Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.
Wednesdays, February 12–March 18, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
$150 General; $120 Members
Light in art is a symbol for hope, wisdom, divinity, and intellectual spatial exploration, whether radiating from a candle in works by Caravaggio, pouring gently through a window in Vermeer’s masterpieces, or impressionistically conveyed by Israëls. Today, artists such as Dan Flavin, Mary Corse, James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson sculpt space using neon, sunshine, and digital LED installations. Why are we attracted to light, and what are all of these visionaries telling us about perception and our own humanity?
For more than six decades, Stephen Sondheim’s work has thrilled millions, challenging us to see the human condition in new ways. In celebration of his ninetieth birthday, study video clips of performances from West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, and Into the Woods, among others, as well as footage of interviews with Sondheim and his collaborators.
Thursdays, February 20–April 30 (no class on March 19), 7:00–10:00 pm
Master writing for a variety of children’s genres, including picture books, easy-to-reads, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction. This class, offered in partnership with Otis College Extension, explores the art of storytelling and how characterization, theme, plot development, dialogue, and point of view create unique and interesting stories. The children’s book marketplace, the importance of the editing process, how to work with illustrators, and how to submit your manuscripts to editors will also be covered.
This season’s Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmissions showcase works spanning three centuries and five different musical styles: baroque, bel canto, romantic, verismo, and contemporary. They include George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina, Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Discuss the composers and view video highlights of the productions featuring renowned artists.
Study, listen to, and sing Yiddish and English songs from both sides of the ocean that chronicle the struggle for better pay and conditions in the workplace. Discuss the work of labor poets Morris Rosenfeld, David Edelstadt, Avrom Reyzen, and others, while you learn Yiddish vocabulary in the process.
Thursdays, January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, March 12 and 26, April 16 and 23, 1:30–3:00 pm
Registration for this class is now closed.
Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, discuss and debate important international current events with the guidance of an experienced moderator and guest lecturers from area universities and think tanks.
Mondays, January 27–March 23 (no class February 17), 1:00–3:00 pm
This class is now full.
Focus on the practice and craft of creative writing. As participants develop and revise their work, they will learn about various writing craft elements, including style, voice, dialogue, character development, and story structure. The goal will be for each class member to prepare one piece for publication. Both fiction and nonfiction (memoir, personal essay) writers are welcome.
While completely concealed, bone supports vertebrate life. Then, when revealed, bone reflects Earth’s history and human culture. Learn about bone’s composition, structure, names, shapes, growth patterns, and disorders. Then discover how paleontologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists use bone to interpret Earth’s history and the course of animal life.