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Olio Breakfast Club | The Stranger

at Think Olio - Williamsburg 103 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

Olio Breakfast Club will be a monthly series dedicated to gathering and discussing one classic text over coffee and bagels. Our version of a book club, led by a great teacher.  Patricia Kim, english professor and social worker will give us a unique perspective on a classic text which is encouraged but not essential to read ahead of time. This...

Sunday Jul 28th, 10am - 11:30am

Getting the Most Out of the NYPL Catalog

at The New York Public Library - Woodlawn 4355 Katonah Ave, Bronx, New York 10470

Explore our redesigned catalog. Search for books and other materials, learn how to place holds, rate an item, add items to your shelves, look at reviews and create lists.

Thursday Aug 8th, 4pm - 5pm


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

Wednesday Sep 18th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)

7 sessions

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)

5 sessions

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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 Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for the first class, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Orsinian Tales for the second, Evan S. Connell’s Mr. Bridgefor the third, Willa Cather’s My Antonia for the fourth and...

Monday Sep 23rd, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)

5 sessions

Proust in Time: The Guermantes Way

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

As The Guermantes Way, the third volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, begins, the worlds of childhood and early adolescence are torn asunder as the narrator comes into maturity. Proust explores the faultlines of aristocratic society and the intensities of individual psychic experience in actions as small as a family’s move from one apartment...

Monday Sep 9th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)

4 sessions

Coffee and Classics: Shakespearean Strangers

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)

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

  (4 sessions)

4 sessions

Reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot with Liza Knapp

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

In writing The Idiot,a novel dear to his own heart, Dostoevsky set about to depict a truly good man. As he asks whether goodness can survive in the world and/or a novel, Dostoevsky also addresses traditional assumptions about marriage, family life, the “woman question,” Russian identity, health, sickness, love and death. To celebrate the 150th...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (4 sessions)

4 sessions

Reading Don Quixote with Alberto Manguel

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

Don Quixote is in several senses one of our essential books. First, as a model for what novels could do: from Dickens to Dostoevsky, from Flaubert to García Márquez, novelists have acknowledged their debt to Don Quixote. Second, as a revolutionary work that, during the wave of expulsions of Jews and Arabs from the Iberian Peninsula, has...

Thursday Oct 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (6 sessions)

6 sessions

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Sprats & Symposia: The Cuisine of the Ancient Greeks

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

We’ve all heard about the Ancient Greeks. Their influence on the modern Western world is formidable; we are surrounded by references to Greek government, art, literature, mythology, philosophy, science… Yet for all our celebration of the Greeks and their achievements, there is one aspect of their culture that rarely gets mentioned in modern times:...

Wednesday Jul 31st, 8:30pm - 10pm

Writing for Actors

at The Barrow Group Acting School - Hell's Kitchen 312 W 36th St 3rd Fl, New York, New York 10018

So many actors want to write but are unsure how to start. Others are intimidated. But why should that be? Many of the skills needed to write – understanding how dialogue reveals character, how scenes are structured, how the action of the play reveals the truth of the story – are skills every good actor already has. This class will teach actors...

Tuesday Sep 17th, 11am - 2pm

  (10 sessions)

10 sessions

Michel Foucault: History of Sexuality

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

Few books in recent memory have so thoroughly transformed the way we think about the body, sexuality, and power as Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality.  In this course, we will study the first volume of Foucault’s monumental work, as we seek to understand the meaning and implications of Foucault’s proposition that sex is a social...

Tuesday Sep 10th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)

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)

11 sessions

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Sunnyside 47-29 32nd Pl, Long Island City, New York 11101

For the historian C. Vann Woodward, living in the South at the height of Jim Crow, it was literature that awoke him to the myths and dissimulation of official white supremacy. In particular, William Faulkner’s novels—his 1936 classic Absalom, Absalom! especially—challenged the tendency of Southern historians to justify and validate...

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