In The Case for Black With a Capital B, Lori Thorps considers the evolution of the descriptor “Black.” In particular, she unfolds how political and cultural disenfranchisement — that is, racism — has been reflected in rules of capitalization in the US.
Join us for our wrap up discussion of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao! Haven’t had a chance to finish the book? Haven’t even started it? Curling up with a good novel is an excellent way to spend a long, holiday weekend (and sneak away from family!) Bronx Extension Center: Wednesday December 3rd @ 4:30PM Manhattan Campus: Wednesday, December 10th @ 4:30PM
What scares us? In a blog post, two writers, Ayana Mathis (left) and Francine Prose, talk about their encounters with terrifying books. Interestingly, both refer to books they first read as young children.
Shawnese has lived in Teaneck, NJ, and Harlem. She learned about MCNY when her cousin graduated from here with a Masters in Public Affairs. The school felt at home for her from the first day. She liked the small class settings, which allowed her to really know her professors, and the class schedule worked with hers. She is only in her first Purpose as an undergraduate in Human Services — she takes classes at the Bronx Extension Center but one day she hopes to do her Masters here as well.
Our first discussion group of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is just around the corner. We just wanted to throw out some questions to get you started thinking about how we may want to shape our conversation. And that’s what this is — a conversation, a chance to think together about the book and to get to know one another.
People have been coming up to me and to the Writing Specialists and saying how much they love the book. So, we know that at least some of you are enthusiastic. Some of you totally devoured it! For the purposes of our discussion, we’ll assume that not everyone has finished, so we will just be discussing the first half of the book or so.
*What stands out for you about the book so far? *What do you think about the style in which the book was written? There are multiple narrators and footnotes and there is a lot of slang. How did the author’s decisions about aspects things affect your experience? Why do you think the author made these choices? *Which character do you relate to most closely? Why? *The book deals with all sorts of themes, from being an alienated teenager to domestic violence, what themes stand out for you?
Post your responses here, and we can talk about all of these things and more in our discussion group!
Bronx Extension Center: Tuesday October, 22 at 4:30 pm Manhattan Campus: Wednesday October, 29th at 4:30 pm
This animation explores the various arguments for reading literature. Curious about how the simple act of reading Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao can make you a better person? Check out this groovy animation created by The School of Life.