Cornell University

During the spring semester, in-person concerts, events and lectures that involve outside guests will not be held, per the university’s COVID-19 travel and visitor policy.

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Soup & Hope with Luca Maurer

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Sage Chapel
Central Campus

The 13th annual winter series of stories to nourish a spirit of hope!

Luca Maurer is the founding director of Ithaca College’s Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services and teaches in the Sociology department. He co-wrote the Teaching Transgender Toolkit, an award winning book about the lives and experiences of transgender people. Luca has worked in the US and abroad with students and teachers, families and caregivers, faith communities, workplaces, and professionals in social services, law enforcement, healthcare and more. He's passionate about the outdoors, ice cream, equity and justice. Home to 150 waterfalls, birthplace of the ice cream sundae, and site of many historic LGBT “firsts." Ithaca suits him just fine. Like anywhere else, we’ve got problems, and he wants to be part of the solutions. Luca will talk about how his unlikely survival has been built upon unexpected and generous human connection.


Over the past 12 years, more than 60 speakers—encompassing a wide range of Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni and community members—have touched, inspired and motivated Cornell and local community members who gather to listen to them, reflect on their life stories and be nourished by hot soup and rolls provided free of charge by Cornell Dining.

Mark your calendars; bring a soup bowl and a friend.


Series Lineup

January 16: Daniel McMullin

January 30: Sue Mann

February 13: Luca Maurer

February 27: James Timothy (JT) Baker ’21

March 12: Eric Acree

March 26: George P. Ferrari, Jr.


Learn more about CURW on the Student & Campus Life website.

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type

Special Event, Music, Food/Catering, Networking, Presentation


Cornell Dining, Cornell United Religious Work, Cornell Health, Student and Campus Life


Caring Community
Contact Name

Valerie Foster

Contact Phone



Luca Maurer

Open To

The event is free and open to the public.

Recent Activity

Meredith Collins

Meredith Collins left a positive review 2/12/2020

This was a truly lovely event. I was worried, because I am a non-Christian religious minority and I wasn't sure if there might not be alienating messages slipped in with the free food. But my worries were unfounded! Luca is a tremendous speaker, and his message is one I wish everyone could hear. The soup was very tasty and appreciated on a cold day. Best part though had to be hearing Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga in Sage Chapel.