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Wagner’s Ring Cycle: the Total Art Work

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

At age 37, Richard Wagner—composer, exile, and failed revolutionary—set to work on the project that would consume the next 25 years of his life. By its completion, it had grown into arguably the most ambitious artwork of the 19th century: the monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, a fifteen-hour operatic tetralogy of unprecedented scope and...

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$315

4 sessions

Crisis and Instability

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill 275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Do capitalist societies have an inherent tendency toward economic, social, and political crises?  Political economists have, over the course of the past 250 years, offered different frameworks to understand the existence of crises within capitalism: from Adam Smith’s “general glut” (when production exceeds demand) to Marx’s belief that...

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$315

4 sessions

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Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction and Difference

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

The arrival of Jacques Derrida’s work lit the American intellectual landscape ablaze. For many American academics and critics in the 1970s and thereafter, the charismatic Algerian-born Derrida was the face of “French Theory,” and virtually synonymous with postmodernism itself. With his enigmatic prose and seemingly esoteric approach to language,...

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$315

4 sessions

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Love is a Weapon

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village 417 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003

In this course we look closely at Gandhi’s South Africa years—a time of both racial warfare, and great love and friendship—to understand the source of the philosophies and practices that would later inspire many currents of the civil rights movement in the United States. While many analyses of Gandhi and his thought focus on ideas and influences...

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$315

4 sessions

The Encyclopedia from Babylon to Google

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

In The City of God, Saint Augustine confronts a central problem: How did evil come into the world if human beings were created good? Through our study of the ethical universe of literary texts, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility,...

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$765

17 sessions

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Reading Cervantes with Edith Grossman

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

Most of us know Miguel de Cervantes as the author of Don Quixote, but it may come as a surprise that he also wrote short fiction as well as works for the theater. His novellas (called "Novelas ejemplares," or "Exemplary Novels,") are fast-paced and witty, and well may be, as Cervantes claimed, the first novellas written originally in Spanish and not...

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$420

4 sessions

Camus and The Stranger

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village 417 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003

Camus and The Stranger: From Existentialism to Post-Colonialism When Albert Camus visited New York seventy years ago, he was greeted as one of Europe’s foremost writers and existentialist philosophers. Widely embraced by the city’s literary and cultural establishment, Camus’s newly-translated book, The Stranger, was read as a vehicle for exploring...

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$315

4 sessions

Reading Toni Morrison

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

This course offers an intensive examination of Toni Morrison’s work in its own contexts and the critical contexts in which others have read it. You will learn: The course emphasizes the process of examining an individual author’s work in view of the literary, biographical, historical, and cultural influences that shaped it. Benefits:  ...

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$765

16 sessions

Marxism and Culture

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village 417 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003

Marxism and Culture: Georg Lukacs, Revolution, and Consciousness “Materialist dialectic is a revolutionary dialectic.” So wrote the Hungarian philosopher Georg Lukács in March 1919 as a participant in the proletarian revolutions sweeping Europe in the wake of World War I. In a series of essays written in response to the Bolshevik Revolution,...

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$315

4 sessions

Poems Against the Demagogue

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

This workshop will be centered around the study of demagogic language. We’ll pay special attention to the mechanisms underlying linguistic propaganda described in Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works and Theodor Adorno’s catalog of rhetorical devices used by the 1930s fascist-style demagogue and radio personality Martin Luther Thomas....

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$150

5 sessions

Slow Reading: The Canterbury Tales

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

When was the last time you read a great work at a slow pace to really ingest its richness? This course is designed to help you appreciate the art of taking in the sense and beauty of the language. For the first class, please read Preface and Introduction, pages viixliii, and the General Prologue, pages 3-61, of The Canterbury Tales, edited,...

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$198

6 sessions

Prosody, Privatization, Performance and Peace

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

PROSODY can, conventionally, be thought of as poets’ elements of composition, such as stress, tone, sound pattern and pause. This workshop will, first, expand on and reimagine prosody. A few of the facets we’ll explore (embody/invent) together:  sound meanings prosody as cosmogenic (in that sound patterns matter, prosody is materialization)...

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$275

10 sessions

Great Books: Mystical Foundations

at Institute of Prophetic Activist Art - East Village 195 East 3rd Street, New York, New York 10009

Great Books explores mystical thinking by reading from texts of great spiritual thinkers throughout the ages to spur us on to see our lives, and the surrounding society, from a very different perspective.  Every week, we read 30-page excerpts of one book, then spend the class discussing the ideas, as well as how they might impact the manner...

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$250

10 sessions

The Poetics Of Physical Space

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

In this workshop we will study how physical space influences our writing practice and how we may contest or extend the limits of our inner and outer space. We may investigate geologic and historic time, perhaps by gazing at bluestone sidewalks and pondering place names.  We may interpret the dreams of the East River or of tenement architecture?...

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$150

5 sessions

Master Class with Adam Haslett

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

An intimate master class in fiction with Adam Haslett.

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$220
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