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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.

  • 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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  • Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of King Richard III: Portrait in Deformity

    Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of King Richard III: Portrait in Deformity

    Shakespeare's Tragedy of King Richard III is the anatomy of a monster--the story of a man whose outer and inner selves spur him on to the extremes of destruction and abasement. If you love Shakespeare, but miss his meaning, this course will lead you line by line to a clear understanding of the text and will explain his system of symbols, metaphors, and references. Our reading is never hurried, but continues semester to semester until we finish the play. Read More

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  • Art: Compassion, Healing and Social Change

    Art: Compassion, Healing and Social Change

    The dynamic history of Visual Art as a tool for humanitarian causes and cultural enlightenment is the topic of this new series with speaker John Paul Thornton. We focus on artists from the Renaissance to Contemporary times who raise awareness with their work about poverty, refugee communities, racial tolerance, human rights and political revolution. Along the way we examine the times which impacted the creation of these works and how they might reflect the issues of our own world today. 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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  • 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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  • Etgar Keret in Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, presented by the Whizin Center and IKAR

    Etgar Keret in Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous, presented by the Whizin Center and IKAR

    Hailed as one of Israel's most innovative and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. He joins us to discuss his memoir, The Seven Good Years. Actress Lisa Edelstein, House, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, reads Keret's stories. Read More

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