Continuing Education 2012

Continuing studies in NYC—from computer courses, cooking classes and language lessons to photography classes and yoga instruction.

Illustration: Joe Paul


Between subway evangelists and lonely barflies, hardly a day goes by in New York without someone trying to sweet-talk you. Learn the art of convincing people in LifeLab’s “Persuasion Lab” (917-319-4354,; Aug 28 and Sept 19 7–9:30pm; $40), taught by founder Dr. LeeAnn Renninger, a 12-year psychology veteran. Mixing playful exercises with discussions of scientific research, students discover the different techniques that make the biggest impact and practice them together. Whether you plan to address a client or your girlfriend, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how to make your case.

Join the burgeoning happiness-science field with Hunter College’s Introduction to Positive Psychology (212-650-3850;; Tue 6–8pm; six weeks $199; Oct 30–Dec 4). You’ll study no less than how to read emotions and the importance of character strength and resiliency, all of which strengthen relationships and build fulfilling lives. The continuing ed course will also discuss how this perspective benefits communities.

If you want to work toward completing a bachelor’s degree, Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (212-636-6000, allows adult students to take individual for-credit courses. Within the popular psychology program, engaging Jesuit professor John Cecero guides students through the mirrored halls of Abnormal Psychology (Thu 6–8:45pm; 16 sessions $760; Aug 30–Dec 20), considering neuroses, major psychoses, treatment and prevention.—Rebecca Dalzell

Queer culture

The art and culture of the LGBT community have long been dominant and transforming forces in the city. “Queer New York, a continuing-ed humanities lecture course at The New School (212-229-5600,; Thu 4–5:50pm; 15 weeks $650; Aug 30–Dec 12), tracks the rise of gay subcultures and how queer art fueled the development of NYC’s underground. Ricardo Montez, assistant professor of performance studies, examines queer life in the Big Apple since the 1960s through literature, performance and film. You’ll take a virtual journey through the city and its queer landmarks, such as the Chelsea Hotel, CBGB and the Pyramid Club, and examine prime movers, from underground cinema pioneer Jack Smith to performance artist Dynasty Handbag.—Jana Martin

Real estate

There is perhaps no more-coveted knowledge in New York City than that promised by City Tech’s “Getting Great Real Estate Deals in Difficult Times” (718-260-5500,; Oct 20 9–11am; $70). Consumer advocate Rick Nathan details how the downturn can work in favor of savvy property buyers, looking at foreclosures, short sales and how to start investing in real estate. By the end of the class, you’ll have the tools to research properties, both online and at governmental offices.—Rebecca Dalzell