Check out the roster below of hourlong webinars featuring Cornell faculty.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Week 1: July 6–10

Weeklong course

Handling the Coronavirus, at Home and Abroad
Taught by David Silbey
Monday, July 6–Friday, July 10
Live lecture and discussion Friday, July 10, 11:00 a.m. EDT

The coronavirus pandemic has completely remade American and global life. Over the week, we’ll engage with a series of interviews conducted by David with officials from diverse organizations—including the House of Representatives, NBC News, and the National War College—to explore how the pandemic is affecting their work and how they're managing their response.

Daily offerings

Hubble's Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Images from the Hubble Space Telescope
Taught by Martha Haynes
Monday, July 6, 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990. We’ll review some of the most enigmatic images taken with HST over the last 30 years; explore what their shapes, colors and other clues tell us; and discuss their significance to our understanding of astrophysics and cosmology.
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Natural History Around Beebe Lake
Taught by Cole Gilbert
Tuesday, July 7, 3:00 p.m. EDT

The Finger Lakes are full of great natural history, and summer is an especially good time to explore outdoors. In this webinar, we’ll investigate some of the creatures that live around Cornell’s Beebe Lake through a short video and a Q&A session with Cole Gilbert, director of undergraduate biology.
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Searching for Spineless Wonders in the Ocean
Taught by Drew Harvell
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Drew Harvell’s research uses Cornell’s Blaschka collection of glass invertebrates as a time capsule to find and film the living matches of these specimens in today’s oceans on SCUBA dives from the North Atlantic to the Pacific to Coral Triangle. Join Drew as she talks about amazing wonders of ocean biodiversity and her team’s current research on ocean health.
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Bones, Brains and Bodies: Prelude to a Class on Human Evolution through the Lenses of Art and Science
Taught by John Gurche
Thursday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. EDT

John Gurche’s presentation will touch on topics of human physical and cultural evolution and how we represent these topics in art. There will be a brief special focus on the evolution of the brain.

Cornell through Crisis
Taught by Corey Ryan Earle
Friday, July 10, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Through pandemics, wars, recessions, and civil unrest, Cornell University has survived more than 150 years of history and emerged a stronger institution. Learn about how Cornell has weathered past conflicts and campus disruptions.
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Week 2: July 13–17

Weeklong course

Getting Back to Ithaca: Homer’s Odyssey
Taught by Michael Fontaine
Monday, July 13–Friday, July 17
Live lecture and discussion Friday, July 17, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Homer’s epic Odyssey is routinely rated the greatest story ever told, and no Cornellian needs to be told that Odysseus’ goal—his “odyssey”—is to get back home to Ithaca. In this asynchronous, weeklong online course, we’ll read, contextualize, and enjoy the chance to discuss the entire epic with one another.

Daily offerings

Global Health or Economic Health: Do We Have to Choose?
Taught by David Lodge
Monday, July 13, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Often it seems that we are asked to choose between public health and economic health. However, biologists collaborating with economists have discovered that economic benefits outweigh the costs of some strategies to manage species invasions, including coronaviruses. Join David Lodge, director of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability, to consider how such insights could inform policy now and bring long-term health and economic benefits.
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There’s No Place Like Home: Cornell’s Residential Landscapes
Taught by Roberta Moudry
Tuesday, July 14, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Cornell’s longstanding ambivalence about on-campus housing and the logistics of a coeducational population resulted in two dormitory landscapes situated to the north and west of central campus. As armchair tourists, we’ll survey student housing, considering the ways in which institutional attitudes, social norms, and architectural fashion shaped dormitory buildings and landscapes from 1868 to those now under construction on North Campus.
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Panel Discussion on the Impacts of COVID-19
Participants: Robert Frank, Juan Hinestroza, Gary Koretzky, and David Silbey
Wednesday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. EDT

The coronavirus has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of society and scholarship. From medicine to marketing, apparel to politics, humankind must adjust to the ever-evolving impact of this global pandemic. Join our panel of Cornell faculty from diverse fields as they share their perspectives and predictions for a future with COVID-19.
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A Portrait of Home
Taught by Jennifer Gioffre Todd and David Todd
Thursday, July 16, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Join Jennifer Gioffre Todd and David Todd on a photographic tour as we explore our most familiar surroundings in a new light. Together we’ll go room by room and rediscover how famous photographers have created some of their best work right at home.
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A Taste of Wine Science
Taught by Kathy Arnink
Friday, July 17, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Pour a glass of wine and follow the wine evaluation process with Kathy Arnink, an instructor in Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology program. Kathy will discuss what we notice about wines as we taste them. How do these flavor chemicals develop and how can winemakers influence their concentrations and impact the experience of wine consumers?

