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On Ulysses S. Grant

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

The inner lives of great people are often more mysterious and fascinating than their public lives. Dr. Gail Saltz, the author, psychoanalyst and contributor to the Today show, invites experts and brings her own expertise to bear as she examines the psychology of people who have shaped history. In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with...

$25

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

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

For two hundred years they waited beneath lower Manhattan, entirely forgotten. Even after their recent rediscovery – which occurred by accident during the construction of a new office building –their importance was denied, debated, and almost destroyed. Who are ‘they’? The thousands of African-Americans who lived in New York City during the...

$12

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The Centennial of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby

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

Captain America. Iron Man. The Avengers. Names that the American public recognizes as the leading Marvel Comics superheroes that Hollywood has made billion-dollar film franchises out of. What most people don’t recognize is the name of the comic book artist and storyteller whose limitless imagination spawned all those superheroes: Jack Kirby. Join...

$29

The Woman Question

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

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.”  Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question...

$20

Fundamentalism: An Introduction

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

“Fundamentalism” emerged in the late nineteenth century to describe groups of Protestant Christians in the United States that, although varying, most frequently orbited around a key set of practices and principles: a literalist and unmediated reading of text, a desire to purge “new” ideas, and a return to “original” precepts and foundations. ...

$315

4 sessions

Mesopotamian Mythology

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

In this class, we’ll meet the most important gods of Mesopotamia: tempestuous Inanna (the original femme fatale), wise Enki, monster-slaying Ninurta, and many more. We’ll hear the story of the great “two-thirds divine” hero Gilgamesh and uncover the original context of familiar names like Ishtar and Lilith. We’ll also learn about how these...

$5

The Handmaid and the Hound

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

For a new generation of readers, the fears of the future funneled through these two contemporary classics have achieved critical mass and are more forecast than creative fancy. And that’s because they project an eerie déjà vu quality to the tumult of 2017.  In varying measures, “Handmaid’s Tale” and “Fahrenheit 451” speak to the...

$20

Landscape Design History

at New York Botanical Garden - Midtown
20 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036

Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. 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

The Movement for Black Lives Now

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

Nearly five years after the rallying cry #BlackLivesMatter, the Movement for Black Lives has put forth a broad platform connecting systemic racism and criminal justice reform with issues such as gender discrimination, anti-immigrant sentiment, and economic inequality. Join BYP100 NYC organizer Christopher Paul Harris as he leads an evening...

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Australian Politics 101

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, 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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Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI

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

Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York (opening April 5), food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into...

$20

Philosophy of History

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

Does history have a direction, a purpose, or an end goal? Can we deduce general historical patterns from studying the past? Is it naïve to hope and work for a better future? From the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century, liberal, Marxist, positivist, and post-structuralist thinkers have offered radically different responses to these fundamental...

$315

4 sessions

A Cultural History of The Islamic World

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

This class will explore the many ways in which people in the Islamic world (both Muslims and non-Muslims) have expressed themselves culturally over the past 1400 years. By looking at their poetry, literature, music, dance, theater, art and film we will discover the many cultures and experiences that form the Islamic world. Along the way we...

$10

More than a Hipster Touchstone

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

More than a Hipster Touchstone:  Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" When the skies crack open and Jehovah appears -- angry that we have destroyed the planet, waged war on one another, and supported Adam Sandler movies -- I will brave the storm and the screaming and climb the mount with a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal 1998...

$20

Personal Histories: Reading Contemporary Memoirs

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

Explore contemporary memoirs written by authors from diverse social backgrounds. How do authors translate lived experiences of family life, race, gender, religion, work, the arts, love and loss into compelling literary works? How do they chronicle the creation of personal identities as they are shaped by social exclusion, belonging, intimacy and disconnection...

$188

5 sessions

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