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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 1:30 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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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 5/10/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/12/2017, 4/19/2017)

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marilyn DeRight 



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This class explores contemporary memoirs of childhood and youth by writers from diverse social backgrounds.  How do authors translate lived experiences of family life into compelling literary works?  How do they chronicle the creation of complex identities shaped by race, class, gender, ethnicity, geography, religion, and disability?  Analyzing both the possibilities and the limitations of the memoir genre, we will discuss how authors map the emotional landscape of private life while addressing broader themes in American history, politics, and culture.  Come share your ideas with other passionate readers in a stimulating yet relaxed environment.  Please read Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida before our first class meeting on March 22.  Other assigned books include: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming; Emily Rapp, Poster Child; and J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/22/2017, ending 6/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 3/29/2017, 4/5/2017, 4/12/2017, 4/19/2017, 5/3/2017, 5/10/2017, 5/24/2017, 5/31/2017, 6/7/2017)

Please read: Class meets on 3/22, 4/26, 5/17, 6/14

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lori Rotskoff 



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With Dante Alighieri as our guide, descend into the first book of the epic poem Divine Comedy, knowing you will ascend again!  We will focus on key Cantos of the poem, discuss Dante's world and world-view, his poetry structure, and why this is considered a comedy.   Please bring the John Ciardi translation, widely available in hardcover, paperback, or for mobile devices.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/24/2017, ending 4/28/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/14/2017)

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Estha Weiner 



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Explore modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature against the backdrop of historical movements and cultural and social changes.  Examine what personal voice/modern individuals are manifest in literary works and how Japan’s past may be viewed, or even “reinvented.”  Topics may include representation of Japan’s encounter with the West, rapid modernization, post-war reconstruction, negotiation with traditional Japanese aesthetics, changing ideas of gender and sexuality, and post-war consumer society and contemporary global popular culture.  Class sessions will combine lectures, discussion, and audio-visual materials.  All readings and discussions will be in English.  No prior coursework in Japanese literature or culture is required or expected.  Readings will be selected from the following tentative list and announced via email to students prior to class: Kokoro by Soseki Natusme, Onnazaka by Fumiko Enchi, Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, selected short stories by Yasunari Kawabata and Michiko Kurahashi, and selected short stories by Murakami Haruki.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 3/24/2017, ending 4/7/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Masayo Kaneko 



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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 Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Later classes will be devoted to Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.      

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/28/2017, ending 5/30/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2017, 4/11/2017, 4/25/2017, 5/9/2017, 5/23/2017)

Please read: This class meets on 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, ...More

Tuition: $150.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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Too often in the annals of art, women have been on the canvas-but not behind the brush. But some enterprising women have defied the odds to produce great works of art and become innovators in their fields.  Join us on this unprecedented tour through four centuries of women’s contributions to Western art, as presented by Professor Amanda Vickery in this 2014 BBC documentary.  This program will run for two weeks.  Each session’s film will be followed by a presentation of the history of women in art.      

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 3/28/2017, ending 4/4/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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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 Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Later classes will be devoted to Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/29/2017, ending 5/31/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2017, 4/12/2017, 4/26/2017, 5/10/2017, 5/24/2017)

Please read: This class meets on 3/29, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, ...More

Tuition: $150.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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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 Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Later classes will be devoted to Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.      

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 4/4/2017, ending 6/20/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/11/2017, 4/18/2017, 4/25/2017, 5/2/2017, 5/16/2017, 5/30/2017, 6/13/2017)

Please read: This class meets on 4/4, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20

Tuition: $150.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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From acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin, this 1990 television documentary is narrated by Bill Moyers as he tours the Renaissance legacy of Florence seeking sources of our common artistic, architectural and cultural heritage.  Guided by historians, Florentine citizens, and interviews with novelist Umberto Eco and filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, Moyers explores the roots of key contemporary ideas, like the preeminence of the individual, which was so essential to the Renaissance.  This film will be followed by a presentation on the important painters of the Early Italian Renaissance, including master Masaccio, whose works, featured in the film, became known as the “school of the world.”  Attention will also be paid to other important contemporaneous painters.          

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 4/18/2017, ending 4/18/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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“Busted” television pilots, as they are known in the industry, are the first episodes of a potential new TV series that were rejected by their networks.  But that does not necessarily mean that the shows were bad.  In fact, some were fantastic!   We will screen some of the best of these “busted” programs and discuss the insider rationales as to why they did not move forward.  These pilots feature top talent in front of and behind the camera.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 4/19/2017, ending 4/19/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Andrew Goldman 



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Winner of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Award, this 2014 drama from Italian writer/director Alice Rohwacher is an interesting look at the clash between cultures in a small Tuscan town. When a young girl in line to inherit her family's beekeeping farm meets a glamorous TV presenter, life changes are in the works for the whole family.  Starring a gorgeous Monica Bellucci, this sometimes surreal film looks at issues including agricultural practices, reality TV and governmental regulations.  In Italian with English subtitles.  Not Rated.    

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 4/20/2017, ending 4/20/2017

Tuition: $15.00

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

Instructor : Val Franco 



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