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Shakespeare with Leo Schaff

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Join charismatic actor and teacher Leo Schaff as he breathes life into Shakespeare’s words, acting out portions of the play and offering illuminating insights into the Bard’s language, plot lines, historical context and eternal relevance, all with a generous sense of humor. The Tempest - January 8 The magic hand of Prospero guides us through...

Wednesday Jan 8th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$224

7 sessions

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Best of World Literature

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Enjoy the stunning work of these authors from around the world. Please read Natalia Ginzburg’s Happiness, as Such for the first class, Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes for the second, the first half of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook for the third, the second half of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook for the fourth, and Anna Burns’...

Tuesday Jan 28th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$180

5 sessions

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill 275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Complete Course Title: A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: an Introduction to Marx In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly...

Monday Jan 27th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Great American Fiction

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Experience the creative genius of some of the nation’s most gifted authors, both past and present. Please read Jean Toomer’s Cane for the first class, Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood for the second, the first half of William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central for the third, the second half of William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central for the fourth,...

Monday Jan 27th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$180

5 sessions

Coffee & Classics: Twelfth Night

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Love, fantasy, folly! Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night combines these volatile ingredients in a rich and amazing mix.

Tuesday Feb 18th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$192

6 sessions

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Work through selected chapters of Ulysses and discovery what makes the novel resonate today, with Michael Groden, editor of the James Joyce Archive

Sunday Mar 8th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Reading Shakespeare with James Shapiro

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and author of Shakespeare in a Divided America and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, leads participants through the plays that the Public Theater will stage this summer in Central Park, offering insights into their language, style and performance histories....

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:45pm - 9:10pm

  (2 sessions)
$300

2 sessions

Reading Philip Roth: Anxiety and Comedy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg 381 Hooper St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

What kind of writer was Philip Roth? His fiction deals unquestionably with problems of Jewish cultural difference: parochialism, assimilation, conversion, anxiety, whiteness. Yet, Roth famously disavowed the categorization “Jewish-American.” For others, Roth is a quintessentially all-American literary icon—a novelist who, in dealing forcefully...

Wednesday Jan 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Memoir with Anya Yurchyshyn

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Our personal stories are a vital part of who we are. When we explore our stories by writing memoir, we have the opportunity to understand our experiences more deeply and give others a chance to reflect on theirs. In this course, students will produce and share original autobiographical work, examine aspects of craft such as voice, structure and narration,...

Wednesday Feb 12th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Gothic Feminism: Repression, Transgression, and Range

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Madwomen, ghosts, witches, monsters—the gothic genre has long been a vehicle for representing female characters deemed too transgressive for inclusion in “respectable” fiction. Indeed, much of what makes the gothic dark and mysterious, what inspires dread, is how it reckons with thwarted female autonomy, repressed desire, and past injustice....

Monday Feb 3rd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Coffee and Classics: Shakespeare's Rom-Coms

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Shakespeare began his career with a sequence of romantic comedies: Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. In the first of these plays, the lovers lament that, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and it certainly goes haywire in all these plays as a result of the love drug in Midsummer and gender disguise in...

Tuesday Feb 18th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$192

6 sessions

Playing to Win: an Introduction to Game Theory

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

From zero-sum games and the “prisoner’s dilemma” to rational actors and the Nash equilibrium, game theory has grown from a bold conjecture into a deeply influential mode of analysis in political science, economics, psychology, business, mathematics, and even military strategy. Based on a theory of simple card games developed by John Von Neumann...

Wednesday Jan 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Homer's Odyssey

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Composed sometime between the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest works of world literature and the ancestor of virtually every narrative that involves a difficult journey home. The longing to return home is for Odysseus is the longing of a man to recover his identity as a king, husband, and father after having...

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 10am - 11:30am

  (8 sessions)
$256

8 sessions

Memoirs: Jewish Authors on Identity, Culture, Language

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Memoirists write their personal stories in a way that appeals to the emotions and experiences of their readers. Jewish memoirists Esther Amini, Angela Himsel, and Ilan Stavans will sit down with author Marcia Butler to talk about how they use the memoir format to express their identity and history.

Thursday Apr 23rd, 7pm - 8pm

Reading To the Lighthouse with Edward Mendelson

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

This class is an in-depth look at Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece. Each session will focus on different issues raised in the book.  Topics covered will include:  family and individual identity different ways of living in the past and future literary form and personal psychology natural cycles and personal choices gender roles and individual...

Monday Mar 30th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (3 sessions)
$385

3 sessions

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