Mad Men Writer and Executive Producer To Speak at Cornell

Semi Chellas — the writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed AMC drama Mad Men — will speak about her experiences in the television industry on March 10 in Klarman Hall. Chellas’ lecture, “Telling Secrets: Notes from the Writers’ Room,” will explore the processes and inner workings of television writing, including the dynamics of writing for an auteur, according to the University. The writer will also discuss how facts and research shape the creation of a storyline and how to approach writing for characters created by someone else. Chellas was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Alberta, Canada. She earned a B.A. in literature from Yale University, studied English as a Mellon fellow at Cornell and studied the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, according to her IMDB profile.

Endowment Chairman Praises Humanities at Cornell

“We are literally drowning in issues that have fundamental philosophical significance and are swirling around us all day, every day,” said William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities. “I think we would all be helped if we had recourse to some of those philosophical discussions which could take place.”

Cornell Cast Collection Figures Introduced to Klarman Hall

Students and faculty passing through Klarman Hall can now admire a cast of the Flying Nike which was installed in the hall’s atrium on Feb. 10, according to the University. The Flying Nike — the Greek goddess of victory and one of many restored pieces from the College of Arts and Sciences’ cast collection — is the first of several plaster figures to be added to the atrium. The collection was compiled in the late 19th century and “is a valuable antique collection in its own right,” said Prof. Verity Platt, classics and history of art, curator of the Cornell Cast Collection. Prior to installation, many of the casts were on display in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, on the ground floor of Goldwin Smith Hall.

Seven Photos of the New Klarman Hall

“At night, the iconic atrium will be illuminated, serving as the point of emphasis on East Avenue, enshrining the courtyard of Goldwin Smith Hall,” said University architect Gilbert Delgado, of Klarman Hall.