CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webpage for listings.

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Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Tolkien’s Three Great Tales (2107)

The core of Tolkien’s Silmarillion mythology was what he called the “Three Great Tales," the romance of Beren and Lúthien, the epic of The Fall of Gondolin, and the tragedy of The Children of Húrin. We’ll devote a two-hour class to each, using editions synthesized by Christopher Tolkien from the overlapping manuscripts and competing versions his father left, looking at how each story began, changed, and developed over time, emerging finally into a published book. Three Sundays: January 10, 17, 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Proust's Sodom and Gomorrah (2105)

This class will read Sodom and Gomorrah, the fourth volume of Proust’s great novel (as counted now). To those who have read the earlier volumes, the atmosphere will be darker, the thought and comedy more disturbing. For people interested in reading In Search of Lost Time from the middle, or joining a group to continue your own reading, our scrutiny should help with the perplexities of Proust’s text and your contributions to discussion will be welcome. Six Mondays: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Imagery in Fiction and Non Fiction (2104)

Novelist Sarah Pleydell MFA and author Michaele Weissman use in-class writing exercises to help students discover and use the imagery embedded in their own imaginations. This three-part writing workshop enables writers at every level to find language that is fresh and unexpected. Three Sundays: February 14, 21, 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Next Book Group Meetings



December 1, 7:00 pm
ALL STRANGERS ARE KIN, by O'Neill NOTE: Meeting Online
All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World Cover Image
ISBN: 9789774168659
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: American University in Cairo Press - March 7th, 2018



December 2, 7:30 pm
WHAT CAN A BODY DO? by Hendren NOTE: Meeting Online
What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735220003
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - August 18th, 2020



December 6, 5:00 pm
THE SYSTEM, by Reich NOTE: Meeting Online
The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525659044
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020