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The Correspondence: Music and Literature

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

A unique and unforgettable mixture of performance, writing, and history of classical music led by Elena Baksht, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and Music at Lincoln Center, and “one of the most intriguing pianists of her generation.” An electrifying performer and engaging teacher, Baksht’s fascination with literature’s surprising...

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$160

4 sessions

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Sexual desire and eroticism were and still are considered today as a-philosophical, even anti-philosophical topics. When we wonder why philosophers rarely speak about sexuality, we seem to face not only a moral question, but also a linguistic one. Is the language itself unable to capture such a subjective, qualitative - and physiological experience?...

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$20

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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...

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$315

4 sessions

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...

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$15

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...

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$315

4 sessions

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,...

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$315

4 sessions

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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”...

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$315

4 sessions

Reading Balzac with Anka Muhlstein

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

Balzac was prodigiously prolific. The fictional world he created in his Human Comedy is complex, endlessly surprising, sometimes comical, sometime dramatic but always steeped in his encyclopedic knowledge of the society of his time. In this follow up to Muhlstein’s sold-out course in the fall, students examine  The Marriage Contract A Daughter...

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$385

4 sessions

Reading Mrs. Dalloway

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

Each session, students will address three of the twelve unnumbered chapters in the book and focus on issues that are raised by those chapters.   Topics covered will include: literary form, personal psychology, social status, rewritings of The Odyssey and Ulysses, local and imperial politics, archetypes and myths, distant and intimate marriages,...

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$385

3 sessions

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West

at Think Olio - Murray Hill 419 Park Ave S , New York, New York 10016

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West, And Shaking Your Mind Out of Its Rut This Olio will discuss a book that is specifically charged to break the mind out of cliché and into a perpetual freshness of language – and maybe cure writer’s block.   That book is John Ashbery’s A Wave and the 20 page title poem, in Ashbery’s words “has...

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$15

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Life in the Anthropocene

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

On the eve of the millennium, earth scientists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer coined the term “the Anthropocene” – the time of humans – to name our current age, reflecting apocalyptic anxieties that nothing on planet Earth seems to be beyond the reach of human industry and interference.  In the nearly two decades since, the Anthropocene...

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$315

4 sessions

Reading James Baldwin

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

This course considers James Baldwin’s decades-long preoccupation with the role of the artist in American culture. Reading across his fiction, non-fiction, and selected speeches, we will examine the author’s provocative assertions about the singular responsibility of the artist as moral arbiter and unflinching witness in our ongoing quest to make...

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$385

4 sessions

Reading F Jameson: History, Postmodernism & Utopia

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gowanus 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Reading Frederic Jameson: History, Postmodernism, and Utopia Why read Fredric Jameson? From “always historicize!,” the opening provocation of The Political Unconscious, to the claim, central to Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, that the postmodern is characterized by a loss of the sense of history in the fragmentation of...

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$315

4 sessions

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

Middlemarch

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” Henry James described it as “at once one of the strongest and one of the weakest of English novels… a treasure-house of details [and] an indifferent whole.” In our own time, Middlemarch is widely considered the finest Victorian...

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$315

4 sessions

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