Here we round up some fun events that will take you around the world without having to leave! Virtual events for those staying safe at home during quarantine. Films, book discussions, happy hours, philosophy classes, you can have it all!
The stunning bookstore Albertine on the Upper East Side has a bilingual French and English Book Club, starting up a new season in 2021! The first meeting of the year discusses Invisible Ink by Nobel Prize laureate Patrick Modiano. Check it out tout-de-suite!
For the philosophically inclined, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research will do a course on Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason. Their online classes are deep, thoughtful, and led by an engaging, brilliant instructor. Don’t go at it alone, German Idealism is always best handled with a support group!
Those interested in Spanish language and culture have no shortage of fun options, but a really cool idea is this at-your-own pace Yale Open Course on Don Quixote. A great book to tackle in the winter (Spanish sun!) and during sad times (it’s a laugh riot of friendship, though of course not without its bittersweet undertones), Quixote is a rich novel, and guiding yourself through it along with a brilliant teacher will make it all the more rewarding!
And for those proficient/fluent in Spanish, MIT has a course on 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature conducted entirely in Spanish.
92nd Street Y is hosting a virtual class and happy hour on the Aperitivo. Learn about Italian food history and culture but also feel like you’re taking a nice leisurely drink on a Florentine piazza, only in your living room!
NYPL is hosting a virtual event discussing Brazilian author Clarice Lispector. Whether you’re familiar with her work or not, this will be an engaging discussion. And if you haven’t read her before, you’re in for a treat! Such a charming and fun author, and her short stories and slimmer novellas are great for getting into when you’re attention span is a little thin.
Every year, Scandinavia House hosts a movie series of the Oscar contenders from the Scandinavian and Baltic nations. This year, you can get a pass to stream them all from home. There are a lot of beautiful films this year from the Sami experience to a biopic of Moomin creator and Idlewild favorite Tove Jansson.