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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Freedom and Justice in the Western Tradition

Week 1: July 9-15, 2017

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The Ralph Janis Seminar in History

Contemporary Western ideas about freedom and justice have their foundations in antiquity, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and in early modern notions of right and wrong and of a just order.

Isaac Kramnick, recently retired Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell, is a legendary Cornell teacher and prolific writer about English and American political thought and history. With him, we will explore the rich intellectual heritage of those ideals of freedom and justice on which many modern legal and political systems are based.

In lecture and lively discussion of writings of Plato, St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx, we will deepen our understanding of many modern systems of government and law, including our own.

Isaac Kramnick

Isaac Kramnick recently retired as the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell, where he taught since 1972. He taught and wrote principally in the area of English and American political thought and history.

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Registration

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.