Honoring James Edward Oliver
On October 14, 2021, the Math Department hosted a special Oliver Club talk and ceremony honoring James Edward Oliver and his support of women’s suffrage. Professor Laurent Saloff-Coste and retired University Archivist Elaine Engst gave a joint presentation on Oliver’s life, work, and progressive views, as well as the wider context of Cornell, the mathematical community, and the suffrage movement at the time.
The idea for this event originated in Spring 2020, when the Suffrage Plaque Committee, a project of the Tompkins County Historical Commission, created a set of plaques commemorating local suffragists, including Oliver. Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen contacted the department, and a presentation ceremony was planned for 2020 but got delayed due to COVID.