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Chasing Consciousness: Science, Artisans, and History

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

YHouse presents: Chasing Consciousness.   This month: Making & Knowing: Science, Artisans, and History Please Note: This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come first-serve.

$15

Democracy Reinvented?

at Think Olio - Fort Greene
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Socrates' dialogues in Plato's Republic serve as a kind of blueprint for the kallipolis, or “beautiful” (read: ideal) city. How does democracy fall short of the Republic's metrics? Socrates warns that the passion for freedom in a democratic society comes at the cost of knowledge and wisdom, creating a path toward tyranny. Can this be avoided? ...

$25

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The Sumerians: History's Innovators

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

Over six thousand years ago, the marshes of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) were home to a remarkable and ingenious group of people. Known as the Sumerians, they were the first to use writing and the first to live in cities. They rode the first wheeled vehicles, founded our modern system of mathematics and made detailed observations of the planets and...

$10

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Genealogy Research with Maps

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Manhattan
476 5th Ave, New York, New York 10018

New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division collections are national and international in scope, and comprise 433,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases, an invaluable resource for genealogists the world over. Holdings include:  Topographical maps that describe where our ancestors lived, the names of settlements,...

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Napster to Netflix: History of Media from 1999 to Today

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

Since the launch of Napster in 1999, there has been a massive transformation in how we create and consume media. This class charts the waves of change over the past two decades. We’ll start by looking at the tools and technology that underpin the digital revolution.  We’ll then trace what’s happened...

$14

Myth and Mystery in "Harry Potter"

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

Do you ever wonder where J.K. Rowling learned her magic from? As a student of the classics, she was able to learn about the myths of centaurs, basilisks and many more creatures from antiquity that made their way into her best-selling novels. Learn the history behind the creatures, potions and spells from Harry Potterwhen we...

$10

Mesopotamian Mythology

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

Mesopotamia, the ancient “Land Between Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, was home to many different gods. Though less-well known today than the pantheons of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, the gods of Mesopotamia had just as many grand adventures, big personalities and poignant observations on the human condition. We know them today thanks...

$10

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...

$25

Flying University - Sciencewashing

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Flying University is a re-education in hidden histories.    This talk series is named after the underground university in Russian-occupied Poland that taught subjects banned by the state-run schools. This rebel organization also educated women, who were barred from attending the official university, including Marie Curie. In that spirit,...

$12

Steeped in History: Museums and Identity

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

A conversation with the directors of two major urban museums: Dr. Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and Michael Glickman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan.  Bunch and Glickman will together...

$35

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...

$20

The Masters of Social Gastronomy: Illicit Substances

at Brooklyn Brainery - Navy Yard
299 Sands St Bldg 121, Brooklyn, New York 11205

The Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: Illicit Substances at Kings County Distillery Let's get high with the Victorians! From patent medicines to absinthe, Coca-Cola to laughing gas, we'll start with a look at all the forms of socially-acceptable substance abuse during the 19th century. Later, we'll fast-forward to modern-day...

$12

Writing Your Family History

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Manhattan
476 5th Ave, New York, New York 10018

Genealogy lovers, now is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, learn tips for creating a...

Free

A Long Look at a Landscape

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

There are things We live among 'and to see them  Is to know ourselves.'     - George Oppen, "Of Being Numerous"  In this outdoor winter walk around the Propsect Heights area, we will explore what is a landscape and how it came to be. We will look for clues from the distant past, near present, and possible future.We...

$13

History Series: Herbert Hoover - Great American

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

Herbert Hoover is one of most misunderstood presidents. Before he was elected in 1928 he already had saved millions of lives around the world.  A political progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt he seemed to be destined to be one our great presidents, but events conspired (The Great Depression) against him. He was defeated four years later...

$55

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