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What is an Author?

at Think Olio

Join Jamie Warren for an Olio dedicated to analyzing and discussing Michel Foucault’s much-celebrated essay, “What is an Author?” We will learn about Foucault’s concept, “the author function” and its chilling role in the production of ideology and power. At one point in history, the writer acted as a menace, her words possessing tangible...

Thursday Mar 5th, 7pm - 8:15pm

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

Work through selected chapters of Ulysses and discovery what makes the novel resonate today, with Michael Groden, editor of the James Joyce Archive

Sunday Mar 8th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

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Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature

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

Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature, Philosophy What constitutes an apology? Are certain kinds of acts unforgivable—and, if so, why? Who, indeed, has the power to forgive? In this course, we’ll set these questions in historical context, beginning with Bishop Joseph Butler’s eighteenth-century sermons, then exploring discussions...

Sunday Mar 8th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

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...

Thursday Mar 5th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$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. The Tempest - January 8 The magic hand of Prospero guides us through...

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 12pm - 1:30pm

  (7 sessions)
$224

7 sessions

Modern Poetry: Memory and Desire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

“April is the cruelest month,” writes T.S. Eliot in the opening lines of The Waste Land (1922), “breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire.” What does modern poetry remember, and what does modern poetry want? This course, an introduction to the exhilarating, maddening, and strange experiments of twentieth-century...

Thursday Mar 5th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Ovid’s Metamorphoses

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

Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, “My soul would speak of bodies changed into new forms,” and it is the great theme of physical transformation that unites the poem’s many myths: humans becomes animals and plants, and vice versa; humans becomes stones and constellations; and humans change their sex.  No poem from antiquity has so influenced...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Homer's Odyssey

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

Composed sometime between the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest works of world literature and the ancestor of virtually every narrative that involves a difficult journey home. The longing to return home is for Odysseus is the longing of a man to recover his identity as a king, husband, and father after having...

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 10am - 11:30am

  (8 sessions)
$256

8 sessions

Memoirs: Jewish Authors on Identity, Culture, Language

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

Memoirists write their personal stories in a way that appeals to the emotions and experiences of their readers. Jewish memoirists Esther Amini, Angela Himsel, and Ilan Stavans will sit down with author Marcia Butler to talk about how they use the memoir format to express their identity and history.

Thursday Apr 23rd, 7pm - 8pm

Reading the Divine Comedy with Joseph Luzzi

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

What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy such essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his...

Thursday Apr 2nd, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (4 sessions)
$385

4 sessions

Reading Elizabeth Bishop with Lisa Goldfarb

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

Elizabeth Bishop is a modern North American poet who is hard to identify in terms of a single school of poetry, place, or home. She writes poems linked to her native ground of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, yet she is also a poet who famously writes of travel. Brazil, where she lived for twenty years, was home away from home for her, as was Key West,...

Tuesday Apr 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  (3 sessions)
$385

3 sessions

The Five Great Works of Fiction You Need to Read…Now

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

Join author Stephanie Rabinowitz for an exciting exploration of relatively unsung American literary gems that you should be reading. From Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop to John Williams’s Stoner, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, and Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose, Rabinowitz will focus on...

Thursday Apr 30th, 12pm - 1pm

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

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

Resting on the fault line between art and politics, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man makes the powerful claim that black modernism and the African-American experience are central to the American narrative. For Ellison, the plight of his narrator, “both black and American,” was emblematic of major and  persisting paradoxes in American...

Monday Mar 2nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Jacques Lacan: The Desire of the Other

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

Jacques Lacan always insisted that he was a thoroughgoing Freudian—perhaps the most orthodox Freudian of them all. A larger-than-life provocateur, Lacan’s oracular lectures and clinical innovations (including the notorious “short session”) ultimately led to his excommunication from the International Psychoanalytic Association. Yet, despite...

Sunday Apr 5th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

The Spirit of Design: Sacred Geometry in Architecture

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Architect Steve Bass presents a view of the proportional idea based in the ancient philosophical systems of Pythagoras, Plato and later Neo-Platonists.  In this view number and geometry, the substance of proportion, are endowed with qualitative, harmonic, life-like properties.  These ideas are then linked to numerical and geometrical methods...

Friday Jun 19th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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