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By the Book

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 The Mare by Mary Gaitskill will be the first selection. Please read this book PRIOR to the 1st class mee...

$75

5 sessions

Tuesday Feb 27th, 6:15pm

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. ...

$115

8 sessions

Tuesday Feb 27th, 11:30am

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Kant’s Critique of Judgment: Art and Aesthetics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn
558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Kant’s aesthetic theory, expounded in the Critique of the Power of Judgment, was the capstone on his “critical” philosophy—it was intended to give completeness to his system as a whole. In particular, he believed that, through the very experience of beauty, we can begin to see nature itself as harmonized with human freedom and our...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Feb 28th, 6:30pm

Jewish Book Club (Ages 55+)

at Sundays at JASA - Hell's Kitchen
524 W 59th St 2nd Fl, New York, New York 10019

NOTE: The price for this class is for the entire 10-week semester, and applies to all the classes. In other words, once you sign up for any one of the courses, you can attend all the other classes, all day, if you wish. This course analyzes short stories or book excerpts with Jewish characters and themes. Readings for each week, including works by...

$225

10 sessions

Sunday Mar 4th, 11am

Food, Power and Control: An Olio Dinner Party

at Think Olio - Williamsburg
28 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Food, Power and Control: How our obsession with food is a sign of our growing sense of powerlessness Our lives can sometimes become tasteless, lacking in meaning.  We search for novelty and innovation and have forgotten about depth and context. Our choices in food are just one of the many ways that we express our yearning for something with...

Saturday Mar 3rd, 7:30pm

Prosody, Privatization, Performance and Peace

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

PROSODY can, conventionally, be thought of as poets’ elements of composition, such as stress, tone, sound pattern and pause. This workshop will, first, expand on and reimagine prosody. A few of the facets we’ll explore (embody/invent) together:  sound meanings prosody as cosmogenic (in that sound patterns matter, prosody is materialization)...

$275

10 sessions

Thursday Mar 15th, 7pm

Immigration and its Discontents: Politics, Capital

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

Complete Course Title: Grant Hamilton, Where The Blame Lies Immigration and its Discontents: Politics, Capital, Humanity The United States calls itself a nation of immigrants. And yet, the story of American immigration and its meaning for the American project are considerably more complicated. On the one hand, immigration has been crucial to the growth...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

Virginia Woolf: Modernizing Fiction

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

Virginia Woolf’s writing audaciously expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and register swift, historical change.  “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, signaling her prescription for a kind of...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

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...

Thursday Mar 22nd, 6:30pm

Reading Freud with George Prochnik

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

The writings of Sigmund Freud are richly allusive rhetorical masterpieces — and funny, shocking, poignant experiments in a new kind of literary autobiography. Sigmund Freud transformed the psychological case history into a kind of philosophical detective story, in which his subjects’ dreams and fantasies became artful confessions that he could...

$400

4 sessions

Wednesday Apr 11th, 6:30pm

Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Join us for a coffee-fueled Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that aims to both expand the historical records of feminist activism on Wikipedia and combat the gender gap in its editing -- less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women.  Drop in any time between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to help create and refine Wikipedia pages associated with the women activists...

Free

Sunday Mar 25th, 3pm

Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction and Difference

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

The arrival of Jacques Derrida’s work lit the American intellectual landscape ablaze. For many American academics and critics in the 1970s and thereafter, the charismatic Algerian-born Derrida was the face of “French Theory,” and virtually synonymous with postmodernism itself. With his enigmatic prose and seemingly esoteric approach to language,...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Apr 10th, 6:30pm

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. Feb 21 — Henry IV, Pt. I While...

$165

7 sessions

Wednesday Apr 11th, 12pm

Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
167 Bowery , New York, New York 10002

From Hegel to Deleuze, many political thinkers have employed the language of dominance and submission within the tradition of Western political thought. How does the language of Sado-masochism shape the way we think about desire and political recognition? This course will look at how the erotic language of S&M is embedded in the theoretical frameworks...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Apr 5th, 6:30pm

Literary Salon: T. Cole

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

The acclaimed poet and creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday has written an irreverent, open-hearted collection of essays that delve deeper into the themes she explored anonymously on Twitter.  In the essays that make up So Sad Today, Melissa Broder confronts love, addiction, death, illness, anxiety, and the intricacies of identity....

$270

9 sessions

Monday Jun 4th, 6pm