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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, established in 2011, offers liberal arts education and research opportunities to local communities while supporting young scholars. With a mission to engage various intellectual traditions, the institute aims to provide accessible education and foster active, engaged citizens.

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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

3 classes in-person in NYC have spots left, and 7 classes live online are available.

Racial Capitalism: Race, Class, and the Black Radical Tradition

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

Delve into the profound intersections of race, class, and capitalism in a thought-provoking exploration of contemporary radical movements. Join us for an in-depth examination of Cedric Robinson’s concept of racial capitalism and its implications for understanding modernity, nationalism, and Black Radicalism.

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Waterfronts: Cities, Shipping, and the Sea

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

Explore the intricate relationship between cities, shipping, and the sea in this interdisciplinary course. Delve into the historical, cultural, and economic significance of waterfronts as hubs of trade, labor, and leisure. Through a diverse range of materials, uncover the complex dynamics of transnational capitalism and its impact on urban spaces and communities.

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Erich Auerbach: Mimesis

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

Explore the profound insights of Erich Auerbach's "Mimesis" in a journey through Western literary tradition. Join us as we delve into Auerbach's groundbreaking analysis, unraveling the complexities of literary representation from Homer to modernity. 

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Saidiya Hartman: Scenes of Subjection

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the transformative insights of Saidiya Hartman's groundbreaking works on Black life and history. Join us as we explore Hartman's profound reimagining of freedom, agency, and the legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. 

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Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a riveting exploration of trust, deceit, and existential uncertainty in Herman Melville’s masterpiece. Join us as we dissect The Confidence-Man, delving into its satire of capitalist modernity and probing questions of faith, knowledge, and societal norms. 

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Racial Capitalism: Race, Class, and the Black Radical Tradition

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the profound intersections of race, class, and capitalism in a thought-provoking exploration of contemporary radical movements. Join us for an in-depth examination of Cedric Robinson’s concept of racial capitalism and its implications for understanding modernity, nationalism, and Black Radicalism. 

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Mesopotamia: Civilization, Archaeology, and Material Culture

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a captivating exploration of Mesopotamian civilization through archaeology and material culture. Join us as we delve into the origins, structures, and legacy of this ancient society, unraveling its significance amidst historical interpretations and contemporary geopolitical contexts. 

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Theorizing Repression: From Psychoanalysis to Counterinsurgency Theory

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the entwined history of psychoanalysis and state power in a captivating exploration of repression tactics. Join us as we delve into the intersections of Freudian theory with military strategy, urban policing, and guerrilla warfare. 

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The Politics of Pregnancy: Gestation, Abortion, and Labor

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the complex terrain of pregnancy politics, exploring gestational labor, abortion rights, and reproductive justice. Join us for a deep dive into theoretical frameworks, historical perspectives, and contemporary debates surrounding the manufacture of human fetuses. 

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What is Economic Democracy?

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the contours of economic democracy in this thought-provoking course. Delve into its implications, challenges, and potential alternatives to capitalism. From theoretical discussions to real-world examples, uncover the complexities of democratizing production and consumption in today's global economy.

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The Dystopian Imagination

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

Thomas More’s sixteenth century treatise Utopia – literally, “no place” – coined the term “utopia” in its modern parlance: a planned, perfected vision of a possible society in some misty other geography or time.  Over the next several centuries, More’s peculiar mix of religious discipline and egalitarian traditionalism increasingly underlined the negative connotation that the concept of “utopia” acquired. In the...

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Politics of the City: Plato’s Republic

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

From the ancient world to contemporary debates, the work of Plato is foundational in Western philosophy. As Alfred North Whitehead once quipped, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” In particular, Plato’s Republicremains a vital touchstone for contemporary political and moral philosophers  trying to understand everything from the very...

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Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods and concepts of data quantification: linear regression, logistic regression, probability distribution,...

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Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 75 Broad St, New York, NY

Art was anything but peripheral to Kant’s philosophical project. In judging a thing to be beautiful, Kant maintained, we bridge “the great gulf” of nature and human freedom, and prepare ourselves to “love something, even nature, without interest”—that is, exercise moral judgment. Immensely influential in its time, the so-called “third Critique” inspired and gave energy to both German Idealism, which attempted to provide a rational...

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Feminist Science Fiction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 3009 Broadway, New York, NY

The world is not usually imagined for the benefit of women. What can feminist science fiction tell us about these oppressive arrangements and how the world might be otherwise? What makes a work of science fiction feminist? From utopia to dystopia, satire to space opera, in what ways does science fiction hold up a mirror to difficult realties? This course offers a selective introduction to critical themes in twentieth and twenty-first century...

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Socrates

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 178 Stanton St, New York, NY

The trial, conviction, and execution of Socrates on the vote of the Athenian democracy is a founding myth in the history of Western philosophy. And yet very little is known with certainty about the historical Socrates, who himself wrote nothing, but whose way of life, as accounted by Plato (and others) has become a powerful and enduring paradigm of philosophical practice. To Athenian eyes and ears, Socrates was doubtless strange:  notoriously...

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Everyday Irrationalism: T. Adorno, Politics, and Reason

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

Students in the course will read selections from a number of Adorno’s works, including The Stars Down to Earth, Minima Moralia, and The Authoritarian Personality. We will look at the famous dispute between Adorno and philosopher of science Karl Popper both to understand the grounds of their debate but also to understand their vast areas of agreement between empirical research and critical theory. We will pose a series of questions that emerge from...

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Jorge Luis Borges: Mysticism, Fiction, and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 612 W 116th St, New York, NY

Jorge Luis Borges’ fiction is uniquely powerful for its captivating amalgam of political, mystical, and metaphysical themes. In this course, an introduction to Borges’ most canonical works, we’ll read his great short story collections Ficciones and The Aleph, as well as the essay collection Other Inquisitions—bearing in mind, as we proceed, the literary themes and social concerns that pervaded the most formative decade...

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Camus and The Stranger

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 417 Lafayette St, New York, NY

Camus and The Stranger: From Existentialism to Post-Colonialism When Albert Camus visited New York seventy years ago, he was greeted as one of Europe’s foremost writers and existentialist philosophers. Widely embraced by the city’s literary and cultural establishment, Camus’s newly-translated book, The Stranger, was read as a vehicle for exploring key existentialist themes. The novel, which tells the story of a Frenchman living in Algeria...

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Gayatri Spivak: The Margins and the Center

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 3009 Broadway, New York, NY

Referred to as the “doyenne of post-colonial studies,” Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been a trailblazer “of the margins,” wrestling with hegemonic narratives of Western and non-Western canons to explore deconstructed meanings of and relationships between culture, feminism, language, the postcolonial, privilege, and power. This pioneering cultural critic, feminist, and literary theorist is widely cited in a range of disciplines, and has written...

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