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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Free Enterprise: The Use and Abuse of a Key American Concept

Week 2: July 10-16, 2016

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A 1943 Gallup poll showed that only three in ten Americans understood the seemingly straightforward term "free enterprise." Still, abolitionists in the nineteenth century, business leaders in the 1930s, conservatives in the 1950s, and civil rights activists in the 1960s laid claim to this cornerstone concept of our political culture, embracing its open-endedness and generally positive connotations while contesting its meaning.

History professor Lawrence Glickman will lead our exploration of a phrase that sheds considerable historical light on our present political condition. Current presidential candidates reveal the wealth of ways "free enterprise" is used and abused across the political spectrum, while most Americans still do not fully grasp its history, dynamics, boons, and perils. With Larry's guidance, we will become far better consumers of the rhetoric surrounding this slippery, potent, and ubiquitous phrase.

Lawrence Glickman

Lawrence Glickman is a professor in the Department of History whose focus is post-Civil War American history, with special interests in labor history, cultural history, and the history of consumer society. He holds a PhD from the University of California–Berkeley... > more


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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.