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What Does ‘Any Person, Any Study’ Mean? Professors Deconstruct Ezra Cornell’s Motto

By: Julia Curley,  The Cornell Daily Sun
October 30, 2018

One hundred and fifty years after Ezra Cornell promised “any person … any study” to students of the University he founded, this ambitious motto still remains aspirational, — and unfulfilled — according to professors who came to share their reflections in a Monday panel.

For Prof. Gerard Aching M.A. ’90, Ph.D. ’91, romance studies, Ezra’s words served as “a license for experimenting and exploring.” As a graduate student, he was encouraged to take his inquiries to areas beyond his own discipline and even into other departments, he recalled.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Aching said he also cherished the diverse group of people from “Iowa, France, South Carolina and Puerto Rico” that he studied with

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Panel at "What Does ‘Any Person, Any Study’ Mean?" Discussion