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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Hip Hop: Its History, Music, and Culture

Week 2: July 10-16, 2016

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Hip hop's trajectory over the past 40 years—from its origins in the street culture of 1970s South Bronx to its impact, aesthetics, and spread into a global, billion-dollar industry—spans music, art, dance, fashion, language, philosophy, and politics.

In this class, beginners and fans alike will learn the story of hip hop from celebrated DJ and producer Rich Medina '92 and Kroch Library archivist Katherine Reagan, plus a roster of accomplished local artists. Drawing on the extensive images, sound recordings, and other artifacts in the Cornell Hip Hop Collection—the largest archive of its kind in the world—CAUers will explore hip hop's core artistic elements: DJing, rapping, breakdancing, and graffiti. Join Rich for a lively week of lectures, group discussions, and artist demonstrations.

Read "DJ Rich Medina to teach summer class on hip-hop for CAU" in the Cornell Chronicle, May 6, 2016.

Richard Medina

Rich Medina graduated from Cornell in 1992, played semi-pro basketball for a season, and then worked for two Fortune 500s before deciding to give up a six-figure job at Abbott Laboratories to pursue his dream of becoming a DJ. He... > more

Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is the Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and Assistant Director for Collections in Cornell Library's Rare and Manuscript Division. Katherine has been a member of the Cornell University Library staff since 1996. During her... > 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 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.