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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 dangers. Ideas had the power of transgression; speech acts threatened to subvert. However, with the invention of “The Author,” writing has been drained of its beautiful danger. We no longer write to disappear, we write to become. We put the self before the idea and as a result, we have destroyed our only inherent sword.
Join us 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. We will learn about the history of copy write law, and its role in inventing The Author. We will ask ourselves, why do we write? Is it the self that moves us to the pen? Or do the words have a will of their own, tricking us into writing so that they might exist? And finally, we will ponder Foucault’s exquisite, unending question on the nature of reader, writer, and text: “What difference does it make who is speaking?”
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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 Western...
Sunday Apr 12th, 3pm - 6pm(4 sessions)
Join us for our first online book club! Hosted by Adrien, book lover and trained art historian, the Coucou Book Club’s aim is to practice French through a literary, emotional and esthetic-driven approach, which will translate well to an online setting. * This class will take place online via the video conference platform ZOOM * About the Book:...
Sunday Apr 12th, 4pm - 6pm(4 sessions)
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 Apr 22nd, 12pm - 1:30pm(7 sessions)
What does it mean to be human in the world today? Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) is a provocative treatise on what it means to live on earth and share the world in common. Her study, originally intended to be titled Amor Mundi (Love of the World), investigates the central activities of human life—labor, work, action—and their corresponding...
Monday May 11th, 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)
Speculative fiction and Hugo awarding-winning writer N.K. Jemisin sits down with organizer and activist Whitney Hu to discuss her forthcoming novel, The City We Became (March 2020). The story follows six characters -- each avatars of the five boroughs, and one of the city as a whole (based on demographic research done by Jemisin) as they...
Wednesday May 13th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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...
Thursday May 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(4 sessions)
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