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Women, Design, and Empowerment: I Will What I Want

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

Gender is not something that one is, it is something one does, an act... a "doing" rather than a "being.” - Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, 1990 If, according to Judith Butler’s seminal 1990 text, gender is a construction, then design—product, industrial, fashion, and graphic design in particular—has always been central to its making....

$20
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Science, Race, and Colonialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

At first glance, the work of science seems to provide empirically-grounded, universal explanations of natural and cultural phenomena. Yet as historians, anthropologists, and philosophers of science contend, such an understanding is at odds with the actual history of science, a history littered with racialized others serving as foils for the development...

$315

4 sessions

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Hope and Despair in Philosophy

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

In this class, we will attempt to find psychological, moral and political orientations about hope and despair via an exploration of the philosophical traditions of optimism and pessimism.  We will explore the roots of optimism in its Christian guise as Providence and in its secular Enlightenment manifestation in the form of a belief in necessary...

$315

4 sessions

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Let's Get Ethical

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

Life is full of complicated ethical questions: Should doping be permitted in sports? What, if anything, do we owe to the incarcerated? Are reality TV shows ethical? Can we program robot to be moral beings? What does the future of reproduction hold, and will men be able to have babies? Topic:  Public Health & Pop Culture  Public health...

$6
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Everyday Irrationalism: T. Adorno, Politics, and Reason

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

Students in the course will read selections from a number of Adorno’s works, including The Stars Down to Earth, Minima Moralia, and The Authoritarian Personality. We will look at the famous dispute between Adorno and philosopher of science Karl Popper both to understand the grounds of their debate but also to understand their vast areas of agreement...

$315

4 sessions

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There's Nothing Natural About Segregation

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

Many people believe that racial segregation is natural.  People simply want to be around others who look like them.  This line of reasoning assumes there is something coded in our DNA that compels us to marry, live, and work around people from the same ethnic backgrounds.  If this were true, why did the interracial marriage rate drastically...

$20
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Chronicling a Crisis:Writers on the History of HIV/AIDS

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

From the earliest reported cases in the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spurred New Yorkers to innovate new forms of social services, expand conceptions of family, and explore new artistic terrain. Once life-saving drugs became widely available, many no longer had death sentence hanging over their heads but the road to survival was still not an easy...

$20
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Learn About Engage

at Art Studios @ JCC in Manhattan - Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023

Learn more about Engage and choose a volunteer project at these free monthly information sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

Free
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Carl Schmitt: Political Enemies

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

In this class, we will read several of Schmitt’s key works in their entirety, including The Concept of the Political, Political Theology, and The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, as well as key selections from later thinkers influenced by Schmitt. We will examine questions such as: what is “the political”? What is sovereignty? What is enmity...

$315

4 sessions

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Ten Plays That Shook the World

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

The plays discussed in this course are milestones in the history of theater. We begin with classical tragedy, reading Sophocles’ Antigone. We then move to Shakespearean tragedy with Macbeth. We continue to European modernism with Ibsen’s A Doll House. Next we examine the Theater of the Absurd with Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Beckett’s...

$765

16 sessions

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New York Futurism

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

Rising inequality, the elephant in the room of New York City’s future, is the subject of Class Divide (74 minutes, 2015), which investigates hyper-gentrification in Chelsea through the eyes of local young people living in public housing. This program also includes shorts from the Maysles Documentary Center Education program that pose...

$15
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Life in Medieval Baghdad

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

In the year 786 Harun al-Rashid was Caliph of the Islamic Empire. Famously known as the prince from 1,000 Nights, this was the Golden Age of Islam. The empire stretched from the edges of India to the borders of Europe. Baghdad was the heart of the Islamic world and the center of political rule. It was also the center of the Translation Movement,...

$7
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The Politics of Infrastructure

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

What does it take to build an infrastructural system? What kind of norms do infrastructures enforce, and what kinds of people do they allow to thrive? What happens when infrastructure starts to break down, or prove inadequate in the face of disaster? What do infrastructures teach us? And what kind of world do they make possible? This four-week seminar...

$315

4 sessions

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A Cultural History of Halloween

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

As the popularity of this American holiday increases worldwide, the ancient roots and meanings of Halloween have become more and more obscure. In this class we will use an anthropological perspective to explore the various cultural threads that have been woven together to make Halloween what it is today. This class will include activities, lecture...

$10
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Reading the Iliad

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village
53 Washington Sq South 6th Fl, New York, New York 10012

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read...

$315

4 sessions

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