Book Club over ZOOM 08/08/2023

Title: The Library Book
Author: Susan Orlean
Date: August 8, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

This nonfiction book alternates between a true-crime work on the suspicion of arson and a broader history of the LA library and the author’s personal devotion to libraries in general. “On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm.”

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Book Club over ZOOM July 11, 2023

Title: The language of flowers: a novel
Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Date: July 11, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. This novel beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Any questions – please contact Celinda Crego directly at

Book Club over ZOOM 06/13/2023

Title: Vanderbilt: The rise and fall

of an American Dynasty

Author: Anderson Cooper

Date: June 13, 2023

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The selection for June is Nonfiction. Anderson Cooper’s great great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt built two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. 

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Book Club over ZOOM 5/9/2023

Title: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy
Date: May 9, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

This Graphic Novel has been described as a modern fable. It was the basis for the Oscar winning best animated short film by the same name.  

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 Any questions – please contact Celinda Crego directly at 

Architectural Tour of ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 — Saturday April 29th

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Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo on Saturday April 29th at 11AM as we tour ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 with founder and noted artist/designer Dennis Maher ’99 and current board member Jack McGowan ’80. Maher will take us through the journey of his organization: from idea inception and stabilizing the historic church at 150 Edward St. to educational initiatives in the building arts and recent designs for sculptural environments.

ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 is an experimental art/architecture space, specializing in the design and display of imaginative environments, furnishings, and aesthetic objects, while hosting public exhibitions, educational programs, and events that enhance the sense of wonder within everyday surroundings. 

ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 serves the Buffalo, NY community as an art/design/construction incubator. The organization provides opportunities for students and apprentices to participate in projects that enhance the built environment while teaching skills in the building arts.  It hosts public exhibitions that support the theme of the “urban imagination” and catalyzes projects in collaboration with building industry tradespeople.

ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 is located at 150 Edward Avenue, Buffalo NY 14201

The Club will be meeting Dennis on the site at 11AM. Please dress weather appropriate as the church is not heated. Afterwards join us for a dutch-treat lunch at Betty’s, just down the street!

A $10 donation for each registrant is requested.

Questions? Please email Matthew Nagowski ’05 at

Dennis Maher ‘99, Founder/Director 

Dennis Maher is an artist, designer, and educator.  His work is a quest to restore the primacy of imagination to the center of self and community.  Maher collects and assembles objects, people and stories—often those that have been left behind or forgotten—to create spaces where imagination can thrive. He works with the immediacy of his own surroundings, including the city of Buffalo, his own house and his studio/workshop, and connects the physical world and its patterns of creation and destruction to the innermost landscapes of mind.  In 2009,  Maher established the Fargo House, an immersive sculptural environment within his house on Fargo Avenue in Buffalo.  Exhibitions of his work have been presented at venues nationally and internationally, including at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where he was the 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence.  His work has been featured in NYTimes, Sculpture Magazine, Architectural Review, ARCHDaily. Maher has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at SUNY, University at Buffalo since 2004.

Jack McGowan ’80, Board Member

Jack is director of the Western New York Venture Association/Buffalo Angels, manages the WNY Business Development Fund, and is the NYSTR-designated Regional Specialist for funding. As a project manager for Unsyte Consulting, Jack works with manufacturers on business and strategic planning. A past-president of the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo, Jack has served on the Board of Directors for ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 since 2019.