The in-person, in-Brooklyn version

of the Cornell Summer Colloquium returns for 2023

(May 31-June 2)

Dates, times, places

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

We meet in a comfortable, frayed-around-the-edges 19th-century grand home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, now the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (53 Prospect Park West).

(Sadly, our former venue, the Brooklyn Zen Center, closed during the pandemic.)


Getting to the venue

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The nearest subway stops (Brooklyn hotels map 2023) to BSEC, each a 10-15 minute walk:

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 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 service, cost: approx. $50. JFK Airtrain Info
  • LGA – Public transport: MTA bus (a bit of a hassle), cost: <$10. Taxi or ride service, cost: approx. $50.
  • 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 & Train Info (MTA)


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


Contact Scott MacDonald


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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.