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Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man...

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America Join journalist Britt Collins as she shares from her new book Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and their Journey Across America. Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Michael King lives in a UPS loading...

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$34

In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s Celebration of Kerouac’s On the Road First published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s iconic and celebrated autobiographical novel, On the Road inspired a generation of rebels and writers to buck the system in search of greater meaning and authenticity.  Cited by many critics as one of the most important...

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$20

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Wagner’s Ring Cycle: the Total Art Work

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

At age 37, Richard Wagner—composer, exile, and failed revolutionary—set to work on the project that would consume the next 25 years of his life. By its completion, it had grown into arguably the most ambitious artwork of the 19th century: the monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, a fifteen-hour operatic tetralogy of unprecedented scope and...

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$315

4 sessions

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Assia Djebar: Fiction, Feminism, and Anti-Nationalism

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

When she died in February 2015, Assia Djebar–novelist, translator, and filmmaker–left behind a all the richness of her artistic invention: languages of adventurous sensory exploration, loss, longing, exile, feminist experiment, and political resistance.  Despite her virtuosic range, she appeared in Algerian President Bouteflika’s remembrance...

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$315

4 sessions

Art and the American Identity

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

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a six-week interactive lecture series on American art, placing various artists and styles in the complex narrative of what it means to be an American. Clothes Make the Country: Colonial Portraiture and Separating from England The Land: Landscape Paintings and Emblems of the American Dream The People: Genre Paintings...

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$210

6 sessions

History of Analog in Revolt & Sparking Poetic Rev.

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

John Giorno (b. 1936), a living legend in NY’s performance arts and experimental poetry worlds, has published numerous literary works and art installations, and continues to create and perform. He got his start in the early 60s as an actor in Andy Warhol’s Sleep (1963). In this Olio we will begin unpacking the history of John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem...

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$20

Virginia Woolf: Embodiment and Novel Experiments

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope 230 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

In an essay called “Flying Over London,” Virginia Woolf imagines herself as a passenger on an airplane passing over the city. Her imagined journey becomes an occasion to think about both the lures of a fixed, constant subjectivity and the shifting currents of an unstable modernity. This fraught relationship with the self (and the flight from it)...

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$315

4 sessions

Rupture and Renewal in the Post-Colonial Novel

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Things Fall Apart: Rupture and Renewal in the Post-Colonial Novel The novel is often regarded as the pre-eminent literary product of 19th century European bourgeois society: an imaginative space in which individuals forge new possibilities and chart their fate in a world that, in Georg Lukacs’ words, has been abandoned by God. Like other cultural...

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$315

4 sessions

Queer Becomings: Woolf, Stein and Modernist Experiments

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

This course explores the role of time and narrative in tales of queer desire. How are queer stories told and what is their relationship to so-called “normative” romantic narratives of marriage, monogamy, and child rearing? What kinds of “queer becomings”—strange combinations of futures, pasts, and presents—are made possible by writers...

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$315

6 sessions

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Walter Benjamin: The Origin of German Tragic Drama

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Best known for his philosophical fragments, art criticism, and unfinished works, Walter Benjamin published only one major academic monograph in his lifetime, The Origin of German Tragic Drama. In the process of drawing a sharp distinction between tragedy and Trauerspiel (German mourning plays), the text interrogates the very possibilities of knowledge,...

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$315

4 sessions

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...

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$165

7 sessions

Communication & Critique:An Intro to Jürgen Habermas

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Jurgen Habermas is one of the most prolific and influential contemporary European philosophers and public intellectuals. Although a student of Theodor Adorno and the most prominent member of the so-called “second generation” of Frankfurt School thinkers, Habermas’ thought departs significantly from the largely Marxian frameworks of Adorno and...

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$315

4 sessions

Day-of-Learning – Eichmann in Jerusalem

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO 18 Bridge St, New York, New York 11201

When Hannah Arendt published Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1963 she sparked a fierce international debate. Gershom Scholem accused her of having no “Ahavath Israel,” – “Love of the Jewish people.” Robert Lowell praised her coverage of Eichmann as a literary “masterpiece” while others derided her for being a “self-hating Jew.” Irving Howe...

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$315

6 sessions

A Homesick Journey to Iran: American’s Nostalgic Visit

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

After three decades of self-imposed exile, Azita Houshiar finally returned to her homeland country of Iran, as she had longed to do since the very minute she left it as a 10th grader. It was an epic journey, lasting nearly three months, and one that saw her exploring the bazaars, palaces, art galleries, bookstores, beauty salons, museums, mosques,...

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$8

Slam and Spoken Word with Nuyorican's Cafe

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

Delve into the eclectic and electric worlds of spoken word and slam poetry; expand your poetic language and horizons under the guidance of award-winning performance poets from the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. During this four-week course, you’ll learn how to craft and perform dynamic works of diaphanous lyricism through writing exercises, one-on-one...

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$350

4 sessions

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