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Proust in Time: The Guermantes Way

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore Proust's The Guermantes Way as he delves into the complexities of aristocratic society, individual psyche, and the turbulent politics of the Dreyfus Affair. Examine themes of desire, social mobility, and the creation of art as the narrator matures alongside literary modernism. Reflect on Proust’s modernity and its enduring relevance to our own historical moment.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Mary Wollstonecraft: Feminism and Radical Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore Mary Wollstonecraft’s revolutionary feminist philosophy, challenging societal norms with her seminal work, "A Vindication of the Rights of Women." Delve into her critique of patriarchy, her theories on education and morality, and her broader impact on Enlightenment thought. Discover how Wollstonecraft’s ideas continue to resonate in contemporary discussions of gender equality and social justice.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Heidegger: Being and Time

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into Heidegger's Being and Time to explore the profound question of the meaning of being. Examine fundamental ontology through key concepts such as being-in-the-world, being-towards-death, and authenticity. Analyze the ontological constitution of human existence and its implications for understanding our finite subjectivity.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Forensic Architecture: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Discover Forensic Architecture, a cutting-edge research method blending architecture, forensics, geography, and journalism to investigate violence's impact on environments. Examine cases from war zones to climate change sites, and learn how spatial analysis aids in uncovering crimes against humanity. Explore the intersection of politics, aesthetics, and theory through Weizman's work and other key readings.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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The Politics of Climate Change

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore climate change politics and its implications for the 21st century in this thought-provoking course. Explore the intersections between climate science, political theory, and historical context, as you delve into the limitations of current policies and radical approaches. Uncover the landscape of desires and the emergence of mass political ecological movements in the Global South.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Philosophy and Solitude

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental philosophy, emphasizing spiritual experience and self-reliance through solitude. Engage with his major essays and personal writings to examine the concepts of self-discovery, inner voice, and the connection between nature and the divine. Consider how Emerson’s ideas challenge modern notions of individualism and community in a digital age.

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Hysteria, Dreams, and Psychoanalysis: an Introduction to Freud

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the foundational ideas of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, from his exploration of the unconscious mind to his revolutionary theories on dreams, hysteria, and everyday behavior. Discover how Freud's insights continue to shape our understanding of identity, agency, and the complexities of human civilization.

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Solarpunk: Theory, Fiction, and Radical Futures

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore a radical vision of the future where nature and technology align, challenging the pessimistic outlook on climate change. Immerse yourself in the art, theory, and speculative fiction of solarpunk to reimagine a world of decommodified energy and human liberation. Join us on this intellectual journey towards a harmonious coexistence of technology, nature, and human life.

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Private Goods: an Introduction to Intellectual Property

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the intricate world of intellectual property law, exploring its evolution from early legal theories to modern patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Uncover how ownership of ideas shapes global economics, innovation, and societal access to critical resources. Discover the implications of intellectual property rights on everything from technology to healthcare in a thought-provoking exploration of legal frameworks and their impact on our collective future.

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Fall Lecture Series: Vienna's Golden Boy: Gustav Klimt

Santa Monica College

Explore the world of Gustav Klimt, the master of Vienna's turn-of-the-century avant-garde. Despite facing fierce criticism and scandal, Klimt's art dazzled with its shimmering abstract patterns, transforming both private and public spaces. Delve into the life and legacy of this co-founder of the Viennese Secessionists, who remains a symbol of artistic brilliance.

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Fall Lecture Series: Viva La Vida: The Art of Frida Kahlo

Santa Monica College

Discover the art of Frida Kahlo, whose deeply autobiographical work reflects the rich cultures of Mexico and her personal tragedies. Her unique and dramatic style blends complex, often disturbing self-portraits with lush, fantastic imagery, making her one of the most original artists of the 20th century. Explore the powerful personal style that defines her legacy.

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Impressionism to 1920:4 Painters & Their Influence(16+)

Evanston Art Center

Connect or rediscover with the influences of contemporary art, focusing on four major painters: Monet, van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, and their influences. View their work, and we’ll discuss ideas related to how their focus on light, color and space transformed art from realism to abstraction.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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Literary Capital of the West

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Literary Capital of the West: Chicago Writing before 1890 This course explores the evolving relationship between Western and urban identities in Chicago writing from the 1840s through the 1880s. Histories of Chicago literature often start around 1890, with the urban sketches of writers like Finley Peter Dunne. Chicago’s antebellum literature, however, was very different, aimed at rural readers in the city’s railroad empire. After the Civil...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Seeing Race Before Race - Exhibition Series

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Delve into the historical context of recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and school prayer, and explore the evolving relationship between church and state in this thought-provoking class. Discover how ideas about freedom of conscience have been challenged and reevaluated throughout American history, leading to a recent acceptance of religious influence on law.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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African American Genealogy: Mixing Online & Offline

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Using the Newberry’s collections as a starting point, this class will provide an introduction to African American genealogy research. Not sure where you should begin with researching your genealogy? In this introductory class, discover your family’s journey by creating a solid foundation, working from the known to the unknown. This session will cover oral history, interviewing techniques, and a virtual guided tour of Ancestry’s Library Edition...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Stargazing for All: Learn the Zodiac

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Discover the enchanting world of the zodiac constellations and learn how to navigate the night sky. This engaging program teaches participants to memorize the placement of the ecliptic constellations, aiding in celestial orientation. Perfect for stargazers looking to deepen their understanding of the cosmos.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Our former fellow Christina Gerhardt, in conversation with climate and environment journalist Indira Khera, discuss the disproportionate impact that climate change has on island communities. Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. Atlases are being redrawn as islands disappear. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023: Chicago Forward Celebrate the power of storytelling and the future of our city at this free event. The festivities will include the presentation of The Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award. Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023: Chicago Forward will focus on Chicago’s future and feature speakers whose work in the city strives to change our communities for the better. The festivities...

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Lecture in Photography: Mark Sealy

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum

Since 1991, Mark Sealy has served as director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, based in Shoreditch, London. He has written for a number of international photography publications, including Foam Magazine (Amsterdam), Aperture (New York), and in 2002, published Different, a book project focused on photography and identity. Sealy is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, England. His research and curatorial...

(3) All levels 16 and older
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Workshop and Discussion: Mapping Petroleum Lives

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum

Led by exhibiting artist Rozalinda Borcilă, this mapping-from-below workshop uses prompts and facilitated exercises to develop a discussion of the various ways petroleum shapes our daily lives as an economy, a source of energy, and as a specific way of organizing the social world. Participants will work together to produce a number of mind maps and diagrams of the various systems that mediate our relationships...

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