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

at Think Olio - Union Square
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...

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Great Planned Cities

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

Planned cities date back centuries and require much time, effort, power and capital. Why build a planned city? How are planned cities created? What makes a planned city different? What makes a planned city better? Which are the best planned cities? Find out in this course (soon to be a TV series).

$120

3 sessions

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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"....

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Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists

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

Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater. In 1917 Picasso fell in love with a ballerina in the Ballets Russes while creating scenery and costumes for his collaboration with Satie on the pathbreaking dance work, Parade. His stage...

$20
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History of Analog in Revolt & Sparking Poetic Rev.

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

John Giorno (b. 1936), a living legend in NY’s performance arts and experimental poetry worlds, has published numerous literary works and art installations, and continues to create and perform. He got his start in the early 60s as an actor in Andy Warhol’s Sleep (1963). In this Olio we will begin unpacking the history of John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem...

$20
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History Series: The Supreme Court

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

Every day, our actions are shaped by decisions made by the Justices of the Supreme Court. The great cases, the great Justices, and great decisions will be examined in this exciting class. How did the Court become an equal branch of the American government, alongside the Executive and Legislative branches? How has the Court expanded individual rights...

$55

2 sessions

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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...

$25
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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...

$10
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Exploring Racial Hierarchies

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

What is "race"?  How do we know?  Following the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, scholars, media pundits, and commentators have argued that we live in a color-blind or post-racial society.  Many people now understand that "race" is not biologically determined.  However, at the same time that we say "race" is not real,...

$10
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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

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The Real History of Thanksgiving

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus
333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right? In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further...

$12
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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

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The Poisonous Prohibition

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

The Wartime Prohibition Act took effect June 30, 1919. In their desperation to obtain booze, locals turned to homemade forms of liquor, which to unsuspecting victims, were often poisonous, and sometimes fatal.  At this lecture, we’ll examine some of these poisons and the New York City victims they harmed and killed. You can also celebrate the...

$10
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History of New York City Transportation

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

Full Course Name: A History of New York City Transportation - From Horsecars to Helicopters By some estimates, for every New Yorker you see walking around on the streets, there’s one New Yorker underground, riding the train. That’s right - 1/2 of New York’s population is on some form of public transportation at any given moment. This miraculous...

$10
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Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park

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

Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as a pastoral refuge in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing city. For generations, the park fulfilled its promise, but by 1976 the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot, a symbol of the park’s decay. Spiraling...

$10
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