Week 3: July 20–24

Weeklong course

Medical Ethnobotany
Taught by Giulia Friso
Monday, July 20–Friday, July 24
Live lecture and discussion Friday, July 24, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Plants have served as medicinal agents since the beginning of civilization and are still critical constituents of modern drugs or templates for synthetic molecules used to make today's medicines. In this weeklong online course, we’ll learn about plant-based natural remedies used across the globe and across millennia considering their efficacy, modes of action, and effects on our body while expanding our understanding of the natural world, traditional medicine, and human diversity.
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Daily offerings

Smuggling in Southeast Asia: The Past in the Present
Taught by Eric Tagliacozzo
Monday, July 20, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Southeast Asia is a crossroads for trade routes that pass between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, historically and in our own time. These pathways (both legal and illegal) transect the region, funneling cargoes of all sorts—among them, drugs, weapons, and human beings—across a wide geography. This talk looks at the histories of these circuits and asks how these histories still manifest themselves in the commerce of Southeast Asia today.
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Gorgeous Gorges of the Finger Lakes
Taught by Warren Allmon
Tuesday, July 21, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Each summer for CAU, paleontologist Warren Allmon leads the popular class that treks through the spectacular, fossil-filled gorges of the Finger Lakes. From the comfort of your own home, we’ll listen as Warren describes how the abundant evidence found in these gorges reveals the Earth’s prehistoric past.
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Using Ocean Knowledge to Achieve Climate, Energy, and Food Security by 2050
Taught by Charles Greene
Wednesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Earth is an ocean planet. During the next three decades, we must reverse climate change while simultaneously finding sustainable sources of clean energy and food for a global population approaching 10 billion people. Charles Greene will discuss how knowledge of the ocean can enable us to unlock the solutions necessary for achieving a just, equitable, and sustainable future.
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Chinatown: The Citizen Kane of the Seventies Film
Taught by Jonathan Kirshner
Thursday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. EDT

In this webinar, Jonathan Kirshner, author of Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society and the Seventies Film in America, will give a presentation about and lead a lively discussion with participant Q&A regarding Chinatown (1974). Participants should view (or review) the film in advance, which is widely available to stream.
Note: Unfortunately this webinar has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Rediscovering the Art of Drinking: A Forgotten Guide to the Classical Art of Imbibing
Taught by Michael Fontaine
Friday, July 24, 4:00 p.m. EDT

In the winelands of Renaissance Germany, a poet named Vincent Obsopoeus witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Michael Fontaine presents his new translation of Obsopoeus’ poem The Art of Drinking, a how-to manual for enjoying wine with pleasure and discrimination.
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Week 4: July 27–31

Weeklong course

Using Nutrition to Reduce Heart Disease and Cancer
Taught by David Levitsky
Monday, July 27–Friday, July 31
Live lecture and discussion Friday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death. While we haven’t learned how to live forever, nutritional science has taught us how and why improving our diet will reduce the progression of these diseases. We invite you to join us and use this knowledge to live the longest, heathiest life possible.
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Daily offerings

A Long Movement: Why the Trumpian Revolution Began in 1954
Taught by Sidney Tarrow
Monday, July 27, 2:00 p.m. EDT

In 1964, Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson. At the time, most observers thought it was a “one-off.” Fifty-two years later, Donald Trump won the election. That, too, was judged a “one-off.” In this lecture, Sid Tarrow asserts that neither of these claims are true, but rather both Goldwater and Trump are part of a “long movement,” one that began in 1954.
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Women Making Their Mark: An Exploration of Women Artists at the Johnson Museum
Taught by Nancy Green
Tuesday, July 28, 3:00 p.m. EDT

2020 is the 100 year anniversary of women being granted suffrage and the Johnson Museum of Art is celebrating with the exhibition “Women Making Their Mark,” curated by Nancy Green. Learn more about the pioneering women artists working in a variety of media from the 1840s to the present, and the struggles and triumphs they experienced in their journeys.

The 2020 Presidential Election: An Update
Taught by Glenn C. Altschuler
Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. EDT

In this session, Glenn Altschuler will provide an update—and assessment—of the 2020 presidential race.
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Cuban Dance Introduction
Taught by Michael Ristorucci
Thursday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Learn the basics of Cuban partner and freestyle dance, including Son, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Conga-Comparsa. We’ll break down the rhythms of Clave and the Conga cowbell and perform basic steps. To conclude, we’ll provide you with a set of learning tools, including reading, music selections, and applications.
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CAU Virtual Summer Closing Celebration
Hosted by the CAU Advisory Board
Friday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a Zoom meeting to discuss highlights from this summer’s “education staycation,” reminisce about past CAU experiences, and offer your suggestions for future CAU programming—in digital space or face-to-face. We may even sing the alma mater.