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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

When Moses Met Plato: Reading Genesis in Late Antiquity

Week 4: August 1-7, 2010

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The Ralph Janis Seminar in History*

Scott MacDonald and Kim Haines-Eitzen, with Charles Brittain

Alexander the Great introduced Greek culture to the ancient Near East, and the seismic intellectual events that ensued reverberate today. The drive to integrate Greek philosophical ideas with the religious traditions rooted in the Hebrew scriptures led Jews, Christians, and philosophers alike to the book of Genesis, where they hoped to discover the deepest truths about the universe. Reflections on Genesis in Jewish and Christian literature⿿including apocryphal texts, gnostic materials from Nag Hammadi, the Dead Sea Scrolls, treatises by Jewish and Christian intellectuals, and early rabbinic writings⿿provide a fascinating glimpse of the great collision of ideas that shaped Judaism, Christianity, and the Western intellectual tradition. Leading our inquiry are Scott MacDonald, the Norma K. Regan Professor of Christian Studies and Philosophy, and Kim Haines-Eitzen, professor of Near Eastern studies and religious studies, with Charles Brittain, professor of classics and philosophy.

*Established in 2005 to honor CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis's years of distinguished leadership, this fund supports one history-related semi- nar each summer.


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. Register now!

Program charges

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

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, 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:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.