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Anton Chekhov began writing as a medical student looking to make a little money on the side; he ended as a renowned prose writer with a keen sense of narrative perspective as well as one of the most important and most original playwrights in the history of the theater.  In each of our five sessions, we will read a play together with one or more of his short stories.  For the first class, please read the early one-act farce The Bear along with the short stories Gusev, Sleepy (also called I want to sleep) and The Bishop.  The tentative plan is to then discuss: Uncle Vanya and Ward 6; The Seagull and The Lady with the Lap Dog; Three Sisters, The Student, and The Bride; and The Cherry Orchard and In the Ravine.  No particular translation recommended — there are many good ones.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM; 5 sessions; starting 1/13/2017, ending 2/10/2017

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Melissa Frazier 



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Back by popular demand!  Join us for a morning of mah jongg followed by a book discussion with Karen Gooen, author of Searching for Bubbe Fischer (2014).  Gooen’s latest novel, Small World: A Mah Jongg Table Talk Tale (2016), is a tale of mothers and daughters, long-lost friends and lovers, plus a generous helping of mah jongg.  Singles, pairs and foursomes are welcome.  Please note: if you are able to bring your own mah jongg set to this event, please contact us at Director@ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 2/3/2017, ending 2/3/2017

Please read: Snow Date: Friday, February 10

Tuition: $36.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : N.A. 



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Meet and fraternize with local Westchester authors who have recently published books on family matters.  Connect with their stories and learn about their creative process and how their personal journeys can impact our community. Michelle Brody PhD, author of Stop the Fight, a cleverly illustrated relationship guide helps couples literally see their way out of hurtful, repetitive arguments.     Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, author of The Last Dreamer, a novel about the hopes, ambitions and frustrations of a suburban housewife who has put aside her own professional goals to raise her children and support her husband's career.   Judith Summerfield, author of A Man Comes from Some Place, is a cultural study of a multi-generational Jewish family from a shtetl in Ukraine before World War I to their international lives in the 21st century.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 2/8/2017, ending 2/8/2017

Tuition: $15.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : N.A. 



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The converso Jews were among the first Europeans to settle in the Western Hemisphere in the 1500s. Luis de Carvajal the younger was a secret Jew, burned at the stake by the Inquisition in Mexico.  This graphic novel of Carvajal’s murder, El Iluminado, combines history, mystery, paradoxes, humor and sarcasm.  The hidden Jews, the “b’nei Anousim,” (descended from the Spanish and Portuguese), can trace their American roots to the Southwest, Central and South America.  The class discussion will include the following dilemmas and questions: Why is the graphic memoir a brilliant literary form? Why was the Spanish Inquisition different from previous church inquisitions?  How do we know anything about the Inquisition and the Crypt-Jews? Why did women have a prominent role in the survival of Judaism in countries that experienced the Inquisition? Why do hidden Jews still exist today in the Southwest? Bring your lunch.  Desserts and drinks will be provided.  The autobiography of this Jewish martyr’s manuscript is on view at the New York Historical Society.  Immediately after class, and independent of the SAS course, the instructors will be visiting the New York Historical Society; students are welcome to join them there as an optional extension of the day.  No transportation will be provided and separate museum admission fees ($19 for adults, $15 for seniors) will apply.    

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 3/9/2017, ending 3/9/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Susan Grosz  2.Jonathan Blake 



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Meet Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, an independent publishing company founded in 2005 and perhaps known best for the widely popular Elena Ferrante Neapolitan series.  The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but also to inform and enlighten.  Hear Reynolds’s perspectives on trends in the publishing industry, up and coming new authors, soon to be published titles, and more.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 3/13/2017, ending 3/13/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : N.A. 



