Title:  Passing
Author: Nella Larsen
Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

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The selection for September 14, 2021 is Passing by Nella Larsen. It is a short book, and the basis for a movie, it premiered at Sundance 2021. Although written in 1929, the book’s exploration of race and identity is relevant today. Mixed-race childhood friends reunite in middle class adulthood and become increasingly involved with one another’s lives and insecurities. While Irene identifies as African-American and is married to a black doctor, Clare “passes” as white and has married a prejudiced, but wealthy white man.

The Copyright for this book has expired, and full copies are available to download for free on various websites.  An easy to read PDF is available at

Any questions – please contact Celinda Crego at

Teddy Roosevelt Speaker Event: Labor Movements & Racial Justice – June 22

Labor Movements & Racial Justice; the 1930’s to the 1960’s to Today

Please join us and Cornell in Buffalo for the annual Teddy Roosevelt Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 22 at 6 PM.  This year’s presentation will feature Tejasvi Nagaraja, Assistant Professor, Labor Relations, Law, and History.  [The presentation will feature Professor Nagaraja’s research on the intersections of U.S. labor and African American and foreign relations history. Investigating both ‘top-down’ public policy and ‘bottom-up’ social movements, his work considers how class, gender and race evolve within a changing global division of labor and geopolitics.  In addition the presentation will feature research from his forthcoming book about America’s World War II experience and generation.]

Register here to participate in an engaging and informative dialogue – available both in person and virtually. 

Board Nominees for 2021 – 2022 Term

Dear Cornell Alumni,

On May 18, the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo will be holding its Annual Meeting in conjunction with a lecture by Professor Helen Chun via Zoom.   We hope you will join us!

As part of the Annual Meeting, we will vote on eight nominees for the Board Directors and two Officers.  Below is the list of eight Director-nominees and two Officer-nominees that will be voted on.  Also, for reference purposes only, is a list of those Directors that have terms ending next year. 

Respectfully submitted by the Nominating Committee,

Kent Roberts, Jennifer Warner, Sarah Piskun, Matthew Moliterno

Matt Urban Center Donation Drive

Support our Community by Dropping-Off Items During a Week-Long Donation Drive

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo in giving back to the community by donating home essentials to the Matt Urban Center to help provide a welcoming environment to previously homeless individuals.  The Matt Urban Center is named in honor of Matt Urban, a Buffalo-born Cornell grad (’41) and decorated war veteran.  The Matt Urban Center’s mission is to provide programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families, and change lives.

Donation Drive Details (Drop-off at 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY between 4/19-4/23, 8:30am-4:30pm)

The current focus for volunteer/donate from home projects is “Welcome Packages” for the Center’s clients in Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing programs, who are coming to the center from situations of homelessness. Some of them are placed in Matt Urban Center properties and some are scattered throughout the city of Buffalo; the common thread is not having much to start a new home. The welcome baskets are a nice way of providing some housewarming essentials to help these individuals get started in their new apartments.

Below is a list of items below that are often needed by clients at move-in time. Donors are to decide which items they would like to include in their packages – we realize it’s a long list and want to be mindful of cost. Some folks have filled a laundry basket, tote, or wastebasket with items. Others have just dropped them off in a box – it’s up to you! Any donation is greatly appreciated regardless of size or quantity of items. 

  • Hand soap 
  • Pack of bar soap 
  • Light bulbs 
  • Sponges 
  • Dish soap 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Paper towels 
  • Cleaning products 
  • Kitchen garbage can with lid  
  • Garbage bags 
  • Broom   
  • Mop/Bucket 
  • Pots and pans 
  • Curtains 
  • Cups/plates/silverware 
  • Shampoo 
  • Toilet bowl brush 
  • Bathroom waste basket 
  • Towels & washcloths 
  • Bathmats
  • Shower curtain 
  • Curtains 
  • Pillows 
  • Sheet sets (size full)

Albright-Knox Presents: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums

Petah Coyne (American, born 1953). Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women), 1999–2000

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Assistant Curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will present “Power-Hungry Emperors, Civic-Minded Magnates, and Visionary Ladies: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums.” Today’s non-profit institutions that collect and exhibit art for the benefit of the public did not always exist. In this engaging talk, we will hear the story of how major art collectors—from Emperor Napoleon to the financier Andrew W. Mellon and the socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney—helped create the idea of museums as we know them today.

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo for this virtual conversation on March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm EST.

Register here. Contact Dave Meade ’81 at with questions.