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Flying University - Sciencewashing

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Flying University is a re-education in hidden histories.    This talk series is named after the underground university in Russian-occupied Poland that taught subjects banned by the state-run schools. This rebel organization also educated women, who were barred from attending the official university, including Marie Curie. In that spirit,...

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$12

Myth and Mystery in "Harry Potter"

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

Do you ever wonder where J.K. Rowling learned her magic from? As a student of the classics, she was able to learn about the myths of centaurs, basilisks and many more creatures from antiquity that made their way into her best-selling novels. Learn the history behind the creatures, potions and spells from Harry Potterwhen we...

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$10

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Portraits of Pride: Storme, Marsha, and Stonewall

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

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, we present an evening of film and discussion about the lives of two singular individuals who ignited this pivotal moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box (21 min, 1987) traces the life of Stormé DeLarverie, a...

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$15

The Eleusinian Mysteries

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

Course Name: The Eleusinian Mysteries: Occult Secrets of the Ancient Greeks Every year in the Ancient Greek city of Eleusis, people gathered from far and wide to worship the power of nature with a series of religious rituals called the Eleusinian Mysteries. Although it was kept secret from all but the initiated, the cult of the Mysteries...

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$10

The Real History of Thanksgiving

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

Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right? In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further...

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$10

Flying University: Is AI Racist?

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Flying University is a crash course in hidden histories - shining a light on ideas, people, science, and moments in history from a new perspective. It’s an interactive presentation series featuring storytellers, experts, professors, comedians, (and of course, drinking).  Our speakeasy-style series gives voice to stories and experiences,...

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$15

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French Fortresses and Fantasies Part I

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

French Fortresses and Fantasies: The Châteaux of the Loire River Valley Part I: The Days of Knights and Country Life and Court Life From forbidding fortresses to charming castles, the splendid structures of the Loire Valley reflect lives of intrigue and opulence. Medieval strongholds built for defense with moats and towers gradually gave way to...

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$65

Satchmo in the Studio

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

On International Jazz Day 2018, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Museum of the City of New York are teaming up for the first public screening of the only known film of Louis Armstrong in the studio, recording his 1959 album, Satchmo Plays King Oliver.  The acquisition of the film made headlines in 2015 but it has never been shown...

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$20

Romance & Revenge, History of Aphrodisiacs & Poisons

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Full Course Name: Masters of Social Gastronomy: Romance and Revenge, the History of Aphrodisiacs and Poisons Every culture has a long history of aphrodisiacs – love-inducing and libido-promoting foods, ranging from the commonplace to the esoteric. Is chocolate the rightful king of Valentines Day, or could we do better with a tiger’s unmentionables?...

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$10

Capitalism and Desire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

Why do we want what we want? The critique of capitalism is very often associated – by both proponents and antagonists – with a critique of consumerism which, in turn, is treated as a pathology of individual desire. People should stop shopping; people should eschew goods; people should want less; people should police their own desires (or, if they...

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$315

4 sessions

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

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

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...

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$10

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Introduction to French Feminism: Gender and Difference

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg 96 Berry St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

Is gender equality possible without relying on gender neutrality? Whereas many Anglo-American feminists attempt to undermine sexism by eliding sexual difference, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous, and others embrace it.  These “French feminists” use what might be called “anatamo-epistemology”—invoking the metaphor of the female body to illustrate...

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$315

4 sessions

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...

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Many Voices of American Art

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

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a four-week interactive lecture series on American artists whose works show the diversity of our history and identity. A Changing World for Men After the Civil War Finding Her Way – Urban Women's Experience from 1850 to 1950 African-American Artist Voices Rise Immigrant Issues Then and Now

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$120

4 sessions

A Cultural History of Clothing

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

Adornment is basic to being human and one of the fundamental forms through which we communicate our identity to others. In this class, we will discover the ways that culture, environment, values and morals all help to shape what clothing is deemed appropriate in different cultures and time periods. You will also learn why no human is ever truly "naked"....

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$10
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