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Reading the Bible with Noam Scheindlin

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

The Bible's indelible mark on literature is not just in the stories that it tells, but in the way those stories are told. In this class, we read and explore the compelling and subtle narratives of the Bible, which have been so influential on the development of the Western literary tradition. In this secular approach to a sacred text, we will be...

Sunday Sep 22nd, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$420

4 sessions

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. Macbeth Witchery, thy name is…The Scottish Play. Blood will have blood....

Wednesday Nov 6th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$205

7 sessions

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Macbeth

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. Witchery, thy name is…The Scottish Play. Blood will have blood. Bewitched,...

Wednesday Nov 6th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$205

7 sessions

Capitalism in Western Thought

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

This course will delve into this body of literature by considering the idea of capitalism and the intellectual debates that have accompanied its historical development in the West. Reading from Smith, Rousseau, De Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Weber, Keynes, Polanyi, Schumpeter and others, we will survey the views of its leading proponents and critics....

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Mysterious Books

at Bronxville Adult School - Bronxville 177 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, New York 10708

From smoky-eyed vamps to spunky PIs, the role of women in crime fiction has come a long way, baby! This course focuses on women crime fiction writers and female sleuths, with the occasional “guy” thrown in for comparison.  Book list will be provided before the first class.

Thursday Oct 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (6 sessions)
$125

6 sessions

Economy, Technology, and the Anthropocene

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

“Goldman Sachs doesn’t care if you raise chickens,” Jodi Dean once quipped. One could add: the earth doesn’t care either. As the implications of climate change become more pressing and obvious by the day, and with the staggering incapacity of “business-as-usual” to respond accordingly, many people feel at an impasse about what can be done...

Thursday Oct 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Coffee and Classics: Shakespeare's Henriad

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

This course on Shakespeare’s Henriad will largely focus on two plays, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry V, along with excerpts from a third, Henry IV, Part 2. We will follow the development of prince Hal, a prodigal and scamp, into King Henry V, a conquering hero and majestic—and Machiavellian—ruler. We’ll also follow the rise and fall of one of...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$180

6 sessions

Reading F Jameson: History, Postmodernism & Utopia

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gowanus 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Reading Frederic Jameson: History, Postmodernism, and Utopia Why read Fredric Jameson? From “always historicize!,” the opening provocation of The Political Unconscious, to the claim, central to Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, that the postmodern is characterized by a loss of the sense of history in the fragmentation of...

Tuesday Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Psychoanalysis and Poetry: The Future of a Delusion

at The Poetry Project - West Village 208 W 13th St, New York, New York 10011

In this workshop, we will explore the spontaneous poetics of psychoanalysis itself. We will embrace and augment, rather than pathologize and tame, the delusional erotics that undergirds the truth of desiring subjects of the unconscious. We will consider primary texts by Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud, alongside texts by Serge LeClaire, Genevieve...

Saturday Oct 12th, 4pm - 6pm

  (5 sessions)
$150

5 sessions

Understanding Loneliness: Literature, Philosophy,Theory

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

How are we to understand loneliness today? It appears that we are facing a mass epidemic of loneliness. Britain has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to counter rising rates of isolation. Approximately 20-43 percent of American adults over the age of 60 experience “frequent or intense loneliness.” And, it is clear from medical research that loneliness...

Thursday Nov 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

at Think Olio - Gowanus 574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil in the spiritual world.  The other thing to know about Kafka is...

Tuesday Oct 15th, 7:30pm - 9pm

Augustine’s Confessions: Sex, Sin, and Christianity

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

“Soul-sick was I, and tormented, accusing myself severely … rolling and turning in my chains, till they were wholly broken, whereby I now was barely held, but still was held.” So writes Augustine of Hippo, the towering north-African philosopher and theologian. In his Confessions, he wrestles with questions of human will and divine grace...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Music of the 1920’s: The Anything Goes Decade

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

The decade of the 1920’s was a period of dazzling creativity in Europe and America. “New” was the thing in music, literature, painting, poetry. Artists of all disciplines intermingled and influenced each other. Young composers and musicians took center stage: Les Six in Paris; Gershwin, Copland and Armstrong in America; Weill, Brecht and Hindemith...

Monday Oct 7th, 7:15pm - 9:05pm

  (11 sessions)
$365

11 sessions

Philosophical Intro to American Transcendentalism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

Complete course title: Walden and Beyond: a Philosophical Introduction to American Transcendentalism What is transcendental about American Transcendentalism? A complex and multifarious movement, one whose concerns ranged from religion to literature to feminism to abolitionism, American Transcendentalism is mostly closely associated with the...

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 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 W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn for the first class, Alice Munro’s The Love of a Good Woman for the second, Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire for the third, Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust for the fourth and Sylvina Ocampo’s ...

Tuesday Sep 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$150

5 sessions

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