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: Spotlight: Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half (20122)

In the age of Black Lives Matter, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half compels us to probe narratives about racial and gender identity that we inherit, internalize and pass down to future generations. Join us for this spotlight to discuss how the novel is part of a centuries-long lineage of American literature about the act of passing and its psychological consequences. Two Mondays: November 23, 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Frank Herbert's Dune (20124)

The first of Denis Villenueve’s two Dune movies is scheduled for release in 2021. Join this class to read and discuss the source novel: Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965). The stature and popularity of Dune, and its place in the science fiction canon, are hard to overstate. In this seminar-style discussion-based class, we’ll work through why Dune is categorically considered a masterpiece, how it retains its relevance in our world, and when we might need to critique its monolithic presence.  Three Tuesdays: December 1, 8, 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Spotlight: Heather Cox Richardson's How the South Won the Civil War (2100)

In this course we will be exploring and discussing the persistent myths and misconceptions of the Confederacy and the U.S. Civil War, especially the diminishment and denial of white supremacy as motivation for the Confederate States. We will primarily be reading How the South Won the Civil War (2020) by Heather Cox Richardson. Three Thursdays: January 14, 21, 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 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