Institute for Retired Professionals

Past Study Groups

Art and Music
Art History: Egypt and Greece
Art in Current Museum Exhibitions
Beethoven Quartets: Bridge to the Modern
The Effects of Politics on 20th-Century Music
Modern Art 1900-1945
Watercolor for Absolute Beginners

Drama and Film
Acting Workshop
Basic Acting: Creating Characters
The Genius of Gilbert and Sullivan
Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present
The Play's the Thing
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: John Huston
and His Films
The Evolution of Shakespeare's Comedic Art

Government
Great Decisions

Political Issues at the Approach of the 21st Century

History and Politics
American Freedom: From Colonists to Clinton
The Crusades: From Pilgrimage to Holy War
Defining America: The Supreme Court Shapes
Our Everyday Life
The Federalist Papers
From Victorian to Ragtime: America in the 1890s
Great Explorations
Greenwich Village: Its Landmarks and Literature
Historiography: The Art of Writing History
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Major Currents in 20th-Century American Thought
from William James to Hannah Arendt
The Progressive Era (1900-1920): From Theodore
Roosevelt Through Woodrow Wilson
Restricting Free Speech in Wartime
Robert Moses: His Life and Place in History

Interdisciplinary
Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Light,
and Time
An Interdisciplinary Look at the Concept of Time
New York Review of Books Seminar

Law
Censorship and Writers

Landmark Cases and Current Issues Under the Constitution

Rights in Conflict

Literature
American Classics II: Short Fiction by Twain,
James, Crane, and Wharton
American Short Fiction Transformed: Between
Two World Wars
Boccaccio's Decameron and the Great Plague
Fathers in Philip Roth's World
Great Books: From Euripides to Gogol
Great Conversations: Series One
I Lift My Lamp: American Immigrant History
Through Literature
International Contemporary Fiction
Joyce's Ulysses Revealed
Magic, Wit, Love, and Laughter: The Theater
of Moliere
Marriage in 19th- and 20th-Century Literature
Marriage in the 19th-Century Novel
Scott and Zelda
Struggle for Self: Short Fiction
The World of Mystery Fiction
Writing Workshop

Philosophy
On Desire
Philosophy of Love
Plato's Dialogues
Political Philosophy

Poetry
In Her Own Words
More T.S. Eliot
Robert Frost: What Was He Thinking?
T.S. Eliot

Science
Cells: The Basic Units of Life
Milestones of 20th-Century Physics

Social, Political, and Economic Trends
Church and State in Early and Contemporary
America
Sociology Explains It All
Understanding Contemporary China
Violence: Theories and Consequences

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