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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Not Just a Game: Sports and Politics in American History

Week 1: July 8-14, 2018

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Raise a fist. Take a knee. "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." In this course, we will explore the surprisingly complex relationship of sports and politics in American history from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

With Larry Glickman, a professor in the Department of History, we will examine particular episodes of politicized sport, ranging from the 1823 horse race that foreshadowed the Civil War to the extraordinary career of Jackie Robinson, from the 1968 Olympic protests to the history of Title IX. Responding to lectures, readings, and visual sources, we'll discuss what we mean by "politics." And we'll consider how sports have acted as a place not only of opposition to social change, but also of subversion and resistance to the status quo. Come play ball.

Lawrence Glickman

Lawrence Glickman is a professor in the Department of History whose focus is post-Civil War American history, with special interests in labor history, cultural history, and the history of consumer society. He holds a PhD from the University of California–Berkeley... > more


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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.