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Two Week Courses -- 6/21-7/1

Half Day -- 9:00am-11:30am
Better Than Google Translate: an Exploration of Two Languages

In this two-week, half-day summer course we will explore creative and personal forms of translation. We will review different approaches to the art of translating a text: Spanish—English / English—Spanish. What does it mean to translate a written text? How do we use our knowledge of another language to create connections between two ways of reading and circulating content? What is self-translation?

Our meetings will follow a structure, with the first part of the class dedicated to a debate on translation, and the second part on the workshop model with the material to be translated. Students will choose from a selection that includes topics such as: social conflicts, economics, music, sports, medicine, television series and movies, video games, poetry, short stories, and novel beginnings. They will also be able to propose texts on other topics which they are particularly interested in translating.

We will read short excerpts from classic essays on translation—Walter Benjamin (“The Task of the Translator”); Vladimir Nabokov ("The Art of Translation"); and Jorge Luis Borges (“Problemas de la traducción”)—, in conversation with contemporary styles, such as those of Kate Briggs (This Little Art), Jhumpa Lahiri (“Where I Find Myself”), and Lydia Davis (“Learning a Foreign Language: Spanish”). With the results of the course we will prepare a dossier for publication in The Linguist magazine, for its 2022 edition.

This course is offered to rising 11th and 12th graders or any students who have finished Spanish 3H, Spanish 4, or Studies in Spanish.

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Cost $800

Osdany Morales, instructor

Half Day -- 12:30pm-3:00pm
The Physics of Music

This course is offered as an exploration of the center space in the Venn Diagram between Music and Physical Sciences. A student in this course is one who is curious about the “why” and “how” of music theory, music making, and sound production. Mathematical prerequisites of this course include proportional reasoning and foundational algebra. Musical prerequisites include an existing relationship with, and a deep curiosity in, music making. Completion of a formal Physics or Music Theory course is not a required prerequisite.

There are two overall goals of this course: The first goal is an investigation into the mechanics of sound propagation and tonality, including the topics of Harmonic Series, Reflection and Resonance, Frequency and Pitch, Energy and Loudness, Consonance and Dissonance, and Phase and Comb Filtering; The second goal is for students to get hands-on experience with sound production and recording equipment, drawing from inquiry into the topics of Electricity Generation, Resistance and Capacitance, High-Pass and Low-Pass Filters, and Transducers and Transformers. Featuring heavily in this course are discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

This course is open to rising 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students.

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Cost $800

Doug Epstein & George Epstein -- instructors.

Full Day -- 9:00am-3:00pm
Comparative Anatomy

The overall goal of the course is to provide the opportunity for students to dive into the field of comparative anatomy. This will be accomplished through hands-on student experience through a series of dissections and modeling activities. Students will be introduced to various species of invertebrates and vertebrates as the basis of their comparison. The course will have two main components: dissection and modeling of structures and presentation of comparisons in groups across organisms. All work for the course should be able to be completed in-class and will foster collaborative work and communication. 

Students that may be interested in this course are students who do not have the space in their schedule to take an anatomy course, students who took the anatomy course and would like to continue their exploration of anatomy, and students who are interested in pursuing biology/medicine in the future. Almost all of the organisms that will be utilized in this course are species not utilized in our other courses

This course is open to rising 11th & 12th graders.

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Cost $1600

Melissa Doellman, instructor


Engineering Drawing

Engineering Drawing is often called the "Universal Graphic Language." It is the standardized system used internationally by engineers, architects and designers to precisely describe objects as small as micro-circuits, or as large as the infrastructure of a city. Once a mastery of Engineering Drawing is accomplished, an engineer’s, architect’s or designer’s ideas can be presented quickly, vividly, and exactly for a manufacturer, a client or other interested party. This engineering summer course is designed to provide instruction and hands-on practice of the fundamentals of Engineering Drawing, enabling the student to convey original ideas and understand the diagrams and blueprints that are used in industry, the professions, the sciences and the modern home. If you are interested in engineering, architecture, pattern design, industrial design, urban planning or any other field of study within the creative “World of Design Opportunities” this engineering summer experience may be of great interest to you.

This course is open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students.

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Cost $1600

Fred Levy, instructor

Focus on the Figure

This course will focus on skills and strategies for drawing the human figure. We will practice gesture drawing with a live model and use photographs for reference. During these exercises we will practice line, mass, and movement to capture action and proportions. We will use a variety of drawing materials through a series of short one minute poses, building up to poses that will hold for longer durations.

The class will discuss the figure throughout art history to today, looking at artists ranging from Michelangelo and Rembrant, to Kehinde Wiley, Jordan Casteel, and Titus Kaphar. We will go on a series of field trips to museums and galleries in NYC to deepen our understanding of how different artists engage with the human form. This dialog about the figure is fundamental to art while fostering empathy for all people and identities. This class will be exciting for artists at any skill level.

This course is open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students.

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Cost $1600

Emily Lombardo, instructor