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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...

Friday Sep 22nd, 7pm

Women and the Future of New York Politics

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

In the Halls of Power: Women and the Future of New York Politics Despite New York's reputation as a progressive city, on the local political level at least, the future looks far from female. By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women...

Wednesday Oct 25th, 6:30pm

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Edward Said: Culture and Empire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
178 Stanton St, New York, New York 10002

Few contemporary intellectuals have generated enough interest in their work to achieve simultaneous fame and infamy, yet this distinction undoubtedly applies to Edward Said (1935-2003). In the aftermath of his monumental Orientalism (1978) and his outspoken advocacy on behalf of the Palestinian people, Said became a lightning rod within both academic...


4 sessions

Wednesday Oct 18th, 6:30pm

Computing Cultures

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

We live in a networked, digitized, highly-automated world, where silicon-based microprocessors help us decide what to eat, who to date, how to dress, where to go, and even how to feel. Depending on which experts you trust, such everyday computing tools signify either radical possibilities for human liberation or a proliferation of dystopian techniques...


4 sessions

Monday Oct 16th, 6:30pm

The Women Rebel: Women Who Shook New York

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

Imagine you are at a party with the anarchist Emma Goldman, the dancer Isadora Duncan and the women’s health pioneer Margaret Sanger. Two things are probably true: you are at Mabel Dodge’s celebrated Wednesday Night Salon, and Marcel Duchamp is swinging from the chandelier. When Dodge began her salon in 1912, she claimed, “every thinking person...

Sunday Nov 5th, 3pm

Alternative Economies: Market Socialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Can socialism and the market be reconciled? Contemporary debates in Western societies often seem to suggest there are few options available between Josef Stalin and Margaret Thatcher. Mainstream politics in the United States and EU member-states often offer little more than variations on this neoliberal consensus, consolidated between the late 1970s...


4 sessions

Thursday Oct 19th, 6:30pm

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Washington Heights
2113 Amsterdam Ave , New York, New York 10032

In 1945, Ralph Ellison began work on his epically ironic novel Invisible Man (1952), primarily to make sense of his involvement with radical politics in Harlem over the previous decade. On the fault line between art and politics, Ellison’s book makes a powerful claim for African-American experience and black modernism at the center of the...


4 sessions

Saturday Oct 21st, 2pm

Postcolonial Cinema

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Since the beginning of formal, political decolonization, cinema has been a key ground for emerging postcolonial identities and the struggle for decolonization . Working with technologies, techniques, and even sometimes idioms developed across the broadly “Western” world — from initial experiments in France to the experimental avant-garde in the...


5 sessions

Sunday Oct 22nd, 1pm

Great Decisions 2017

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

Join the longest-running informal foreign affairs discussion program in the country. Increase your awareness and understanding of timely, thought-provoking foreign policy issues involving the US. Each week another thematic/geographic issue is placed in its historical context. Includes Great Decisions 2017 book.


8 sessions

Altered States: Augmented Reality (AR) and the Politics

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Whose stories dominate urban memory? Who is “allowed” to participate in the process of placemaking? How do we construct alternative modes of engaging with a public space? Locative media, or location-aware interactive environments or technologies, include everything from mobile games to responsive installations to maps that use geospatial data....


Politics of the City: Plato’s Republic

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

From the ancient world to contemporary debates, the work of Plato is foundational in Western philosophy. As Alfred North Whitehead once quipped, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” In particular, Plato’s Republicremains a vital touchstone...


4 sessions

What Exactly is Neo About Neo-Nazism?

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

Across time, politics has relied on coercion and conflict ranging from violent words to public acts of murder as shows of power. Our modern-day American politics are not immune to these tendencies. Built in to the original constitution of the United States is the root of all manners of violent penalties and persecution that have been imposed upon...


Australian Politics 101

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

Can you name the Prime Minister of Australia? With a big election looming in 2016, there may soon be a new one. Do you know who gave the famous “Misogyny Speech” in Parliament? If you don’t, you’re missing out, because Australian politics is not your mid-day C-SPAN stuff. This class will give you an overview of the structure, major personalities,...


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Gilded Suffragists

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

Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for the Women's Right to Vote Although they were dismissed by critics as bored socialites “trying on suffrage as they might the latest couture designs from Paris,” numerous women of New York’s most affluent families such as the Astors, Whitneys and Rockefellers, served a vital role in the...


Everyday Irrationalism: T. Adorno, Politics, and Reason

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

Students in the course will read selections from a number of Adorno’s works, including The Stars Down to Earth, Minima Moralia, and The Authoritarian Personality. We will look at the famous dispute between Adorno and philosopher of science Karl Popper both to understand the grounds of their debate but also to understand their vast areas of agreement...


4 sessions