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Reclaiming Utopia: an Introduction to Ernst Bloch

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the enduring relevance of utopian thinking through the work of Ernst Bloch in this thought-provoking course. Delve into his vision of a non-alienated future and examine how art and literature can inspire political transformation. Join us as we challenge the proliferation of dystopian imaginaries and embrace the power of hope, imagination, and anticipation.

Wednesday, Mar 6th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Wonderful, Wonderful Times: Reading Elfriede Jelinek

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Explore the provocative and controversial works of Elfriede Jelinek, Nobel Prize-winning author, in this course from the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Analyze Jelinek's anti-realist technique, the influence of capitalism and fascism on sex and romance, and the role of myth in her worldview. Discover how her writings challenge societal norms and provide a lens into life after liberal humanism.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Reconstruction in America

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Uncover the untold history of Reconstruction in America through W.E.B. Du Bois' groundbreaking perspective. Explore the struggles and triumphs of Black people during this transformative period and discover the lasting impact on U.S. democracy today. Supplementary readings by renowned scholars add depth to this thought-provoking course.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Unravel the enduring enigma of Hieronymus Bosch's masterpiece triptych and explore its critique of early modern Europe, its engagement with theology, and its depiction of race, gender, and sexuality. Delve into the context of the artist's world, from politics to aesthetics, and discover the secrets behind the painting's dense and wild invention. Join us on a journey through Bosch's oeuvre and navigate the complexities of endless endings in our own moment.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot with Liza Knapp

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

In writing The Idiot,a novel dear to his own heart, Dostoevsky set about to depict a truly good man. As he asks whether goodness can survive in the world and/or a novel, Dostoevsky also addresses traditional assumptions about marriage, family life, the “woman question,” Russian identity, health, sickness, love and death. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Idiot (finished in 1869), we take a new look.

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Spanish Tutoring: Introduction to Spanish Conversation

El Camino College @ Online Classroom

Spanish Tutoring: Introduction to Spanish Conversation (Grades 8-12) In this session students can get help  cleaning up any grammatical confusion and move towards fluency.   We will also analyze some samples of Spanish literature.   No more than 3 students per class.   No text book required, however, if you have a book you are currently working with during the school year, bring it to class. 

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Spanish Tutoring: Int & Adv Spanish Conversation

El Camino College @ Online Classroom

Spanish Tutoring: Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Conversation (Grades 8-12) In this session students can get help  cleaning up any grammatical confusion and move towards fluency.   We will also analyze some samples of Spanish literature.   No more than 3 students per class.   No text book required, however, if you have a book you are currently working with during the school year, bring it to class. ...

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Science Fiction Short-Story Writing Workshop

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

In the 50 years since the historic Apollo 11 mission, we've never stopped wondering: what - and who - is out there? We'll explore this question in a workshop that consists of reading and discussing short excerpts of space travel and moon colonization literature, writing our own stories based on various guided prompts (including space-related images and songs), and sharing our work with the group to get feedback and ideas for next steps. Attendees...

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Book Arts Workshop

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Artists' books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects. Artists' books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box. In this one day workshop, students will be introduced to several creative book forms including folded single sheet books, accordion books, origami explosion...

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Book Club - Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse

Coucou Los Angeles @ Online Classroom via Zoom, Online, CA

For this new session of the Coucou Book Club, dive into the hedonistic young voice of Françoise Sagan, through her famous novel Bonjour Tristesse.  Françoise Sagan (1935-2004) was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. She was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Bonjour tristesse was her first novel, published in 1954 when she was only 18 years old....

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Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden depths of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series in this literary class that delves into the series' settings, authorship, adaptations, translations, and lasting impact on American history and girlhood. Taught by a dedicated Wilder scholar, this course will explore not only Wilder's eight-book series but also the works of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the societal, ideological, and historical themes embedded within these iconic books.

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Nationalism: Myth and Reality

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

What are the historical roots of nationalism? How does it impact nations across the globe today? What is the future for this political ideology? Nationalism is at the root of most of the violence in the world today, both internationally and domestically. Dictators and would-be dictators appeal to nationalism to solidify their support. Their ideology poses a threat to democracy, whether in the U.S., Hungary, or non-Western states. In this class,...

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Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman, How the French Saved America Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America. How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution is about French aid to Americans during the American...

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The 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE! Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s mission to build and care for an extraordinary collection and share it—free of charge—with...

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Meet the Author: Stacy Schiff, The Witches, Salem, 1692

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, turns her penetrating gaze and distinctive voice to a subject closer to home, as she takes on the greatest unsolved American mystery: the Salem witch trials. Schiff’s fresh and startling account, The Witches: Salem, 1692, is as psychologically riveting as the trials were themselves historically seminal. It began in 1692, during an exceptionally cold Massachusetts...

