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Reading the Odyssey

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

Homer’s Odyssey tells the tale of a mortal who suffers and who comes to know the “cities and minds” of humans. The travels and ordeals of Odysseus, as he moves from the ruins of Troy to the new civic possibilities of Ithaca, elaborate two constitutive myths: the first is the tale of the hero’s homecoming—the nostos, or “mindful...

Monday Jan 27th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Complete Course Title: A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: an Introduction to Marx In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly...

Tuesday Jan 28th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Stories in Art

at The Jewish Museum - Upper East Side 1109 5th Ave, New York, New York 10128

Examine art inspired by fairy tales, folklore and Biblical stories in this workshop focusing on English Language Arts (ELA). Hear from Nina Jaffe, children’s book author, storyteller and bilingual special educator and explore the exhibition, Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone through the lens of literacy and storytelling. Price includes light...

Thursday Feb 6th, 4pm - 7pm

Shakespeare with Leo Schaff

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. The Tempest - January 8 The magic hand of Prospero guides us through...

Wednesday Feb 26th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (6 sessions)
$192

6 sessions

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...

Tuesday Jan 28th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Reading Philip Roth: Anxiety and Comedy

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

What kind of writer was Philip Roth? His fiction deals unquestionably with problems of Jewish cultural difference: parochialism, assimilation, conversion, anxiety, whiteness. Yet, Roth famously disavowed the categorization “Jewish-American.” For others, Roth is a quintessentially all-American literary icon—a novelist who, in dealing forcefully...

Wednesday Jan 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

Work through selected chapters of Ulysses and discovery what makes the novel resonate today, with Michael Groden, editor of the James Joyce Archive

Sunday Mar 8th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

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...

Tuesday Feb 18th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$192

6 sessions

Playing to Win: an Introduction to Game Theory

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

From zero-sum games and the “prisoner’s dilemma” to rational actors and the Nash equilibrium, game theory has grown from a bold conjecture into a deeply influential mode of analysis in political science, economics, psychology, business, mathematics, and even military strategy. Based on a theory of simple card games developed by John Von Neumann...

Wednesday Jan 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Feminist Science Fiction

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

The world is not usually imagined for the benefit of women. What can feminist science fiction tell us about these oppressive arrangements and how the world might be otherwise? What makes a work of science fiction feminist? From utopia to dystopia, satire to space opera, in what ways does science fiction hold up a mirror to difficult realties?...

Monday Mar 2nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature

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

Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature, Philosophy What constitutes an apology? Are certain kinds of acts unforgivable—and, if so, why? Who, indeed, has the power to forgive? In this course, we’ll set these questions in historical context, beginning with Bishop Joseph Butler’s eighteenth-century sermons, then exploring discussions...

Sunday Mar 8th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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...

Thursday Mar 5th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

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

Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, “My soul would speak of bodies changed into new forms,” and it is the great theme of physical transformation that unites the poem’s many myths: humans becomes animals and plants, and vice versa; humans becomes stones and constellations; and humans change their sex.  No poem from antiquity has so influenced...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Homer's Odyssey

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

Composed sometime between the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest works of world literature and the ancestor of virtually every narrative that involves a difficult journey home. The longing to return home is for Odysseus is the longing of a man to recover his identity as a king, husband, and father after having...

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 10am - 11:30am

  (8 sessions)
$256

8 sessions

Memoirs: Jewish Authors on Identity, Culture, Language

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

Memoirists write their personal stories in a way that appeals to the emotions and experiences of their readers. Jewish memoirists Esther Amini, Angela Himsel, and Ilan Stavans will sit down with author Marcia Butler to talk about how they use the memoir format to express their identity and history.

Thursday Apr 23rd, 7pm - 8pm

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