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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Hip Hop: Music, Culture, and Race

Week 1: July 9-15, 2017

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Hip hop's extraordinary influence on American culture over the past forty years provides a unique opportunity to examine its influence not only on dance, art, and music but also on critical issues such as race and social justice. The CAUers who took the first iteration of this class said it was nothing short of transformative.

Join celebrated DJ and producer Rich Medina '92 and Ben Ortiz, assistant curator of Cornell Library's Hip Hop Collection, for an in-depth exploration of hip hop's core artistic elements—DJing, rapping, breakdancing, and graffiti —and their intersection with such topics as race, socioeconomics, law enforcement, and more.

Our discussions will draw on unique artifacts in Cornell's Hip Hop Collection, the largest such archive in the world. Join this extraordinary and moving week of lectures, discussions, and artistic demonstrations.

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

Ben Ortiz

Ben Ortiz is the assistant curator of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), which is part of Cornell University Library's Rare and Manuscript Collections division. The world's most extensive research archive on hip hop music and culture, the CHHC is... > 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 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.