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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. Sep 26 — Henry VI, Part I Part...

$170

7 sessions

Jewish Book Club (Ages 55+)

at Sundays at JASA - Hell's Kitchen
524 W 59th St 2nd Fl, New York, New York 10019

NOTE: The price for this class is for the entire 10-week semester, and applies to all the classes. In other words, once you sign up for any one of the courses, you can attend all the other classes, all day, if you wish. This course analyzes short stories or book excerpts with Jewish characters and themes. Readings for each week, including works by...

$225

10 sessions

Sunday Sep 30th, 11am

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Gender: Personal and Social

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

Gender is often thought of as an expression of one’s individual identity, something that emerges from one’s sense of self. Yet is also often described as a social construct, something with historical and regional roots that places a person into a relation with set norms. Are these two ideas incompatible? Or, conversely, can gender be something...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Oct 17th, 6:30pm

Dante's Divine Comedy: Purgatorio

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

The course focuses on Purgatorio, the second of the three cantiche of Dante’s the Divine Comedy. Having been led through Hell by his poetic idol Virgil, through whom Dante has learned in the most graphic fashion the true nature of sin, Virgil now guides Dante on the arduous climb up the mount of Purgatory on which the potentially saved...

$165

7 sessions

Wednesday Oct 3rd, 10am

The Bible as Literature: Narrative, Politics, & History

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

The Bible is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of stories: a parade of heroes and villains, royals and peasants, dysfunctional families and the truest of filial loyalties.  Its texts span genres from poetry to novella, short story to historical epic, legalistic writing to satire, and instructional manual to the confessional. However, this...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Nov 14th, 6:30pm

Prosody with David Yezzi

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

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.

$400

2 sessions

Saturday Nov 10th, 12pm

Reading Kipling

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

Rudyard Kipling’s name is associated today with Disney’s version of The Jungle Book and with Imperialism. In this course we will see how the first is exclusionary (Kipling was above all a great craftsman of complex tales and poems) and how the second is largely false. We will study six short stories that will show the vast range of Kipling’s...

$420

3 sessions

Thursday Jan 10th, 6:30pm

Poet Against Empire: a Generative Erasure Workshop

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

How can erasure poetry be a means for confrontation and dialogue? What makes a good erasure poem? How can a poet use feedback to revise a visual poem? Whether someone is new to poetry, or is an experienced writer, erasing found text can help poets generate visually-engaging work that responds to power with precision and complexity.  In this workshop,...

$150

5 sessions

Tuesday Oct 23rd, 7pm

Reading Latin American Fiction

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

Beginning in the early twentieth century, the various Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America began developing a unique style of fantastic literature. Under the influence of Poe (via France) and certain schools of philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Berkeley, William James, Existenialism) writers as different as Borges, García Márquez and Armonía...

$420

4 sessions

Thursday Nov 8th, 6:30pm

Writing for Actors

at The Barrow Group Acting School - Hell's Kitchen
312 W 36th St 3rd Fl, New York, New York 10018

So many actors want to write but are unsure how to start. Others are intimidated. But why should that be? Many of the skills needed to write – understanding how dialogue reveals character, how scenes are structured, how the action of the play reveals the truth of the story – are skills every good actor already has. This class will teach actors...

$495

10 sessions

Friday Sep 28th, 11am

Writing Science Fiction

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.” -- Ray Bradbury. The greatest...

Sunday Oct 14th, 10am

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 each work before the corresponding session: Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase for the first class,  Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain for the second,  Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game for the third,  Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch for the fourth and ...

$150

5 sessions

The Correspondence: Music and Literature

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

A unique and unforgettable mixture of performance, writing, and history of classical music led by Elena Baksht, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and Music at Lincoln Center, and “one of the most intriguing pianists of her generation.” An electrifying performer and engaging teacher, Baksht’s fascination with literature’s surprising...

$160

4 sessions

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Reading the Odyssey

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

The first lines of the Odyssey foretell the story of the man “of many ways” who, in his wanderings, comes to know “cities and minds.” A radically new hero is thus introduced, committed not to the glory—and to the short, beautiful life—of the Iliadic warrior, but to the transactions and institutions of an increasingly mortal, increasingly...

$315

4 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...

$250

10 sessions

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