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The Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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

Full Course Name:  Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed...

Thursday May 25th, 8:30pm

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Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus
567 Union St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Lying at the epicenter of one of Brooklyn's most rapidly gentrifying (and expensive) neighborhoods is a toxic waste site and open sewer: That's right, it's the Gowanus Canal. This waterway is mostly famous for its stench and as a repository for dead bodies, but did you know that the Gowanus's story begins before Brooklyn was its own...

Wednesday May 31st, 7pm

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Finding our Ancestors

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

This workshop will explain how to get started in this fascinating hobby and how to grow a family tree from just a few "seeds". Learn the tools of successful genealogical research, and start on the path toward creating a well-documented family tree and family history.  Discussion includes the obstacles beginners face in genealogical research and...

$65

4 sessions

Tuesday Jun 6th, 8pm

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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...

Thursday Jun 8th, 7pm

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How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US

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

How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US?The week Donald Trump was elected president Planned Parenthood experienced one of the largest donation surges in its hundred-year history. In March, Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote on a controversial bill that moved Congress one step closer to defunding clinics that offer abortion services....

Friday Jun 2nd, 7pm

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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

Wednesday Jun 14th, 11am

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The Woman Question

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

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.”  Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question...

Friday Jun 30th, 7:30pm

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A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural

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

A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural Violence of Schooling This Olio makes a distinction between schooling and education. Schooling dumbs us down and education ignites fiery passions. This class will trace the rise of mass schooling, which was a means for society to re-shape itself, and a tool for the marginalized and uneducated...

Friday May 26th, 7pm

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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

Thursday Jun 15th, 7:30pm

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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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The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

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

Washington Roebling constructed one of America’s most iconic structures, the Brooklyn Bridge, but his story spans much more than just the East River. It’s a story of immigration, personal adversity, and pushing the boundaries of possibility.  Join Erica Wagner, author of Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 6:30pm

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Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI

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

Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York (opening April 5), food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into...

Tuesday Jul 18th, 6:30pm

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Analyzing Horror and Darkest Corners of Human Psyche

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

In his important critical work Danse Macabre, the famous "horror-meister" Stephen King identifies a few fundamental horror archetypes; these include the vampire, the werewolf, and the "thing without a name."  King, like some other horror writers and critics, maintains that examining these archetypes and the continued popularity of the horror genre...

Tuesday Jun 20th, 7:30pm

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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...

Sunday Jun 25th, 3pm

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Political Vigilance and Letter Writing as Activism

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

Too often relegated to a byline of the Beat Generation, referred to there as one of the “few female writers of the scene to make it,” Di Prima’s work has a passion and fire all its own, an embodied sense of the bio political as well as the anarchic. Epistles are letters written as poems, providing both a tactile sense of intimacy and accessibility,...

Tuesday Jun 27th, 7:30pm

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