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Shaping the next 75 years of work
 

Through teaching, research and outreach, we are crafting the future of work because we can draw from thousands of years of collective experience. We only just got started 75 years ago. We invite you to join in shaping the future of work.

 

Read about ILR's 75 years of impact
Read about ILR's 75 years of impact

 

 

 

ILR graduates pose behind the school's banner that is carried during commencement

ILR Timeline

Professor Edward Lawler

Professor Edward Lawler, a sociologist known for his warmth and leadership as dean, says ILR's mission is timeless.
American Sociological Association will recognize professor Lawler in August
Professor Edward Lawler

Professor Harry Katz

ILR Dean Alex Colvin and Professor Harry Katz discuss the school’s expansion during Katz’s time as dean.
Dean Harry Katz
Professor Harry Katz

Katie Falb DeNitto ’15

Katie Falb DeNitto ’15 took the lessons she learned at ILR and used them to help the Big Red men’s lightweight rowing varsity eight win consecutive IRA National Championships.
Katie Falb DeNitto '15 holding the Platt Cup
Katie Falb DeNitto ’15

John Frinzi, MPS ’21

MPS student John Frinzi used the skills he learned at the ILR School to help his company adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Frinzi, MPS ’21
John Frinzi, MPS ’21

Barbara Loreto Peltz ’55

A graduate shares the experiences of the mid-1950s ILR, including the bus rides, Quonset hut classes and May Day singing.
Barbara Loreto Peltz photo
Barbara Loreto Peltz ’55

Caroline Manning ’22

Through a credit internship, Caroline researched the history of discriminatory hiring on New York City's waterfront.
Caroline Manning ’22
Caroline Manning ’22

75 Years - 75 Student Responses

 

Jian Hui (Barry) Wu ’20 captures the thoughts of ILR students on what it means to be an ILRie.

Watch his video.

 

 

 

Our Foundations

Maurice Neufeld

Founding faculty member Maurice Neufeld, the son of immigrants, arrived at Cornell in 1945. A history scholar, he had worked as a union organizer, a government leader and a U.S. Army officer. Along with Jean McKelvey, he designed and taught ILR’s first classes.
Maurice Neufeld
Maurice Neufeld

Jean McKelvey

Jean McKelvey was a leading national figure in dispute resolution who was sometimes mistaken as the secretary at the labor hearings she led. In 1945, she began what has become a hallmark of ILR education: connecting the classroom and the real world for students.
Jean McKelvey
Jean McKelvey

Milton Konvitz

An ILR faculty member who helped shape the lives of thousands of students across Cornell, Milton Konvitz encouraged his students to think deeply.
Milton Konvitz
Milton Konvitz

Vernon “Pete” Jensen

“Pete” Jensen could only find work as a substitute teacher for Salt Lake City public schools after graduating with an undergraduate degree in American history from Brigham Young University in 1932, during the lowest points of the Great Depression.
Vernon Jensen
Vernon “Pete” Jensen

Irving McNeil Ives

Irving M. Ives, a fixture of the New York State Legislature and the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years, spent his career championing groundbreaking legislation, the effects of which can still be felt today.
Irving Ives
Irving McNeil Ives

ILR Deans

A number of people have served as dean or acting dean of the ILR School since Irving M. Ives began his tenure in 1945 as the school’s leader.
Aerial view of Cornell University ILR School's Ithaca, NY campus
ILR Deans

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