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.
The gold-painted shipping container is located just outside of Olin Library on the Arts Quad.
Officially opened on August 23, the Cornell Portal will run through early November.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Portals in other locations have hosted dance parties, gaming nights, religious celebrations, musical performances, and storytelling competitions. Make your request.
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.
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
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