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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...

$15

East Versus West: Persian Wars & Their Lasting Impact

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

In the 5th century BCE, the world’s largest empire sent troops to a remote province to put down a rebellion. The empire was Persia, and the province was Ancient Greece. This was the beginning of the Persian Wars, two conflicts that would change the landscape of the ancient and modern worlds alike. For the first time, the fractious...

$10

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Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self

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

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and the Politics of Love Often cited as the seminal text of modern feminist theory, Simone de Beauvoir’s  1949 publication, The Second Sex still deeply resonates with readers who seek to understand the pervasive oppression of women. The magnum opus of her long and prolific career as a writer...

$20

A Cultural History of Clothing

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

Adornment is basic to being human and one of the fundamental forms through which we communicate our identity to others. In this class, we will discover the ways that culture, environment, values and morals all help to shape what clothing is deemed appropriate in different cultures and time periods. You will also learn why no human is ever truly "naked"....

$10

Accusing Women

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

From Adam and Eve to John and Yoko, the trope of the ‘woman to blame’ – and the ‘woman who blames’ – has had a remarkably persistent purchase on both pre-modern and contemporary imaginations, playing a key role in fundamental social dynamics of gender to this day. In the Western literary tradition, tropes of accusation and false testimony...

$315

4 sessions

Reading the Iliad

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village
53 Washington Sq South 6th Fl, New York, New York 10012

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read...

$315

4 sessions

Margaret Atwood & the Rise of the American ‘Alt-Right’

at Think Olio - Crown Heights
899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11238

The horrific events in Charlottesville on August 12 provided a sinister snapshot of the transition of the “Alt-Right,” from fringe, hate-spewing online trolls to a critical mass of torch-bearing white men sporting Swastikas and automatic weapons. This assortment of homegrown neo-Nazis,  white supremacists and new generation Klu Klux Klansmen...

$12

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

Dancehall in Pop Culture

at Abrons Arts Center - Lower East Side
466 Grand St, New York, New York 10002

Dancehall in Popular Culture will be a weekly class that covers basic popular movement of Dancehall, a style of dance originated in Jamaica. This class will contextualize the dance form by providing a history of the dance and culture. Choreographers and artists such as Gerald “Bogle” Levy, Elephant Man, Ding Dong, and more will be introduced, along...

$370

14 sessions

Queer New York

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course traverses the geography of New York City, exploring queer life from the 1960s to the present. Through engagement with literature, performance, and film, students look at experiments in the production of queer art and culture.  From Jack Smith's trash aesthetics to Dynasty Handbag's performance of abjection, queer art practice has...

$765

16 sessions

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Prelude to the Great American Eclipse

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

We will discuss the history, mathematics, and science of eclipses… and learn how to observe the characters in the performance: the Sun and Moon. This class will include star gazing from Pioneer Works’ garden using telescopes.

$200

4 sessions

Contemporary Debates in Race & Ethnicity

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

Through an interdisciplinary engagement with contemporary literature and scholarship on race and ethnicity, this course considers the following questions: How do race and ethnicity organize the social world? What are the historical conditions under which the various definitions of racial and ethnic difference emerge? What is at stake in the institutional...

$765

16 sessions

The Relevance of Marxist Theory Today

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

We study the essential works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as well as their philosophical precursors and some influential variations of Marxism in the 20th century. In considering philosophical idealism and social change, historical and dialectical materialism, modes of production, and the relationship between structure and superstructure, we ask...

$765

16 sessions

The Literature of Incarceration

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, Toni Morrison is not only a powerful novelist but one of the most important American literary figures of the 20th century, producing incisive scholar- ship, literary criticism, and analyses of contemporary race relations. We examine her contributions to each of these fields. We also consider the specific...

$765

16 sessions

New Amsterdam: The Birthplace of New York 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...

$25
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