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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.

  • 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 Gilded Age

    American Art in the Gilded Age

    In the nineteenth century, America faced a political and social landscape similar to our own in 2017. Wealthy patrons forged an elegant aesthetic of refined beauty, decorative color and exotic delight. Yet beneath the "gilded surface" loomed political scandal, a new racial dynamic, yearnings for women's suffrage and desire for spiritual substance. We examine the art of Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, H.O.Tanner, John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read More

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  • 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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  • L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    L.A. Art Now Tour: An Insider's View to Local Art Histories, Narratives, & View

    This L.A. art historical and contemporary art overview features lectures, discussions, and visits to a few of the most vital art destinations. Our visits and excursions will help each participant open themselves up to the pleasures, and (yes!) even beauty that can be found in the best of today's art. Our adventure begins at AJU with an introductory discussion about the current Contemporary Art scene, keeping in mind Bruland's favorite motto: "Fear No Art." Each week, we'll meet a local artist or visit a gallery, studio or workshop presenting contemporary exhibitions. Past tours have included visits to The Broad, the Museum of Contemporary Art and artists' studios. We'll conclude with a discussion to celebrate our learning. Read More

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