Brad Edmondson is an award-winning journalist and consultant who covers social change and how it happens. He is the author of Postwar Cornell (Cayuga Lake Books, 2015), a first-person history of the crisis that re-made American higher education in the years after World War II, and Ice Cream Social: the Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s (Berrett Koehler, 2014), which focuses on recent events and likely futures in the movement for corporate social responsibility. Brad was co-founder of ePodunk.com (1999-2007) and the editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine (1985-1998). His writing appears regularly in national magazines, including AARP and The American Scholar. During Brad’s tenure as editor-in-chief of American Demographics, the magazine was nominated three times for the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Brad is a fourth-generation Floridian whose family runs a farm in Sarasota County. He attended Deep Springs College and is a 1981 graduate of Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca with his wife, Tania Werbizky.
Brad Edmondson’s new book brings to life the crisis that re-made American higher education in the years after World War II. Enrollment at Cornell University increased 40 percent between May and October 1946, and most of the new students were war veterans. Postwar Cornell takes readers on “a marvelous journey back in time,” according to foreword author Isaac Kramnick, “to the era when present-day Cornell was born.” The book combines the first-person recollections of 67 Cornell alumni with contemporary letters, articles, and diary entries from 1944 to 1952. The material is grouped by themes and narration is kept to a minimum, allowing the story to be told in the voices of those who lived it.