Cornell’s School of Criticism and Theory Enlightens Each Summer

August 31, 2013

After completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Connecticut, Kathryn Stockton earned a master of divinity from the Yale Divinity School. She went on to obtain an MA and a PhD from Brown University, and in 1987 she joined the faculty at the University of Utah. Today, she holds the title of Distinguished Professor of English and has won numerous awards, most notably the university’s highest honor, the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. In the summer of 2011, Kathryn Bond Stockton was invited to participate as faculty in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.

Hosted by Cornell University since 1997, the School of Criticism and Theory was founded by Murray Krieger in 1976 at the University of California, Irvine. Structured as a six-week summer school, it focuses on four core faculty members, characterized once as “the most exciting and influential thinkers in the world,” each of whom conducts a six-week seminar. Kathryn Stockton’s seminar was titled Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond.

Popular and well-respected in academic circles around the world, the School of Criticism and Theory has evolved into an influential forum. It can generally accommodate about 90 students each summer and is open to faculty members or advanced graduate students. Financial aid for the program is available from Cornell. In addition, many colleges and universities nationwide offer financial assistance to accepted faculty and students.

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