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Course Description

We will meet and come to terms with the colorful men and women who formed a rebellious subculture in New York City's Greenwich Village during much of the 20th century. These include: writers e.e. cummings, James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg; painters John Sloane and Jackson Pollock; political radicals Margaret Sanger, John Reed and Michael Harrington; and Bob Dylan. We'll grapple with three overarching questions. Why were they in the Village? How did they influence mainstream culture, and how did mainstream culture influence them? On balance, how significant and beneficial were these bohemians? You'll be invited to read c. 50 pages each week and join lively discussions. There will be facilitated discussions and  presentations about historical background.  Facilitated DiscussionViewing Videos
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