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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Magical Mushrooms and Mischievous Molds

Week 3: July 23-29, 2017

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The world of fungi—mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and plant diseases—is strange and incredibly diverse. Some fungi are dangerous; others delicious. They make our beer, wine, bread, and some of our most potent medicines. They can feed us, and they can make us sick—or high. As a group their impact on human civilization is enormous and underappreciated.

With mycologist Kathie Hodge, whose class on fungi attracts hundreds of Cornell students each year, we will learn how mushrooms support whole forest ecosystems and how their spores can seed raindrops. We'll also enrich our understanding of numerous timely and consequential topics, from climate change to the debate on genetically modified organisms.

Kathie Hodge

Mycologist Kathie Hodge is an associate professor in the CALS School of Integrative Plant Science. She holds a BS from the University of Toronto and an MS and PhD from Cornell University.

"My focus," writes Kathie, "is on teaching and learning... > 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 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.