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McCarthyism: Politics and Paranoia

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO 20 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name has been enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—this...

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Man's Separation from Nature and Where to Go from Here

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

Environmental degradation is one of the 21st centuries most pressing concerns. Our unsustainable relationship with Nature is fueled by a long held view in Western thought that Man is separate from Nature. This Olio will attempt to provide a quick historical overview (beginning with Plato and working through the Western philosophical tradition) of the...

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Book Release Celebration: Food Swap

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

Contemporary food swaps evolved out of hip DIY food culture: as more home cooks experiment with preserving, gardening, and baking, they often end up with overwhelming quantities of their wares. Food swaps bring a community of such cooks together to barter their lovingly crafted goods with one another – and there’s one in...

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Introduction to Latin American Literature

at Easy Español - Murray Hill 10 E 39 St Ste 1126, New York, New York 10018

The Introduction to Latin American Literature Course is an opportunity for the student to acquaint themselves with Latin America society through its literature. The goal of this course is to enable each student to acquire the skills necessary for the enjoyment and interpretation of literary and cultural issues in a foreign language.Students will become...

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6 sessions

Jane Austen and the Problem of Other Minds

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Jane Austen’s novels, ceaselessly adapted to other discourses and media, have proven objects of enduring popularity in public consciousness, criticism, and theory. Omnipresent in contemporary literature, film, television, and in the active industry of “Janeite” fan culture, Austen’s work has also spawned attempts (some more successful...

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Spies in the Family

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

At the height of Cold War tensions between the US and the USSR, the Americans had a secret weapon — a Soviet double agent who rose to the rank of general and passed intelligence which most likely averted a nuclear showdown. Codenamed TOPHAT, Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov was a World War II hero turned military intelligence officer who volunteered his...

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The Literature of Incarceration

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, Toni Morrison is not only a powerful novelist but one of the most important American literary figures of the 20th century, producing incisive scholar- ship, literary criticism, and analyses of contemporary race relations. We examine her contributions to each of these fields. We also consider the specific...

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16 sessions

The Woman Rebel: Revolutionary Politics, Rollicking

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

Imagine you are at a party with the anarchist Emma Goldman, the dancer Isadora Duncan and the women’s health pioneer Margaret Sanger. Two things are probably true: you are at Mabel Dodge’s celebrated Wednesday Night Salon, and Marcel Duchamp is swinging from the chandelier. When Dodge began her salon in 1912, she claimed, “every...

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Covering NYC (The Short Version)

at Newmark Graduate School of Journalism - Midtown 219 W 40th St, New York, New York 10018

This three-hour seminar will give a fast-paced overview of the critical details reporters need to know about how New York City works. The session will begin with some brief historical and demographic background, and then introduce students to the city’s political structure, the key economic and business players, and the web of nonprofits and advocacy...

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Book Launch: The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking

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

Fact-checking and plagiarism are making headlines yet again. What better time than now to consider getting facts right? Come celebrate the publication of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, a new book by Brainery teacher Brooke Borel. The guide is perfect for: Journalism students, newsrooms, freelancers, authors, publishers, documentarians,...

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Mary Magdalene & Conspiracy behind The Da Vinci Code

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

Ever wonder where Dan Brown got the idea for Mary Magdalene’s womb being the Holy Grail (belated spoiler alert)? It all traces back to conspiracy theories rooted in turn-of-the-century France. It’s a fascinating story complete with corrupt priests, Fascist secret societies, kings with really long hair, and a new world order. Join...

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City as Stage: Performance Art in New York

at Think Olio - Gowanus 68 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Executed daily over the period of one month, Vito Acconci followed a randomly selected stranger through the streets of the city until he or she entered a private location, culminating in a work he titled Following Piece (1969). Standing on the streets of New York City with her feet frozen in blocks of ice and playing a violin duet with her pre-recorded...

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In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s

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

In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s Celebration of Kerouac’s On the Road First published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s iconic and celebrated autobiographical novel, On the Road inspired a generation of rebels and writers to buck the system in search of greater meaning and authenticity.  Cited by many critics as one of the most important...

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Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man...

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Strays: A Lost Cat and A Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America Join journalist Britt Collins as she shares from her new book Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and their Journey Across America. Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Michael King lives in a UPS loading...

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Reading Latin American Fiction

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

Beginning in the early twentieth century, the various Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America began developing a unique style of fantastic literature. Under the influence of Poe (via France) and certain schools of philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Berkeley, William James, Existenialism) writers as different as Borges, García Márquez and Armonía...

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