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Capital, Colony, Core: an Introduction to World-Systems Analysis

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the global dynamics of capitalism, as well as its roots and impact on societies with a study of Immanuel Wallerstein's World Systems Analysis at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Uncover the interconnectedness of core, semi-periphery, and periphery nations. Gain an understanding of global capitalism and its potential alternatives.

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Philosophy, Ideology & Jokes: An Intro to Slavoj Žižek

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Discover the synthesis of Marxism, Kantian critique, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian dialectics, and cultural criticism in this thought-provoking course on Slavoj Žižek's philosophy. Uncover the ideology, capitalism, and fantasy that shape contemporary life. Delve into the serious, yet often humorous, teachings of one of Europe's most influential philosophers.

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The Politics of Climate Change

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore climate change politics and its implications for the 21st century in this thought-provoking course. Explore the intersections between climate science, political theory, and historical context, as you delve into the limitations of current policies and radical approaches. Uncover the landscape of desires and the emergence of mass political ecological movements in the Global South.

$335

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey of discovery in this thought-provoking course at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Explore the mythical world of gods, friendship, and the pursuit of eternal life and delve into the fragments that captivated scholars, poets, and readers for centuries. Discover what the "oldest story in the world" can reveal about literature, religion, and the human experience.

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Thomas Mann: Dr. Faustus

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the dark underbelly of German culture as you delve into Thomas Mann's enigmatic novel that dissects the nation's descent into authoritarianism and inhumanity. Unravel the intricate web of music and philosophy that shaped the narrative, and ponder the tragic contradictions of beauty in this thought-provoking course.

$335

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Who was Dora? Freud, Hysteria, and Feminist Theory

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Discover the enigmatic figure of Dora, immortalized by Sigmund Freud in his analysis of hysteria. Uncover the intersections between psychoanalysis and feminist politics as we examine the implications of Dora's case for queer theory, subjectivity, and the body. Explore these complex relationships at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

$335

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Silvia Federici: Women, Capitalism, and the Body

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Uncover the history of witch-hunts and capitalism in this course. Explore how the persecution of women during the transition to capitalism created a docile feminized subject fit for domestic work and wage labor. Delve into Silvia Federici's groundbreaking work, Caliban and the Witch, and examine the impact of capitalism on gender, race, and state control over reproductive labor.

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Spring Lecture Series: Scandal and Redemption: John Singer Sargent

Santa Monica College

Cosmopolitan, gregarious, and prodigious, Sargent’s fashionable portraits were the most celebrated symbol of his brilliance. He was a master of many different painting styles—classical portraits, Impressionistic, landscapes, watercolors, and murals—and his richly textured pallets reflected his lifelong reverence for Diego Velázquez and Franz Hals. Caught in the cross-fire of controversy on several occasions, he celebrated his passion for...

Bioengineering: from Terraforming to Designer Babies

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In this thought-provoking course from the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, you'll explore the core principles of biotechnology and the ethical, political, and economic implications of manipulating biological matter. Uncover the exciting possibilities and real constraints that shape the future of bioengineering today!

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Philosophy, Phenomenology, and the Body

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and his groundbreaking ideas on perception, embodiment, and the nature of existence. Delve into the world of phenomenology and discover how this influential 20th-century movement continues to shape contemporary thought.

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The Weimar Republic: Politics, Culture, and Catastrophe

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Unveil the rise and fall of Germany's Weimar Republic and its impact on contemporary politics, culture, and catastrophic authoritarianism in this provocative course. Explore the complex international politics and economic crises that shaped this politically fragile yet culturally dazzling era. Dive into primary sources and reflections to dissect the untold lessons for our modern world.

$335

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Solarpunk: Theory, Fiction, and Radical Futures

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore a radical vision of the future where nature and technology align, challenging the pessimistic outlook on climate change. Immerse yourself in the art, theory, and speculative fiction of solarpunk to reimagine a world of decommodified energy and human liberation. Join us on this intellectual journey towards a harmonious coexistence of technology, nature, and human life.

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Melanie Klein: Love, Guilt, and Psychoanalysis

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the depths of human emotions and the complexities of the mind with a comprehensive exploration of psychoanalysis. Gain insights into the intricate workings of the psyche through this captivating course.

$335

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The Soviet Avant-Garde: Culture, Politics, Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore Russian and Soviet avant-gardes during the first three decades of the 20th century. Discover how artists grappled with finding "communistic expression of material structures" and the shifting status of the arts in the early Soviet state. Dive into the works of Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, Sergei Eisenstein, and more.

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The Incredible Women of the Bible

92nd Street Y

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.

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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.

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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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Weekly Torah Portion, Gleanings from the Torah

92nd Street Y

Back by popular demand! Join Abby Eisenberg for a weekly exploration of community, character and sanctity — elemental themes of the Torah. Throughout the year, we’ll consider texts that both challenge and inspire us as we read our sacred ancient words while gleaning modern meaning and relevance for our lives today.

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The Earth has Three Colors: A Celebration of Moroccan Ceramics

92nd Street Y

An online presentation of the first full-length publication to provide a comprehensive overview of Moroccan ceramics, The Earth has Three Colors, traces its history from the rural domestic pottery of the indigenous peoples that inhabit the Rif Mountains, through 20th century Modernism, to the contemporary art of Marrakech. The three sections of the book center on the three different clay colors used in Morocco: indigenous red, traditional gray, and...

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User Experience: Society, Technology & Critical Design

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Many of us spend our days in front of various screens, surrounded by designed objects that shape not only our work, but also our social and creative lives. In this course, we will examine the power and politics that are built into the designed world, with an emphasis on user experience (UX) design, interaction (IxD) design, and digital artifacts. We will explore the very notion of “experience” as it relates to digital space and our relationships...

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