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: The 18th Century Gothic Novel (2120)

The Gothic novel was the 18th century equivalent of the horror movie: though its terrors might seem mild to a 21st century audience, they evoked chills in their contemporary audience. In this seminar-style, discussion based class we’ll read The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole; The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe, and The Monk (1796) by Matthew Lewis. These novels show how 18th century writers used medieval, continental settings to explore the darkness underlying modern civilization. Five Thursdays: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, from noon to 2 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Politics and Poetry in the Capital City (2124)

Join award-winning editor Kim Roberts for “Politics & Poetry in the Capital City,” a series of three discussions that will enhance your understanding of DC’s complex history through the lens of its poetry. Three Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: MENA: A Ten-Year Retrospective of the Arab Uprisings: 2010-2020 (2131)

Ten years have passed since the momentous and courageous Arab Uprisings began so, it is time to look back and assess what happened in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region during that ten years period. We will also review the reasons for these revolts by people from all walks of life against the authoritarian governments. Join us for a journey to better understand these uprisings – why, who, what and when – in addition to exploring expectations for the future. Five Fridays: January 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Next Book Group Meetings


Public Affairs

January 25, 7:00 pm
WHITE FRAGILITY, by DiAngelo NOTE: Meeting Online
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018



January 27, 12:30 pm
A DIFFERENT DRUMMER, by Kelley NOTE: Meeting Online the fourth Wednesday for this month.
A Different Drummer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385413909
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Anchor - May 1st, 1990



February 1, 7:30 pm
CONFESSIONS, by St. Augustine
St. Augustine's Confessions (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
By Saint Augustine, Henry Chadwick (Translator)
ISBN: 9780199537822
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 1st, 2009