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Classics at Cour Regard

Guest speakers, actors, musicians, and cuisine

What is a classic? How does a text become a classic? And why do we deem it necessary and good to return to works of classic literature time after time? This Fall we continue our artistically diverse engagement with the classics and consider anew what grants certain works of literature entrance into the canon. Part performance, part scholarly exploration, Classics at Cour Regard will offer a 21st century perspective on and a new appreciation of our culture’s most iconic works of literature through multidisciplinary celebrations of classic texts. Join us this Fall for two evenings of literature, music, performance, food, and drink, to be followed by two more in the Spring. Scheduled for Fall: The Great Gatsby & 1001 Arabian Nights.

The Great Gatsby

October 6, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$60 (exclusive membership discounts do not apply)


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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

1001 Arabian Nights

December 1, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$60 (exclusive membership discounts do not apply)


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The stories of The Arabian Nights (and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them―a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.

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