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Revisit beloved classics or experience new ones with Rosenbach courses. Book lovers delve into fiction, history, and poetry with the guidance of a literary expert and the company of other readers. See all upcoming courses.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, scholarships are available for some courses to cover the cost of tuition. To apply for a scholarship, please submit this form.

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Winter 2023 Courses with Available Scholarships


William Butler Yeats: Enchantment and Rage with Vicki Mahaffey

4 Tuesday sessions from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7.

In a disenchanted age, it is important to consider the unexpectedly ethical potential of enchanted moments. In this course, we will look at enchantment as a moment of wonder that can trigger ethical responses; as a musical metaphor (enchantment comes from the French “chanter,” to sing); and as a figure for national paralysis or colonization in Ireland. We will trace how magic gives way to violence as the main impetus behind Yeats’s poems, ending with his magnificent rage against old age. Each class will begin with relevant background material followed by a detailed examination of 5-10 poems. 

Sponsored by Lenore H. Steiner and Perry A. Lerner


Why We Still Read (And Sing) Robert Burns with Steve Newman

On the evening of January 25th, people from Edinburgh to Shanghai to Philadelphia gather to toast “the immortal memory” of Robert Burns. For he is not only Scotland’s national poet; his work has been translated into Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, Esperanto, and a host of other languages. To discover the range and depth of the work that has established Burns as a poet of global significance, we will dive into a great deal of his poetry and a bit of his prose, drawing significantly on one of the world’s finest Burns collections–the Rosenbach’s—which holds precious manuscripts and editions of some of his most important works.  

Sponsored by Robert K. Urquhart