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World History, World Literature & You (for Teens)

at Classeteria - Bushwick 284 Suydam St, Brooklyn, New York 11237

In this course, we will use literature as a point of entry into three thousand years of history, society, and culture that has led to you being a teenager in the United States in 2018.  We will study texts from a wide variety of times and places, including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific Rim, from ancient times to right now....

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$600

20 sessions

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. 

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$100

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The Bible as Literature: Narrative, Politics, & History

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

The Bible is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of stories: a parade of heroes and villains, royals and peasants, dysfunctional families and the truest of filial loyalties.  Its texts span genres from poetry to novella, short story to historical epic, legalistic writing to satire, and instructional manual to the confessional. However, this...

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$315

4 sessions

The Novel Now

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers from America and beyond, including emerging important novelists, award-winners, and popular favorites, all of whom are central to our cultural conversation. From a whaling ship in the Arctic Sea to the wild Texas frontier to the gold coast of Africa to posh suburban Shaker Heights to the infinite landscape...

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$765

15 sessions

Life in the Anthropocene

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

On the eve of the millennium, earth scientists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer coined the term “the Anthropocene” – the time of humans – to name our current age, reflecting apocalyptic anxieties that nothing on planet Earth seems to be beyond the reach of human industry and interference.  In the nearly two decades since, the Anthropocene...

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$315

4 sessions

It's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

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

From convincing her bosses at The New Yorker to pay for Ancient Greek studies to traveling the sacred way in search of Persephone, “The Comma Queen” Mary Norris delivers an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how...

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$29

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West

at Think Olio - Murray Hill 419 Park Ave S , New York, New York 10016

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West, And Shaking Your Mind Out of Its Rut This Olio will discuss a book that is specifically charged to break the mind out of cliché and into a perpetual freshness of language – and maybe cure writer’s block.   That book is John Ashbery’s A Wave and the 20 page title poem, in Ashbery’s words “has...

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$15

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Middlemarch

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” Henry James described it as “at once one of the strongest and one of the weakest of English novels… a treasure-house of details [and] an indifferent whole.” In our own time, Middlemarch is widely considered the finest Victorian...

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$315

4 sessions

Literary Feelings

at The Poetry Project - East Village 131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

This workshop will focus on emotion and how it shows up in poetry. We’ll look at the ways a poem can conjure, acknowledge or avoid feeling, and we’ll draw on recent work in affect studies to help us locate the subtle, the overflowing and everything we can find a name for in between. We’ll write in class and experiment with contemplative practices...

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$150

5 sessions

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...

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$315

4 sessions

James Joyce: Ulysses

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

The archetypal novel of high modernism, James Joyce’s Ulysses attempts to synthesize the life of a city, the afterlives of previous literary styles, and the entirety of the Western canon as it stood in the early twentieth century. Since its original publication when it was serialized in the Little Review from March 1918 to March...

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$315

4 sessions

The Divine Comedy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Dante’s Divine Comedy follows the journey of the poet through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This epic Italian poem, composed between 1308 and 1321, is an allegory for the movement of the soul toward God. But it is also a multifaceted exploration of ethics, metaphysics, politics, love, order, chaos, poetic form, and the Classical literary...

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$315

4 sessions

Gender: Personal and Social

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

Gender is often thought of as an expression of one’s individual identity, something that emerges from one’s sense of self. Yet is also often described as a social construct, something with historical and regional roots that places a person into a relation with set norms. Are these two ideas incompatible? Or, conversely, can gender be something...

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$315

4 sessions

Navigating the Scientific Literature

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

This class will cover both how to efficiently search freely available reference databases such as PubMed and how to take advantage of the growing trend towards open access in science to obtain full-text papers without breaking the bank. Even if you don't work at a university or research institution, hundreds of thousands of scientific works are freely...

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$10

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

at Think Olio - Flatiron 110 E 25th St, New York, New York 10010

Full Title:  What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from The Slayer From the moment she was called upon to become the Slayer, and thus shoulder the weight of saving the world (Again!) Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrestled with understanding not only her place in the world as a superhero, but also finding her place as young...

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$20
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