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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Jewish American Experience

Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017

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The Kathy Dwyer Marble '63, MAT '65, CAU Seminar

From 1880 to 1920, millions of Eastern European Jews, seeking opportunity and freedom from persecution, arrived in the New World. Like Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Asian Americans, Muslim Americans, and others, Jews struggled to acculturate, obtain acceptance, succeed—and retain their ethnic and religious identity.

In this course, two CAU favorites, Glenn Altschuler and Ross Brann, will examine the transformation of Jewish Americans from outsiders to insiders in society, politics, culture, and industry, and compare it with the experience of other immigrant groups. Topics will include Jewish movie moguls; Jews and organized labor; varieties of American Judaism; the relationship between blacks and Jews; Woody Allen's World; "The Jewish Lobby"; secularization and intermarriage; anti-Semitism on college campuses; and the evolving relationship between Jewish Americans and Israel.

As with Levy's Rye Bread, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this course!

Glenn Altschuler

Glenn Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has been... > more

Ross Brann

Ross Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley; the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; New York University; and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell University since 1986 and served 14 years as chair of the Department of... > 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.