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Books & Brunch

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and theme. ...


3 sessions

Tuesday Jun 26th, 11:30am

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...


4 sessions

Monday Jul 9th, 6:30pm

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Great Books: Mystical Foundations

at Institute of Prophetic Activist Art - East Village
195 East 3rd Street, New York, New York 10009

Great Books explores mystical thinking by reading from texts of great spiritual thinkers throughout the ages to spur us on to see our lives, and the surrounding society, from a very different perspective.  Every week, we read 30-page excerpts of one book, then spend the class discussing the ideas, as well as how they might impact the manner...


10 sessions

Tuesday Sep 25th, 2pm

The Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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

Full Course Name:  Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed...

Tuesday Jun 19th, 6:30pm

The Sublime: Aesthetics, Terror, and Pleasure

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

In this course, we’ll trace the the history, proliferation, and possible futures of the sublime from its origins as a rhetorical descriptor through its life as an aesthetic category. We will also study its metamorphoses in the contemporary study of affect, trauma, and assorted cultural forms. Sessions will pair theory and philosophy with artifacts...


4 sessions

Monday Jul 9th, 6:30pm

The Novel Now

at The New School - Manhattan

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers from America and beyond, including emerging important novelists, award-winners, and popular favorites, all of whom are central to our cultural conversation. From a whaling ship in the Arctic Sea to the wild Texas frontier to the gold coast of Africa to posh suburban Shaker Heights to the infinite landscape...


15 sessions

Literature as Identity in Fahrenheit 451

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

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, first published in 1953, is the latest in a series of dystopian fiction classics that have become handbooks for our troubled times. But there is more to “Fahrenheit 451” than the eerie déjà vu quality it projects onto the tumult of 2018. At its heart, Fahrenheit 451 is as much a love story as it is a prescient...


Poetry and Poetics: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
47 Canal S #2, New York, New York 10002

What is poetry and what is it good for? These questions have long haunted practitioners and readers of this “beautiful and pointless” art, to quote the contemporary critic David Orr. But “beautiful and pointless” were not always the terms of the debate. On the contrary, these questions about what poetry is and what it does mean something profoundly...


4 sessions

Crisis and Instability

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

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...


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. May 30 — Henry V The culmination...


7 sessions

Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods...


4 sessions

McCarthyism: Politics and Paranoia

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

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name has been enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—this...


4 sessions

French Existentialism: Beauvoir and Sartre

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
96 Berry St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

In the twilight of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche declared that god was dead and that few were prepared to understand the consequence–namely, the demise of morality, justice, and truth itself.  A little more than a half-century later, in the cafes of occupied and post-war Paris, a group of self-declared “atheist” existentialists...


4 sessions

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Jane Austen and the Problem of Other Minds

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Jane Austen’s novels, ceaselessly adapted to other discourses and media, have proven objects of enduring popularity in public consciousness, criticism, and theory. Omnipresent in contemporary literature, film, television, and in the active industry of “Janeite” fan culture, Austen’s work has also spawned attempts (some more successful...


4 sessions

Antediluvian Energies: Practices

at The Poetry Project - East Village
131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

A cross pollinating workshop investigating our omnivorous minds, our spirited times, radical​ ​language power, the apotropaic, the ghost of the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway’s notion​ ​of “oddkin” & Chthulucene, utopias, action & resistance, Buddhist anarchism, pratitya-samutpada, practices of the 24/7 poet, seminal myths and nuclear...

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