The in-person, in-Brooklyn version

of the 2020 Cornell Summer Colloquium (June 3-5)


Dates, times, places

The colloquium is held annually at the beginning of June. The 2021 colloquium will be held in Brooklyn, NY.

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We meet in a beautiful space at the Brooklyn Zen Center, just a few blocks from the recommended hotels (see the information about Accommodations) and the Union Street stop on the R train. Directions to the BZC


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The main airports in the New York area are JFK, Laguardia, and Newark. Public transportation to Brooklyn is available at all three — information is available on each airport’s website (but see info provided just below). Taxis and the major ride services (such as Uber and Lyft) are also available at all three airports.

  • JFK – Public transport: JFK’s AirTrain to the subway stop at Howard Beach Station (for the A train heading toward Manhattan), cost: <$10. Taxi or ride service, cost: approx. $45. JFK Airtrain Info
  • LGA – Public transport: MTA bus (a bit of a hassle), cost: <$10. Taxi or ride service, cost: approx. $40.
  • EWR – Public transport: EWR’s AirTrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station (for Amtrak) to NY Penn Station (for MTA subway) to Brooklyn, cost: <$20. Taxi or ride service, cost: approx. $60 (but can be more). EWR Airtrain Info

New York Subway & Bus Info (MTA)


Accommodations are available in local hotels. Colloquium participants should book their own accommodations. (See information about Accommodations.)

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Dinners: at local Brooklyn restaurants. Lunches: we walk to nearby establishments. Wed. & Thurs. dinners are provided; Fri. you’re on your own.


A voluntary contribution of $80 covers the cost of two dinners and other colloquium expenses. Participants pay their own way at lunches and dinners other than Wed. & Thurs. evenings.


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If you’d like to make a presentation, please contact Scott MacDonald. Sessions are typically an hour and fifteen minutes in length. The objective is to reserve at least half an hour in each session for discussion. Presentations may, but needn’t, consist in the reading of a formal paper. Presentation of work-in-progress and directed, seminar-style discussions are also welcome. Longer or shorter sessions may be arranged. There are no concurrent sessions.