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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

JapanAmerica: Points of Contact

Week 4: July 24-30, 2016

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The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities/Creative Arts

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan has shared with America a long and fruitful artistic exchange. At international fairs, the exquisite craftsmanship of Japanese objects became the focus of admiration by Europeans and Americans alike, provoking a cult of emulation in the West and, in Japan, an important industry creating crafts to appeal to Western tastes.

The Paris Fair of 1867 was the first at which Japan was represented, but it was for the Centennial Exhibition, held in Philadelphia in 1876, that Japan made its first serious effort to sway public opinion through the sophistication and quality of the exhibits they displayed. Americans were dazzled by the exquisite porcelains, bronzes, silks, embroideries, and lacquerware. By the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Americans nearly idolized the crafts of the Japanese.

Using the strong American and Asian collections housed in the Johnson Museum and the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876-1970, this course will examine the cross-cultural artistic dialogue between these countries through masterpieces in a variety of media, produced by both.

Nancy Green

Nancy Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier curator of European and American art, prints, and drawing at Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. She joined the Johnson Museum staff in 1985 and during the past thirty years has... > 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.