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The in-person, in-Brooklyn version

of the Cornell Summer Colloquium returns for 2024

(June 5-7)

Dates, times, places

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The colloquium is held annually at the end of May/beginning of June.

We meet in a convenient space in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, the new (and temporary) home of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) – 269 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.

(Our 2023 venue — the tattered but still vaguely elegant mansion on Prospect Park West — has been sold, and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture has now decamped to the 4th Avenue location, which is more convenient but entirely devoid of the charming early-twentieth-century ghosts that haunt Prospect Park West. Our pre-COVID venue, the Brooklyn Zen Center, closed during the pandemic.)

Getting to the venue

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The nearest subway stops (Brooklyn hotels map 2024) to BSEC (269 4th Ave.) – walking distances:

  • Union St. (R train) – 3 blocks
  • 4th Ave. at 9th St. (F, G, R trains) – 8 blocks/5 minutes
  • 7th Ave. at Flatbush (B & Q trains) – 0.9 miles/20 minutes
  • Atlantic Ave./Barclay’s Center (most trains, including 4 & 5 ) – 0.6 miles/15 minutes
  • Grand Army Plaza (2 & 3 trains) – 0.9 miles/20 minutes
  • 7th Ave. at (F & G trains) – 0.8 miles/20 minutes
  • New York Subway, Bus & Train Info (MTA)

Apple and Google Maps are good with subway directions in NYC. My preferred app for getting around the city is Citymapper.

Taxis and ride share cars (Uber, Lyft, etc.) are ubiquitous.

Getting to NYC

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 ride share 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: approx. $10. Taxi or ride share service, cost: approx. $60. JFK Airtrain Info
  • LGA – Public transport: MTA bus (a bit of a hassle), cost: <$10. Taxi or ride share service, cost: approx. $60.
  • 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 share service, cost: approx. $75 (but can be more). EWR Airtrain Info
  • New York Subway, Bus & Train Info (MTA)

Accommodations

Accommodations are available in local hotels and AirBnBs. Colloquium participants should book their own accommodations following the guidance provided here: Accommodations.

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Meals

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

Registration

There’s a (voluntary) registration fee. Contact Scott MacDonald

Presentations

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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.