Melting Pot?

Patricia Whitehead, librarian

Bring Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses. Examine short stories of immigrants and refugees from Vietnam, India and Haiti and their experiences in search of a better life in America. Stories are: War Years by Viet Thanh Ngyuen, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Without Inspection by Edwige Danticat. Stories will be emailed Feb 19. 3 SESSIONS

Tues, Feb 26-Mar 12, 10 am-noon Wall Campus
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 098

Memoir Writing

Nancy Bryan, MFA, adjunct faculty, Brookdale

Through in-class writing exercises, reading, and discussion you will discover new paths to your story. We will look for the language and images that shine in your work, and push to the edge of our personal experiences-to discover what we perceive and what we can’t perceive. This is a mostly generative workshop so join us to create, imagine and write anew. 5 SESSIONS

Mon-Fri, Mar 4-8, 2-4 pm
Fee and Code: $99, XWRIT 012

Poetry As Discovery

Nancy Bryan, MFA, adjunct faculty, Brookdale

A primarily generative workshop that includes discussion of student work. Includes writing exercises that attempt to reach the unconscious parts of our memory, challenge our perceptions, and dig into the mystery of our memories and images. Our human experiences are unique but our common connections can often be found through poetry. We will read published poetry for inspiration as we look for the energy in our own writing. All levels of writing experience welcome. 5 SESSIONS

Mon-Fri, Apr 22- 26, 2-4 pm
Fee and Code: $99, XWRIT 084

The Iliad, The Odyssey, And The Aeneid

Dr. Carl Calendar, former Humanities Dean, Brookdale

70 years ago every educated adult read significant parts of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Today, they get only a few chapters in World Literature classes. Yet their characters and gods – Odysseus, Achilles, Venus, Zeus, and dozens more– continue to be part of our culture. Dr. Calendar will spend one session on each epic, explaining what makes it a masterpiece and how to read it for maximum pleasure and learning. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Mar 28-Apr 11, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 064

Transcendentalism: Revisiting Emerson And Thoreau

Elizabeth deBeer, MA, EdD

How do the concepts of this 19th century American philosophy apply to 21st century America? Is there still a place for solitude and contemplation in our distraction-filled modern world? Explore the concepts of Transcendentalism through excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, poems and essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the young adult novel Being Henry David. Readings will be emailed. 2 SESSIONS

Thurs, May 2 & 9, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 116

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