Humanities

Shakespeare’s Greatest Comedies: As You Like It and Twelfth Night

Tuesdays, April 14 - May 12
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

At the close of the Elizabethan period, William Shakespeare achieved the height of his comic powers in two brilliant romantic comedies, As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Featuring love triangles, unrequited lovers, court jesters, strong women, and disguised characters, these comedies have been beloved by readers and theatrical audiences alike. In this course, we will discover how Shakespeare created such masterpieces.

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Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics in Today’s Disjointed World

Tuesdays, May 12 - June 16
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

We will look at key parts of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and his Politics to see whether his views make sense today. In the Ethics, Aristotle makes what seems to us now to be a crazy claim - that the best life for us is a political life. Given how nasty and mendacious politics seems to be now, how in the world could that make sense? We will explore what Aristotle in the Ethics lays out as a good life and also how he views politics in his Politics. We will also do more modern readings on Aristotle and maybe even draft a guest speaker.

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Myth & Metaphor: Language of the Soul

Tuesdays, April 28 - June 16
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
One Court Street 

In this course we will be discussing the psyche and how to interpret it’s symbolic language. Myths and metaphors, like dreams, have a unique way of saying what cannot be said. is course will help you understand what is often mistranslated, individually and collectively as humans.

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D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love

Wednesdays, April 8 - May 6
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online Course: Zoom

D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Women in Love, was published in the U.S. on November 9, 1920. Stunning and maddening in equal parts, it was championed by literary critics in the 1950s for its moral seriousness, lauded by critics in the 1960s for its focus on human sexuality, crushed by feminist critics in the 1970s as phallocentric and misogynist, and revived by contemporary scholars who illuminate Lawrence as an inventive modernist, environmentalist, and feminist.

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Opening Poetry to Greater Enjoyment: Six Simple Ways

Thursdays, April 30 - May 14
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

Has an enthusiastic friend ever presented you a book by an acclaimed poet but you couldn’t see what the fuss was about? You’re in good company: a lot of good poetry is inaccessible at rst. Good poetry is like good wine or a good performance - you can’t enjoy them if the language or imagery is closed, the cork is stuck or the performance requires a ticket you don’t have.

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