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How to Meet and Connect with Women (3-Day Bootcamp)

Craft of Charisma

This bootcamp is an intensive program designed to help a man learn how to approach women, start conversations, and set up a dates. The program includes lecture, role-play, infield practice, and real time feedback from some of the world's top dating coaches. Day 1: Evening Session 1 Understand and overcome your fears: We start by explaining the causes of approach anxiety, answering your questions, and then working with you to understand and confront...

Friday Jul 28th, 7:30–11:30pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)

$4,000

3 sessions

Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Does history have a direction, a purpose, or an end goal? Can we deduce general historical patterns from studying the past? Is it naïve to hope and work for a better future? From the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century, liberal, Marxist, positivist, and post-structuralist thinkers have offered radically different responses to these fundamental questions related to the philosophy of history. This course will survey these attempts to grapple...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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.

Wednesday Jun 7th, 8–9pm Eastern Time

Narcissism: Pathology, Culture, and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Do we live in an “Age of Narcissism,” or has vanity been with us always? Is narcissism necessarily pathological, or is it a structural feature of human subjectivity in general? Is narcissism a diagnostic concept, a moral problem, or a little bit of both at once? Are we all “narcissists”—or is it just you? In this course, we’ll consider the origins of narcissism as a clinical concept alongside its function as a polemical term in modern...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Bollywood: Art, Culture, and Hegemony

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The largest film industry in the world is located not in Hollywood but in “Bollywood,” its yearly film output nearly doubling that of the United States. As it increasingly encroaches on the Western cultural imaginary, Bollywood plays an already titanic role in India—as a site of creative ferment, economic power, and nationalist and ideological myth-making. If Bollywood once emphasized Indian cultural pluralism, today Indian national cinema...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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Feminist Economics: An Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Traditional economic thinking posits a frictionless universe of rational actors, profit-pursuing firms, and the harmonious equilibrium of supply and demand. What’s lost in this sanitized picture of economy is any recognition of the hierarchies that not only shape economic behavior and opportunity, but also, at the root, make capitalist economy exploitative and unequal—chief among these, gender relations. Often falling upon women are the tasks...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$315

4 sessions

Georg Lukács: Consciousness and Revolution

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Written at the crest of the revolutionary wave sparked by the cataclysm of World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution, Georg Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness stands as one of the most influential Marxist texts of the 20th century. Though suffused with the revolutionary spirit of its time, History and Class Consciousness nevertheless attempts to take stock of the failure of revolutions in Germany (both in Berlin and...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Antonio Gramsci: Prison Notebooks

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

At Antonio Gramsci’s 1928 trial, the prosecutor famously demanded, “we must stop this brain working for twenty years!” Despite being imprisoned in rather brutal conditions by Mussolini’s fascist government, this goal was not achieved. Gramsci would produce, in the notes, scraps, fragments, commentaries, and essays, that constitute his so-called prison notebooks, his most famous thinking. Although the work covers tremendous ground—from...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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.

Monday Jun 5th, 1–2:15pm Eastern Time

Queering Fanon: Colonialism, Gender, and Sexuality

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The writings of Martiniquean-born psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon have been central to many treatments of the problem of decolonization, whether approached through anti-colonial liberation, or through his related analysis of psychological racialization. Fanon’s formation in psychoanalysis, his political critique of mental illness and his approach to the practice of psychiatry—as well as his creative interpellation of Freudian ideas...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Jean Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

For Jean-Paul Sartre, the fundamental philosophical problem of the modern age was how to respond to Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum: god is dead, and so is, as a consequence, traditional western conceptions of morality, justice, and truth itself. In the cafes of occupied and post-war Paris, Sartre and his cohort of fellow existentialists attempted to meet Nietzsche’s challenge: to reimagine the basis of morality and value in a godless world. Very...

Thursday Jul 13th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Heidegger/Arendt: Philosophy, Influence, and Being

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger’s love affair is perhaps the most well-known, if not notorious, in modern Western letters. But, putting the more intimate aspects aside, how can we understand the intellectual connection, sometimes ardent, sometimes ambivalent, sometimes hostile that tied the two together for the majority of their adult lives—even after Heidegger’s turn to Nazism? In this course we will explore the affinities and differences...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

What it Means to See: Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Fascinated by its uncanny power and difference, both Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag dealt continuously with the nature and meaning of photography throughout their writing lives. Their engagement culminated in two works, published just a few years apart, which continue to tower over contemporary photographic theory: Sontag’s On Photography and Barthes’s Camera Lucida. Beyond their immersion in post-war French theory, both writers shared a view...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

AMA's Training Certificate Program

American Management Association

Our training for trainers program: how to build confidence and engage your audience The training field can change fast, which makes training for trainers crucial. New methodologies. New discoveries about the way adults learn. Changing expectations from trainees—and from your company. Our training the trainer courses give you the practical platform skills and confidence you need to succeed. This powerful seminar puts the latest trends and techniques...

Monday Jun 12th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$2,695

4 sessions

Writing for Competitions, Residencies & Grants

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This six-week workshop is for artists who have a project in development and are ready to start the application process. Through lectures, class discussions and guided personal research, students will develop and present a basic professional portfolio of text that includes a cover letter, CV, artist statement, project statement (or proposal) and biography. This portfolio of text can be used to apply to competitions, residency and small grant committees. ...

