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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Ten Great American Trials

Week 4: July 24-30, 2016

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Fresh from prodigious research for their forthcoming book, Ten Great American Trials (to be published by the American Bar Association), CAU favorites Faust Rossi and Glenn Altschuler will team up to take on ten compelling twentieth-century trials, including the Scottsboro Boys, Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, Alger Hiss, the Skokie marchers, Claus von Bülow, McMartin Preschool, and O. J. Simpson.

Glenn, the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, and Faust, the Samuel Leibowitz Emeritus Professor of Law, will dissect the use of evidence by both the prosecution and defense attorneys, the conflicting narratives they crafted, and the influence of politics on the content and context of the trials, all of which were touchstones of American culture, consciousness, and conscience. Come prepared for lively debate—and ready to render your own verdict.

Glenn Altschuler

Glenn Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has been... > more

Faust F. Rossi

The Samuel S. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques, Faust F. Rossi is a dynamic teacher and lecturer and a national authority on evidence and trial advocacy. A 1960 graduate of Cornell Law School, Faust began his legal career as a... > 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.