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Portal at Cornell: August - November 20, 2018


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The last day of the Portal is November 20, 2018.

Cornell Portal FAQs


What is the Cornell Portal

Part of a global public art initiative, the Cornell Portal uses immersive audiovisual technology to place you virtually in the same room with people from all walks of life in other Portals across the United States and around the world.

Portals are the flagship project of Shared Studios, and the Cornell Portal is coordinated by Cornell University Library and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the Office of Engagement Initiatives. The Center for Teaching Innovation and the Office of Engagement Initiatives are also working with faculty to incorporate the Cornell Portal in courses.

Where can I find it?

The gold-painted shipping container is located just outside of Olin Library on the Arts Quad.

How long will it be on campus?

Officially opened on August 23, the Cornell Portal will run through early November.

What sites does it connect to?

The Cornell Portal connects to different sites at scheduled times, from as close as Andover and Milwaukee to as far away as Herat and Nairobi. Because connections are regularly added and because connections may change, please make sure to view the most up-to-date schedule.

What can I do in the Cornell Portal?

The Cornell Portal is a space for spontaneous interactions with strangers in other parts of the country and around the world. You can take a quick peek and listen in, or you can stay awhile and strike up conversations about whatever is on your mind—from music to immigration, from food to translation.

Can I use it for my course?

Yes! Faculty can schedule times and connections to specific locations relevant to their courses. If needed, the Portal coordinator on the other end can serve as an interpreter. Make a request for your class.

Can I use it for special gatherings and performances?

Yes! Portals in other locations have hosted dance parties, gaming nights, religious celebrations, musical performances, and storytelling competitions. Make your request.

What if I don’t speak the language of the location we’re connected to?

The Portals—including the Cornell Portal—employ English-speaking “curators” who welcome and guide visitors. Curators at the connection site, who also speak the local language, can act as interpreters if needed.

Where can I read more about the Cornell Portal?

Read the stories in the Cornell Chronicle and the Cornell Daily Sun

Library ‘portal’ to connect campus with people worldwide. Cornell Chronicle. 10/26/2017

Pop-up portal preview. Cornell Chronicle 2/12/2018

Portal connects Pollack to Afghan girls who code. Cornell Chronicle 10/9/2018

Students Explore Sneak Peek of Global Portal Coming to Campus in August. Cornell Daily Sun. 3/9/2018

WHCU Radio interview with Gerald Beasley

Ithaca Journal


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