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Mesopotamian Mythology

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

In this class, we’ll meet the most important gods of Mesopotamia: tempestuous Inanna (the original femme fatale), wise Enki, monster-slaying Ninurta, and many more. We’ll hear the story of the great “two-thirds divine” hero Gilgamesh and uncover the original context of familiar names like Ishtar and Lilith. We’ll also learn about how these...


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...


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Imagining the Indiv: Theology, Capitalism, Politics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Full Course Name: Imagining the Individual: Theology, Capitalism, Politics Individualism is a sacrosanct pillar of American society. Though frequently invoked to support positions associated with contemporary conservative politics—from “school choice” to opposition to universal healthcare and the embrace of private enterprise—individualism...


4 sessions

The Civil War: Past and Present

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope
65 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.” So spoke Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address, which he gave only a month before the war’s end—and his tragic death—in April 1865. Weary...


5 sessions

From Icebox Cake to Molecular Gastronomy

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

Discover the origins of iconic classics like pineapple upside cake and Caesar Salad. Learn how feminism and the invention of the refrigerator combined to give us icebox cake and “sorority salad” and why Prohibition sparked a candy boom.


Olio Muse: In Search of Proust's Music

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

*OlioMuse* In Search of Proust's Music: Recognizing the Musical Motif Professor Charles Riley presents the idea that Marcel Proust, when writing his titanic and epochal novel In Search of Things Past, was inspired by musical notions of thematic development - especially as embodied in Cesar Franck’s violin sonata - by common consent the greatest...


The Woman Question

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.”  Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question...


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Trains, Tunnels, and Trees with Jill Jonnes

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

In the early years of the last century, the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad dramatically transformed New York City’s psychic and economic geography. Daring tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers connected Manhattan to the mainland and Long Island via the linchpin of Penn Station. Today, city leaders grapple with...


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...


The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

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...


Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Washington Heights
2113 Amsterdam Ave , New York, New York 10032

In 1945, Ralph Ellison began work on his epically ironic novel Invisible Man (1952), primarily to make sense of his involvement with radical politics in Harlem over the previous decade. On the fault line between art and politics, Ellison’s book makes a powerful claim for African-American experience and black modernism at the center of the...


4 sessions

Dementia Americana: The Persistence of Forgetting

at Think Olio - Lower East Side
21 Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

While history cable series and infotainment documentaries make up a great deal of entertainment content, Americans don’t really have a good grasp of their own history.  Historical memory is a tricky thing. Slight alterations of facts or context can greatly effect the perspective from which events are understood. The process of nation building...


Featured Database: Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Manhattan
476 5th Ave, New York, New York 10018

Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry® Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and...


Alternative Economies: Market Socialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Can socialism and the market be reconciled? Contemporary debates in Western societies often seem to suggest there are few options available between Josef Stalin and Margaret Thatcher. Mainstream politics in the United States and EU member-states often offer little more than variations on this neoliberal consensus, consolidated between the late 1970s...


4 sessions

Women and the Future of New York Politics

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

In the Halls of Power: Women and the Future of New York Politics Despite New York's reputation as a progressive city, on the local political level at least, the future looks far from female. By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women...