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Education, Race and Place

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course examines the role of education in producing racialized difference; and, relatedly, how education has been a means, method, and site through which various communities have fought over rights, resources, and their futures in a place. We will consider what these strategies and struggles might teach us about questions related to: the role of...

$765

16 sessions

Thursday Jan 25th, 4pm

Creative Justice

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

The arts become a powerful tool by generating dialogue, strengthening a sense of community, and envisioning community based interventions. In this course, we examine how artists, cultural workers, and community activists have devised creative strategies for responding to institutional and interpersonal violence and trauma. How does creativity work...

$765

16 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 4pm

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Humanities Institute Symposium

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees nurture each other, communicate, and maintain complex social networks.  A broad range of experts will join Peter to debate...

Thursday Mar 22nd, 10am

Playing to Win: an Introduction to Game Theory

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

From zero-sum games to the “prisoner’s dilemma” and rational actors, game theory has grown from a bold conjecture into a vast array of literatures crossing political science, economics, psychology, business, mathematics, and even military strategy. Based on a theory of simple card games developed by John Von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, game...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Jan 25th, 6:30pm

Virginia Woolf: Modernizing Fiction

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

Virginia Woolf’s writing audaciously expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and register swift, historical change.  “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, signaling her prescription for a kind of...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

The Encyclopedia from Babylon to Google

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

In The City of God, Saint Augustine confronts a central problem: How did evil come into the world if human beings were created good? Through our study of the ethical universe of literary texts, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility,...

$765

17 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 6pm

The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs

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

While many animals today face the threat of extinction, the numbers of dogs and cats are only climbing. They’ve tagged along at humanity’s heels since the Ice Age, an important part of our quest for world domination. But how did they evolve from wild predators into pampered pets? This class will explore the long and fascinating...

Thursday Jan 11th, 8:30pm

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Full Moon Circles

at New York Open Center - Flatiron
22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

The full moon has long been a source of great power and mystery. Beautifully illuminating the night sky, our closest celestial neighbor gives us the opportunity to set positive intentions and initiate balance in mind, body, and spirit. It is an ideal time of the month to manifest change. As we create sacred space, we foster inner awakening and renewal. ...

Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution

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

Long before the development of modern academic and scientific disciplines, the early modern scientific revolution was exemplified by “natural philosophers”—polymaths like Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes who saw no clear distinction between philosophical, scientific, social, and other forms of inquiry. The scientific...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Apr 5th, 6:30pm

Parsing the Riddle of Aung San Suu Kyi

at Think Olio - Boerum Hill
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for decades enjoyed the status of an icon of the international human rights movement. During 15 years under house arrest, Sui Kyi became the symbol of peaceful democratic opposition to authoritarian military governments which have ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, for 30 years.  Those days are over. ...

$15

Turning the Soul: The Hero and Humanities

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Is it possible for humanities to function without a doctrine of the soul?  Today, humanities studies the material conditions of texts and works of art without giving an account of the relationship between this knowledge and the soul of the student.  I.e the student is given information yet no instruction on how to put it into action in daily...

$20

The Movement for Black Lives Now

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

Nearly five years after the rallying cry #BlackLivesMatter, the Movement for Black Lives has put forth a broad platform connecting systemic racism and criminal justice reform with issues such as gender discrimination, anti-immigrant sentiment, and economic inequality. Join BYP100 NYC organizer Christopher Paul Harris as he leads an evening...

Free

Intentional Amnesia & New York City's Missing Century

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

This Olio will highlight and celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City by starting with the question: "Where are the black people in the story of NYC?"  We'll look at 5 big moments in New York City's first 100 years that are missing from our collective visual memory and how this intentional amnesia has adversely impacted our...

$15

Human Rights After Hitler

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

From the 1940s until a recent lobbying effort by author Dan Plesch, the United Nations War Crimes Commission’s files were kept out of public view. What has now been uncovered are thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland...

$25

Threshold:Biodiversity,Climate & Humanity at Crossroads

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As Earth's temperature rises closer to the danger limit set forth by scientists and world leaders in the Paris Agreement, so does the risk of a range of truly catastrophic events, including extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions. How...

$20
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