New York City

New York City


Announcing a new location for our NYC program: Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, 7 Times Square




Professor Gordon Turnbull

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, New York, NY

From classical times to the present, the literature of tragedy has posed searching ethical and emotional questions about us as beings capable both of great nobility and of great error, of grandeur and of grotesquery, of immense charity and of immense cruelty.  Critics and spectators have long wondered about what so compels us to attend spectacles of suffering. This course will explore these questions through discussion of works selected from such authors Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Racine, Ibsen, Chekhov and Beckett.

[Note:  this course will function as both a sequel and a supplement to the version of the course given by Professor Turnbull in Fall 2013, offering a different selection of plays by these authors. All welcome.]



Professor Judith Malafronte

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, New York, NY

An introduction to opera, focusing on the Metropolitan Opera Company’s “Live in HD” transmissions of Verdi’s Macbeth (October 11), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (October 18), Bizet’s Carmen (November 1), Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (November 22), and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (December 13). 

We will use these five operas as jumping off points in our examination of librettos and source material, as well as the social and musical conventions of opera. We will consider dramaturgy, casting requirements and the concept of vocal Fach, language, artistic collaboration, the rehearsal process, reception and criticism, along with the historical aspects of opera production. There will be relevant readings from a wide variety of sources, as well as viewing and listening homework, available on YouTube.

Participants should plan to view these Saturday afternoon broadcasts at a local cinema, or attend a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Information about the broadcasts, as well as a list of theaters, is available here: The schedule of live performances for the entire season is available at



Professor Jeffrey L. Sammons

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, New York, NY

A rapid tour through both parts of Goethe's Faust, in either English or German, as the participant prefers. The colloquium welcomes those who have read one or both parts of Faust in the past as well as those who have known this is something they should do but have not yet got around to it.



Professor Michael Holquist

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, New York, NY

This 8 week seminar is organized roughly around texts and questions that animate two of Yale's major Literature courses, Directed Studies/ Literature and Literature 120.  Questions will focus on issues such as: What is fictional about 'fiction'? What are the basic elements of narrative?  How is point of view governed?  Possible authors would include Aristotle (fragment), Sophocles, Poe, Conan Doyle, Borges, plus examples from Midrash, Koans, fairy tales, riddles, and nonsense.