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The Seven Deadly Sins: Still Deadly? Still Sins?

Week 2: July 15-21, 2012

Lust, greed, gluttony. . . . For nearly two thousand years the moral imagination of the West has been captivated by a short list of "sins" or vices. Why these? What do they tell us about our moral consciousness or about the fears and aspirations of human nature? Are the deadly sins of the Middle Ages the same as those of the twenty-first century, or do the traditional lists need updating? Perhaps what was once thought of as sin has been replaced by more scientific notions: psychopathology, maladaptive behavior, mental illness. Scott MacDonald, the Norma K. Regan Professor of Christian Studies and Philosophy, and David Pizarro, associate professor of psychology, will guide our inquiry with compelling ideas and good humor as we consider what psychology, neurobiology, and the behavioral sciences can tell us about phenomena that Thomas Aquinas, Dante, and other great thinkers and writers have called "the deadly sins."

This course has been designated our annual "Ralph Janis Seminar in History" and, as such, is supported by a fund established in 2005 to honor CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis for his years of distinguished leadership.

Registration

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Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges.

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

The program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell's campus facilities (some courses have additional fees). Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Housing choiceDoubleSingle
supplement
Court/Kay Hall$1,705$100
Room with private bath$1,769$150
Hilton Homewood Suites$1,846$447
Commuter Rate$998*N/A

*Includes all items listed above except housing, meals, and additional fees as noted in course descriptions.