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ISIL and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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

This class will present a lecture on archaeology, memory and cultural resource management with particular emphasis on Iraq and Syria. We'll examine the political and social significance of archaeological sites in these two countries and offer an analysis of the destruction of cultural heritage that has been conducted by the extremist militant group...

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Poetry as a Gateway to the Miraculousv

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

“Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant heart— his frank and astonishing voice—befriend us mightily on this mysterious trail.” —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You and Yours This evening we celebrate with beloved poet, spiritual teacher and storyteller Mark Nepo, the publication of his new book, The Way Under the Way, which gathers poems he...

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Arguably, Some of the Best Books of the 20th Century

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

The operative word here is “arguably.” Read the books, discuss their meaning, their message, and of course, argue their merits (or demerits). Please read The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow for the first meeting. Books include In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, Howard's End by E.M. Forster and The Wide...

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3 sessions

Coffee & Classics: Shakespeare & Religion

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

The Reformation profoundly challenged traditional religious beliefs, and New World voyages and Eastern trade ventures exposed the English to varied and alien faiths. This course will consider a selection of Shakespeare plays that reflect these dramatic developments, beginning with The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.

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6 sessions

Learning From Trans Poets

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

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have noticed that a veritable explosion of literature by trans (genderqueer, nonbinary, transsexual, et al) poets is currently underway.  From the recent anthologies Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics and Writing the Walls Down to new literary journals...

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10 sessions

Family Story Poems

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

Our ancestors’ stories of success, love, and failure are the foundation of the themes and challenges in our current lives. In this workshop, participants will be guided to search their own histories for ancestral stories and write them as story poems, with an emphasis on the use of descriptive words. The poems can draw upon historical...

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Literature in Irish: Examining “Scothscéalta”

at Irish Arts Center - Hell's Kitchen 500 W 52nd St, New York, New York 10019

Pádraic Ó Conaire was the first Irish language writer to portray the human condition in a raw and honest manner. The title of this collection, “Scothscéalta,” means “Choice (or Best) Stories.” One short story will be discussed and analyzed each week in terms of themes, style and language. Pre-requisite: This course is aimed...

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8 sessions

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...

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4 sessions

Death: Exploring Mortality

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

How should I feel about my own mortality? In particular, does it make sense to fear death? How should the fact that I will die influence the sort of life I live? Everybody asks these questions, but it can be terrifying (and awkward) to confront them head on. We'll explore some of the most compelling and influential philosophical thinking about death,...

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Shakespeare with Leo - Hamlet: Part II

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

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.

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7 sessions

Slow Reading: Sanctuary by William Faulkner

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

The best of readers sometimes discover books that are either too long or too difficult to get through. It may be the subject matter, language, pacing, plot or vocabulary. Don’t be discouraged, you’re not alone. Join us to read and analyze. Portions of the book are read (and discussed) aloud in class. Sanctuary by William Faulkner: Vintage (December...

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4 sessions

Freud: Civilization and its Discontents

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope 230 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

In 1929, in between two world wars, Freud published Civilization and its Discontents, a popular yet controversial book that posed the following paradox: civilization as we know it depends on the repression of certain human drives, and yet this process of repression can make us deeply unhappy. The book is a meditation on some of Freud’s most crucial...

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4 sessions

HIV: From Physics to Poetics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - SoHo 172 Mulberry St, New York, New York 10013

HIV/AIDS was a pivotal biomedical crisis of the late 20th century. It remains, however, a profoundly personal crisis, touching on issues of identity, race, class, gender, sexuality, geography, and, of course, sex. This course will consider HIV/AIDS across this wide spectrum, from the biology of HIV infection, to the economics of drug development and...

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4 sessions

Consider the Dementor: Harry Potter

at Think Olio - Lower East Side 16B Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

Consider the Dementor: Harry Potter and the Construction of the Anthropocentric Villain In his 2004 essay “Consider the Lobster,” David Foster Wallace investigated the ethics of boiling alive an aesthetically unappealing, yet sentient and perceiving, creature to augment the pleasure of a human consumer. In the Potterverse, dementors are described...

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Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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

Join us for a coffee-fueled Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that aims to both expand the historical records of feminist activism on Wikipedia and combat the gender gap in its editing -- less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women.  Drop in any time between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to help create and refine Wikipedia pages associated with the women activists...

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