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Olio Breakfast Club | The Stranger

at Think Olio - Williamsburg 103 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

Olio Breakfast Club will be a monthly series dedicated to gathering and discussing one classic text over coffee and bagels. Our version of a book club, led by a great teacher.  Patricia Kim, english professor and social worker will give us a unique perspective on a classic text which is encouraged but not essential to read ahead of time. This...

Sunday Jul 21st, 10am - 11:30am

Getting the Most Out of the NYPL Catalog

at The New York Public Library - Woodlawn 4355 Katonah Ave, Bronx, New York 10470

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.

Thursday Aug 8th, 4pm - 5pm

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Best of World Literature

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

Enjoy the stunning work of these authors from around the world. Please read W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn for the first class, Alice Munro’s The Love of a Good Woman for the second, Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire for the third, Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust for the fourth and Sylvina Ocampo’s ...

Tuesday Sep 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$150

5 sessions

Great American Fiction

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

Experience the creative genius of some of the nation’s most gifted authors, both past and present. Please read Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for the first class, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Orsinian Tales for the second, Evan S. Connell’s Mr. Bridgefor the third, Willa Cather’s My Antonia for the fourth and...

Monday Sep 23rd, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (5 sessions)
$150

5 sessions

Coffee and Classics: Shakespearean Strangers

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

This course on Shakespeare’s Henriad will largely focus on two plays, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry V, along with excerpts from a third, Henry IV, Part 2. We will follow the development of prince Hal, a prodigal and scamp, into King Henry V, a conquering hero and majestic—and Machiavellian—ruler. We’ll also follow the rise and fall of one of...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$180

6 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,...

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot with Liza Knapp

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

In writing The Idiot,a novel dear to his own heart, Dostoevsky set about to depict a truly good man. As he asks whether goodness can survive in the world and/or a novel, Dostoevsky also addresses traditional assumptions about marriage, family life, the “woman question,” Russian identity, health, sickness, love and death. To celebrate the 150th...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (4 sessions)
$400

4 sessions

Reading Don Quixote with Alberto Manguel

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

Don Quixote is in several senses one of our essential books. First, as a model for what novels could do: from Dickens to Dostoevsky, from Flaubert to García Márquez, novelists have acknowledged their debt to Don Quixote. Second, as a revolutionary work that, during the wave of expulsions of Jews and Arabs from the Iberian Peninsula, has...

Thursday Oct 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (6 sessions)
$500

6 sessions

Sprats & Symposia: The Cuisine of the Ancient Greeks

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

We’ve all heard about the Ancient Greeks. Their influence on the modern Western world is formidable; we are surrounded by references to Greek government, art, literature, mythology, philosophy, science… Yet for all our celebration of the Greeks and their achievements, there is one aspect of their culture that rarely gets mentioned in modern times:...

Wednesday Jul 31st, 8:30pm - 10pm

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Music of the 1920’s: The Anything Goes Decade

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

The decade of the 1920’s was a period of dazzling creativity in Europe and America. “New” was the thing in music, literature, painting, poetry. Artists of all disciplines intermingled and influenced each other. Young composers and musicians took center stage: Les Six in Paris; Gershwin, Copland and Armstrong in America; Weill, Brecht and Hindemith...

Monday Oct 7th, 7:15pm - 9:05pm

  (11 sessions)
$365

11 sessions

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Sunnyside 47-29 32nd Pl, Long Island City, New York 11101

For the historian C. Vann Woodward, living in the South at the height of Jim Crow, it was literature that awoke him to the myths and dissimulation of official white supremacy. In particular, William Faulkner’s novels—his 1936 classic Absalom, Absalom! especially—challenged the tendency of Southern historians to justify and validate...

No Upcoming Schedules
$315

4 sessions

Cold Pastoral: Literature, Nature, and the Anthropocene

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

What do ideas of nature have to tell us about literature and how it works? Through the medium of the pastoral—variously defined as a genre, a set of rhetorical moves, or an uneasy collection of tropes—writers have evoked, described, and accounted for nature and humanity’s place within it. From visions of Arcadia to Paradise to the Golden Age,...

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$315

4 sessions

Anthropology and Ethnographic Theory

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

Developed as a tool for colonial empire-building at the close of the 19th century, the ethnographic method has become an important practice for telling the stories of the oppressed, designing for the future, and demanding social change. British and American anthropologists were initially concerned with understanding the discrete cultures of “savage”...

No Upcoming Schedules
$315

4 sessions

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

E. Said’s Orientalism: Literature and the Non-European

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

What is “Orientalism”? And why has the book that defined it as a Western body of knowledge remained so popular as a key text of critical theory? Published in 1978, Edward Said’s Orientalism immediately attracted both praise and censure. For Said, the notion that the world is divided—politically, culturally, and morally—into the...

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$315

4 sessions

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