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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...

$655

9 sessions

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Socrates

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
178 Stanton St, New York, New York 10002

The trial, conviction, and execution of Socrates on the vote of the Athenian democracy is a founding myth in the history of Western philosophy. And yet very little is known with certainty about the historical Socrates, who himself wrote nothing, but whose way of life, as accounted by Plato (and others) has become a powerful and enduring paradigm of...

$315

4 sessions

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Feminism and Empire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

Modern feminism, and specifically the appropriation of women’s rights, emerged in the context of British colonial expansion during the 19th century. Over two centuries later and after a series of considerable gains for the women’s movements of Euro-America, an ideological framework for women’s rights and emancipation has developed in the form...

$315

4 sessions

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(4)

How Neoliberal Rationality is Transforming Education

at Think Olio - Crown Heights
1037 Dean St , Brooklyn, New York 11238

Learning is in peril! Schools are in crisis! In our neoliberal era, privatization, standardization, metrics-driven curricula, and Betsy DeVos threaten to dismantle public education and eradicate critical teaching and learning. Paranoia and panic about the future of education abounds, but the effects of neoliberalization on teaching and learning will...

$10
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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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Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness

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

Universal human rights values are under attack globally. Populist demagogues are on the rise, scapegoating refugees, immigrants and minorities. Those populists channel a toxic blend of nativism, xenophobia, racism and Islamaphobia while dismissing universal human rights as unaffordable luxuries or worse, dangerous liabilities to a secure society. These...

$20
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(13)

Australian Politics 101

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

Can you name the Prime Minister of Australia? With a big election looming in 2016, there may soon be a new one. Do you know who gave the famous “Misogyny Speech” in Parliament? If you don’t, you’re missing out, because Australian politics is not your mid-day C-SPAN stuff. This class will give you an overview of the structure, major personalities,...

$10
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Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library - Murray Hill
455 5th Ave 4th Fl Lab, New York, New York 10016

Start your family history search here! Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, and much more. Share search strategies and stories with your classmates and receive assistance from the librarian. Skill prerequisites: Basic internet skills Audience: Adul...

Free
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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 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...

$5
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(111)

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self

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

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and the Politics of Love Often cited as the seminal text of modern feminist theory, Simone de Beauvoir’s  1949 publication, The Second Sex still deeply resonates with readers who seek to understand the pervasive oppression of women. The magnum opus of her long and prolific career as a writer...

$20
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The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald

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

The flapper roll call from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay is incomplete without Zelda Fitzgerald. Hard-drinking sybarite relentlessly on the move to be wherever the party was, an artist and amateur ballet dancer, a journalist and novelist con brio, the fashion-forward Zelda was a meal ticket for gossip columnists...

$20
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(13)

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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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History of New York City Transportation

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

Full Course Name: A History of New York City Transportation - From Horsecars to Helicopters By some estimates, for every New Yorker you see walking around on the streets, there’s one New Yorker underground, riding the train. That’s right - 1/2 of New York’s population is on some form of public transportation at any given moment. This miraculous...

$10
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