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Free summer events

Exciting performances, thought-provoking lectures

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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 the complete listings.


Next up:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7:30 pm
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
With engaging stage presence, masterfully crafted songs, and sweet harmonies, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish tunes and songs with unapologetic American roots influences. Shannon combines vocal grace with instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles, and button accordion, while Matt provides a firm foundation on guitar and bouzouki, in addition to solid vocals.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
Kennedy Hall
What makes the world look the way it does? A major quest in computer graphics research has been to understand and virtually model the appearance of the real world. Kavita Bala, an associate professor in Cornell's Computer Science Department and Computer Graphics Program, will talk about the university's pioneering research in this area and describe how it has influenced practice in a broad range of applications, from architecture and industrial design to entertainment.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.
Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
One of Central New York’s premier performing string bands, the Ruddy Well Band delivers tight harmonies, driving rhythms, and thoughtful lyrics. Last year they won the Grassroots Festival Band Contest as well as two SAMMY Awards (People's Choice and Best Americana Album). The band features Andrew Ruddy, Monique Ritter, Ryan Burdick, Steve Scuteri, and Mike Sisto.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.


"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!"