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This PBS production from 2014 chronicles the story of a group of American landscape painters — led by British born artist Thomas Cole — who forged an artistic vision of the American wilderness.in the vicinity of New York’s Hudson River Valley, the Adirondack Mountains, Catskill Mountains, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The movie will be followed by a presentation on the Hudson River School painters.    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 3/14/2017, ending 3/14/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Legendary illustrator and lifelong New Yorker Edward Sorel discovered the inspiration for his latest book decades ago, while tearing up the linoleum floor in his kitchen.  There, he found a treasure trove of yellowing newspapers alluding to the Hollywood scandal involving actress Mary Actor’s graphic diary that was being used against her in a custody battle.  Astor had not only kept a tally of all of her extramarital affairs but had graded them  Literally ripped from the headlines, the tabloids gave Sorel ample material for a juicy, witty, and surprisingly compassionate character study, illustrated with Sorel’s caricatures and personal anecdotes.  In his New York Times book review, Woody Allen stated, “I believe it was Sartre who said all lives were of equal value and who am I to argue the point, but some lives are so much more fun to read about than others, and Sorel has told Astor’s story with great flair and energy.“  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; starting 3/14/2017, ending 3/14/2017

Tuition: $25.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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Read and discuss one of the most acclaimed novels of 2016.  Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. has been described by one reviewer as “a luminous, furious, wildly inventive tale that not only shines a bright light on one of the darkest periods of history, but also opens up thrilling new vistas for the form of the novel itself."  Cora, the novel’s protagonist, is a slave on a Georgia cotton plantation when she hears about the Underground Railroad from another slave named Caesar; together they take a terrifying risk and escape from bondage.  Boldly imagining the Underground Railroad as a literal transportation system complete with locomotives, boxcars, conductors, and slave catchers, the novel blends historical fiction with magical realism in inventive, often startling ways.  Class discussion will be enhanced by a brief grounding in the historical context, insights from the author about his research and writing process, and reviews about how contemporary fiction is re-shaping our collective understanding of slavery and its legacy.  Come share your thoughts and questions about this “must-read” novel, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, in a relaxed yet informative setting.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 3/16/2017, ending 3/16/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lori Rotskoff 



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This course explores an old form, the ode, recently made new.  We will trace the permutations of the form beginning with celebrations of public events and nature on through its contemporary re-invention in poems that are amusing, thoughtful and, less frequently, full of praise.  Unchanged through the ages is the quality of attentiveness these poems embody and evoke.  Both new and returning students are welcome to participate in the enjoyment and stimulation these poems offer.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/21/2017, ending 5/2/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/11/2017)

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Ruth Handel 



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One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016, The Return, by Hisham Matar, author of the novels In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance, tells of Matar's return to his native Libya in 2012, his mother and wife by his side.  The memoir begins in 2012 in the Cairo International Airport as the three wait to board Flight 835 flight for Benghazi.  Having spent much of his life in Cairo and New York,  Matar returns to a Libya where Qaddafi has fallen and the prison cells are empty.  In exquisite prose, he offers a portrait of a Libya under change, interspersing politics and  intimate tales of his early childhood in Libya, with his search for the truth of his father's disappearance.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; starting 3/21/2017, ending 3/21/2017

Tuition: $25.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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This class will introduce or reintroduce students to the enjoyment of creating their own poems and the fundamental elements of poetry that go into doing so.  We will discuss model poems, engage in guided writing exercises, and share work in a supportive environment.  This class will be suitable for all levels — novices to creating poetry, those looking to return to writing poetry after a hiatus, and experienced poets who want to generate new work.  Come join us!  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/21/2017, ending 4/18/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/11/2017)

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Michael Collins 



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Many writers have found the short story, with its single focus, compression, and immense concern with language, the perfect vehicle for their efforts.  Late twentieth century authors have chosen timely interests or timeless ones and, using a typical format or a novel one, have pulled readers into rich and memorable experiences.  With such mind-opening stories, discussing them becomes both delightful, provocative and valuable.  Using Martone, Michael and Lex Williford, eds., The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Short Stories Since 1970 (2nd ed., Touchstone, 2007) (available online in paperback), the first readings will be ZZ Packer’s “Brownies” p.503 and David Leavitt’s “Territory” p.335.  Please mark for language, structure and character development.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/22/2017, ending 5/3/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/12/2017)

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marilyn DeRight 



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