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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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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville incomparably penetrated our history and psyche.  Students will read and discuss Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” (1835) and “The Birthmark” (1843) as well as Melville’s Billy Budd.(1924).  Instructor will supply copies of the short stories but students should bring their own copy of Billy Budd (any edition).  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 9/14/2018, ending 10/12/2018

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Estha Weiner 



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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 - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 9/25/2018, ending 11/27/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 10/2/2018, 10/16/2018, 10/30/2018, 11/13/2018, 11/20/2018)

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Tuition: $150.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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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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Climate change, threats to species, erosion of terrains and seashores are much on the mind of contemporary poets and writers.  In this course, participants will read works that call attention to environmental issues and that are designed to stimulate both reflection and action.  Our prose text will be Richard Powers’s The Overstory (2018), a series of linked stories describing the interaction of human activities and trees.  The book will be supplemented by poems representing the new genre of eco-poetry which focuses on ecological themes.  Questions of Iiterary merit as well as importance of the issues presented will stimulate lively discussion.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM; 5 sessions; starting 9/25/2018, ending 10/23/2018

Tuition: $175.00

Location : Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Location : 
  Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

Instructor : Ruth Handel 



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Here I am: Contemporary Jewish Stories from Around the World, compiled and edited by Marcia Lee Berkman and Elaine Marcus Starkman (Jewish Publication Society 1998), presents a very special collection of skillfully written and interesting plots, insightful themes, and fine structural and language choices.  In the process of reading and discussing a dozen stories (two each week), students will contrast and compare universal traits, geographical differences, and unique concerns.  Students are encouraged to read each story twice in preparation for lively discussion.  For the first session, please read “Irons and Diamonds” by Nina Sadur (Russia) on p.264 and “Expectations” by George Konrad (Hungary) on p.276.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 9/26/2018, ending 10/31/2018

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

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)

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Tuition: $150.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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Black Mirror and Westworld are among the most popular television programs of recent years.  Marvel has been transformed from a comic book publishing holdover from the 1950s into a multi-media entertainment machine.  Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale are best sellers once again.  This course will endeavor to find out why with a survey of science fiction history based on the idea that sci-fi is our canary in the coal mine — it tells us where we are going.  Texts will include short stories by Philip K. Dick, Ted Chiang, Kate Wilhelm, Nancy Kress and Octavia Butler; other materials may range from Radiolab to The X-Files to Rogue One.  No prior science fiction knowledge is necessary but students can begin by purchasing Octavia Butler’s paperback, Bloodchild and Other Stories.  Additional materials will come from the Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (no purchase necessary) and will be distributed on the first class session.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 8 sessions; starting 9/27/2018, ending 11/15/2018

Tuition: $200.00

Location : Mamaroneck High School Location : 
  Mamaroneck High School.

Instructor : Jeff Queen 



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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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La Celestina (1499), attributed to Fernando de Rojas, is a tragicomedy written entirely in dialogue. The plot involves two lovers whose illicit affair, brokered by the female criminal mastermind Celestina, results in their deaths and the deaths of nearly every other important character. The title character practices witchcraft and profits from matchmaking, procuring, and casting spells for money. Long misunderstood as a romantic work, modern scholars now view La Celestina as a parody of courtly love and medieval moral discourse, set in a hypocritical society dominated by lust and greed. Prior to class, students should read the Penguin Classics 2009 edition, ISBN 978-0-14-310609-8, translated by Peter Bush, available in paperback on Amazon.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 10/26/2018, ending 11/16/2018

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : John Alise 



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One of the most prolific American writers of his time, Philip Roth was known for his autobiographical and controversial protagonists.  He began accumulating awards for fiction with the publication of his novella Goodbye, Columbus (1959), and he continued receiving national and international recognition until his death earlier this year.  This first class will examine American Pastoral (1997), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  The second session will be devoted to The Human Stain (2000), narrated by the fictional Nathan Zuckerman, a recurring character in Roth’s novels.  The final class will discuss The Plot Against America (2004), which tells the story of an alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh defeats FDR in the presidential election.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 10/30/2018, ending 12/4/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 11/6/2018, 11/20/2018, 11/27/2018)

Tuition: $90.00

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

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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