Cornell University, School of Criticism & Theory (Summer Session 2010)

The School of Criticism & Theory was founded in 1976 by a group of leading literary scholars in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies.
Today, in an unparalleled summer campus experience, the SCT offers professors and advanced graduate students of literature and related social sciences a chance to work with preeminent figures in critical thought -- exploring the relationships among literature, history, art, anthropology and the law; examining the role of ideological and cultural movements; and reassessing theoretical approaches that have emerged over the last fifty years. Cornell also offers participants the resources of one of the great research libraries in the United States.

In an intense six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory.

Participants work with the SCT's core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group.

The program also includes mini-courses taught by scholars who usually visit for shorter periods. Finally, throughout the six weeks, a series of distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers or respondents.