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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 Apr 18th, 5pm


The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death

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

Full Course Name: The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death and Dying The Good Death round table kicks off with a discussion led by Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder and creative director of the former Morbid Anatomy Museum. We will explore practices and rituals surrounding death in the Victorian era to gain insight into society’s relationship...


Wednesday Apr 5th, 7pm


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Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

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

Mesopotamia, the “Land Between the Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, is often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization. The ancient peoples of this region developed the first cities and multicultural societies, invented writing and the wheel, and left behind incredible works of art and a rich and varied literature. Yet despite their...

Thursday Apr 6th, 8:30pm


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,...


5 sessions

Monday Apr 3rd, 6:30pm


The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

While many animals today face the threat of extinction, the numbers of dogs and cats are only climbing. They’ve tagged along at humanity’s heels since the Ice Age, an important part of our quest for world domination. But how did they evolve from wild predators into pampered pets? This class will explore the long and fascinating history...

Thursday Apr 20th, 6:30pm


I Remember Harlem

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

Though arguably no other New York City neighborhood has generated as many conflicting representations as Harlem, one singular documentary stands out: I Remember Harlem (240 minutes,1981, 16mm film), directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. Miles’ epic lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a...

Sunday Apr 23rd, 1pm


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...


4 sessions

Thursday Apr 6th, 6:30pm


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’...


4 sessions

Thursday Apr 6th, 6:30pm


The Local Struggle: Learning from Asylum Seekers in NYC

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

Across the pond, the refugee crisis looks like the orphaned children of Aleppo; the overpacked dinghies that carry thousands across the mediterranean sea and the makeshift village of the Calais “Jungle.” What does the refugee crisis look like here in NYC? Who are the people seeking asylum, right here, in your borough? Join us for an introduction...

Wednesday Apr 19th, 7pm


History Series: America as a Superpower

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

Today's world has many "hot spots": Syria, Palestine, Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran, to name a few. How will the new President deal with each of these problem areas? By looking at history, maybe we will able to see how America maintains its leadership in the modern world.  Suggested Readings: Kissinger: 1923-1968 - The Idealist by Niall...


2 sessions

Thursday May 11th, 7:30pm


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Landscape Design History

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the 21st century. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens and landscapes, including corporate and public spaces, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, and classroom discussion. Landscape designs will be considered...


8 sessions

Wednesday May 3rd, 10am


The NYC You've Never Seen: All Roads Lead To Flushing

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

Flushing, Queens is the proud birthplace of religious freedom in the United States owing to the landmark legal precedents set there in the 17th century, and today it is one of the most diverse and exciting places on Earth. This class covers the many astounding journeys you can take in Flushing, Queens and its surrounding areas - branching...

Wednesday Apr 19th, 8:30pm


New York Futurism

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

Rising inequality, the elephant in the room of New York City’s future, is the subject of Class Divide (74 minutes, 2015), which investigates hyper-gentrification in Chelsea through the eyes of local young people living in public housing. This program also includes shorts from the Maysles Documentary Center Education program that pose...

Wednesday Jun 28th, 6:30pm

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Distillery Tours

at Kings County Distillery - Navy Yard
299 Sands St, Bldg 121, Brooklyn, New York 11205

In these tours, you'll learn about the history of American distilling, as well as how whiskey is made.  Enjoy tastings of our three whiskies at the end! A tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Thursday Mar 23rd, 3pm

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Distiller-Hosted Tour

at The Noble Experiment - Williamsburg
23 Meadow St, Brooklyn, New York 11206

Our distiller-hosted tours cover the history of rum distilling in New York, the story behind our distillery, and how our rum is made from raw ingredients thru final hand bottling. It can get fairly geeky! Included in this 45 minute in-depth, distiller-guided tour is a straight pour tasting of our rum and an after-tour cocktail.

Saturday Mar 25th, 2pm

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