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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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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 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.