Soup & Hope

For more than a decade, dozens of Soup & Hope speakers have touched, inspired, motivated, and stirred the hearts of those who gather during the winter months at Sage Chapel. Stories have come from a wide range of Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. They are shared among friends and colleagues, over bowls of hot soup & bread.


2020 Winter Series

All Soup & Hope talks take place in Sage Chapel from Noon to 1PM on Thursdays, and on the following 2020 dates:

January 16

January 30

February 13

February 27

March 12

March 26



Additional information on speakers will be added here throughout the semester.


Future Speaker Nomination

If you have a suggestion for future speakers who could speak to the idea of hope by sharing a personal story or perspective, please email a member of the Planning Committee and tell us:

  • The name of the person you'd like to recommend
  • How this person is connected to the Cornell community
  • Why you feel they have a great story to tell
  • Your name, and how we may contact you to learn more


Soup & Hope Planning Committee

  • Valerie Foster, Co-Chair - Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) & Cornell United Religious Work (CURW)
  • Christopher Lujan, Co-Chair - OSMM/LGBT Resource Center
  • Jennifer Austin - Cornell Health
  • Tracey Brant - Cornell Engineering, Kessler Fellows Program
  • Karen M. Brigham - Cornell Health
  • Kelly Chan - Academic Technologies
  • Kristine DeLuca - Cornell Commitment
  • Linda Falkson - University Ombudsman
  • Linda Mikula - University Relations
  • Doreen Silva - Cornell United Religious Work
  • Karen Williams - Cornell Health
  • Amanda Barrett Wittman - Office of Engagement Initiatives
  • Victor Younger - School of Hotel Administration, Cornell College of Business


Co-Sponsors and Supporters

Soup & Hope is sponsored by the Dean of Students, the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making  & Cornell United Religious Work, Cornell Dining, and Cornell Health.  Additional support comes from Academic Technologies, the Office of Alumni Affairs, Cornell Commitment, Cornell Engineering, Kessler Fellows Program, Engaged Learning + Research, the Office of the Ombudsman, School of Hotel Administration, and University Relations.