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Travel the world with Cornell faculty

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, November 2, 2016

Cornell's Adult University to visit five continents in 2017

For nearly fifty years, Cornell's Adult University (CAU) has been leading adventurous learners around the globe in the company of some of the university's finest faculty. Passionate about their subjects and with access to behind-the-scenes tours, these faculty leaders ensure that their traveling companions are able to delve deeply into the culture and history of the places they visit.

In 2017, CAU will lead tours to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. These tours include:

  • an in-depth exploration of Russia's two great cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg;
  • a history cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast;
  • a tour of Italy's Puglia and Matera for art lovers and historians;
  • a cultural odyssey in Cuba;
  • a safari in South Africa and an exploration of nature and human nature;
  • an immersion in the natural and man-made wonders of Australia; and
  • two family-friendly tours, one an eco-adventure in Baja California and the other a winter holiday in Thailand.

Trips closer to home in 2017 include:

  • a spring theater weekend in New York City;
  • a birding weekend in Cape May; and
  • a cruise from Quebec to Boston during the height of the leaf-peeping season.

Among the Cornell luminaries leading study tours in 2017 are Glenn Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies; Penny Von Eschen, the Department of History's L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities; Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies and chair of the Department of History; and Irby Lovette, director of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology and associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

With thoughtful faculty guidance and companionship, customized itineraries, and top-notch accommodations, CAU study tours make it easy for participants to enjoy their journeys to the fullest.

One CAU traveler, Bob Scott '73, described his experience as "simply terrific—the surroundings, the natural wonders, the accommodations, the instructor."

Another, Joan Weigle, said, "The stimulating lectures of Cornell faculty set the stage for our explorations and many hands-on experiences. The planning was superb."

For more information and to register for CAU's 2017 travel adventures, visit