Professor at Large : The Cornell Years by John Cleese, hardcover book and dust jacket in very good condition. Published 2018, 248 pages. Who knew that English comedian and actor John Cleese served in the role of Ivy League professor at Cornell? His almost twenty years as professor-at-large has led to many talks, essays, and lectures on campus. This collection of the very best moments from Cleese under his mortarboard provides a unique view of his endless pursuit of intellectual discovery across a range of topics. Since 1999, Cleese has provided Cornell students and local citizens with his ideas on everything from scriptwriting to psychology, religion to hotel management, and wine to medicine.