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Explore the rich history of Houston through immersive classes that cover topics such as the city's role in the oil industry, its diverse cultural heritage, and its significant contributions to space exploration. Uncover the dynamic history of Houston with classes that delve into the city's pioneering role in the civil rights movement, its architectural evolution, and the impact of Hurricane Harvey on its community.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Houston have spots left, but 6 classes live online are available.

Race, Class, and Solidarity: Robin D.G. Kelley’s Hammer and Hoe

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the untold history of African-American political participation during the Great Depression through Robin D.G. Kelley’s groundbreaking book Hammer and Hoe. Uncover the struggles, divisions, and triumphs of Black communists in the Jim Crow South as they fought against racism and fought for worker's rights. Discover how their stories continue to resonate with activists today in the ongoing struggle for solidarity.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

What is a Social Movement?

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate relationship between class, community, and politics in social movements. Uncover the complexities of modern capitalism and the impact of cultural realms on political life. Join us in an in-depth analysis of historical case studies to understand the strategic vacuum between economic and cultural accounts.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Bioengineering: from Terraforming to Designer Babies

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Discover the fascinating world of bioengineering and its impact on nature and the human body in this thought-provoking course from the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Explore the core principles of biotechnology and the ethical, political, and economic implications of manipulating biological matter. Uncover the exciting possibilities and real constraints that shape the future of bioengineering.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

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Numbers: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the profound roots and enigmatic nature of numbers as you explore their historical, mathematical, and philosophical dimensions. Join us in a captivating exploration of the concept of number, examining its evolution, cultural significance, and the fundamental questions it poses about the nature of reality.

Wednesday, Apr 10th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Theories of the State: Politics, Institutions, & Power

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the enigmatic nature of the state as you delve into the intricate web of politics and power. Explore the origins, functions, and impact of this elusive entity that permeates every aspect of society. Join us as we navigate the theories of the state and shed light on its influence in shaping our modern world.

Wednesday, Apr 10th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

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.

Sunday, Apr 14th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

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Global Perspectives Workshop: Portrait of Colombia

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston @ 1801 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX

Come learn about the geography, history, culture and economy of Colombia through the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston! Colombia is nicknamed the "gateway to South America" because it sits in the northwestern part of the continent where South America connects with Central and North America.  It is the fifth largest country in Latin America and home to the world's second largest population of Spanish-speaking people. With its vast...

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Ethics by Design Series: Overview & Human Rights

General Assembly @ Online Class, Houston, TX

When you design or engineer a product, you believe that it will have a positive impact on your target market. But do you have the resources to think about how your technologies might affect society as a whole? This evening workshop will introduce you to the basics of ethical thinking and will help you implement ethics in your working day. ***This is a standalone module in the Ethics by Design Series, which encourages you to think more deeply...

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Transgender Education for Business Success

Springboard Ventures, Inc. @ 11490 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

In this world of diversity, we as business owners and employees need to understand who we are serving and working with. This workshop brings knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a transgender person. Shelley Roth shares their personal and heartfelt story with the goal of making a difference through education.

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World War I: 100 Years Later

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

World War I lasted from 1914 to 1918 and resulted in an estimated 37 million casualties, decimating the male populations of many European nations. The Great War between the Allies (originally the Triple Entente of France, Britain and Russia) and the Central Powers (the German Empire, Austro- Hungarian Empire, Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Bulgaria) caused the downfall of four empires, ended in an armistice and culminated in the Peace of Versailles....

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The History of Victorian England

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

For much of the past century, we have pictured Victorians as people who lived sober, prudent lives in overstuffed houses filled with overstuffed furniture. Literature and history commonly depict Victorians as people who revered religion, family, country and social convention. However, modern scholarship has brought this stereotypical portrait into question. Historian Newell Boyd, Ph.D., will survey Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, emphasizing research...

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The Future of Human Evolution

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

What is the future of human evolution? Scott Solomon, biologist and writer, will review our evolutionary past, examining the ways in which we are continuing to evolve and considering our future as a species. This course will draw on research from fields as diverse as genetics, demography, psychology, microbiology and medicine. Participants will examine questions such as how existing technology and modern medicine affect natural selection and consider...

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Greek Mythology

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

Tour the dramatic world of Greek mythology with English professor Louis Markos. Beginning with an examination of the Greek pantheon, Dr. Markos will lead participants through a fast-paced yet in-depth exploration of ancient stories of gods and heroes, love and war, triumph and tragedy — stories that have inspired poets and writers for centuries. He will also explore the deeper meaning behind the myths and their continued relevance today.

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Houston: Then and Now

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC @ 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX

Understanding our city’s history is important. How we grow from an uncivilized, muddy, mosquito-ridden backwater to the nation's fourth largest city is a great American story. Take a seat and learn about the people whose determination and imagination made it happen.  Houston 100 Years Ago paints a full picture of life in the Bayou City 100 years ago. 

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Lecture - Secrets from a Watery Grave: USS Houston

Houston Museum of Natural Science @ 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX

Lecture - Secrets from a Watery Grave: USS Houston and HMAS Perth In the early morning of March 1, 1942, under a clear sky and a full moon, the Japanese Imperial navy sank the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the battle of Sunda Strait. During the battle, 696 US sailors and marines aboard the Houston and 375 Australian sailors aboard the Perth, including the captains of both ships, lost their lives. Forced into captivity, the survivors became...

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Democracy and Disagreement

Susanne M. Glasscock Continuing Studies @ 6100 Main St, Houston, TX

If the 2016 U.S. presidential election taught us anything, it is that there may be no limit to the degree of disagreement possible within a democracy. As diversity of perspectives is a hallmark of democracy, such disagreement is both natural and understandable. Yet how we respond to these divisions can have significant implications for the stability of public order, civil society and even our personal relationships. In this course, Elizabeth Barre,...

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