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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The History and Art of Making Books: A Sensory Experience

Week 4: July 28-August 3, 2019

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A book often comes with a cover by which you can judge it, not to mention beautiful endpapers, illustrations, and typefaces.

With Nancy Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier curator of European and American art, prints, and drawing, we'll delve into the history of bookmaking by examining gorgeous and rare examples from the collections of the Johnson Museum of Art and Kroch Library. We'll also visit the book conservation department in Olin Library and take a field trip to the internationally-known Book Arts Center at Wells College in the nearby hamlet of Aurora.

In addition, we'll experience the process of making a book by hand from start to finish as we create our own book with the assistance of local papermaking and book binding artists. You'll never look at your books the same way again.

Nancy Green

Nancy Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American art, prints, and drawing at Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. She joined the Johnson Museum staff in 1985 and during the past 30 years has... > 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.