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Behind the Scenes Tour of New York at Its Core

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

Five years in the making, New York at Its Core is the first-ever museum exhibition to comprehensively interpret and present New York City’s sweeping 400-year history. Join Wendy Evans Joseph, the architect and exhibition designer who conceived the look and feel of the show, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition's three...

Tuesday Oct 24th, 6:30pm

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Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of Funeral Food

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

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning traditions have changed over time, and vary from place to place, what they have in common is food and drink. From the home parlour to the funeral...

Monday Oct 23rd, 8:30pm

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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

History Series: Presidential Leadership

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

We will look at four crises of the Eisenhower administration: The Army McCarthy Hearings, The Suez, Hungarian Revolution of 1956, The U-2 Incident; Ike's Farewell Address. These crises defined The greatest of Eisenhower as President of the United States. What can we learn about leadership from how Ike handled these situations? Come to the class to...


2 sessions

Thursday Nov 9th, 7:30pm

Fair Housing - The History and Why

at Baruch College - CAPS

This course will provide students with background information on Fair Housing. Students enrolled in this course, will have an in depth understanding of the creation and meaning of the law.  Topics to be explored include Fair Housing from the time of the civil war and the civil rights movement, to current times inclusive of green Fair Housing....

Tuesday Nov 14th, 5pm

Traversing the Veil:Alchemy, Wisdom, & The Modern Witch

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

The facts about Halloween/Samhain, widely celebrated in the U.S., depend upon what you read.  According to some, during the "burning times" in Europe (during the 16th - 18th centuries), perhaps 60,000 witches, many of whom were  women and followers of pre-Christian religions were killed, and often tortured before being killed.  These...

Monday Oct 30th, 7:30pm

Sorry, No Sugar Today: Rationing in WWII

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

Have you ever wondered what rationing during WWII was really like? Promoted as the ultimate patriotic duty for those on the home front, it also represented one of the real drudgeries of the War. Food historian Sarah Lohman explores the challenges that Americans faced throughout WWII as a result of wartime rationing and recreates some favorite wartime...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 8:30pm

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. ...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 7:30pm

Critical Global Health

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Global health is at once a philanthropic enterprise, a driving force behind certain forms of global pharmaceutical research and development, a way of bringing order to disorderly regions and populations, and an increasingly central component of human rights work. Scholars in the emerging field of critical global health have begun to question and investigate...


4 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

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

In 1930, Max Horkheimer became the director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Along with his colleagues and a broader orbit of external scholars, he inaugurated the first wave of what came to be called “critical theory.” This course is an introduction to some of the key works and concepts of the Frankfurt School, including...


5 sessions

Wednesday Nov 15th, 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

Trains, Tunnels, and Trees with Jill Jonnes

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

In the early years of the last century, the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad dramatically transformed New York City’s psychic and economic geography. Daring tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers connected Manhattan to the mainland and Long Island via the linchpin of Penn Station. Today, city leaders grapple with...

Tuesday Nov 7th, 6:30pm

Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah, Messianism, and History

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

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the twentieth century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, far more engaged and systematic thinking about questions of contemporary politics...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 21st, 6:30pm

The Mahabharata: From Exile to Apocalypse

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Mahabharata is one of the great epics of South Asian history. It narrates not only an epic story but one that is meant to introduce our supposed age, the Kali Yuga—one of downfall and decline, but also eventual rebirth. Written almost 2,500 years ago and continually adapted to this day into new poetry, theater, even television and comic...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 28th, 6:30pm

Epic Histories: A Conversation

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

Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories.  Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 -- his long-awaited sequel to Gotham -- sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell...

Tuesday Feb 27th, 6:30pm