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Bronx Man Leads Russian Revolution

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

"Bronx Man Leads Russian Revolution" and other Stories of Espionage Slip into the covert history of New York City, and follow in the footsteps of four centuries of spies. Explore New York’s finest hotels and most elegant office towers, as well as its toughest docks and most derelict tenements, through the eyes of an active agent. Along...

$10
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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

Full Course Name: Monsters From the Id: Analyzing Horror and the Darkest Corners of the Human Psyche 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...

$12
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RADICAL MEMES: fun 4 every1

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

Radical Memes is a 2-part course that explores meme history, vocabulary, and production, with a special emphasis on memes that propagate progressive, queer, feminist, anti-racist political content. In part 1 we will look at case studies and discuss: what are radical memes? How do memes work, and what is their specific vocabulary? How do radical memes...

$25

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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(518)

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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(15)

A History of Royal Scotland

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

In 1603, one of the momentous events in history occurred when the Scottish King, James VI inherited the throne of England following the death of his cousin Elizabeth. He combined his two nations and called them Great Britain – and all subsequent kings and queens of Britain are his descendants to the present day. The telling of British royal history...

$10
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Lower Manhattan History Walk

at Brooklyn Brainery

When it comes to historical neighborhoods in New York they don’t get much more older than Lower Manhattan. Join us for a two-hour walk through the Financial District where we’ll learn about some of it’s most famous landmarks. We’ll see Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, talk about the actual wall of Wall Street, and walk the oldest streets of...

$20
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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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The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

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

For two hundred years they waited beneath lower Manhattan, entirely forgotten. Even after their recent rediscovery – which occurred by accident during the construction of a new office building –their importance was denied, debated, and almost destroyed. Who are ‘they’? The thousands of African-Americans who lived in New York City during the...

$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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O'Keeffe's Contemporaries: Four (More) Modern Women

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

Georgia O'Keeffe might be the most famous American woman artist of her generation, but she certainly wasn't the only one. This Olio introduces us to four other women who forged careers as professional artists in New York between 1900 and 1940. From Peggy Bacon's scenes of bohemian life to Isabel Whitney's depictions of a changing Brooklyn, from Florine...

$20
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(15)

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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Imperialism and Capitalism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

What is imperialism? Though typically understood as a process that involves growth of political power through territorial expansion, it is also an economic phenomenon connected to the logic of capital accumulation and more. While Hegel and Marx already noted the tendencies within capitalism of constant expansionism, subsequent writers have characterized...

$315

4 sessions

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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....

$20
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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...

$15
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