Winter 2021 Update

Registration is now closed for all winter courses. Enjoy free videos and webinars featuring Cornell faculty.
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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.

Adult online programming

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

Weeklong and weekend online courses

Between January 9 and February 5, 2021, you can enjoy synchronous weeklong and weekend courses on a variety of topics. All courses are taught live (no pre-recorded sessions) over Zoom and most meet every day for an hour or two.

These courses will give you the opportunity to ask questions, chat with classmates, and participate in discussions with faculty. Many classes will also host breakout sessions, workshop times, portfolio reviews, guest speakers, and more. Registration is required and courses, which cost $250 per person, are limited to 40 students to help ensure meaningful interactions.

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 12 hours of the meeting time. (Note: Due to copyright issues, not all courses or sessions will be available for recording.)

Tuesday night webinars

On Tuesday evenings from January 5 through February 2, 2021, you can explore fascinating topics on numerous subjects with leading Cornell faculty. You'll enjoy access to faculty expertise and lively Q&A sessions for each synchronous webinar presentation.

All courses are taught live over Zoom and cost $100 per household for the five-webinar series. Registration is required. You'll also gain viewing access to the webinars four to six days following each lecture.

Free webinars and videos

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


Youth & teen online programming

For youth and teens, ages 10–15, we offer recordings of free mini-classes led by Cornell students. And this winter, between December 28, 2020, and January 22, 2021, students can enjoy 20 hours of online courses taught by Cornell students.

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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.