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Reclaiming Utopia: an Introduction to Ernst Bloch

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the enduring relevance of Ernst Bloch's vision of concrete utopia and its impact on Marxist praxis in this thought-provoking course. Discover how utopia, hope, and anticipation intersect with political transformation through the works of Bloch, Marx, Adorno, Benjamin, and more. Join us on a journey to reimagine the future.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the diverse methods of literary theory as you explore the meanings, uses, values, and histories of literature at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This selective introduction will focus on psychoanalysis, Marxism, structuralism and poststructuralism, queer and feminist theory, and postcolonial theory, all through the lens of one primary literary text of your choice. Discover the influential theorists who have shaped our understanding of literature and the ethics of reading in this thought-provoking course.

Monday, Mar 4th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Silvia Federici: Women, Capitalism, and the Body

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the dark history of witch-hunts and their connection to capitalism in this thought-provoking course. Explore how the persecution of women during the transition to capitalism created a docile feminized subject fit for domestic work and wage labor. Delve into Silvia Federici's groundbreaking work, Caliban and the Witch, and examine the impact of capitalism on gender, race, and state control over reproductive labor.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Marxist Legal Theory

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the implications of Marxist theory on the law, delving into topics such as property, ideology, and domination. Examine the role of law in maintaining capitalism and class divisions, while also questioning its potential for leftist purposes. Discover how legal institutions shape social relations and human subjects in this thought-provoking course.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Philosophy & Deconstruction: An Introduction to Derrida

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Discover the enigmatic world of Jacques Derrida and his influential ideas that sparked controversy and revolutionized American academia. This course delves into Derrida's wide-ranging engagements with various fields, exploring his foundational concepts of differance, deconstruction, and more. Join us as we uncover the transition from structuralism to poststructuralism through the lens of the charismatic and influential philosopher.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Literature Classes Coming Up in Boston

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Un Mois, Un Livre: Le Suicide par Enthousiasme

French Cultural Center @ 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA

Un Mois, Un Livre is a monthly literature workshop that is led by Center professor, Benjamin Capellari. Intended for intermediate to advanced French speakers (B1+), it is presented in French in the Library. This month, join us for an in-depth discussion on Hector Berlioz's Le Suicide par enthousiasme.

Un Mois, Un Livre: Les Regrets

French Cultural Center @ 53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA

Un Mois, Un Livre is a monthly literature workshop that is led by Center professor, Benjamin Capellari. Intended for intermediate to advanced French speakers (B1+), it is presented in French in the Library. This month, join us for an in-depth discussion on Joachim Du Bellay's Les Regrets. The required text, to be read in advance, can be purchased from our Reception desk. 

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Charity Ride

The Handle Bar @ 1336 Boylston St, Boston, MA

Come sweat at The Handlebar in Fenway with favorite instructor Eve to support Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The class will be 45 minutes with light refreshments afterwards. All proceeds will benefit the MMRF!.

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Reading Children's Literature

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

Many of us have a book we read or had read to us when we were children that shaped us in important ways. We may revisit these stories with our children as parents, grandparents, teachers and in other roles. We may also turn to children’s books for the joy and deep truths they offer us throughout life. This course returns adult readers to those roots and asks questions about the meaning and purpose of children’s literature. The serious study of...

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Literature And Culture: Baudolino

Casa Italiana Language School @ 1776 G St NW, Washington, DC

This novel is about the adventures of a young talented peasant boy named Baudolino. It takes place in the Christian word of the 12th century. Emperor Frederik “Barbarossa” tried to subdue the independent city-states of Northern Italy. And after the emperor died, Baudolino and his friends took a long journey in search of the kingdom of Priester John. After many adventures they returned to Constantinople, where the story began. Students will read...

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Literature And Culture: Saturnalia

Casa Italiana Language School @ 1776 G St NW, Washington, DC

This book tells the story of the tenth case of Publio Aurelio Stazio in 46AD in Rome.  Saturnalia is the equivalent of modern day “Carnival” in the time of ancient Rome.  It is a time when everything transforms to opposites and all becomes a game. All, that is, except crime!  Follow a new and surprising investigation by Pubio Aurelio Stazio, the detective of imperial Rome.

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Literature And Culture: Memorie Scritte Da Lui Medesimo

Casa Italiana Language School @ 1776 G St NW, Washington, DC

The subject of this book includes only the first part of Casanova’s life. Casanova wrote the “Story of my life” which combines both his “memoires” and his autobiography. It is regarded as a source of the customs of European social life during the 18th century. This period represents the height of Venetian splendor before its decline. Students will research on the arts, architecture, music and fashion of Venice during this time.

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Classics of Japanese Literature

Oglethorpe University @ 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA

Japan has one of the richest literary traditions in the world. Together we will explore great works of Japanese literature, including poetry, fiction and drama, from classical to early modern times. All readings will be in English translation.  Textbook:  Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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