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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...

$250

10 sessions

Tuesday Sep 25th, 2pm

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Queer New York

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course traverses the geography of New York City, exploring queer life from the 1960s to the present. Through engagement with literature, performance, and film, students look at experiments in the production of queer art and culture.  From Jack Smith's trash aesthetics to Dynasty Handbag's performance of abjection, queer art practice has...

$800

16 sessions

Tuesday Aug 28th, 4pm

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The Psychology of Creativity

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

Creativity is both a central goal and a vexing challenge for most of us. We struggle with our inner thoughts as we strive to put forward the best possible image of ourselves. Our most challenging creation is our own self, a work-in-progress that is never completed.  In this course, we examine the psychological literature on creativity, including...

$800

14 sessions

Wednesday Aug 29th, 6pm

Books & Brunch

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and theme. ...

$55

3 sessions

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. This year, he tackles the history plays. May 30 — Henry V The culmination...

$165

7 sessions

Jorge Luis Borges: Mysticism and Politics

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

This class centers upon one of Latin America’s most prolific and influential literary figures, Jorge Luis Borges. It will introduce students to Borges’ most canonical works, including the two short story collections Fictions and The Aleph, as well as the essay collection Other Inquisitions.  Students with previous...

$315

4 sessions

Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

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

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods...

$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...

$765

15 sessions

Literature as Identity in Fahrenheit 451

at Think Olio - Gowanus
574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, first published in 1953, is the latest in a series of dystopian fiction classics that have become handbooks for our troubled times. But there is more to “Fahrenheit 451” than the eerie déjà vu quality it projects onto the tumult of 2018. At its heart, Fahrenheit 451 is as much a love story as it is a prescient...

$15

Poetry and Poetics: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
47 Canal S #2, New York, New York 10002

What is poetry and what is it good for? These questions have long haunted practitioners and readers of this “beautiful and pointless” art, to quote the contemporary critic David Orr. But “beautiful and pointless” were not always the terms of the debate. On the contrary, these questions about what poetry is and what it does mean something profoundly...

$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...

$315

4 sessions

By the Book

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and The Mare by Mary Gaitskill will be the first selection. Please read this book PRIOR to the 1st class mee...

$75

5 sessions

Food, Power and Control: An Olio Dinner Party

at Think Olio - Williamsburg
28 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Food, Power and Control: How our obsession with food is a sign of our growing sense of powerlessness Our lives can sometimes become tasteless, lacking in meaning.  We search for novelty and innovation and have forgotten about depth and context. Our choices in food are just one of the many ways that we express our yearning for something with...

$15

Antediluvian Energies: Practices

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

A cross pollinating workshop investigating our omnivorous minds, our spirited times, radical​ ​language power, the apotropaic, the ghost of the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway’s notion​ ​of “oddkin” & Chthulucene, utopias, action & resistance, Buddhist anarchism, pratitya-samutpada, practices of the 24/7 poet, seminal myths and nuclear...

$35
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McCarthyism: Politics and Paranoia

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

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name has been enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—this...

$315

4 sessions