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Shakespeare with Leo Schaff - The Winter’s Tale

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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 Apr 22nd, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$224

7 sessions

The Human Condition

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

What does it mean to be human in the world today? Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) is a provocative treatise on what it means to live on earth and share the world in common. Her study, originally intended to be titled Amor Mundi (Love of the World), investigates the central activities of human life—labor, work, action—and their corresponding...

Monday May 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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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

Book Club (Intermédiaire Confirmé Expert Spécialiste)

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Coucou French Classes - SoHo 253 Centre St 2nd & 3rd Fl, New York, New York 10013

Join us for our first online book club! Hosted by Adrien, book lover and trained art historian, the Coucou Book Club’s aim is to practice French through a literary, emotional and esthetic-driven approach, which will translate well to an online setting. * This class will take place online via the video conference platform ZOOM * About the Book:...

Sunday Apr 12th, 4pm - 6pm

  (4 sessions)
$246.96

4 sessions

Crisis and Capitalism

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Do capitalist societies have an inherent tendency toward economic, social, and political crises?  Political economists have, over the course of the past 250 years, offered different frameworks to understand the existence of crises within capitalism: from Adam Smith’s “general glut” (when production exceeds demand) to Marx’s belief that...

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

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Reading Elizabeth Bishop with Lisa Goldfarb

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Elizabeth Bishop is a modern North American poet who is hard to identify in terms of a single school of poetry, place, or home. She writes poems linked to her native ground of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, yet she is also a poet who famously writes of travel. Brazil, where she lived for twenty years, was home away from home for her, as was Key West,...

Tuesday Apr 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (3 sessions)
$385

3 sessions

The City We Became: A Conversation with N.K. Jemisin

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem 1220 5th Ave , New York, New York 10029

Speculative fiction and Hugo awarding-winning writer N.K. Jemisin sits down with organizer and activist Whitney Hu to discuss her forthcoming novel, The City We Became (March 2020).   The story follows six characters -- each avatars of the five boroughs, and one of the city as a whole (based on demographic research done by Jemisin) as they...

Wednesday May 13th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Reading

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Baruch College - CAPS - Murray Hill 10010

This course is designed to help students become more confident and proficient readers in English.  Students explore a variety of genres (websites, short stories, etc.) and reading skills (vocabulary-building, summarizing, critical thinking, etc.). Important: An ESL Placement Test score is required for all new students registering for this course.If...

Tuesday Jun 30th, 9am - 11:30am

  (14 sessions)
$203.75

14 sessions

The Spirit of Design: Sacred Geometry in Architecture

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Architect Steve Bass presents a view of the proportional idea based in the ancient philosophical systems of Pythagoras, Plato and later Neo-Platonists.  In this view number and geometry, the substance of proportion, are endowed with qualitative, harmonic, life-like properties.  These ideas are then linked to numerical and geometrical methods...

Friday Jun 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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Poet-trees

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights Prospect Park
Exact meeting place will be emailed to registrants, Brooklyn, New York 11225

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir Join us for a light-hearted look at trees! We will seek to identify a few trees and search for the poems hidden in the furrows of bark and in the slenderest of branches.   This class leans heavily toward the whimsical.  Featuring fresh vocabulary...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6pm - 7pm

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....

No upcoming schedules
$300

2 sessions

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, “My soul would speak of bodies changed into new forms,” and it is the great theme of physical transformation that unites the poem’s many myths: humans becomes animals and plants, and vice versa; humans becomes stones and constellations; and humans change their sex.  No poem from antiquity has so influenced...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Feminist Science Fiction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

The world is not usually imagined for the benefit of women. What can feminist science fiction tell us about these oppressive arrangements and how the world might be otherwise? What makes a work of science fiction feminist? From utopia to dystopia, satire to space opera, in what ways does science fiction hold up a mirror to difficult realties?...

No upcoming schedules
$315

4 sessions

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 Mar 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (6 sessions)
$125

6 sessions

What is an Author?

at Think Olio

Join Jamie Warren for an Olio dedicated to analyzing and discussing Michel Foucault’s much-celebrated essay, “What is an Author?” We will learn about Foucault’s concept, “the author function” and its chilling role in the production of ideology and power. At one point in history, the writer acted as a menace, her words possessing tangible...

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$20
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