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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Medieval Spain by Any Other Name

Week 1: July 8-14, 2012

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Medieval Iberia. The Christians called it Hispania, the Muslims al-Andalus, and the Jews Sefarad—and despite occasional blunders and clashes, these three religious groups found it possible not only to coexist there, but even to flourish side by side for centuries. Ross Brann, Cornell's Milton R. Kovitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies, will lead our exciting examination of the place of Muslims and Jews alongside Christians in creating a vibrant social, political, and cultural identity that eventually became distinctively Spanish. As we discuss Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin texts from 711, when Islam arrived in Iberia, until 1492, when Muslim Granada fell to Catholic monarchs Fernando and Isabel, we will reflect on what this pre-modern world shows us about issues that divide and bridge Islam and the West today.


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.