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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Mythical Dominion: A History of Brooklyn

Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018

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If you grew up playing stickball on the streets of Brooklyn or simply have felt the city's pull from afar, this course is for you. Thomas Campanella, associate professor of the history of urban planning, will lead our journey through important chapters in the evolution of Brooklyn, from the impact of its Dutch settlers on Indian culture to the epic development of its industries and neighborhoods to its place as a mecca of horse racing and seaside playgrounds.

Tom will introduce us to such fascinating notables as Lady Deborah Moody and celebrate Brooklyn's big-hearted defense of religious freedom, condemnation of slavery, and embrace of waves of immigrants. Throughout, he will highlight its dreams realized and those dashed. This weeklong excavation will help us to see Brooklyn afresh, layered with memory and alive with myth and meaning.

Thomas Campanella

A fourth-generation Brooklynite, Thomas J. Campanella is a professor of urban studies and city planning at Cornell University and historian-in-residence of the New York City Parks Department.

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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.