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Late-Capitalist Architecture

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the intersections of architecture and late capitalism. Delve into the material, formal, and ideological dimensions of architectural manifestations under financialized capital. Analyze how architecture reflects and responds to the instabilities and crises of contemporary life, offering insights into collective political agency amidst commercial imperatives.

(29) Beginner 21 and older
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God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the revolutionary philosophy of Spinoza as we delve into his magnum opus, the Ethics. Explore Spinoza's monistic materialism and his groundbreaking notion of God or Nature. Uncover the enduring legacy of Spinoza's ideas across philosophy, politics, science, and religion.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Speed, Aesthetics, and War: an Introduction to Paul Virilio

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 45 Main St , Brooklyn, NY

Discover the profound insights of Paul Virilio in this course that delves into his exploration of war, speed, and military technology. Examine how rapid technological advancements have reshaped modern warfare and everyday life, challenging traditional narratives of progress. Engage with Virilio's key concepts and texts to understand the intricate interplay between technology, perception, and societal structures.

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The Pre-Raphaelites: Art, Beauty, and Transgression

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the rebellious world of the Pre-Raphaelites, challenging classical aesthetics with their daring depictions of beauty and transgression. Delve into the social, political, and artistic motivations behind their revolutionary movement. Discover how they reshaped notions of beauty, truth, and the real through provocative imagery and groundbreaking symbolism.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Pokémon: Cuteness and Commodities

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the global phenomenon of Pokémon through a critical lens. From its origins as a Game Boy game to its augmented reality evolution, delve into the cultural, social, and economic implications of this iconic franchise. Analyze Pokémon's influence on consumption patterns, national identity, and affective experiences in contemporary society alongside renowned scholars in the field.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Downtown Music: Culture, Technology, and the American Avant-Garde

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey through the avant-garde sounds of downtown Manhattan. Discover the revolutionary music of Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, and their peers, challenging mainstream culture and institutionalized modernism. Uncover the complex intersections between music, culture, and technology, and explore how this vibrant movement continues to shape art and society today.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Happiness and Capitalism: Work, Wealth, and Misery

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate relationship between happiness and capitalism in this interdisciplinary course. Delve into philosophical, psychoanalytic, and ethnographic perspectives to dissect the complexities of well-being in modern society. From workplace dynamics to consumption patterns, unravel the paradoxes and pains underlying the pursuit of happiness amidst capitalist structures.

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Partition: Trauma, Literature, and Nationalism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the profound impact of Partition on South Asia's cultural and political landscape. Explore the literature, film, and visual arts born from the harrowing events of mass migration and violence. Unravel the enduring legacies and complex narratives that continue to shape the region's identity and geopolitics today.

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Risk Society: Crisis, Power, and Neoliberalism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Unravel the complexities of the modern world through the lens of risk society. Explore the societal implications of global risks, from environmental disasters to economic instability, and their impact on governance, culture, and individual psyche. Dive into foundational texts by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, alongside critical perspectives by scholars such as Michel Foucault and Mary Douglas, to understand the emergence and consequences of the risk society paradigm.

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Marxism and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on an exploration of the dynamic interplay between Marxism and literature. Delve into the multifaceted relationships, from historical analysis to ideological critique, that have shaped Marxist literary criticism. Engage with key concepts like history, ideology, mediation, and form, as we unravel the complexities of literary study through a materialist lens.

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Thucydides and the Fall of Athenian Democracy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound insights of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in this compelling course. Delve into the fall of Athenian democracy and the collapse of the classical city-state, examining speeches and narratives that debate political theory, justice, and human suffering. Engage with the text’s oscillation between historical objectivity and intense pathos to understand the cultural and intellectual milieu of ancient Greece.

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Quantum Physics: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey into the enigmatic world of quantum mechanics. Explore its profound implications, from the perplexing Copenhagen interpretation to the elusive boundary between the quantum and classical realms. Join us to unravel the mysteries of quantum physics and its philosophical underpinnings.

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Sex Work and the Law

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate legal, social, and labor dynamics that define and contest sex work in this thought-provoking course. Delve into the history and regulation of sex work, examining the profound legal scrutiny and moral discourses that shape its practice. Engage with sex worker-led advocacy and scholarship to understand their fight for rights, safety, and fair compensation.

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Fake! Culture, Capitalism, and Authenticity

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the intricate world of authenticity and deception in our exploration of the concept of the fake. From forged art to fabricated identities, we'll dissect the cultural, social, and economic implications of fakery. Join us as we navigate the blurred lines between reality and representation, challenging notions of truth and fiction.

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Truth and Beauty: Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey into Kant's realm of aesthetics, where truth and beauty converge. Delve into the intricacies of aesthetic judgment, artistic genius, and the human experience of the sublime. Join us as we unravel Kant's timeless insights and their relevance to our understanding of art and nature today.

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Prosody with David Yezzi

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Poems are written in musical language. In this special two-day intensive, we examine the ways that form (traditional meter and verse techniques) is used to make music in poetry, and learn how the age-old tools of poetic composition can liberate, strengthen and energize your writing in verse.

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$400

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Haydn, Mozart, and Vienna in the Age of Enlightenment

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

As early as 1812, the superb music critic E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote, “Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven developed a new art, whose origins first appear in the middle of the eighteenth century.” This new art, centered in Vienna, is now called the Classical Style. Our journey, designed for both new and experienced listeners, will explore the emergence and evolution of this style as embodied in the works of its two most extraordinary foundational proponents,...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$385

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Many Voices of American Art

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

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

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$120

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Creative Cities in History

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

How does an ordinary city become a place of majestic, legendary beauty and a hub of historic innovation? In a series of six lectures, renowned architectural historian and author Francis Morrone looks at great cities during periods of transformation: Florence in the 15th century, Venice in the 16th century, Amsterdam (and Delft) in the 17th century, London in the early 19th century, Paris in the mid-19th century, and Vienna at the end of the 19th...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$292

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Samurai Cinema

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

View 8 sword-swinging classics of Japanese and world cinema. Kurt Brokaw, along with team teacher Nella Williams, who is fluent in Japanese, help unravel the mysteries of Shogunate warriors in feudal Edo societies, their dress, fighting rituals and codes of honor. Discussions of the stars and directors. Samurai Assassin (1964) 1860 Edo, as ronin Toshiro Mifune must slay an elder in Kihachi Okamoto’s stately drama (123 min). Sword of Doom (1967)...

(1072) All levels 18 and older
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$195

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  • God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

    Anonymous review on 3/31/2020
    This was a great class. I'm excited to continue to take BISR classes every month for the rest of my life! LOL I'm serious.
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