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Georges Bataille: Sex, Crime and Literature

at Coucou French Classes - Williamsburg 38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

In the past few decades, Georges Bataille has become something of a dirty secret on American bookshelves. Much of his notoriety is due to his erotic novel Story of The Eye, a work where overt symbolism is interwoven with graphic sexuality. His late arrival on the American literary scene and his unique prose make it almost surprising to learn that he...

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Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

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

Composer/conductor/professor Whitney George and percussionist Joe Tucker of The Curiosity Cabinet new music ensemble, present an evening of percussion music of the 20th century. Composers at the turn of the industrial era, started to incorporate sounds of the budding urban jungle into their pallet of instrumental timbres and musical creation at large. ...

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Urban Development:From Reconstruction to Gentrification

at Think Olio - Crown Heights 899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Cities are inherently contradictory. For example, only about 3% of the land area in the U.S. can be qualified as ‘urban’, yet those areas host about 80% of our total population. Urban space is both a minority in its use and a majority in terms of how many people live within it. Another contradiction is how dependent urban space is on...

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Families in Birth & Postpartum

at Birth Day Presence - Park Slope 182 8th Ave Parlor Fl, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Supporting LGBTQ+ Families in Birth & Postpartum: For Childbirth Educators/Doulas This interactive workshop examines various birth settings and models of care that have historically included/excluded queer birth. We will discuss questions such as, what is the experience of birth like for members of the LGBTQ+ community and, how can childbirth...

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Reading Toni Morrison

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

This course offers an intensive examination of Toni Morrison’s work in its own contexts and the critical contexts in which others have read it. You will learn: The course emphasizes the process of examining an individual author’s work in view of the literary, biographical, historical, and cultural influences that shaped it. Benefits:  ...

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16 sessions

Shocks and Phantasmagoria

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Shocks and Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project Walter Benjamin once wrote that The Arcades Project was “the theater of all my struggles and all my ideas.” Never completed and well over a decade in the making, The Arcades Project takes on the presentation and history of an entire era and place: the...

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4 sessions

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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Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

at Think Olio - Bushwick 770 Hart St., New York, New York 11237

This Olio looks at some of the great books written in prison and the wide-ranging yet concise history of the failure to silence voices of dissent. Many important historical figures were imprisoned for promoting unpopular or dangerous ideas. Some used their time behind bars to write books that shaped the course of history. The talk offers an examination...

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Collage and Activism

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

Historically collage has offered artists a means to directly engage with the visual refuse of their time. Through examining, re-organizing, and manipulating this imagery, collage presents a language through which we can re-imagine the stories we've been told. This 3-hour workshop will introduce students to the place of collage...

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Fundamentals of Psychology

at The New School - Greenwich Village 63 5th Ave, New York, New York 10003

This course introduces the field of psychology, the study of human behavior and mental processes. Through a survey of the key frameworks, landmark studies, and major subdisciplines, students gain knowledge of the historical antecedents and contemporary questions and methods that make up modern psychology.  Topics covered include the brain and...

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14 sessions

The Relevance of Marxist Theory Today

at The New School - Greenwich Village 66 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011

We study the essential works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as well as their philosophical precursors and some influential variations of Marxism in the 20th century. In considering philosophical idealism and social change, historical and dialectical materialism, modes of production, and the relationship between structure and superstructure, we ask...

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15 sessions

Making the Queer Scene

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

Whether at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn, far West Side hangouts like the Ramrod and the Mineshaft in the 1970s, lesbian bars like the Clit Club, or the drag and performance spaces of the East Village in the 1980s and '90s, bars and clubs have long been places where LGBT people have come together to socialize, celebrate community, and push back...

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Science, Race, and Colonialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem 1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

At first glance, the work of science seems to provide empirically-grounded, universal explanations of natural and cultural phenomena. Yet as historians, anthropologists, and philosophers of science contend, such an understanding is at odds with the actual history of science, a history littered with racialized others serving as foils for the development...

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4 sessions

Imagining Immunity: Science, Symbol, Practice

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope 230 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Immunity is a concept with three parallel lives. Historically, scientific measurements and presumptions about immune status have been used to justify political projects of exclusion and oppression. Rhetorically, immunity gets used as a metaphor for how to distinguish “us” from “them.” Practically, we now live in an age when scientists and lay...

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4 sessions

Introduction to Psychoanalysis

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope 230 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

This course will survey a selection of these theoretical and clinical polemics via a reading of primary and secondary sources from classical Freudian theory, ego psychology, Kleinian, Lacanian, object relations, and contemporary relational approaches. Far from a canon of consistent ideas, the history of psychoanalytic theory is marked by conflict,...

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