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Tabula Rasa

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

The commonly overlooked origins of the modern graffiti and street art movement in the late 1960s and early ‘70s in New York City and Philadelphia are the focus of Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence (77 minutes, 2016). This documentary explores not only early graffiti writing but also the writers who created it and the culture that...

$15
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The City Transformed: Part II

at Cooper Union

This series of eight slide lectures illustrates the historic transformations of New York City. Discover how architectural and engineering innovations—along with human ingenuity—transformed New York into a world-class metropolis. Lecture #1 Beaux-Arts NY / 1890-1925—Skyscrapers and Public Buildings Americans merge Renaissance neo-classicism...

$300

8 sessions

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Personal Histories: Memoirs of Childhood and Youth

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Personal Histories: Memoirs of Childhood and Youth in Modern America This class explores contemporary memoirs of childhood and youth by writers from diverse social backgrounds.

$165
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The Sumerians: History's Innovators

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

This class seeks to shed some long-overdue light on these people whose legacy we are still surrounded by. Together, we will follow the Sumerians as they climb the heights of achievement in art, literature and government, from their mysterious origins around 3500 BCE to their disappearance circa 1200 BCE. We’ll hear Sumerian poetry and music, see...

$10
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Hijacking Communication

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

Hijacking Communication: How Visionary Artists of the 70's Imagined a Better Internet In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as the United States Department of Defense tested early forms of digital communication and technologists at Stanford experimented with personal computing implements, radical video art collectives hijacked cable television channels...

$14
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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...

$17
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Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park

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

Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as a pastoral refuge in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing city. For generations, the park fulfilled its promise, but by 1976 the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot, a symbol of the park’s decay. Spiraling...

$10
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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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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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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...

$85

4 sessions

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Great Homes of Great People

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Full Course Name: Great Homes of Great People: Art and Architecture from the Renaissance to Present This course explores both the art and the architecture as well as the patronage of an era through key buildings: the Vatican, the home of the popes; Versailles, the home of Louis XIV; English country houses and the White House; and Villa Savoye and...

$140

4 sessions

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History Series: Red October: The Russian Revolution

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

One of the most significant events in world history happened 100 years ago in 1917. Part of the collapse of empires because of World War 1, the Russian Revolution caused worldwide disruption of the economic, political and cultural systems within Russia and the rest of the world. We examine the people (Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, Kerensky and Tsar Nicholas...

$55

2 sessions

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The History of Gin

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

From the debauched slums of Victorian London to dry martinis and fancy cocktail parties,gin has had a remarkable journey, a story that reflects the ever changing moods and sensibilities of society at large. Like many other spirits, it began life in the alchemist’s workshop as a medicinal cure-all, a link it would retain as a mainstay of European...

$12
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Reading the Iliad

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village
53 Washington Sq South 6th Fl, New York, New York 10012

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read...

$315

4 sessions

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Is Design for Everyone

at Think Olio - Manhattan
611 BROADWAY, Suite 900, New York, New York 10012

Is Design for Everyone?: A Look at How we do (and do not) Access Design From the Birth of the Internet to the Rise of the Drone How do people interact with the designed products, buildings, and frameworks of everyday life? What barriers stand in our way, for us and for others? And why should we care?  Modern and contemporary design history has...

$20
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