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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 series, centering around the theme of social justice, will provide a foundation to speak to mental health as a significant and fundamental factor in each respective narrative--both book and self.
We begin with The Stranger by Albert Camus:
Meursault, our unreliable narrator, provides a locus of investigation into our collective consciousness. He epitomizes Absurdism—the human will to meaning locking horns with an inherently meaningless world. But his identity is fundamentally entwined with meaning—that of mortality. How do you live if you are dying (je meurs)? What are the consequences levied on life when seen in such a way? We will discuss what (or who) lends life meaning and the role meaning-making plays in our lives and in turn our society,
Traversing boundaries set by age, race, gender, culture, socioeconomic status—and perhaps most importantly—time, we’ll come to find that no matter how many generations have come and gone to dust, there’s something about being human that we just can’t seem to get away from. What’s up with that? Let’s talk about it.
Some questions to keep in mind as you are reading/revisiting The Stranger:
How do you feel about and towards Meursault?
Where do you feel inclined to sympathize with him? why or why not?
Who do we presume ourselves to be? how does this affect who we presume others to be?
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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 11th, 12pm - 1:30pm(7 sessions)
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)
The Bible's indelible mark on literature is not just in the stories that it tells, but in the way those stories are told. In this class, we read and explore the compelling and subtle narratives of the Bible, which have been so influential on the development of the Western literary tradition. In this secular approach to a sacred text, we will be...
Sunday Sep 22nd, 2pm - 5pm(4 sessions)
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)
This course will delve into this body of literature by considering the idea of capitalism and the intellectual debates that have accompanied its historical development in the West. Reading from Smith, Rousseau, De Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Weber, Keynes, Polanyi, Schumpeter and others, we will survey the views of its leading proponents and critics....
Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(4 sessions)
“Goldman Sachs doesn’t care if you raise chickens,” Jodi Dean once quipped. One could add: the earth doesn’t care either. As the implications of climate change become more pressing and obvious by the day, and with the staggering incapacity of “business-as-usual” to respond accordingly, many people feel at an impasse about what can be done...
Thursday Oct 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(4 sessions)
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