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Anthropology and Ethnographic Theory

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Developed as a tool for colonial empire-building at the close of the 19th century, the ethnographic method has become an important practice for telling the stories of the oppressed, designing for the future, and demanding social change. British and American anthropologists were initially concerned with understanding the discrete cultures of “savage”...

Tuesday Jul 9th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Sunnyside 47-29 32nd Pl, Long Island City, New York 11101

For the historian C. Vann Woodward, living in the South at the height of Jim Crow, it was literature that awoke him to the myths and dissimulation of official white supremacy. In particular, William Faulkner’s novels—his 1936 classic Absalom, Absalom! especially—challenged the tendency of Southern historians to justify and validate...

Thursday Jul 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Cold Pastoral: Literature, Nature, and the Anthropocene

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What do ideas of nature have to tell us about literature and how it works? Through the medium of the pastoral—variously defined as a genre, a set of rhetorical moves, or an uneasy collection of tropes—writers have evoked, described, and accounted for nature and humanity’s place within it. From visions of Arcadia to Paradise to the Golden Age,...

Thursday Jul 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Art was anything but peripheral to Kant’s philosophical project. In judging a thing to be beautiful, Kant maintained, we bridge “the great gulf” of nature and human freedom, and prepare ourselves to “love something, even nature, without interest”—that is, exercise moral judgment. Immensely influential in its time, the so-called “third...

Wednesday Jul 10th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch: Women, Colonization, and Capitalism The “witch” embodies a world of female subjects that capitalism had to destroy. This bold argument is the premise of Silvia Federici’s book, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation. For Federici, perhaps best known for the manifesto “Wages...

Sunday Jul 14th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

E. Said’s Orientalism: Literature and the Non-European

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What is “Orientalism”? And why has the book that defined it as a Western body of knowledge remained so popular as a key text of critical theory? Published in 1978, Edward Said’s Orientalism immediately attracted both praise and censure. For Said, the notion that the world is divided—politically, culturally, and morally—into the...

Wednesday Jul 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Blending the Arts: Visual Art, Music, and Poetry

at The Jewish Museum - Upper East Side 1109 5th Ave, New York, New York 10128

Join us for a workshop that explores how music and poetry inspire artists. Discover the relationship between visual art, music, and language. View works of art in the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything along with works in the Jewish Museum collection. Following the tour, educators will participate in art making activities that integrate...

Thursday Jul 11th, 10:30am - 1pm

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Getting the Most Out of the NYPL Catalog

at The New York Public Library - Woodlawn 4355 Katonah Ave, Bronx, New York 10470

Explore our redesigned catalog. Search for books and other materials, learn how to place holds, rate an item, add items to your shelves, look at reviews and create lists.

Thursday Aug 8th, 4pm - 5pm

Free

Sloshed SATs

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Hold on to your number 2 pencils, we’re taking on the SATs. We've taken high school’s most stressful test, sprinkled some comedy on it, and turned it into a drinking game! Your favorite test proctor and comedian Michael Wolf (Comedy Central, MTV) has combined bar-room trivia with real SAT quizzes to create NYC's booziest classroom. Whether you've...

Saturday Jul 27th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Writing for Actors

at The Barrow Group Acting School - Hell's Kitchen 312 W 36th St 3rd Fl, New York, New York 10018

So many actors want to write but are unsure how to start. Others are intimidated. But why should that be? Many of the skills needed to write – understanding how dialogue reveals character, how scenes are structured, how the action of the play reveals the truth of the story – are skills every good actor already has. This class will teach actors...

Friday Jul 12th, 11am - 2pm

  (8 sessions)
$425

8 sessions

Clarice Lispector: Modernism, Mysticism, and Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 612 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

Compared over the course of her life to Marlene Dietrich, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, a sphinx, a she-wolf, a “foreigner on earth,” and a hurricane, the Jewish Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector moved in mystery. The author of nine novels and a large body of short stories, journalism, and children’s...

Monday Jul 8th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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The Human Condition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill 275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

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...

No Upcoming Schedules
$315

4 sessions

Great Short Novels

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

Delve into some of the best short novels of the 20th century. Spend the first weeks of summer delving into some of the best short novels. 

No Upcoming Schedules
$125

4 sessions

Jorge Luis Borges: Mysticism and Politics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 612 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

This class centers upon one of Latin America’s most prolific and influential literary figures, Jorge Luis Borges. It will introduce students to Borges’ most canonical works, including the two short story collections Fictions and The Aleph, as well as the essay collection Other Inquisitions.  Students with previous...

No Upcoming Schedules
$315

4 sessions

Shakespeare with Leo Schaff

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. This year, he tackles the history plays. Sep 26 — Henry VI, Part I Part...

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$170

7 sessions

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