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Art, Literature & Writing

Gain a better understanding of classical literature. Study great works of art and the people who created them. Read and discuss graphic novels or Yiddish short stories. Express yourself through creative writing. Join our learning community for in depth study and discussion.

  • The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    The Currents in Current Events (Morning Class)

    Your weekly news magazine. We will examine the connections between events both near and far. We will seek history and context in order to be informed, knowing that knowledge is power and fights the despair of helplessness and hopelessness. We might even laugh as we remember Marx (Karl not Groucho) writing that History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Read More

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  • The Currents in Current Events (Evening Class)

    The Currents in Current Events (Evening Class)

    Your weekly news magazine. We will examine the connections between events both near and far. We will seek history and context in order to be informed, knowing that knowledge is power and fights the despair of helplessness and hopelessness. We might even laugh as we remember Marx (Karl not Groucho) writing that History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Read More

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  • Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Imperfect Faith

    Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Imperfect Faith

    Students new to Shakespeare will find Romeo and Juliet the most accessible and easy to read of all the Bard’s plays. If you’ve never read a word of Shakespeare, you will still leave the course knowing the meaning of every word and symbol, every turn in the plot and everything about dramatic form. Class discussions cover each detail and continue each quarter to help you to fully enjoy the Shakespeare on the stage. Read More

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  • American Art in the Roaring Twenties

    American Art in the Roaring Twenties

    Georgia O'keeffe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alfred Stieglitz helped to define the independent spirit of America in the roaring twenties. The Jazz Age gave birth to the Haarlem Renaissance and deeper connection between the races, while a flashy new materialism would cause artists to search for the spiritual side of Modern life. Dynamic speaker John Paul Thornton presents the story of how America found its voice in the twentieth century. Read More

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  • Jewish Dissidents Lecture Series: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis: the Courage of Art

    Jewish Dissidents Lecture Series: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis: the Courage of Art

    How did a courageous art teacher trapped in a Nazi internment camp bring light and clarity to hundreds of children whose lives were threatened by darkness? Art historian and popular Whizin Center instructor John Paul Thornton traces the true, inspiring story of Friedl-Dicker Brandeis, revealing the brilliant methods she created and documented while literally inventing the discipline we now call "Art Therapy." Read More

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  • How Goya's Art Saved the Jews

    How Goya's Art Saved the Jews

    The mockery of Jews and Muslims in European art dates back to 1100 C.E., when it suddenly appeared throughout Europe as a visual tool intended to promote Christianity over Semitic religions. The Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828) lived long enough to witness the Spanish Inquisition surrender to social justice. The constant subject of Goya's art--deep humanism and compassion--did much forge this positive social change. In three lectures we will learn how Goya used art to fight anti-semitism in Spain. Read More

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