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American Museum of Natural History: Un-Highlights Tour

at Museum Hack - Upper West Side Central Park W , New York, New York 10024

Dinosaurs! Science! Adventure! Break out your pith helmet as we embark upon a brazen expedition through the halls of New York City's world-famous American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Join your maverick tour guide as we deftly navigate this massive 27-building, 1.6 million square foot landmark cultural institution. Learn the science...

Friday Nov 15th, 11am - 1pm

Spiritual Misfits

at Think Olio - Williamsburg 614 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Before Awakening as Shakyamuni Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama was a Misfit Seeker (Shramana, Śramaṇa), one of many in a massive countercultural spiritual revolution that gave birth to religions such as Buddhism and Jainism and transformed Hinduism.  During this period, what the German philosopher Karl Jaspers aptly dubbed the Axial Age, there...

Sunday Nov 17th, 1pm - 2:30pm

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New Amsterdam Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Financial District Battery Park, New York, New York 10004

On this walking tour, we’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Step into the wooden shoes of the early settlers and see what life was like being an employee rather than a colonist. Based on exciting new research taking place over the last...

Saturday Nov 16th, 1pm - 3pm

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Rice Tasting

at West Harlem Art Fund - Harlem 109 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, New York 10026

Rice around the world is thought of as Asian. But rice is just as African as it is Asian. Oryza glaberrima was cultivated from wild rice that needed humans when the Sahara was drying. That knowledge fueled the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade where Africans were brought west. Rice dominated the United States and particularly South Carolina for two hundred...

Thursday Nov 14th, 6pm - 7:30pm

A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

In 1930, Max Horkheimer became the director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Along with his colleagues and a broader orbit of external scholars, he inaugurated the first wave of what came to be called “critical theory.” This course is an introduction to some of the key works and concepts of the Frankfurt School, including...

Monday Nov 18th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Numbers: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Numbers are so common, so seemingly intrinsic to human life, that it’s baffling to recall that, for millennia, many humans did not use them at all. How, then, did the use of numbers come to be? Were they, in some sense, discovered? Are they qualities of the natural world or truths outside of time and space? Or, are numbers human creations—concepts...

Wednesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

The Lost Franklin Expedition

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In 1845, Captain John Franklin left England with two ships on a mission to discover the fabled Northwest Passage that would allow Europe to trade directly with Asia. Because Franklin suspected that there might be a safe water route north of Canada, they sailed into the Arctic Circle. His ships were equipped with the latest technology – steam engines...

Thursday Nov 21st, 6:30pm - 8pm

Hip-Hop and Critical Race Theory

at Think Olio - Crown Heights 650 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

For 11 years, rapper Meek Mill has either been in jail or on probation. Today at the age of 32, Meek Mill is well aware of the legal system and the impact it has not only on his life, but of “Young Black America.” Meek, who has been rapping since he was an adolescent, has lyrically chronicled and highlighted the racial and economic injustices that...

Thursday Nov 14th, 7:30pm - 9pm

Harlem History and Beyond

at West Harlem Art Fund - Harlem 142 Edgecombe Ave, New York, New York 10030

Our experience is a journey from the 1500s to the present day. We’ll start with explorers trying to find a route to Asia but then encountered a new land. I’ll share Harlem’s role in the American Revolution and the meeting of Alexander Hamilton and General George Washington. Our group will discuss the Trans Atlantic Slave trade in North, Central...

Friday Nov 15th, 2pm - 4pm

Brownstones Ballot Boxes Suffrage Tour

at Archive on Parade - Brooklyn Heights 158 Hicks St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Meet the badass Brooklynites who brought us the ballot. Behind the stately facades of Brooklyn Heights’ most gracious brownstones lies the history of firebrand feminism! The wise “women of Brooklyn” were doctors, lawyers, educators and orators who made some of the foremost contributions to the Suffrage movement. Join us for a walk through their...

Saturday Nov 16th, 1:30pm - 3pm

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Featured Database: Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Midtown 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, New York 10018

Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry® Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and...

Tuesday Nov 19th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

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The Megaprojects that Transformed New York

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem 1220 5th Ave , New York, New York 10029

As a new generation of "Master Builders" transform our city at a breakneck pace, we take stock of the megaprojects that have shaped New York, from Rockefeller Center and Roosevelt Island to the newly-minted Hudson Yards. Distinguished urban historians Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Daniel Okrent, and Dr. Samuel Zipp join urban planner Regina Myer to consider...

Wednesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem 1220 5th Ave , New York, New York 10029

"Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?" NYC According to the Census Every ten years the Census provides a unparalleled opportunity to observe the changes in the population living in the hundreds of neighborhoods that comprise New York City.  In this panel discussion, we zoom in on the most significant population shifts as indicated by recent...

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Environment, Culture & Historic Preservation

at Wagner College Lifelong Learning - Grymes Hill 1 Campus Rd, Staten Island, New York 10301

Staten Island Style: The Environment, Culture and Historic Preservation The fascinating history of the environmental movement of the 1880’s that is still vigorous today with the efforts of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods will be presented. We will also highlight preservation of the built environment and the controversy over landmarking on Staten Island....

Saturday Nov 23rd, 2pm - 4pm

The History of Scotch Whisky

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Whisky is the national drink of Scotland, and the most popular spirit in the world: it is a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands globally and one of the UK’s leading exports. Yet, it is more, much more than this; it’s a story – a story of a drink, a culture, a people, a land and a way of life. From the humblest...

Tuesday Nov 19th, 6pm - 8pm

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