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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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Alasdair MacIntyre: After Virtue

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into Alasdair MacIntyre's profound critique of Enlightenment morality and his call for a return to Aristotelian virtue ethics. Explore the political ramifications and the revival of virtue ethics in recent years, pondering the implications of MacIntyre's enigmatic closing statement.

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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.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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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.

(29) All levels 21 and older
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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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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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Fall Lecture Series: Vienna's Golden Boy: Gustav Klimt

Santa Monica College

Explore the world of Gustav Klimt, the master of Vienna's turn-of-the-century avant-garde. Despite facing fierce criticism and scandal, Klimt's art dazzled with its shimmering abstract patterns, transforming both private and public spaces. Delve into the life and legacy of this co-founder of the Viennese Secessionists, who remains a symbol of artistic brilliance.

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Fall Lecture Series: Viva La Vida: The Art of Frida Kahlo

Santa Monica College

Discover the art of Frida Kahlo, whose deeply autobiographical work reflects the rich cultures of Mexico and her personal tragedies. Her unique and dramatic style blends complex, often disturbing self-portraits with lush, fantastic imagery, making her one of the most original artists of the 20th century. Explore the powerful personal style that defines her legacy.

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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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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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Rebels in Frock Coats: Impressionism to Fauvism

Santa Monica College @ SMC Bundy Campus, Santa Monica, CA

The artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries redefined the significance of the painted surface in the rapidly changing Parisian art world, pitting traditionalists against newcomers who would turn the art world upside down. Through lecture and slide illustrations, explore the lives and works of artists within the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, and Fauvist periods within the context of the socio-political arenas surrounding...

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: An Introduction to Marx

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly what we have to accomplish in the present—I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything existing, ruthless in two senses: The criticism must not be afraid of its own conclusions,...

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The Incredible Women of the Bible

92nd Street Y @ Live Interactive Online Classroom

Rabbi Samantha Frank’s The Incredible Women of the Bible The women of the Bible are complex, crafty, and sometimes mysterious. Together, we’ll explore a few of their stories and consider what lessons we can learn for our lives today. Come with a sense of open inquiry! No prior Jewish study required — all genders welcome.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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After the Last Breath: After-Death Care & Home Funerals

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

This workshop unpacks the role of the death midwife from the final breath, through the 3-day home vigil and funeral, until final disposition. It is open to professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and anyone wishing to care for their loved-one naturally, at home, according to personal, religious and cultural traditions. Topics explored include: after-death rites and rituals legalities and logistics of a 1 to 3-day home vigil the...

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Being Asian and Jewish in America: Embracing Liminality

92nd Street Y

In this two-part talk, Jared Chiang-Zeizel will explore the transitional space Asian American Jews often find themselves while growing up in America. Patrons will gain a deeper understanding of the mixed experience in America, a broadening view of Asian and Jewish communities in the American diaspora, and how one can embrace the liminal experience they find themselves in.

(1074) All levels 18 and older
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Slavery and Social Death: From the Plantation

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Slavery and Social Death: From the Plantation to the 21st Century What does it mean to experience social death? And how has this experience impacted the legacies of slavery in the 21st century? Beyond legal categories of ownership and personal status and structures of economic exploitation, how did personal power and authority operate in that “peculiar institution”? What were, and perhaps continue to be, the cultural and symbolic instruments...

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Wagner’s Ring Cycle: the Total Art Work

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

At age 37, Richard Wagner—composer, exile, and failed revolutionary—set to work on the project that would consume the next 25 years of his life. By its completion, it had grown into arguably the most ambitious artwork of the 19th century: the monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, a fifteen-hour operatic tetralogy of unprecedented scope and complexity, narrating the history of the world from its birth to its destruction.  The cycle was...

(29) All levels 21 and older
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Anthropology and Ethnography: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 172 Mulberry St, New York, NY

Anthropology is at once a contested and vital field of study and inquiry. Still hotly debated is a basic question: what is the scope of anthropological inquiry? Modern anthropologists no longer divide the world, as their 19th-century forebears did, into a sociological “West” and an anthropological “rest of the world,” its “backwardness” waiting to be understood. Yet, expanding the anthropological field of view to the whole of the globe...

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  • Rebels in Frock Coats: Impressionism to Fauvism

    Reviewed by Ikiah M. on 6/1/2017
    The instructor was incredibly patient with every student. He made us comfortable to ask questions no matter how "silly." We covered a variety of topics and I feel comfortable to explore photoshop on my own and continue learning more!
  • Rebels in Frock Coats: Impressionism to Fauvism

    Reviewed by Megan R. on 8/2/2016
    The instructor was fun, knowledgeable, taught at a great pace for all different interests and backgrounds. I really enjoyed the classes and learned valuable skills for both personal and professional design project.
  • Rebels in Frock Coats: Impressionism to Fauvism

    Reviewed by Franka S. on 10/20/2015
    Great class with a great instructor. It's fun and informative. He also gives a lot of valuable real life advice based on his experience as an art director!
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