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Reading Cervantes with Edith Grossman

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

Most of us know Miguel de Cervantes as the author of Don Quixote, but it may come as a surprise that he also wrote short fiction as well as works for the theater. His novellas (called "Novelas ejemplares," or "Exemplary Novels,") are fast-paced and witty, and well may be, as Cervantes claimed, the first novellas written originally in Spanish and not...

$420

4 sessions

Thursday Oct 26th, 6:30pm

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man...

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

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America Join journalist Britt Collins as she shares from her new book Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and their Journey Across America. Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Michael King lives in a UPS loading...

Friday Oct 27th, 7pm

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Slow Reading: William Faulkner: Sanctuary

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

The best of readers sometimes discover books that are either too long or too difficult to get through. It may be the subject matter, language, pacing, plot or vocabulary. Don’t be discouraged, you’re not alone. Join us to read and analyze. Portions of the book are read (and discussed) aloud in class. Sanctuary by William Faulkner: Vintage (December...

$135

4 sessions

Wednesday Nov 8th, 12:30pm

Shakespeare with Leo - Hamlet: Part II

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.

$165

7 sessions

Wednesday Nov 15th, 12pm

Reading Borges with Alberto Manguel

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

The work of Jorge Luis Borges is one of the summits of twentieth-century literature. In his writings, Borges crossed genres: the detective story and the epic, literary criticism and lyric poetry, Eastern and Western literatures. He invented a narrative tone that was part adventure story, part fantastic tale, part philosophical essay. In this course,...

$400

4 sessions

Thursday Jan 11th, 6:30pm

Reading Ulysses with Michael Groden

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

A guided reading-seminar for James Joyce’s Ulysses with Michael Groden. This seminar works through selected chapters of Ulysses (Gabler edition), addressing difficulties and discovering what makes the novel resonate today.

$385

4 sessions

Sunday Feb 4th, 2pm

The Muse in the Museum with Molly Peacock

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

Poetry and Art are intimate companions. The vitality of imagery creates the poet's vision. This studio/seminar will explore images in a selection of poems from the 17th to the 21st centuries as well as similar imagery in paintings and sculpture from New York City's museums. Passes to two museums are included in the class. Each class gives students...

$385

4 sessions

Sunday Feb 4th, 2pm

Critical Global Health

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Global health is at once a philanthropic enterprise, a driving force behind certain forms of global pharmaceutical research and development, a way of bringing order to disorderly regions and populations, and an increasingly central component of human rights work. Scholars in the emerging field of critical global health have begun to question and investigate...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Clarice Lispector: Modernism, Mysticism, and Morality

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

Compared over the course of her life to Marlene Dietrich, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, a sphinx, a she-wolf, a “foreigner on earth,” and a hurricane, the Jewish Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector moved in mystery. The author of nine novels and a large body of short stories, journalism, and children’s...

$315

5 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah, Messianism, and History

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Union Square
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the twentieth century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, far more engaged and systematic thinking about questions of contemporary politics...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 21st, 6:30pm

Understanding Poetry with Grace Bonner

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

This course explores the work of Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop and Stanley Kunitz, paying close attention to imagery and form, the creation of voice, and how the poems begin and end. We will discover how poets choose language and forms to communicate their...

$385

4 sessions

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 to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and...

$45

4 sessions

Best of World Literature

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

Enjoy the stunning work of these authors from around the world. Please read each work before the corresponding session: Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase for the first class,  Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain for the second,  Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game for the third,  Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch for the fourth and ...

$150

5 sessions

Spies in the Family

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

At the height of Cold War tensions between the US and the USSR, the Americans had a secret weapon — a Soviet double agent who rose to the rank of general and passed intelligence which most likely averted a nuclear showdown. Codenamed TOPHAT, Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov was a World War II hero turned military intelligence officer who volunteered his...

$29

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...

$10