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Seneca Village and the Archaeology of Central Park

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

Before the grid system, before Central Park, before the Civil War, there was Seneca Village. A small town of around three hundred people, Seneca Village was the home of free African-Americans and recent immigrants from Germany and Ireland. It was a center of diversity, political activism, and an important stop on the Underground Railroad....

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Politics 101

at Be Social Change - Chelsea 601 W 26th St Ste 325, New York, New York 10001

Politics 101 is a deep dive into the hidden mechanisms that drive politics and political decision making in the United States. The systems and procedures of power in our democracy are often obscured from the view of the very people it’s meant to serve. This workshop addresses several key topics which are ignored by political science classes, the...

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Whose Streets? Reclaiming NYC for Cyclists

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

Over 800,000 New Yorkers are now riding a bicycle regularly (NYC DOT). As the subways falter, transit fares increase and the streets grow ever more congested, cycling offers a more efficient way to get around the city, becoming a key part of the city’s commuting network.  However, cyclists’ attempts to share the streets with cars...

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Death, Sex, Race, and Other Lies We Tell Our Bodies

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Join Jamie Warren for an Olio dedicated to the often overlooked chapter in Foucault's "History of Sexuality" entitled 'Right of Death and Power Over Life' Why does a book about modern sexuality conclude with a thesis on death?  *This Olio will conclude with a 20 min set of classical music from a Groupmuse musician.* Foucault’s History of...

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Natural History of Insects

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx 2950 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the Animal Kingdom—what renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once called "the little things that run the world." We'll discuss the roles that insects play—both in maintaining healthy ecosystems as well as their own complex social systems.  Explore the wonder of metamorphosis...

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1001 Nights: Introducing Brooklyn Brewery’s Latest Beer

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

Believe it or not, spices are still grown much the same way they have been for thousands of years – almost entirely on small farms, picked by hand, and dried in the sun. For millennia, the far-flungsources of the lucrative spice trade were kept a carefully guarded secret and, even to this day, a complex supply chain has distanced consumers from spice...

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Cleopatra: Her Life and Legacy

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

Cleopatra needs no introduction. One of the most famous names of the ancient world, her life is the stuff of legend: her great beauty, her highly-publicized relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her tragic suicide. The subject of countless paintings, statues, plays and films, she's been portrayed by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Kim...

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History Series: FDR As America Prepares for War

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

History Series: FDR-Four Freedoms as America Prepares for War / HIX319 From his election in November 1940 to December 7, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt had to walk a tightrope as Japan, Italy, and Germany invaded country after country, putting out the light of freedom around the world. How does he help the forces of liberty without involving America in...

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Dwelling in the Future: Imagining Tomorrow's City

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

In order to create a new future, we first need to imagine what it could possibly look and feel like. For the final program in the Museum's Housing Tomorrow's City series, we ask a group of visionary urban thinkers, architects, and artists how New Yorkers might inhabit and experience the city several generations from...

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Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

at Think Olio - Greenpoint 113 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

After King Henry VIII divorced and executed several of his wives, there was an Elizabethan concern in England about resolving marital issues, and anxiety about “shrews” who challenged male authority and the institution of marriage. Enter Katherine, the allegedly “stark mad or wonderful forward” shrew of Shakespeare’s play who Petruchio sets...

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Photography, Politics, and Violence

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Looking is always a form of political entanglement. Photographs, particularly photographs of bodies in pain, are often used as an appeal for charity, for sympathy, or mobilized as calls for a particular political project. Some photographs become iconic symbols in American culture, as the famous image of a young girl running from a napalm attack came...

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Complete Course Title: A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: an Introduction to Marx In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly...

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Four Thousand Years of Same-Sex Marriage

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

Same-sex marriage in the United States became legal four years ago, in June 2015. In this class, we’ll celebrate that anniversary with a history of queer couples that goes back much, much further! Throughout history and across the world, queer people have not only existed but found ways to recognize and celebrate their relationships. We’ll talk...

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Featured Database: Abolition of the Slave Trade

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Midtown 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, New York 10018

Use this digital resource from NYPL's Schomburg Center to access essays, books, articles, maps, and illustrations telling the forgotten economic, political, social, and moral story of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Skill prerequisites: Basic computer skills These are registration based classes and spots may fill up quickly....

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Australian Politics 101

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

From 2010-2015, Australia had five Prime Ministers in five years.  Like something out of a Shakespearean drama, there were stabs in the back, leadership spills, and double dissolutions.  Will things stabilize?  There's never been a more exciting time to follow politics Down Under. This class will give you an overview of the...

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