Summer 2021 Update

CAU will offer weeklong online classes between July 12 and August 6. Sign up for email updates to be alerted when more information is available. (Note: Due to COVID-19, there will be no residential or on-campus programs this summer.)

In the meantime, check out CAU's free webinars featuring Cornell faculty.

Enjoy an education staycation
& connect with Cornell faculty

CAU is committed to providing you with opportunities to connect with Cornell and university faculty, online, on campus, and around the world.

Join us for synchronous multi-session online courses, hourlong webinars, live lectures with Cornell faculty, and interactive discussions with other intellectually curious people.

Adult online programming

Weeklong online courses

Between July 12 and August 6, 2021, you can enjoy live, synchronous weeklong courses complemented by asynchronous content covering a variety of topics taught by Cornell faculty.

All courses combine four hours of live lecture/discussion with three hours of pre-recorded course materials, along with a rich selection of supplemental resources.

These courses will give you the opportunity to learn, ask questions, chat with classmates, and participate in discussions with faculty.

Registration is required and each course costs $250 per person (two people from the same household must register independently). Space is limited to 20 students per class to help ensure meaningful interactions; register now to save your spot!

Unable to attend a session? Contact us at prior to your class and request a recording of the session. Please include your course name, date, and session time in this request. You'll receive a link to the recording of your class session within 24 hours of the meeting time. (Note: Due to copyright issues, not all courses or sessions will be available for recording.)

Free webinars and videos

Enjoy free online content featuring CAU lectures and courses taught by Cornell faculty.

Youth & teen online programming

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Disability services

Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all university programs. Please contact CAU director Lora Gruber-Hine (, 607.255.4800) to request any needed disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Thank you to our donors

Free online courses and virtual webinars are made possible in part by support from the following funds:

  • The A. David and Nancy Tobin Seminar for the Arts
  • The Kathy Dwyer Marble ’63, MAT ’65, CAU Seminar
  • The Catherine S. Penner Seminar in Writing or Literature, in honor of CAU director emeritus Catherine Penner for her years of distinguished leadership
  • The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities or Creative Arts
  • The Ralph Janis Seminar in History, in honor of CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis for his years of distinguished leadership

We’re very grateful to all of our donors for their generous contributions to CAU. If you're interested in supporting our programs, please see ways to give.