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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...


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...


4 sessions

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Assia Djebar: Fiction, Feminism, and Anti-Nationalism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

When she died in February 2015, Assia Djebar–novelist, translator, and filmmaker–left behind a all the richness of her artistic invention: languages of adventurous sensory exploration, loss, longing, exile, feminist experiment, and political resistance.  Despite her virtuosic range, she appeared in Algerian President Bouteflika’s remembrance...


4 sessions

Sigmund Rosenblum: Jewish Spies in Wartime New York

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

Through much of the 20th century New York City served as the nexus for a secret war. Spies of every nationality converged in the Big Apple to collect intelligence, carry out sabotage and find friends and foes engaged in clandestine affairs. What is often forgotten is that many of the spies and spy-catchers who plied their trade were in fact Jewish....


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...


Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of the Aztecs

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, 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...


The History of Scotch Whisky

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

In this class you will be able discover and explore the history of the most popular spirit in the world. Whisky is the national drink of Scotland, and the most popular spirit in the world: it is a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands globally and one of the UK’s leading exports. Yet, it is more, much more than this; it’s a story...


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...


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What Exactly is Neo About Neo-Nazism?

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

Across time, politics has relied on coercion and conflict ranging from violent words to public acts of murder as shows of power. Our modern-day American politics are not immune to these tendencies. Built in to the original constitution of the United States is the root of all manners of violent penalties and persecution that have been imposed upon...


Black to the Future: Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi

at Think Olio - Brooklyn
894 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11206

Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu’s 2013-2014 Brooklyn Museum exhibit, “A Fantastic Journey” embodied several tenets of Black futurity. In fact, the placard for Mutu’s A'gave you (2008) described  Afrofuturism as, "an aesthetic that uses the imaginative strategies of science fiction to envision alternate realities for Africa and people of African...


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...


Future of Sustainable Travel - Growing Environmental

at Be Social Change - Hell's Kitchen
424 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019

Full Course Name: Future of Sustainable Travel - Growing Environmental, Economic, & Cultural Sustainability Sustainable Tourism has become a top priority for the United Nationsdesignating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Today, over 1.2 billion people travel internationally each year with this...


Chocolate: A Bittersweet History

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

For 5,000 years, cacao has been a plant that brings out the best and worst in mankind. Ethnobotanist Brian Hockaday will trace the journey of Theobroma cacao, from its earliest use as an alcoholic beverage to its pivotal role in Mayan society and politics; from its violent adoption by colonial powers to its primacy in modern global economics, tropical...


Proust in Time: Swann’s Way

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

Although Marcel Proust wrote much of the colossal In Search of Lost Timefrom the confines of a cork-lined room, it is a book that somehow seems to bridle with the energy and variety of an entire world set down in prose. In this course, centered on Swann’s Way, the first installment of Proust’s novel, we’ll study how In Search of...


4 sessions

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...