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On Decadence

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy
30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Decadence has played a vital role in modern narratives of culture, history, and political economy, in part because narratives of progress, revitalization, and renovation often summon up the specters of entropy and degeneration. On one hand, decadence can indicate a sense of historical or cultural loss in the face of swift-moving technological progress....

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Jun 6th, 6:30pm

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Life in Medieval Baghdad

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In the year 786 Harun al-Rashid was Caliph of the Islamic Empire. Famously known as the prince from 1,000 Nights, this was the Golden Age of Islam. The empire stretched from the edges of India to the borders of Europe. Baghdad was the heart of the Islamic world and the center of political rule. It was also the center of the Translation Movement,...

Monday Jun 5th, 8:30pm

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The Politics of Infrastructure

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

What does it take to build an infrastructural system? What kind of norms do infrastructures enforce, and what kinds of people do they allow to thrive? What happens when infrastructure starts to break down, or prove inadequate in the face of disaster? What do infrastructures teach us? And what kind of world do they make possible? This four-week seminar...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30pm

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America Was Never White

at Think Olio - Lower East Side
16B Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

America Was Never White: The Costs of Historical Memory and Intentional Forgetting In recent weeks, thanks in part to Donald Trump’s incoherent ramblings on an imaginary American past, wherein Andrew Jackson might have prevented the Civil War and Frederick Douglass’s greatest achievements are still to come, we have witnessed a resurgence of a...

Sunday May 28th, 3pm

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Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus
567 Union St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Lying at the epicenter of one of Brooklyn's most rapidly gentrifying (and expensive) neighborhoods is a toxic waste site and open sewer: That's right, it's the Gowanus Canal. This waterway is mostly famous for its stench and as a repository for dead bodies, but did you know that the Gowanus's story begins before Brooklyn was its own...

Wednesday May 31st, 7pm

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More than a Hipster Touchstone

at Think Olio - Union Square
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

More than a Hipster Touchstone:  Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" When the skies crack open and Jehovah appears -- angry that we have destroyed the planet, waged war on one another, and supported Adam Sandler movies -- I will brave the storm and the screaming and climb the mount with a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal 1998...

Friday Jun 9th, 7pm

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How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US

at Think Olio - Union Square
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US?The week Donald Trump was elected president Planned Parenthood experienced one of the largest donation surges in its hundred-year history. In March, Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote on a controversial bill that moved Congress one step closer to defunding clinics that offer abortion services....

Friday Jun 2nd, 7pm

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Finding our Ancestors

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

This workshop will explain how to get started in this fascinating hobby and how to grow a family tree from just a few "seeds". Learn the tools of successful genealogical research, and start on the path toward creating a well-documented family tree and family history.  Discussion includes the obstacles beginners face in genealogical research and...

$65

4 sessions

Tuesday Jun 6th, 8pm

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Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

at Think Olio - Bushwick
770 Hart St., New York, New York 11237

This Olio looks at some of the great books written in prison and the wide-ranging yet concise history of the failure to silence voices of dissent. Many important historical figures were imprisoned for promoting unpopular or dangerous ideas. Some used their time behind bars to write books that shaped the course of history. The talk offers an examination...

Free

Saturday May 27th, 7pm

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A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural

at Think Olio - Union Square
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural Violence of Schooling This Olio makes a distinction between schooling and education. Schooling dumbs us down and education ignites fiery passions. This class will trace the rise of mass schooling, which was a means for society to re-shape itself, and a tool for the marginalized and uneducated...

Friday May 26th, 7pm

(13)

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The Modern Prince: Machiavelli and Gramsci

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

In this class, we will read both Machiavelli’s The Prince and Gramsci’s commentaries on it from his Prison Notebooks, “The Modern Prince.”  First, we will interrogate Machiavelli’s traditional reception. What are the different ways we can understand Machiavelli’s project in The Prince? Does his later work in The...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30pm

(4)

Neon: The History, Science, and Art

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

What is neon? Where did this form of signage come from? Why does the phenomenon of neon light require glass and electricity? What else is it used for? This evening lecture and demonstration will cover the origins, technical information, and artistic invention of neon. Participants will learn about how neon was developed, how different...

Thursday Jun 8th, 7pm

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The Sugar and Coffee War

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Sugar and Coffee have moved Americans to revolt since the Revolution (just ask Abigail Adams). But when almost all of the nation’s sugar was being refined in Williamsburg, and most of its coffee was being roasted in DUMBO, the real Sugar-Coffee War was a Battle of Brooklyn. This class will explore the history of coffee and sugar in...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 8:30pm

(505)

Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Union Square
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011

When Hannah Arendt published The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1951 she set out to provide a political framework for understanding the phenomenal appearance of National Socialism in the world, and its terrifying consequences. Offering a historical account of imperialism, anti-Semitism, and the atomized individual, Arendt’s work remains...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30pm

(4)

Brooklyn Arts Council's Citizen Folklife Workshop

at Brooklyn Public Library - Prospect Heights
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11238

This series of five workshops will provide an introduction to documenting your community. Using digital media, this class will change the way you listen and tell stories. We’ll cover audio recording techniques, interviewing skills, photography, and video. This class will both cover the technical, personal, and ethical aspects of community documentation....

Free

Tuesday May 30th, 7pm

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