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Macbeth

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. Witchery, thy name is…The Scottish Play. Blood will have blood. Bewitched,...

Wednesday Nov 6th, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$205

7 sessions

Coffee and Classics: Shakespeare's Henriad

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

This course on Shakespeare’s Henriad will largely focus on two plays, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry V, along with excerpts from a third, Henry IV, Part 2. We will follow the development of prince Hal, a prodigal and scamp, into King Henry V, a conquering hero and majestic—and Machiavellian—ruler. We’ll also follow the rise and fall of one of...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 10am - 11:30am

  (6 sessions)
$180

6 sessions

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Kafka’s The Trial

at Think Olio - Gowanus 574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Kafka’s The Trial: Guilt and the (Almost) Sexual Perversion of Justice Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 7:30pm - 9pm

Olio Breakfast Club | Frankenstein: Who is the Monster?

at Think Olio - Greenpoint 113 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Olio Breakfast Club will be a monthly series dedicated to gathering and discussing one classic text over coffee and bagels. Our version of a book club, led by a great teacher.  This week: Frankstein by Mary Shelley Martin Luther King, in a speech to the American Psychological Association one year before his assassination, stated, “The field...

Sunday Oct 27th, 1pm - 2:30pm

Reading the Qur'an

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

“Read!” This is the very first word, the first injunction of the Qur’an. Although if one were to “read” (iqra) the Qur’an, as one reads any other book, you’d discover that the word appears, perhaps puzzlingly, in the 96th surah or “chapter” of the “book.” Traditionally understood as revealed to Muhammed, an illiterate and not...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Understanding Loneliness: Literature, Philosophy,Theory

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

How are we to understand loneliness today? It appears that we are facing a mass epidemic of loneliness. Britain has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to counter rising rates of isolation. Approximately 20-43 percent of American adults over the age of 60 experience “frequent or intense loneliness.” And, it is clear from medical research that loneliness...

Thursday Nov 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Augustine’s Confessions: Sex, Sin, and Christianity

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

“Soul-sick was I, and tormented, accusing myself severely … rolling and turning in my chains, till they were wholly broken, whereby I now was barely held, but still was held.” So writes Augustine of Hippo, the towering north-African philosopher and theologian. In his Confessions, he wrestles with questions of human will and divine grace...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Poet-trees

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

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir Join us for a light-hearted look at trees! We will seek to identify a few trees and search for the poems hidden in the furrows of bark and in the slenderest of branches.   This class leans heavily toward the whimsical and will certainly get those creative...

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$13

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Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

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

Mesopotamia, the “Land Between the Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, is often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization. The ancient peoples of this region developed the first cities and multicultural societies, invented writing and the wheel, and left behind incredible works of art and a rich and varied literature. Yet despite their...

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$10

Houdini: The Man behind the Myth, the Magic

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

“The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.” –Harry Houdini Leap into the mysterious life of Harry Houdini as he went from the freak show circuitto Vaudeville, taking audiences and the media along with him. Learn some of the secretsbehind his most famous...

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$7

Appreciating James Joyce's Baffling Masterpiece

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

Finnegans Wake: Approaching and Appreciating James Joyce's Baffling Masterpiece Notoriously called the most difficult novel ever written, thought of as either a colossal joke (or waste of time) or the greatest work of genius ever - James Joyce's Finnegans Wake has fascinated and repelled the literary world since its release in 1939. In this class...

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$8

Reading Octavia Butler

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

Octavia E. Butler is arguably one of the best sci-fi writers of her time. A rarity in her day--African-American and female-- she broke boundaries and created extraordinary, life-changing stories. In this class, we will examine two of her short stories - one from the "Unexpected Stories" collection and another from the "Bloodchild" collection....

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$27

2 sessions

Navigating the Scientific Literature

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

This class will cover both how to efficiently search freely available reference databases such as PubMed and how to take advantage of the growing trend towards open access in science to obtain full-text papers without breaking the bank. Even if you don't work at a university or research institution, hundreds of thousands of scientific works are freely...

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$10

ISIL and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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

This class will present a lecture on archaeology, memory and cultural resource management with particular emphasis on Iraq and Syria. We'll examine the political and social significance of archaeological sites in these two countries and offer an analysis of the destruction of cultural heritage that has been conducted by the extremist militant group...

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$10

Family Story Poems

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

Our ancestors’ stories of success, love, and failure are the foundation of the themes and challenges in our current lives. In this workshop, participants will be guided to search their own histories for ancestral stories and write them as story poems, with an emphasis on the use of descriptive words. The poems can draw upon historical...

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$35
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