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How about a Summer 2013 vacation at Cornell?

Enticing weeklong programs offered July 7 to August 3

Plan your Cornell vacation now at

We invite you, your family, and friends to spend a rejuvenating week (or two!) on Cornell’s beautiful campus this summer, surrounded by friendly companions while learning something new with one of the university’s distinguished faculty members.

This summer’s engaging CAU programs include:

  • seminars on topics ranging from art, astronomy, finance, history, and math to the secret lives of spiders;
  • workshops in subjects such as birdwatching, cooking, sculpture, garden design, meditation, and wine tasting; and
  • active sessions on biking, rowing, sailing, golf, tennis, outdoor skills, and much more.

After class, participants gather for drinks and conversation in the adult lounge and enjoy dinner and evening entertainment, including free lectures, concerts, and other events on campus and in Ithaca.

For those vacationing with children or grandchildren, CAU offers more than a dozen youth programs in art, writing, horse care and riding, rockets and robots, cooking, veterinary science, sailing, and other entertaining subjects. We offer both commuter and residential options for youth, and teens 13-16 are welcome to spend the week at CAU unaccompanied by parents or guardians.

Past participant Arthur Frommer, founder of Frommer’s travel guides, described his time at CAU as “one of the most exciting intellectual adventures.” He writes, “Among competing vacations, this was one of the great values.”

For more information, visit, call607.255.6260, or e-mail

Cornell Prof and Nobel Prize winner Roald Hoffman speaking at Union Jan 23


Nobel Prize-winning chemist, playwright and poet Roald Hoffmann will discuss the dynamic intersections of chemistry and culture Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial, as part of the Common Curriculum Speaker Series.

His talk, “Indigo: A Tale of Craft, Religion, History, Science and Culture,” is free and open to the public.

Born in Zloczow, Poland, Hoffmann came to the U.S. in 1949 and studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard universities. Since 1965, he has taught at Cornell University, where he is the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus.

The recipient of many honors, he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Kenichi Fukui in 1981.

Hoffmann participated in the television course in introductory chemistry titled “The World of Chemistry,” shown widely since 1990. He has written numerous essays, poetry, books and plays. They include Chemistry Imagined: Reflections on Science; a collection of poems, Memory Effects; and the play Oxygen, co-written with fellow chemist Carl Djerassi  and translated into 10 languages.

The Common Curriculum Speaker Series invites individuals to campus twice a year to engage the campus community in the meaning of the liberal arts. Speakers spend the day on campus, visiting classes, particularly those in the Common Curriculum such as First-Year Preceptorial. They also lead discussions in informal settings and conclude their visit with a public talk in the Nott.