From Greenwich Village to Midtown to Harlem, New York City is as culturally diverse as the America that we’ve travelled in past semesters. From the authors of the Harlem Renaissance to writers at the New Yorker; from the beginnings of American theater at Provincetown Playhouse to the Broadway of Berlin, Gershwin, and Porter to the experimental theater of Mabou Mines; from the first stirrings of American modernism to the triumph of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s; from jazz at the Cotton Club to the minimalism of Glass and Rainer in 1970s Soho — “It’s a helluva town.” Over the next several semesters, we will focus on groups of authors, artists, musicians, dancers, and playwrights who collaborated at different times and in different neighborhoods of New York City from 1880 to 1980. The spring 2018 semester will focus on the years 1910- 1930. This study group makes use of a combination of class presentations, readings, discussions, and video. Participants should be willing to research and present subjects to the group. Join us on our cross-disciplinary tour of New York’s rich cultural life. We guarantee many surprises along the way. Use of Canvas is required.