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The Novel Now

at The New School - Manhattan

Discuss major new work by today’s top writers from America and beyond, including emerging important novelists, award-winners, and popular favorites, all of whom are central to our cultural conversation. From a whaling ship in the Arctic Sea to the wild Texas frontier to the gold coast of Africa to posh suburban Shaker Heights to the infinite landscape...


15 sessions

Monday Jun 4th, 4pm

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. May 30 — Henry V The culmination...


7 sessions

Wednesday May 30th, 12pm

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Crisis and Instability

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Do capitalist societies have an inherent tendency toward economic, social, and political crises?  Political economists have, over the course of the past 250 years, offered different frameworks to understand the existence of crises within capitalism: from Adam Smith’s “general glut” (when production exceeds demand) to Marx’s belief that...


4 sessions

Monday Jun 4th, 6:30pm

Poetry and Poetics: An Introduction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
47 Canal S #2, New York, New York 10002

What is poetry and what is it good for? These questions have long haunted practitioners and readers of this “beautiful and pointless” art, to quote the contemporary critic David Orr. But “beautiful and pointless” were not always the terms of the debate. On the contrary, these questions about what poetry is and what it does mean something profoundly...


4 sessions

Thursday Jun 7th, 6:30pm

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. ...


3 sessions

Tuesday Jun 26th, 11:30am

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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...


4 sessions

Tuesday Jun 5th, 6:30pm

French Existentialism: Beauvoir and Sartre

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
96 Berry St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

In the twilight of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche declared that god was dead and that few were prepared to understand the consequence–namely, the demise of morality, justice, and truth itself.  A little more than a half-century later, in the cafes of occupied and post-war Paris, a group of self-declared “atheist” existentialists...


4 sessions

Monday Jun 4th, 6:30pm

Jane Austen and the Problem of Other Minds

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Jane Austen’s novels, ceaselessly adapted to other discourses and media, have proven objects of enduring popularity in public consciousness, criticism, and theory. Omnipresent in contemporary literature, film, television, and in the active industry of “Janeite” fan culture, Austen’s work has also spawned attempts (some more successful...


4 sessions

Monday Jun 4th, 6:30pm

McCarthyism: Politics and Paranoia

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

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name has been enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—this...


4 sessions

Wednesday Jun 6th, 6:30pm

The Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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

Full Course Name:  Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed...

Tuesday Jun 19th, 6:30pm

Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of the Aztecs

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

When the first Spanish conquerors arrived in present-day Mexico in the 16th century, they were astounded by what they found. The cultural achievements of the native peoples of Mesoamerica rivaled anything back in Europe: there was great architecture, great literature, and yes, great food. Despite lacking large domestic animals, the Aztecs...

Monday Jun 4th, 6:30pm

Judith Butler: Gender, Sex, and Death

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

Gender Trouble (1990) thrust Judith Butler into academic and public stardom. Her revolutionary work on gender constitution and performativity overturned normative concepts of identity, embodiment, and intersubjectivity. Pioneering the field of queer theory, Butler’s work has also shaped contemporary political philosophy, ethics, and feminism through...


4 sessions

Tuesday Jun 5th, 6:30pm

Antediluvian Energies: Practices

at The Poetry Project - East Village
131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

A cross pollinating workshop investigating our omnivorous minds, our spirited times, radical​ ​language power, the apotropaic, the ghost of the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway’s notion​ ​of “oddkin” & Chthulucene, utopias, action & resistance, Buddhist anarchism, pratitya-samutpada, practices of the 24/7 poet, seminal myths and nuclear...

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Out of Place: A Prose Workshop

at The Poetry Project - East Village
131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

First instruction:  Take out your notebook and writing utensil, or a laptop (laptops at your own risk). When we start the workshop, break up into pairs and walk up to five minutes in an agreed-on direction. Second instruction:  Stop somewhere you have not stopped before. Sit down on the street, on a stoop, or on the sidewalk; take out...

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Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

at Think Olio - Gowanus
574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil in the spiritual world.  The other thing to know about Kafka is...