quirky / specific lit or art history classes in the east bay?
November 29, 2011 2:12 PM Subscribe
What cool places can I take classes, preferably accessible to public transit in the East Bay? Things like lit classes on specific subjects / authors, art history classes on specific artists / time periods, women's studies.
posted by fireflies to Education (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I read a lot, but don't often pick books that are challenging or would require a lot of outside reading or research, like I read in college when I took classes in that sort of thing. I also really enjoy art history. I would love to take a class on (as a random example) Moby Dick, where I could learn about all of the background, time period, and references. Or on 19th century women novelists, or on Virginia Woolf. Or an art history class just on the pre-Raphaelites, or Gothic architecture, or Edouard Manet. (Or whatever.) I live in Oakland. Where can I find (affordable) classes like this? Must be accessible by public transit, preferably in the east bay - SF is okay, if it's not too remote.
Reading this, it sounds like I want a book club. I don't think I do - I want the structure of a class and an authority of some kind giving it direction. Classes that only meet a few times are fine.
I've looked at extended ed at some local community colleges, and while I may be mistaken because I found the websites incredibly confusing and poorly laid out and may have been accidentally looking at degree programs, all the classes seem to be broad, introductory-ish classes like "modern lit" or "art history 1".