Upcoming programs

  • Winter Session 2020 online-course rosters will be available in late-September.
  • Summer College 2020 course rosters will be available in December.

Is there a connection between genius & madness, creativity & insanity?

In this program, you'll join others in lively discussions as we try to define "normal" and determine whether creativity is ingenuity, inspiration, or insanity.

You'll trace the history of social and artistic transgression, read texts from Plato to Poe, and discuss when and why our culture decided to call a madman a genius and a genius mad.

Along the way you'll participate in workshops designed to help you develop college-level writing skills, enjoy field trips to Cornell's Johnson Art Museum, and hear from guest lecturers on topics including avant-garde film, Kant's philosophy of art, and madness in classical music.