23, 2015

Chinese internet giants head for Latin America

Emerging Markets Institute Director gives her view. Read the article here.

April 28, 2015

Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute Team Wins mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015

See the mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015 site for details.

February 18, 2014

Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute Selects Research Solutions Subsidiary to Power Academic Research Portal

Available to Corporate Partners of the Institute, the academic research portal provides access to 50 academic journals with articles covering 43 emerging economies across the past five years


Los Angeles, Calif., and Ithaca, NY, February 11, 2014 Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), a pioneer in facilitating the flow of information from the publishers of scientific, technical, and medical content to enterprise customers in Life Sciences and other research intensive organizations around the world, today announced that wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk has been selected to provide document delivery retrieval services for a newly launched research portal from Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  Research Solutions’ services will be delivered through its award-winning Article Galaxy platform and will enable the institute’s corporate partners to order articles from a database of emerging markets research, powered by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.

“We have not seen this tool offered by any other peer institution to the private sector.  We believe this is a unique benefit not matched anywhere else,” stated Richard J. Coyle, Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, in regards to the academic research portal.

“Research Solutions is honored to be one of the select information services suppliers chosen to collaborate on this ground-breaking initiative from the prestigious Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University,” said Research Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Derycz. “This collaboration is yet another accomplishment for Research Solutions and our Article Galaxy solution, which is growing in both market adoption and preference.”

Established in 2010, the Emerging Markets Institute was founded at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to promote the research and study of emerging economies. The Institute provides a private forum for lively exchange among corporate leaders from emerging and developed markets and leading researchers.

Corporations, academic institutions, and government organizations around the world rely on Research Solutions and its Article Galaxy online platform for single article document delivery research retrieval as method for obtaining copyrighted journal content that complies with applicable copyright laws when subscriptions do not exist. Reprints Desk has held lone honors as the top-rated document supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., since 2008

June 2, 2014

Brazil can’t lose World Cup, even if it doesn’t win

“This should be Brazil’s moment of glory,” says Lourdes Casanova, a senior lecturer of management at Cornell University’s Johnson School and co-author of the recently published The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream.

October 3, 2013

Interpreting the Emerging Markets

Johnson’s Andrew Karolyi discusses emerging markets in an article in the October/November issue of Alternative Emerging Investor magazine.

January 25, 2012

Johnson Faculty Shine in New Report

The Johnson Scholar illustrates the depth and breadth of research produced at Johnson.

April 23, 2012

Dean Designate’s Global Innovation Index Garners Attention Worldwide

Booz & Co. provides in-depth interview with Soumitra Dutta to its consulting clients, via its Strategy+Business magazine. In July 2012, Dutta joins the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management as dean.

June 8, 2011

Take time to take in Enterprise online!

The spring 2011 issue of Johnson’s award-winning, biannual magazine Enterprise features a fascinating look at global water scarcity, a profile of branding guru Naomi Kelman, MBA ’83, a birdseye view of Johnson’s new Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute, the life and times of a CQEMBA team & much, much more!

November 1, 2011

EMI hosts expert panel on emerging markets

The new institute connects its mission with the formidable experience of Johnson’s most prestigious alumni and members of its Advisory Council in a presentation for current students


Johnson’s Advisory Council hosted an alumni panel discussion on emerging markets for current students, Sept. 30 in Sage Hall. Moderated by Richard Coyle, executive director of EMI, the panel featured Nell Cady-Kruse, BS ’84, MBA ’85, chief risk officer of Singapore-based Standard Chartered Bank, Hernan Saenz, MBA ’98, MIL ’98, managing partner of Bain Dallas, Bain Houston and Bain Mexico and Bob Staley, BS ’57, BME ’58, MBA ’59, senior advisor and retired vice chairman of Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific. Discussants shared their perspectives on emerging markets as representatives of the banking, consulting and energy industries.

Panelists’ opening remarks revealed a shared understanding that emerging markets, including and beyond the BRIC nations, are becoming a dominant force in international business. Speakers touched upon the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed by international firms seeking to successfully enter these countries.

Although previous thinking has understood these nations primarily as sources of production, the speakers emphasized that the rising consumption potential of these nations, which are home to the next billion middle-income consumers, is a major opportunity for international firms. This opportunity has gained momentum as local production firms have begun shifting toward serving their own populations.

Saenz however, emphasized that international firms seeking to successfully enter these markets must completely redefine their value proposition and production methodologies if they hope to compete against growing local firms. Similarly, Cady-Kruse also emphasized spoke of the need to fully understand the diversity of a market’s governance, size, production capacity and market potential and how this diversity may create a range of international business opportunities depending on local conditions.

In addition to discussing the need for strategic market entry, the speakers also emphasized some of the key challenges faced by these countries as they shift to global prominence and how these challenges will impact market entry by foreign firms. Staley discussed the importance of due diligence and anti-corrupt practices as companies enter countries with weak copyright and contract enforcement infrastructures. Firms must be keenly aware of changes in local political and economic sentiment toward foreign business which can lead to backlash in the forms of (for example) higher taxation and expropriation.

In China, these challenges are compounded by the nation’s need to transition from an export-led, to a consumption economy without the major debt and workforce disruptions faced by previous nations forced to undergo such a transition. Panelists agreed that local circumstances, and how they impact foreign investment, is key to addressing these challenges.