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Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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

Join us for a coffee-fueled Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that aims to both expand the historical records of feminist activism on Wikipedia and combat the gender gap in its editing -- less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women.  Drop in any time between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to help create and refine Wikipedia pages associated with the women activists...


The Politics of Immigration

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

From Jamestown to DACA, there has been a near constant tension within American political life between an understanding of the Republic as a transformative ‘nation of immigrants’ and more ethno-nationalist notions of White Christian dominion. On the one hand, immigration has been crucial to the growth of American capitalism and democracy and yet,...


4 sessions

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Botanical Explorers

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

The amazing explorations of the Age of Discovery led to a wealth of previously unknown plants-all of which needed to be accurately named and described for scientific purposes.  Follow the Perry Expedition to Japan and Lewis and Clark's trek across the western U.S., and learn about the discovery of many ornamental plants and whom they honor with...


3 sessions

Feminism and the Frankfurt School

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

Despite placing an explicit focus on regressive family structures, patriarchy, masculine domination of nature, and repressive sexuality, the first generation of Frankfurt School critical theorists was notoriously a boys’ club. While this certainly reflected historical norms at the time, it is particularly noteworthy as many of the original contributions...


4 sessions

Urban Tantra®: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century

at New York Open Center - Flatiron
22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Urban Tantra® is a radically updated Tantra practice for modern sexual/spiritual explorers that can be used by everyone. Tantra is not only a sexual practice; it is a way of life and a path to spiritual growth. On the Tantric path, pleasure, vision and ecstasy are celebrated and can be found in both everyday life and in peak sexual experiences. ...


Theodore Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair & the Poison Squad

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

Theodore Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, and the Poison Squad: The Great 20th Century Food Battle Among Theodore Roosevelt’s many accomplishments is the creation of modern food policy, including laying out the groundwork for the FDA. In this talk, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will paint the scene of the sometimes horrific food world...


The History of Tech & The Future of Sex

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

The Great Laws of Technology  So people are having sex with robots now. Which is great. Or not. Either way, what a wondrous modern age we all live in. But before we dive into that, we should familiarize ourselves with some of the more dominant ideas and concerns that often come into play whenever humanity talks about technology in general. ...


The American Moment: Victory, Dominance and Decline

at Think Olio - Gowanus
574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

This Olio looks at United States culture, politics and economics from the end of World War II to the present moment. The United States came out of WWII as a burgeoning hyper-power but the structures that helped the United States become dominant, ultimately fell in, initiating the political and economic crisis of the past 40 years.  We'll include...


Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters

at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Park Slope
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215

To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from. Josephine Goldmark, from a public domain image Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark...

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History Series: Causes of the Civil War

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

Full Course Name: History Series: Politics & Rebellion - Causes of the Civil War The Civil War was America's central historical event. It was a clash of civilizations between the North and the South, which still divides our nation today. We will look into the roots of the war since it is a complex history which every American should have real...


2 sessions

The Eleusinian Mysteries

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

Course Name: The Eleusinian Mysteries: Occult Secrets of the Ancient Greeks Every year in the Ancient Greek city of Eleusis, people gathered from far and wide to worship the power of nature with a series of religious rituals called the Eleusinian Mysteries. Although it was kept secret from all but the initiated, the cult of the Mysteries...


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Signs in the City: Outdoor Ads and the New York Skyline

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

Complete Course Title: Signs in the City: Outdoor Advertising and the New York City Skyline When monumental billboards and illuminated signs appeared on top of NYC buildings at the turn of the 20th century, they provoked intense debate among architects, planners, artists, lawyers, and citizens about the changing nature of the cityscape. ...


Introduction to Political Economy

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

This course is intended as a critical introduction to political economy. Students will evaluate these questions by reading selected writings from major figures in the field. We begin with extracts from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, introducing such complex notions as the labor theory of value, the benefits of free trade, productivity,...


4 sessions

Ranji Smile: America's First Celebrity Chef

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

Long before NYC had Danny Meyer, the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile took the city by storm. Arriving in NYC in 1899, Smile introduced Indian cuisine to the well-to-do, ushering curry into America’s foodie lexicon. In this talk, Sarah Lohman will trace the life of this fascinating, flambyount womenizer, and reveal what Smile's story...


Perverts, Creepers, and Freaks

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

Perverts, Creepers, and Freaks: A History of Sexual Perversions Which sexual behaviors qualify as perverted? What kind of person deserves the label “pervert” and its consequential ostracization? Who among us deserves to be locked in a cage for our sexual desires and actions? And, most intriguingly, why have certain sexual behaviors become the...