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The Vocal Trace

at The Poetry Project - East Village 232 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003

In this workshop we will listen to, and attempt to think through, archival recordings from the Poetry Project’s extensive collection housed at the Library of Congress.  We will aim to bring to craft a collective language for talking about readings: what is happening at a reading? How might we develop an historiography of listening? How are...

Tuesday Jan 29th, 7pm - 9pm

  (5 sessions)
$150

5 sessions

By the Book

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 The Mare by Mary Gaitskill will be the first selection. Please read this book PRIOR to the 1st class mee...

Tuesday Feb 19th, 6:15pm - 7:30pm

  (5 sessions)
$75

5 sessions

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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...

Wednesday Feb 20th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$170

7 sessions

Creative Justice

at The New School - Greenwich Village 66 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011

The arts become a powerful tool by generating dialogue, strengthening a sense of community, and envisioning community based interventions. In this course, we examine how artists, cultural workers, and community activists have devised creative strategies for responding to institutional and interpersonal violence and trauma. How does creativity work...

Tuesday Jan 22nd, 6pm - 8pm

  (15 sessions)
$800

15 sessions

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. ...

Tuesday Feb 19th, 11:30am - 1pm

  (8 sessions)
$115

8 sessions

Aristotle and the Poets: Truth, Fiction and Tragedy

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

Aristotle’s Poetics offers an account of imitative art and its pleasures that stands at the origins of Western aesthetic theory. In response to Plato’s critique of poetry as twice-removed from reality, Aristotle defends—and theorizes—imitation as an essential component of human education and of the “discovery of form in things.” Fiction...

Wednesday Jan 30th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

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

What is literature? And what kinds of meanings, uses, values, histories, and philosophical positions do we attach to literature in the act of reading it?  Literary theory, the diverse body of thought that addresses these fundamental questions, has pursued a stunning array of methods in its attempts to understand how literature works. This course,...

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

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Reading James Baldwin

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

This course considers James Baldwin’s decades-long preoccupation with the role of the artist in American culture. Reading across his fiction, non-fiction, and selected speeches, we will examine the author’s provocative assertions about the singular responsibility of the artist as moral arbiter and unflinching witness in our ongoing quest to make...

Tuesday Feb 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

This seminar works through selected chapters of Ulysses (Gabler edition), addressing it’s difficulties and discovering what makes the novel resonate today.

Sunday Mar 10th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Sloshed SATs

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Hold on to your number 2 pencils, we’re taking on the SATs. We've taken high school’s most stressful test, sprinkled some comedy on it, and turned it into a drinking game! Your favorite test proctor and comedian Michael Wolf (Comedy Central, MTV) has combined bar-room trivia with real SAT quizzes to create NYC's booziest classroom. Whether you've...

Saturday Feb 16th, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Jewish Book Club (Ages 55+)

at Sundays at JASA - Hell's Kitchen 524 W 59th St 2nd Fl, New York, New York 10019

NOTE: The price for this class is for the entire 10-week semester, and applies to all the classes. In other words, once you sign up for any one of the courses, you can attend all the other classes, all day, if you wish. This course analyzes short stories or book excerpts with Jewish characters and themes. Readings for each week, including works by...

Sunday Mar 3rd, 11am - 12pm

  (10 sessions)
$225

10 sessions

Reading Mrs. Dalloway

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

Each session, students will address three of the twelve unnumbered chapters in the book and focus on issues that are raised by those chapters.   Topics covered will include: literary form, personal psychology, social status, rewritings of The Odyssey and Ulysses, local and imperial politics, archetypes and myths, distant and intimate marriages,...

Wednesday Apr 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (3 sessions)
$385

3 sessions

Midnight Society: Why You're Still Afraid of the Dark

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. We’ve outgrown believing in the monsters under our beds, but we’re still haunted by grown-up ghost stories. Gather around the Caveat campfire for stories of monsters, ghouls, and ghosts, and the real life reasons they keep us captivated, told by some of some of the City’s best storytellers - submitted for the...

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

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

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

A novel of cruelty, poisoned love, ruthless necessity, intergenerational vendettas, memory and revenge, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights remains an opulent enigma. First published under the male pseudonym, Ellis Bell, the book puzzled and repulsed its initial readers, who castigated it for immorality but reluctantly acknowledged its inscrutable...

Monday Apr 8th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Reading Shakespeare with James Shapiro

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

James Shapiro leads participants through the pair of plays that the Public Theater will stage this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, offering insights into the language, style and performance histories of the plays, with the goal of preparing theatergoers to get the most out of seeing these productions.

Wednesday May 15th, 6:45pm - 9pm

  (2 sessions)
$300

2 sessions

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