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This five-session course will cover poetry and plays penned in Irish and English from William Butler Yeats.  We will take an in-depth look at Yeats' extraordinary body of work: poems and plays. We will also consider why the critical response to his plays has often not equaled the response to his poems.  Any edition of Collected Poems of Yeats is fine; read as many as you can, in advance! The plays we'll read are : Deirdre, Cathleen ni Houlihan, and The Cat and the Moon.   

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 6/29/2018, ending 8/3/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 7/6/2018)

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Estha Weiner 



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Just how does suspense unfold? Can a seemingly ordinary situation create the same type of tension we associate with a mystery? How do we predict the impact of a character’s choices and sort out the important details from the distractions and red herrings? The foreign and domestic films to be shown and discussed in this course will fulfill our fascination with the uneasy state of anticipation. Film screenings will include six of the following movies: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), Out of the Past (1947), Citizen X (1995), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), Shadows and Fog (1991), The Crying Game (1992), Frozen River (2008), The Nights of Cabiria (1957), and A Separation (2011).

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 9/25/2018, ending 10/30/2018

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : Marilyn DeRight 



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This class explores contemporary memoirs that revolve around books — personal histories that recount chapters of a writer’s life through the lens of  literature.  Explore four memoirs that revisit authors’ experiences as passionate readers, students, and/or teachers whose lives and educations have been variously nourished by literary fare.  Our readings will prompt many questions:  What makes a book meaningful or “life-changing” to a reader at a particular time and place?  How do the books we read (or don’t read) shape our social identities — the people we become and the groups we belong to?  How do books serve as bonds or barriers in relationships between parents and children, friends and siblings, students and teachers?  How does reading — and talking about books — continue to matter over the course of our lives?  Please read My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul before the first class.  Additional readings include Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn, and Educated by Tara Westover.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 9/26/2018, ending 12/12/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/3/2018, 10/10/2018, 10/24/2018, 10/31/2018, 11/7/2018, 11/21/2018, 11/28/2018, 12/5/2018)

Please read: Class meets on 9/26, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lori Rotskoff 



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Each SAS semester, BookTalk introduces readers to a carefully chosen, provocative selection of novels for reading and informal discussion.  In this installment, we will consider the authors’ writing techniques and their characters’ personal journeys.  For the first meeting, please read Anatomy of a Miracle (2018) by by Jonathan Miles.  Later classes will be devoted to Asymmetry (2018) by Lisa Halliday (October 9 and 10), Warlight (2018) by Michael Ondaatje (October 23 and 24), The Eight Mountains (2016) by Paolo Cognetti (November 6 and 7), and Salvage the Bones (2011) by Jesmyn Ward (November 27 and 28).    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 9/26/2018, ending 11/28/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/3/2018, 10/17/2018, 10/31/2018, 11/14/2018, 11/21/2018)

Please read: This class meets on 9/26,10/10, 10/24,11/7, ...More

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Teacher's Home In Scarsdale Location : 
  Teacher's Home In Scarsdale.

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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For an evening of topical conversation, Scarsdale Adult School welcomes celebrated writer Anna Quindlen, author of nine novels, many works of non-fiction, and the former columnist at The New York Times and Newsweek.  Among other things, she will discuss her most recent novel, Alternate Side, the ninth book of fiction in her highly successful career.  This novel of “first-world problems” tells the story of the tensions of a tight-knit neighborhood on a rare dead-end block in New York City, from the perspective of Nora, an empty-nester in a seemingly happy marriage.  Quindlen also wrote Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley.  Her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.  Her book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, has sold more than a million copies.  While a columnist at The New York Times, she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud.  Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.  Born in Pennsylvania, she grew up in New Jersey, attended Barnard College, and now resides in Manhattan.  Advance registration is highly recommended. Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 10/24/2018, ending 10/24/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Middle School Location : 
  Scarsdale Middle School.

Instructor : Anna Quindlen 



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