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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. This year, he tackles the history plays. Sep 26 — Henry VI, Part I Part...

$170

7 sessions

Reading the Odyssey

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

The first lines of the Odyssey foretell the story of the man “of many ways” who, in his wanderings, comes to know “cities and minds.” A radically new hero is thus introduced, committed not to the glory—and to the short, beautiful life—of the Iliadic warrior, but to the transactions and institutions of an increasingly mortal, increasingly...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Sep 11th, 6:30pm

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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 each work before the corresponding session: Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase for the first class,  Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain for the second,  Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game for the third,  Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch for the fourth and ...

$150

5 sessions

Tuesday Sep 25th, 6:30pm

Religious Feminisms: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

In 1982, the New York Times editorial page published an essay entitled “Is God a Feminist?”, which noted the flood of feminist religious writing and the rapid increase of women enrolled in theological institutes. “Across the board,” the author argued, “from biblical scholarship and religious history to ethics and theology, our religious heritage...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Sep 13th, 6:30pm

The Correspondence: Music and Literature

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

A unique and unforgettable mixture of performance, writing, and history of classical music led by Elena Baksht, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and Music at Lincoln Center, and “one of the most intriguing pianists of her generation.” An electrifying performer and engaging teacher, Baksht’s fascination with literature’s surprising...

$160

4 sessions

Great Books: Mystical Foundations

at Institute of Prophetic Activist Art - East Village
195 East 3rd Street, New York, New York 10009

Great Books explores mystical thinking by reading from texts of great spiritual thinkers throughout the ages to spur us on to see our lives, and the surrounding society, from a very different perspective.  Every week, we read 30-page excerpts of one book, then spend the class discussing the ideas, as well as how they might impact the manner...

$250

10 sessions

Tuesday Sep 25th, 2pm

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,...

$420

8 sessions

Wednesday Oct 10th, 6:30pm

Reading Odyssey

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

The Odyssey is both a great epic poem and the first novel in the Western tradition, and it remains one of the most toweringly exciting stories ever written about love, adventure, strategy and the psychology and morals of private and public life.  In this course we read and discuss Robert Fitzgerald’s superb translation. 

Monday Nov 12th, 6:30pm

Reading Kipling

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

Rudyard Kipling’s name is associated today with Disney’s version of The Jungle Book and with Imperialism. In this course we will see how the first is exclusionary (Kipling was above all a great craftsman of complex tales and poems) and how the second is largely false. We will study six short stories that will show the vast range of Kipling’s...

$420

3 sessions

Thursday Jan 10th, 6:30pm

Prosody with David Yezzi

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

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.

$400

2 sessions

Saturday Nov 10th, 12pm

Dante's Divine Comedy: Purgatorio

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

The course focuses on Purgatorio, the second of the three cantiche of Dante’s the Divine Comedy. Having been led through Hell by his poetic idol Virgil, through whom Dante has learned in the most graphic fashion the true nature of sin, Virgil now guides Dante on the arduous climb up the mount of Purgatory on which the potentially saved...

$165

7 sessions

Wednesday Oct 3rd, 10am

Reading Latin American Fiction

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

Beginning in the early twentieth century, the various Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America began developing a unique style of fantastic literature. Under the influence of Poe (via France) and certain schools of philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Berkeley, William James, Existenialism) writers as different as Borges, García Márquez and Armonía...

$420

4 sessions

Thursday Nov 8th, 6:30pm

Villains, Violence, and Vogue

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Aristotle first recognized the paradox of tragic art. Why do we enjoy watching fictional characters suffer when we would be horrified by the same thing in real life? Contemporary pop-culture is full of such apparent paradoxes. Why do we enjoy seeing someone incinerated by a high-powered laser beam in a movie or comic book, but not in real life? Do...

$20

Books & Brunch

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and theme. ...

$55

3 sessions

Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods...

$315

4 sessions