Sunday, April 03, 2005

Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method

I have just seen that Lois Mason, Aesthetic Realism consultant and history teacher and one of the teachers of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method workshop, has a website. Her success as a New York City teacher is phenomenal. I have learned so much from her. I am so glad that educators all over the world can now see for themselves what she shows -- how relevant history and geography really are to young people (and not-so-young people!) Here is the link to "Lois Mason, Aesthetic Realism Consultant and Social Studies Teacher".

Scroll down for news about the May 12 education seminar, "The Answer to the Fury and Failure in America's Schools: The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method."

Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company

The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents lectures by Eli Siegel on works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Strindberg and others that include dramatic excerpts from the plays, acted with a depth and subtlety that is rare. Every time I'm fortunate enough to be in the audience I come away feeling satisfied and stirred and ALWAYS with a new sense of respect for people of all races.

The next production (Sunday, April 10) is a comedy, Sheridan's "School for Scandal." It is remarkable both in the understanding of the playwrite, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and also because it is uproarious and moving. With its polished and rapier-like 18th-century style, it explains something that is affecting people all over America right now -- the way politicians and the ordinary man or woman in the street can be so careless with truth, and have such a THIRST for gossip. Here is the flyer to

As you can see if you followed the link, Sheridan will be accompanied by Handel, in Barbara Allen and Edward Green's "What Can Chamber Music Tell Us About Social Life?-- Handel's Flute Sonata in G Major" If you have ever wondered why music can bring tears to your eyes, come on Sunday and find out the answer!