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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

150 Years of Collecting at Cornell: An Insider's View

Week 1:

This program is no longer available.
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Beginning with 30,000-plus books, manuscripts, and related artifacts amassed by Andrew Dickson White, phenomenal collections have flourished at Cornell—from medieval manuscripts to dinosaur bones to monster bugs. Among those that thrill scholars and visitors alike are the unsurpassed collections of elephant, whale, and bird sounds at the Lab of Ornithology; the print, drawing, and photograph collections of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; and the Cornell Library's collections on witchcraft, human sexuality, hip hop, and Cornell history.

Join Katherine Reagan, the library's rare book and manuscript curator, and a team of curatorial experts for a behind-the-scenes exploration of Cornell's prominent collections. You'll enjoy a week of examining artifacts, accompanied by in-depth discussions about the value of collections to teaching, research, and the development of knowledge.

Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is the Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and Assistant Director for Collections in Cornell Library's Rare and Manuscript Division. Katherine has been a member of the Cornell University Library staff since 1996. During her... > 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.