Classes Offered

 

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ROME

Time and days vary

History of ancient Rome, from Etruscans to the Byzantine, using primary sources and held primarily at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Approaches to Literature

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm Tuesdays

Approaches to Literature is a class for older teens, which is taught as a college seminar in style. Students vote on what to read (serious classical books or emerging classics commonly used in high school AP Literature curricula) and analyze these texts from political, philosophical, religious, and psychological standpoints. During the few previous sessions, students have read and discussed, among others, such books as Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha,” Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and “Happy Days,” as well as other seminal texts. Students must bring a copy of the text every session and be prepared to discuss the material. Optional writing assignments complement the discussion.

Issues in Social Studies:  North America

Time: 12.45 – 2.15pm Tuesdays

We explore social studies from various perspectives:  history, economics, health, environment, politics and more – with a focus on North America this year.

Weapons and Warfare

Time:  11-12:30 Fridays

Beginning with Revolutions for Winter term, and moving through World War II

Teen Club:  CONTROVERSIES!

Controversies is a weekly meetup for teens interested in discussing politics, social issues and more.  It is not a formal debate class or team (for that, please see the postings offered by Michael Rhea, who hosts a popular debate class and debate team, the Word Warriors).  In Controversies, teens pick the topic and discuss in a (hopefully) respectful manner with their peers.  Free speech and open dialogue is stressed, and, yes!, there is usually an abundance of differing views.  I serve as the adult moderator, and do not interject my views or opinions, but keep the peace.

Controversies Club will be held on Tuesdays 5:30-7 pm