Night School — Fall 2018

Night School — Fall 2018

Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig

Gregory Brandt — Upper School English

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:30-9 p.m.

Room 348 in the Upper School

Nothing whets the intelligence more than a passionate suspicion, nothing develops all the faculties of an immature mind more than a trail running away into the dark — Stefan Zweig

A twelve-year-old boy and his beautiful mother arrive at Semmering, a resort town in Lower Austria; her husband remains in Vienna to work. A handsome, young baron takes an interest in the woman and forms a friendship with her son in order to seduce her. The boy senses that something is happening, but he can’t grasp what it is. He thinks, “It’s horrible being a child, there’s so much you want to know but you’re not allowed to ask anyone, you always look so silly in front of grown-ups as if you were stupid or useless. But I will find out the secret, I will, I feel I’ll soon know it. There’s part of it in my hands already, and I won’t give up until I know it all!” Burning Secret explores the innocence of children, their passionate desire to understand the world of adults, and their drive for autonomy. 

Participants should get the Pushkin Press edition of Burning Secret, translated by Anthea Bell (117 pages). ISBN 978-1-901285-85-7.

Tuition for this one-evening seminar is $25.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 18.


Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.

Infinity and Beyond!

Tony Asdourian — Upper School Math

Tuesdays, November 6, November 13, and November 27
7-8:30 p.m.
Room 346 in the Upper School

What does it mean to talk about “the size of the universe?” Wouldn’t anything beyond our universe just be “more universe?”

How can we estimate the number of grains of sand on a beach, or the number of raindrops in a thunderstorm, or the number of atoms on the Earth?

How can there be different “sizes” of infinity? How can one thing that goes on forever be bigger than another thing that goes on forever?

Was there a beginning of time? Or has time been around forever? Where does all the stuff in the universe come from?

Is it true that time slows down as someone approaches the speed of light? Is time travel possible?

We’ll explore these and other mind-bending questions in this course that is designed to be fun and accessible to everyone! No experience with math or science required, just an openness to new and interesting ideas.

Tuition for this class is $75.00.
Participants: minimum of 10 and maximum of 12.


Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum. 

Welding Basics

Michael Guarraia — Upper School Science

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (Session I)
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (Session II)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (Session III)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (Session IV)
6-9 p.m.
Athletic Center (Main Lobby)

This class will teach the basics of something called Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, or Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). We’ll start with an explanation of the actual process, how it works, and safety considerations. We will then work on material selection, cutting, surface preparation, and subsequently run some practice welds.  Once proficient, we will end by actually fabricating a small project that students can take home. No materials fee. Wear clothing that can get dirty!!

Tuition for this one-evening seminar is $75.
(A separate materials fee of $20 will be charged per student. Please bring cash or a check made out to the teacher, on the first night the class meets.)
Participants: Limited to 3 students.*


Note: Class may be cancelled (with a full refund) if enrollment does not meet the minimum.