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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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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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(15)

New Amsterdam: The Birthplace of New York Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Financial District
Battery Park, New York, New York 10004

On this walking tour, we’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Step into the wooden shoes of the early settlers and see what life was like being an employee rather than a colonist.  Based on exciting new research taking place over the...

$25
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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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It's Funny Because It's True

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

It's Funny Because It's True: Buddhist Realism and the Dark Comedy of Louis CK Gautama Buddha is believed to have promulgated four basic truths about the nature of the human condition. In the first of these (the noble truth of “suffering”) he claims that stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction are endemic to life. This supposition is not exclusive...

$20
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(15)

Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

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

Mesopotamia, the “Land Between the Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, is often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization. The ancient peoples of this region developed the first cities and multicultural societies, invented writing and the wheel, and left behind incredible works of art and a rich and varied literature. Yet despite their...

$8
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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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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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The Teachings of Emerson, Thoreau & Whitman

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

The Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century was a period of revolutionary and reflective thought. It brought forth some of the greatest visionary thinkers in American history who awakened the nation to its rightful spiritual and intellectual heritage. Their writings continue to inspire us to be ever-conscious of all-pervading Spirit, to seek...

$28
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Revolutionary Women's Poetry

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

Throughout history, revolutions and collective resistance to oppression have found inspiration and expression through poetry. Poets have played direct roles in revolutionary struggles, and their poems have expressed protest against harsh realities as well as dreams of liberation across a wide range of styles and genres. In this class we'll consider...

$10
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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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From Radical Doubt to Absolute Certainty

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO
18 Bridge St, New York, New York 11201

Descartes’ Meditations: From Radical Doubt to Absolute Certainty “To demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations…to devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions.” This is the project that René Descartes sets forth in the first of his Meditations on First Philosophy:...

$315

4 sessions

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Is Design for Everyone

at Think Olio - Manhattan
611 BROADWAY, Suite 900, New York, New York 10012

Is Design for Everyone?: A Look at How we do (and do not) Access Design From the Birth of the Internet to the Rise of the Drone How do people interact with the designed products, buildings, and frameworks of everyday life? What barriers stand in our way, for us and for others? And why should we care?  Modern and contemporary design history has...

$20
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(15)

History Series: A History of New Thought

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

Throughout American history, the religious and cultural new thought and positive thinking movement has effected the political, economic, cultural, and religious institutions in America. We will introduce the leaders of this movement: Mary Baker Eddy, Charles Filmore, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ralph Waldo Trine, Ernest Holmes, Christian Larson, Father Divine,...

$55

2 sessions

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