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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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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)
“April is the cruelest month,” writes T.S. Eliot in the opening lines of The Waste Land (1922), “breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire.” What does modern poetry remember, and what does modern poetry want? This course, an introduction to the exhilarating, maddening, and strange experiments of twentieth-century...
Thursday Mar 5th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(4 sessions)
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)
at Think Olio
Join Jamie Warren for an Olio dedicated to analyzing and discussing Michel Foucault’s much-celebrated essay, “What is an Author?” We will learn about Foucault’s concept, “the author function” and its chilling role in the production of ideology and power. At one point in history, the writer acted as a menace, her words possessing tangible...
Thursday Mar 5th, 7pm - 8:15pm
Sunday Mar 8th, 2pm - 5pm(4 sessions)
What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy such essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his...
Thursday Apr 2nd, 6:30pm - 8pm(4 sessions)
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)
Elizabeth Bishop is a modern North American poet who is hard to identify in terms of a single school of poetry, place, or home. She writes poems linked to her native ground of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, yet she is also a poet who famously writes of travel. Brazil, where she lived for twenty years, was home away from home for her, as was Key West,...
Tuesday Apr 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm(3 sessions)
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)
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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