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Coffee and Classics: Shakespeare's Rom-Coms

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

Shakespeare began his career with a sequence of romantic comedies: Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. In the first of these plays, the lovers lament that, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and it certainly goes haywire in all these plays as a result of the love drug in Midsummer and gender disguise in...

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$192

6 sessions

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...

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$420

3 sessions

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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,...

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$385

4 sessions

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The Secret Lives of Coffee and Tea

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

Tea! What is it? What does it mean to be a "milk in first kind of girl"? Why did Americans throw it in to Boston harbor? Why do most Americans drink coffee, but guzzle iced tea in the south? And where did bubble tea and kombucha come from? Sarah will reveal all the answers to your caffeinated queries. Coffee! Is it going to kill you? Make you...

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$10

The Five Great Works of Fiction You Need to Read…Now

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

Join author Stephanie Rabinowitz for an exciting exploration of relatively unsung American literary gems that you should be reading. From Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop to John Williams’s Stoner, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, and Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose, Rabinowitz will focus on...

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$32

Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

From Hegel to Deleuze, many political thinkers have employed the language of dominance and submission within the tradition of Western political thought. How does the language of Sado-masochism shape the way we think about desire and political recognition? This course will look at how the erotic language of S&M is embedded in the theoretical frameworks...

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$315

4 sessions

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...

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$160

4 sessions

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Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

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

Sexual desire and eroticism were and still are considered today as a-philosophical, even anti-philosophical topics. When we wonder why philosophers rarely speak about sexuality, we seem to face not only a moral question, but also a linguistic one. Is the language itself unable to capture such a subjective, qualitative - and physiological experience?...

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$20

Virginia Woolf: Modernizing Fiction

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

Virginia Woolf’s writing audaciously expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and register swift, historical change.  “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, signaling her prescription for a kind of...

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$315

4 sessions

Reading the Qur'an

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

“Read!” This is the very first word, the first injunction of the Qur’an. Although if one were to “read” (iqra) the Qur’an, as one reads any other book, you’d discover that the word appears, perhaps puzzlingly, in the 96th surah or “chapter” of the “book.” Traditionally understood as revealed to Muhammed, an illiterate and not...

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$315

4 sessions

Capitalism in Western Thought

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

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....

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$315

4 sessions

Kafka’s The Trial

at Think Olio - Gowanus 574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Kafka’s The Trial: Guilt and the (Almost) Sexual Perversion of Justice Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil...

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$60

Getting the Most Out of the NYPL Catalog

at The New York Public Library - Wakefield 4100 Lowerre Place, Bronx, New York 10466

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.  Prerequisites: Library Card, Email Address, and proficientcy in navigating the Internet.

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Free

Big Fun: Indigenous Art & Performance as Resistance

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

Join us for an evening of poetry, music, and art celebrating radical urban Indigenous resistance, resilience, and activism. Big Fun takes its name and shape from the title of a poem by Diane Burns (Anishinaabe/Chemehuevi), published in her 1981 chapbook, Riding the One-Eyed Ford (Contact II Publications).  Connecting back and looking forward...

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$15

Midnight Society

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

Was it Aliens... or Hypnosis, Ghosts... or Hallucination, Demons... or Delusion? Our storytellers dive in to the scary stories that have haunted us for generations, and the psychology behind them. We explore the unexplained and find that the reasons we invent supernatural stories are often more terrifying than the stories themselves. July Theme:...

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$15
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