CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webpage for listings. All class times are EST.

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All in-person book group meetings are suspended. Please check the individual book group webpages for online meeting information.

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All day trips have been cancelled.

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Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Spotlight: Gildea's Empires of the Mind (2147)

In this course we will be examining the legacy of the French and British empires, the resurgence of imperialism and neo-colonialism in the post-Cold War era, and the impact of these international phenomena on Western domestic politics.  The course will be centered around “Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present” by Robert Gildea. Two Thursdays: April 29 and May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST

ONLINE CLASS: SHOW & TELL: Phillip Lopate "The Glorious American Essay" (2149)

Phillip Lopate puts forward 100 such intimate and edifying works—including the writing of Thomas Paine, Zadie Smith, and Rolando Hinojosa—all of which show the human condition and tell about its significance. In this class, we will approach 12 essays through 3 thematic lenses, namely, struggle, selfhood, and art. Four Wednesdays: April 21, 28, May 5, 12th (guest appearance by author in this session), from 6 to 8 p.m. 

ONLINE CLASS: Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins Series (2144)

Join former Howard University and University of Michigan professor Michele L. Simms-Burton for lively and spirited discussions of novels from Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series: Devil in a Blue Dress, Black Betty, Little Green, and Charcoal Joe. Four Saturdays: April 24 and May 1, 8, 15 from noon to 2 p.m. EST Online Class. 

Next Book Group Meetings



April 21, 12:30 pm
STATION ELEVEN, by Mandel NOTE: Meeting Online
Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015


Fascinating History

April 22, 7:00 pm
PARIS 1919, by MacMillan NOTE: Meeting Online
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375760525
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 9th, 2003


Public Affairs

April 26, 7:00 pm
DEMOCRACY FOR REALISTS, by Achen and Bartels NOTE: Meeting Online
Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691178240
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - August 29th, 2017