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Sprats & Symposia: The Cuisine of the Ancient Greeks

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

We’ve all heard about the Ancient Greeks. Their influence on the modern Western world is formidable; we are surrounded by references to Greek government, art, literature, mythology, philosophy, science… Yet for all our celebration of the Greeks and their achievements, there is one aspect of their culture that rarely gets mentioned in modern times:...

Monday Dec 11th, 8:30pm

The Sumerians: History's Innovators

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Over six thousand years ago, the marshes of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) were home to a remarkable and ingenious group of people. Known as the Sumerians, they were the first to use writing and the first to live in cities. They rode the first wheeled vehicles, founded our modern system of mathematics and made detailed observations of the planets and...

Tuesday Dec 19th, 8:30pm

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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

Slow Reading: Sanctuary by William Faulkner

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

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

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 The Mare by Mary Gaitskill will be the first selection. Please read this book PRIOR to the 1st class mee...

$45

4 sessions

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

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

Books & Brunch

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 theme. ...

$95

7 sessions

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

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...

$34

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

The Power of Book

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

The explosive power of the printed book in the early modern period anticipates the turbulent digital revolution in our time. We track the struggles over successive technologies of human communication. We investigate the revolutionary effects of “the book in the Renaissance,” culminating in fierce public reactions to publica- tion of Martin Luther’s...

$765

16 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

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

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