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Charlotte Brontë’s Villette and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 816 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

From the Gothic to the Postcolonial: Charlotte Brontë’s Villette and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy Charlotte Brontë’s novel Villette (1853) has been called “the most moving and terrifying account of female deprivation ever written.” It tells the story of brilliant, passionate, and reticent Lucy Snowe, who leaves England for a fictionalized Brussels...

Monday Oct 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

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"Also a Poet" with Ada Calhoun

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

Author Ada Calhoun and writer Rob Sheffield discuss Calhoun's new mem­oir Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me (2020); a groundbreaking memoir "packaged as a love triangle: father, daughter and O’Hara. It’s actually a tetrahedron from which all kinds of creative characters pop forth. It’s a big valentine to New York City past and...

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James Shapiro on Shakespeare

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

James Shapiro leads participants through the pair of plays that the Public Theater will stage this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This series of classes will offer insights into the language, style and performance histories of the plays, with the goal of preparing theatergoers to get the most out of seeing these productions. June...

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Feminist Science Fiction

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

The world is not usually imagined for the benefit of women. What can feminist science fiction tell us about these oppressive arrangements and how the world might be otherwise? What makes a work of science fiction feminist? From utopia to dystopia, satire to space opera, in what ways does science fiction hold up a mirror to difficult realties?...

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4 sessions

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Memoirs: Jewish Authors on Identity, Culture, Language

at 92nd Street Y - Online Online Classroom, New York, New York 00000

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.

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Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition

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

What does it mean to be human in the world today? Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) is a provocative treatise on what it means to live on earth and share the world in common. Her study, originally intended to be titled Amor Mundi (Love of the World), investigates the central activities of human life—labor, work, action—and their corresponding...

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Reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot with Liza Knapp

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

In writing The Idiot,a novel dear to his own heart, Dostoevsky set about to depict a truly good man. As he asks whether goodness can survive in the world and/or a novel, Dostoevsky also addresses traditional assumptions about marriage, family life, the “woman question,” Russian identity, health, sickness, love and death. To celebrate the 150th...

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Shakespeare with Leo Schaff - The Winter’s Tale

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...

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Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

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

Art was anything but peripheral to Kant’s philosophical project. In judging a thing to be beautiful, Kant maintained, we bridge “the great gulf” of nature and human freedom, and prepare ourselves to “love something, even nature, without interest”—that is, exercise moral judgment. Immensely influential in its time, the so-called “third...

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Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

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

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods...

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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...

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Nabokov's Lolita: American Morals & Aesthetic Bliss

at Think Olio - Crown Heights 658 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Three Seminars on Nabokov’s Lolita First Seminar: If Lolita excites me, should I feel bad? We may as well admit it: Nabokov’s Lolita is designed to arouse our desire.  But how exactly does it work?  How does Nabokov encourage readers to take pleasure in Humbert Humbert’s pedophilic experiences even if they don’t share his perversity?...

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Reading the Divided Self

at 92nd Street Y - Online Online Classroom, New York, New York 00000

Join Colm Tóibín, celebrated author of Brooklyn and professor at Columbia University, for a course on three Irish writers and three American writers. The divided self and the delighted eye—this course explores the idea of internal tension in a text, literature in which there is an argument enfolding, an argument that animates the text; as well...

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Georges Bataille: Sex, Crime and Literature

at Coucou French Classes - Williamsburg 38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

In the past few decades, Georges Bataille has become something of a dirty secret on American bookshelves. Much of his notoriety is due to his erotic novel Story of The Eye, a work where overt symbolism is interwoven with graphic sexuality. His late arrival on the American literary scene and his unique prose make it almost surprising to learn that he...

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Reading Shakespeare

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

Join James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, for a seminar on Shakespeare’s long narrative poems: “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece,” both of which he composed during a plague outbreak in June 1592, when the theatres were closed for nearly six months, and “A Lover’s...

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