Wednesday Sep 20th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$575

6 sessions

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Marc Chagall: Most Important 20th Century Jewish Artist

Lawrence Family JCC @ 640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

In this lecture Stark will discuss Mark Chagall, the world’s preeminent Jewish artist, a master of dreams and storytelling. Chagall’s unique expressive and poetic paintings will be discussed with their images of childhood memories, floating people, flying goats, brides and grooms and fiddlers on the roof.  We’ll look at Chagall's paintings, stained glass windows, tapestries and mosaics. What motivated Chagall? What and who influenced...

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From Sinai to Seinfeld: The History of Jewish Humor

Lawrence Family JCC @ 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Explore the treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. 

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$190

8 sessions

Women in the Rabbinate: Seeds Planted, Lessons Learned

Lawrence Family JCC @ 3575 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92007

Rabbi Lenore Bohm was one of the first 50 women ordained by the Reform movement and the first woman rabbi to serve in San Diego County. In this presentation, Rabbi Bohm will talk about the events that led to the women being ordained in all movements of Judaism, beginning in 1972.  Amusing and unexpected vignettes from her life as a student, a mother, and a congregational rabbi will entertain and perhaps challenge you. 

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Artist Talk: Alexander Arshansky

Sparks Gallery @ 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Join Alexander Arshansky to discuss his works on view in “Illuminated” – paintings that explore states of spiritual ecstasy and communion with the divine. Arshansky will discuss his process and how the featured works connect to his practice as a palm reader. Complementary refreshments will be served at 6pm with the artist demo beginning promptly at 6:30.

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Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Seeing is Believing

Sparks Gallery @ 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Join us for a closing reception and artist talk in celebration of our group exhibition “Seeing is Believing”. Artists Silviu Nica, Dean MacAdam, and Michele Benzamin-Miki will discuss their works in the current group show and each artist’s unique approach to their practice. Refreshments served at 1pm pm Talk will begin promptly at 1:30 pm

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Celebrate San Diego

Lawrence Family JCC @ 640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

How have Jews shaped San Diego and how has San Diego shaped the Jewish American experience? This lecture uses the San Diego History Center’s current exhibition as a springboard to address these questions, using art, artifacts, documents and video, to present a historical narrative of San Diego Jewish life that considers the interplay between region and identity.  Produced in conjunction with the San Diego History Center and their exhibition...

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Taste of Melton

Lawrence Family JCC @ 9001 Towne Centre Drive San Diego, CA , San Diego, CA 92122

You don’t have to be Jewish to LOVE Melton. Attend a FREE Taste of Melton and find out what’s behind the buzz. Melton Learning is a fun and open way to learn the basics (and beyond) of Judaism in a pluralistic environment designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and background. Melton classes begin  This sample lecture which will be taught by Rabbi Ralph Dalin is a perfect way to sample the quality and camaraderie of Melton.

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Weekly Creative Writing Workshop

Los Angeles Writers Group @ 6744 Camino Del Prado, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Tap into your creative side, write work that will surprise you, and learn a few things along the way. Generate new writing from original prompts every Sunday Get writing tips and learn what’s working in your writing and why Get excited again about writing Write for two hours and come away with new material Try your hand at different kinds of writing. These workshops are not lecture-based. We get right down to writing. We choose prompts based...

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Weekend Writing Retreat

Los Angeles Writers Group @ 6744 Camino Del Prado, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Spend a weekend near the beach getting words on the page and learning to write better scenes. Writers of all genres welcome, but we will focus on writing better scenes for fiction and memoir writers. Get words on the page Learn to write better scenes through writing exercises Learn the biggest mistakes I see in manuscripts Make new writing friends Get personal feedback on a scene or short story, up to 10 pages that you submit in advance Personal...

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$395

3 sessions

Kickstart Your Health

Veg-Appeal

Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Food for Healthy Weight Management Series Are you ready to be at your healthy weight and look & feel energized? And are you ready to learn to do this without starving yourself but instead eat loads of delicious food? I don’t know about you but I love to eat!  Join plant-based cooking and nutrition expert Tracy Childs, for this 5-week class where you will learn the tools and knowledge that will lead...

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$200

5 sessions

Public Speaking Bootcamp

General Assembly @ Remote Online, Online, CA 00000

Utilize skills and tactics by entertainers such as improvisers and actors to elevate your public speaking performance, forget the fear, and learn to love the spotlight! Public speaking is the most common #1 phobia in today's society, and at the same time, our abilities to strongly represent ourselves are becoming more and more of a priority. Whether we are job interviewing, pitching our startup, actively networking, or needing to lead a presentation...

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Conflict Management Training

Knowledgehut

Conflicts are inevitable when people with different personalities and goals are put together to work in the same environment. Quite often, the clash that results leads to extreme anger and animosity, and this can have a very disruptive effect on the entire team. As a leader, you are often called upon to defuse the situation and resolve differences in a collaborative manner, before the situation spirals out of control. Our one day workshop in Conflict...

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Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

American Red Cross San Diego @ 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123

Breathing new life into resuscitation education, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) is designed to train professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child, and infant victims. Consistent with the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals. Through the use of lecture, skills demonstration and practice,...

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