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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...


7 sessions

The Bible as Literature: Narrative, Politics, & History

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

The Bible is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of stories: a parade of heroes and villains, royals and peasants, dysfunctional families and the truest of filial loyalties.  Its texts span genres from poetry to novella, short story to historical epic, legalistic writing to satire, and instructional manual to the confessional. However, this...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

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Poet Against Empire: a Generative Erasure Workshop

at The Poetry Project - East Village
232 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003

How can erasure poetry be a means for confrontation and dialogue? What makes a good erasure poem? How can a poet use feedback to revise a visual poem? Whether someone is new to poetry, or is an experienced writer, erasing found text can help poets generate visually-engaging work that responds to power with precision and complexity.  In this workshop,...


5 sessions

Tuesday Oct 23rd, 7pm

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James Joyce: Ulysses

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
381 Hooper St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

The archetypal novel of high modernism, James Joyce’s Ulysses attempts to synthesize the life of a city, the afterlives of previous literary styles, and the entirety of the Western canon as it stood in the early twentieth century. Since its original publication when it was serialized in the Little Review from March 1918 to March...


4 sessions

Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm

Prosody with David Yezzi

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

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.


2 sessions

Saturday Nov 10th, 12pm

Midnight Society: Why You're Still Afraid of the Dark

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

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. We’ve outgrown believing in the monsters under our beds, but we’re still haunted by grown-up ghost stories. Gather around the Caveat campfire for stories of monsters, ghouls, and ghosts, and the real life reasons they keep us captivated, told by some of some of the City’s best storytellers - submitted for the...

Wednesday Oct 31st, 6:30pm

Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Neil Goldberg

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

Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Neil Goldberg and Other Future Dead People Visual artist and performer Neil Goldberg muses on a selection of mortality-themed reflections and observations from his collection of 1,000+ handwritten index cards from the past twenty years. Special guests include Annie Lanzillotto, Christen Clifford,...

Wednesday Oct 31st, 9pm

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 Nov 17th, 3:30pm

The Secret Lives of Coffee and Tea

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

Tea! What is it? What does it mean to be a "milk in first kind of girl"? Why did Americans throw it in to Boston harbor? Why do most Americans drink coffee, but guzzle iced tea in the south? And where did bubble tea and kombucha come from? Sarah will reveal all the answers to your caffeinated queries. Coffee! Is it going to kill you? Make you...

Monday Nov 19th, 6:30pm

Reading Kipling

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

Rudyard Kipling’s name is associated today with Disney’s version of The Jungle Book and with Imperialism. In this course we will see how the first is exclusionary (Kipling was above all a great craftsman of complex tales and poems) and how the second is largely false. We will study six short stories that will show the vast range of Kipling’s...


3 sessions

Thursday Jan 10th, 6:30pm

World History, World Literature & You (Teens)

at Classeteria - Bushwick
284 Suydam St, Brooklyn, New York 11237

In this course, we will use literature as a point of entry into three thousand years of history, society, and culture that has led to you being a teenager in the United States in 2018.  We will study texts from a wide variety of times and places, including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific Rim, from ancient times to right now....


20 sessions

Sunday Jan 6th, 2:30pm

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

This seminar works through selected chapters of Ulysses (Gabler edition), addressing it’s difficulties and discovering what makes the novel resonate today.


4 sessions

Sunday Mar 10th, 2pm

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...


10 sessions

Friday Jan 11th, 11am

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Gender: Personal and Social

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

Gender is often thought of as an expression of one’s individual identity, something that emerges from one’s sense of self. Yet is also often described as a social construct, something with historical and regional roots that places a person into a relation with set norms. Are these two ideas incompatible? Or, conversely, can gender be something...


4 sessions

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...


4 sessions