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50 Years of Picture Books

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

The last fifty years have seen significant changes in books for children, from subject matter to artistic style. Join children's editor Noa Wheeler and author/illustrator Liz Starin for a look at historically important picture books and an introduction to the stories and their creators. The session will cover trends,...

$11
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Queens Then and Now

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

The borough of Queens has seen many historical and geographical changes throughout its illustrious history. Marshlands, woods, and farms gave way to factories, thriving communities, and the nation's premier arterial highway system.  Queens: Then & Now offers a rare historical look at New York City's largest borough, featuring many never-before-seen...

$10
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Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Manhattan
Centre St & Chambers St New York, NY 10007, New York, New York 10007

Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”  These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these...

$25
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The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Full Course Name: The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death and Dying The Good Death round table kicks off with a discussion led by Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder and creative director of the former Morbid Anatomy Museum. We will explore practices and rituals surrounding death in the Victorian era to gain insight into society’s relationship...

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The City Transformed: Part II

at Cooper Union

This series of eight slide lectures illustrates the historic transformations of New York City. Discover how architectural and engineering innovations—along with human ingenuity—transformed New York into a world-class metropolis. Lecture #1 Beaux-Arts NY / 1890-1925—Skyscrapers and Public Buildings Americans merge Renaissance neo-classicism...

$300

8 sessions

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Great Homes of Great People

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

Full Course Name: Great Homes of Great People: Art and Architecture from the Renaissance to Present This course explores both the art and the architecture as well as the patronage of an era through key buildings: the Vatican, the home of the popes; Versailles, the home of Louis XIV; English country houses and the White House; and Villa Savoye and...

$140

4 sessions

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The True History of the NYPD

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

This class explores the black box that is law enforcement in New York City. From its origins in the Dutch night watch system, past the pugilistic and corrupt cops of theTammany Hall era, through the sporadic attempts at reform, and into the current era of policing, learn about the mechanics of the police force and the politics that...

$10
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The Brooklyn Waterfront: Past and Present

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

In this class, we'll chart the development, decline, and rebirth of the Brooklyn waterfront, from 19th century port to 21st century playground. With the dual lens of preservation and renewal, we'll examine how communities, real estate interests and the City have reshaped the waterfront from Greenpoint to Sunset Park since the 1970s....

$10
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Brief History of the Museum

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

It would seem as though museums have always been around, but in truth, they’re a fairly recent phenomenon. Beginning with the early proto-museums of the Renaissance, this compact yet comprehensive discussion traces the development of public art institutions, from the “wonder rooms” of the Age of Exploration up through modern times — including...

$45
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History Series: The Irish Rebellion

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

The uprising in Ireland in 1916 was part of Nationalist Movement born out of World War 1, as the violence and revolutionary fervor provoked by the collapse of empires played themselves out on the world stage. This was a flawed revolution which is still being played out today in Northern Ireland. Join us in this informative and exciting class. ...

$55

2 sessions

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God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Union Square
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011

In the Latin edition of Baruch Spinoza’s magnum opus, the Ethics, he writes, “That eternal and infinite being we call God, or Nature, acts from the same necessity from which he exists.” This formula – Deus sive Natura, God or Nature – is the cornerstone of a radical new philosophy that Spinoza fashioned in the wake of Descartes’...

$315

4 sessions

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Empire, Nation-State, Caliphate: The Modern Middle East

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

The transition from empire to nation-state was among the most consequential developments to shape the Middle East over the last hundred years. Beginning with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire at the close of WWI, the post-war international order invalidated heterogeneous forms of political organization in favor of the nation-state. It was a...

$315

4 sessions

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A Cultural History of the English Language

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

Currently a lingua franca in use around the world, English was at first a minor language spoken by a few thousand people in Europe several thousand years ago. In this class, we will explore how English has developed and spread to its present form. Students may find themselves inspired to think about English as living cultural history. This class...

$10
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Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income

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

Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income Guarantees In the modern period the role of work has taken on a central role in shaping our identity. One of the first questions asked when meeting someone is, “What do you do?” and consistently a job title is the response. However, as technology and automation increase our ability to efficiently...

$12
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Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of Aztecs

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

When the first Spanish conquerors arrived in present-day Mexico in the 16th century, they were astounded by what they found. The cultural achievements of the native peoples of Mesoamerica rivaled anything back in Europe: there was great architecture, great literature, and yes, great food. Despite lacking large domestic animals, the Aztecs...

$17
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