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Ghosts of the Boroughs

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

Boroughs of the Dead Tour Guide Marie Carter is thrilled to present “Ghosts of the Boroughs”. In this eerie, illustrated lecture you will learn about the haunted mansions of the boroughs, a ghostly monastery, a creepy story involving murder and a spooky doll, former insane asylums, grisly murders, and many other ghastly NYC stories!  And...

$10
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Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of Aztecs

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

When the first Spanish conquerors arrived in present-day Mexico in the 16th century, they were astounded by what they found. The cultural achievements of the native peoples of Mesoamerica rivaled anything back in Europe: there was great architecture, great literature, and yes, great food. Despite lacking large domestic animals, the Aztecs...

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Welcome to Fear City

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St, New York, New York 10029

Once upon a time in the 1970s, New York City was supposed to “drop dead,” or at least wither away due to disinvestment and “white flight” to the suburbs. Instead, creativity flourished amidst urban decline and new art forms like Hip Hop and Punk Rock were introduced to the world. Meanwhile, 42nd Street’s sleaze economy continued to thrive....

$15
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God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

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

In the Latin edition of Baruch Spinoza’s magnum opus, the Ethics, he writes, “That eternal and infinite being we call God, or Nature, acts from the same necessity from which he exists.” This formula – Deus sive Natura, God or Nature – is the cornerstone of a radical new philosophy that Spinoza fashioned in the wake of Descartes’...

$315

4 sessions

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Empire, Nation-State, Caliphate: The Modern Middle East

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

The transition from empire to nation-state was among the most consequential developments to shape the Middle East over the last hundred years. Beginning with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire at the close of WWI, the post-war international order invalidated heterogeneous forms of political organization in favor of the nation-state. It was a...

$315

4 sessions

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Nasty Women of Ancient Egypt

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

From pharaohs to fragrance-makers, ancient Egypt had its fair share of nasty women. They ruled empires stretching from sub-Saharan Africa to northern Lebanon, supervised temples and worshiped a pantheon, and were farmers, merchants, and everything in between. Join me as we journey through the sands of time to meet these extraordinary...

$10
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Consciousness Hacking: Seeking Enlightenment

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

Consciousness Hacking: Seeking Enlightenment Through Technology, Psychedelics, and Meditation “Consciousness Hacking” is a pragmatic approach to spiritual transformation that utilizes three principal modalities:  technology,  psychedelics/entheogens, and  the contemplative arts (i.e. yoga and meditation).  The phrase...

$20
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Soviet Life: Communism, Transformation, and Reflection

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

017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. What can we learn today from the twentieth century’s great experiment in “Actually Existing Socialism”? And how does the Soviet experience speak to current questions of social and political theory generated by its supposed conquerors,...

$315

5 sessions

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A Dreadful History of Vampires

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

A Dreadful History of Vampires, Werewolves, and Things That Go Bump In The Night Just in time for the spookiness of Halloween, let's explore America's favorite fears: vampires, werewolves, and more! Leave Bram Stoker in the dust with a new favorite blood-sucker like Varney the Vampire, and learn whether silver bullets are...

$10
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Dharma & Democracy: The Death of Merit and Prescience

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

Dharma & Democracy: The Death of Merit and Prescience of Ancient Wisdom The Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata, was composed around ~600 BC. The ancient text addresses a time when the existing world order appears to be crumbling. Not only has the traditional political order been swept away; meritocracy, values and ethics no longer hold sway. Society...

$20
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New York at Its Core Seminar Day: City Stories

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St, New York, New York 10029

Objects and images tell powerful stories, but how does a curator convey their meaning? Hear from the professionals who curated the first-ever exhibition on NYC’s history, get up close and personal with the material, and learn how we decide what sources to display and what descriptions go on our walls. You’ll explore techniques in literacy and project-based...

Free
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Liberation Music: The Role of Jazz Music

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

Liberation Music: The Role of Jazz Music in Radical Politics of South Africa South African jazz has always had its own trajectory within the jazz tradition.  From the mining hostels in the 1800’s to the dance halls of Apartheid-era Soweto;  the mixing of Arabic, Malay, Khoi and San ancestry in the carnival troupes of the Cape; ...

Free
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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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Inside the Entertainment Industrial Complex

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

Inside the Entertainment-Industrial Complex: How Guilty Pleasures Take the Edge Off Reality Eisenhower cautioned us against the military one; if only Orson Welles had warned us about the vastly more insidious assemblage, the Entertainment-Industrial Complex. Reality has become much less real (and important) in contemporary American society. America...

$20
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The Search For Life in the Universe

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

Throughout history people have looked at the sky with awe and wonder. One of the most pressing questions has been whether or not we are alone in the universe. Today, with cutting edge technology, we are on the brink of answering one of the most profound mysteries of all time. In this class we will explore the current state of our knowledge about life...

$12
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