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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Behind Bars: Inequality and Mass Incarceration

Week 2: July 14-20, 2019

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Historical and contemporary mass incarceration in the United States reflects entrenched social, political, and economic inequalities.

With Jamila Michener, assistant professor of government and former board member and instructor of Cornell's Prison Education Program, we'll examine the role of American public policy in creating and sustaining a carceral system that disproportionately affects economically and racially marginal groups of people. We'll also engage with people directly involved with this system, such as judges and the formerly incarcerated. And, we'll explore the deep disparities and pervasive problems within the American criminal justice system and its troubling intersection with policymaking.

Jamila Michener

Jamila Michener is an assistant professor of government at Cornell University.

Jamila studies American politics and policy, with a particular focus on the political causes and consequences of poverty and racial inequality. She is author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism... > 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.