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Dante's Inferno

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

The course focuses on The Inferno, the first and most earth-centered of the three cantiche of the Divine Comedy — Dante's visionary poetic journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise — the afterlife of the Christian soul. The Inferno's narrative particulars are layered with complex meanings — literal, moral, symbolic, autobiographical and universal....

$165

7 sessions

Wednesday Oct 4th, 10am

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man...

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

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America Join journalist Britt Collins as she shares from her new book Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and their Journey Across America. Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Michael King lives in a UPS loading...

Friday Oct 6th, 7pm

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Short American Masterworks

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

Study short American masterworks through close readings of stories by Melville, Chopin, Hemingway and Cheever. Reading lists: "The Gold-Bug and Other Stories" by Edgar Allan Poe (Dover Thrift Editions) Melville's "Bartleby" Chopin's Selected Stories (both Dover Thrift Editions) Hemingway ("The Complete Short Stories" — Scribner's) Cheever...

$175

7 sessions

Monday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

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

Mesopotamia, the “Land Between the Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, is often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization. The ancient peoples of this region developed the first cities and multicultural societies, invented writing and the wheel, and left behind incredible works of art and a rich and varied literature. Yet despite their...

Thursday Oct 12th, 8:30pm

Our 400-Year Battle with Water

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

Manhattan’s natural advantage as an island at the mouth of two great rivers helped turn New York City into one of the world’s greatest commercial metropolises. Yet from the earliest Dutch settlements in the 1600's to the present day, the city’s coastal location has also long rendered it susceptible to flooding and hurricanes. Join historian...

Wednesday Oct 11th, 7pm

Slam and Spoken Word with Nuyorican's Cafe

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

Delve into the eclectic and electric worlds of spoken word and slam poetry; expand your poetic language and horizons under the guidance of award-winning performance poets from the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. During this four-week course, you’ll learn how to craft and perform dynamic works of diaphanous lyricism through writing exercises, one-on-one...

$350

4 sessions

Tuesday Oct 17th, 6:30pm

Reading Borges with Alberto Manguel

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

The work of Jorge Luis Borges is one of the summits of twentieth-century literature. In his writings, Borges crossed genres: the detective story and the epic, literary criticism and lyric poetry, Eastern and Western literatures. He invented a narrative tone that was part adventure story, part fantastic tale, part philosophical essay. In this course,...

$400

4 sessions

Thursday Jan 11th, 6:30pm

The Muse in the Museum with Molly Peacock

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

Poetry and Art are intimate companions. The vitality of imagery creates the poet's vision. This studio/seminar will explore images in a selection of poems from the 17th to the 21st centuries as well as similar imagery in paintings and sculpture from New York City's museums. Passes to two museums are included in the class. Each class gives students...

$385

4 sessions

Sunday Feb 4th, 2pm

Spotlight on Icelandic Design

at Artists and Fleas - Williamsburg
70 N 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

As part of Taste of Iceland 2017 in New York City, Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn is pleased and honored to be hosting a pop out event featuring some of the most talented emerging Icelandic designers. Stay tuned for more details. Iceland's famous cultural festival Taste of Iceland comes to Brooklyn Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. The...

Free

Saturday Sep 30th, 10am

Queer Feelings: Understanding Eve Sedgwick

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

“People are different from each other,” writes Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “[i]t is astonishing how few respectable conceptual tools we have for dealing with this self-evident fact.” As one of the founding theorists of queer theory and affect theory, Sedgwick devoted much of her vibrant career to challenging us to think through the implications...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Oct 10th, 6:30pm

Critical Global Health

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Global health is at once a philanthropic enterprise, a driving force behind certain forms of global pharmaceutical research and development, a way of bringing order to disorderly regions and populations, and an increasingly central component of human rights work. Scholars in the emerging field of critical global health have begun to question and investigate...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Clarice Lispector: Modernism, Mysticism, and Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
612 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

Compared over the course of her life to Marlene Dietrich, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, a sphinx, a she-wolf, a “foreigner on earth,” and a hurricane, the Jewish Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector moved in mystery. The author of nine novels and a large body of short stories, journalism, and children’s...

$315

5 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah, Messianism, and History

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Union Square
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the twentieth century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, far more engaged and systematic thinking about questions of contemporary politics...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 21st, 6:30pm

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

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 to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and...

$45

4 sessions