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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our free summer events series! We offer concerts and lectures at no charge to encourage you to take a chance and experience something new or listen to music you may never have heard, all while visiting our gorgeous campus.

See the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday pages for a list of past events.


Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
The Sim Redmond Band has been making its Afro-Caribbean, roots-rock world music at home in Ithaca, as well as across the globe, for more than a decade. Sim plays guitar and supplies vocals, together with Jen Middaugh, and keyboard player Nate Richardson. Supporting them are Jordan Aceto on guitar, Dan Merwin on bass, and Asa Redmond on percussion.
Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Sixties cover band Radio London plays great tunes from the golden age of Top 40 radio. Featuring a tight rhythm section, sizzling instrumental solos, and shimmering harmonies, the band draws from a set list of classic British Invasion tunes, surf instrumentals, American cult classics, and other sonic surprises.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Eloise & Co. features two of the country’s most sought-after contra musicians, fiddler Becky Tracy and accordionist Rachel Bell. Their depth and versatility are evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich repertoire, which ranges from exciting original compositions to traditional tunes. Supporting them on guitar is Andrew VanNorstrand.

Listen to Eloise & Co. on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/rachel-bell-46/sets/eloise-co
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Author of "Galileo's Daughter," Sobel shares the research and ideas behind her latest book, "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars."
Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
MAQ comprises some of the area's best seasoned jazz and Brazilian-music musicians. Its members have toured throughout the United States and Europe, in venues from concert halls to clubs, performing everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Celtic trio Arise & Go brings stunning musical precision and energy to every show. Members Ellie Goud, Michael Roddy, and Tim Ball use a diverse range of Celtic sounds to perform traditional melodies, instrumentals, and fresh new arrangements of favorite compositions.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 7:00 pm
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Drawing on her recently released book, coauthored with Susan Goodier, "Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage," Pastorello will discuss how women in New York State struggled for more than six decades to win the right to vote. She will highlight the grassroots activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and native-born women who formed a loose coalition aimed at attaining full suffrage for women.
Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
El Rumbon delivers dance-music in the styles of salsa, mambo, plena, merengue, cumbia and, cha-cha from artists such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Manny Oquendo, Johnny Pacheco, and more. The band features a full rhythm section of congas, timbales, bongos, piano, and bass to hold down the classic Afro-Latin beat.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Celebrated trumpeter, composer, and educator Paul Merrill delivers dazzling jazz performances. Merrill has performed and collaborated with Grammy-nominated ensembles and big bands around the country, and is the Gussman Director of jazz ensembles at Cornell University.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Tariffs. Immigration. Taxes. Control of the House and Senate. Turmoil abroad. And, yes, calls for impeachment. Glenn Altschuler, American Studies professor and dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, will talk about the culture and ideological context of the midterm elections, identify races to watch, and offer predictions about winners and losers.
Friday, July 27, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Laila Belle serves up an energetic set of country rock originals. The soulful vocals of local artist Amy Puryear are complemented by electric and steel guitar grooves provided by Jason Shegogue and Ward Puryear. Scott Nelson holds down the bass and Chris Ploss brings the drum.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:30 pm
Klarman Hall
Theatre Street Productions has been featured nationally and internationally at the world-renowned Newport Music Festival and International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Acclaimed artists Andrea Gregori (soprano), Ivy Walz (mezzo-soprano), and Margaret Reitz (pianist), will present a concert of favorites from oratorio, opera, operetta, and musical theater, with a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7:00 pm
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Nearly every activity in which we engage creates a trail of digital data—creating huge potential to learn more about human behavior, but also unprecedented threats to privacy. In this talk, Karen Levy, assistant professor of Information Science, will discuss how our lives, our workplaces, and our closest relationships are being reshaped by data, and how ethics and policy should respond.
Friday, August 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
NEO Project is a seven-piece, high-energy dance band rooted in funky R&B grooves, Afro-Cuban/Caribbean rhythms, and jazzy, bluesy rock. Its repertoire is made for dancing, with arrangements of established hits and original party grooves.



"Fun, fascinating, and free—It's a trifecta!" —David Gersh

"I love summer in Ithaca because of the series. Keep it up, SCE!"

"It's a wonderful community resource—a great variety of events, and you can't beat the price."