Classes Offered

 Spring 2018

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Wednesdays at 11:15 am (middle school and high school) and Fridays at 5:30pm (high school) beginning May 3

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.

Sacred Texts and World Religions

Time: 12.45 – 2.15pm Tuesdays

This is a secular approach to the academic study of religion, using the text as a guide.  Texts on the list to be explored are the Quran, Hadith, New Testament, Gnostic texts, Tanak, Mishnah, Talmud, Zohar, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Analects, and more.  Decisions regarding where to start will be made on the first day based on student interest.  Students should be willing to keep up with the readings (audio versions are accepted, but students should be able to interact with the material).  We will also explore connections to art, cult and ritual, and visit a few places of religious interest (in the past, we have visited a mosque, church, and synagogue).

Price: $335 for 13 weeks




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 b 5:30-7 pm