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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The U.S. and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Week 1: July 3-9, 2016

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This course examines the history of the United States' involvement in the conflict between Israelis and Arabs, from 1948 to the present.

A great deal of attention has been paid recently to political tensions between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu-led Israeli government, yet such tensions are not new: American policy makers, Republicans and Democrats alike, have clashed with their Israeli counterparts on and off for six decades. During that time, American interests in the region have undergone various transformations, particularly in the U.S.'s close alliance with Saudi Arabia as well as with Egypt and Jordan.

Ross Brann, the M. R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies at Cornell and a CAU favorite, will lead our lively discussions as we explore the nature of U.S. engagement in the region, including our nation's efforts to manage and solve the conflict.

Ross Brann

Ross Brann is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of Near-Eastern Studies at Cornell. He has taught at Cornell University since 1986.

Brann is the author of Power in the... > more


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 adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. 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

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.