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CCCI Inaugural Lecture by Sherman Cochran

CCCI Inaugural Lecture Poster

"The Greatest Cornellian: Hu Shih, Class of 1914"

by Professor Sherman Cochran, Hu Shih Professor Emeritus of Chinese History at Cornell University

Who is the greatest Cornellian? Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Thomas Pynchon? Ed Marinaro? Which is your personal favorite? Sherman Cochran, the Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History Emeritus at Cornell, has as his candidate the man named in his chaired professorship, Hu Shih (1891 - 1962), who graduated from Cornell one hundred years ago. To show this Chinese alumnus' greatness, Cochran will cite his accomplishments as a brilliant philosopher, trenchant critic, influential language reformer, and international diplomat. As evidence that Hu Shih was a true Cornellian, Cochran will describe his profound intellectual and personal awakenings during his undergraduate days in Ithaca and his deep loyalty to his fellow classmates and his alma mater throughout the rest of his life.

Read about it in this Cornell Chronicle feature article.


Celebrating 150 Years of Cornell University: Hu Shih, Class of '14

Cornell University Library’s exhibition, 150 Ways to Say Cornell, celebrates Cornell’s Sesquicentennial and features some materials on Hu Shih.

For a comprehensive listing of original archival materials related to Hu Shih and his life and work held by the Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, please visit the Hu Shih digitial portal.