Understanding Shakespeare: “Antony and Cleopatra”

Thursdays, April 19th – May 17th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra. Then in the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop.

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Muslim Journeys Reading and Discussion Group

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Main Library

  • March 7th (Introductory Session and Material Distribution)
  • March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th
  • May 2nd and 9th (May sessions will meet at the Al-Hidaya Center in Latham)

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The four books included in this reading and discussion group tell provocative and gripping stories about the experiences of Muslims in the United States. Adapted from among the books included on the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, these memoirs and novels provide insight into a diverse array of contemporary Muslim lives. Each powerfully illustrates how the humanities promote understanding of and mutual respect for people with diverse stories, cultures, and perspectives within the U.S. and abroad. Discussions will be led by Djafer Sebkhaoui, Imam of the Masjid Al-Hidaya Muslim community in Troy and the Muslim Chaplain at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Book Discussion Group: Main Library

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Mondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library

A monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • April 2nd: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  • May 7th: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
  • June 4th: TBA
  • No July Meeting
  • Aug 6th: Revolution Song by Russell Shorto
  • September 10th: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Ask for a copy at the desk.

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Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch
Pile of booksA monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • April 17th – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • May 15th – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • June 19th – Fall of the Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  • July 17th – Benediction by Kent Haruf
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