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Gender, Sex and Sexuality

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

In this class, we will explore the cultural definitions of each through examples from cultures around the world and through historic time. Students may be inspired to "see" these terms in a whole new light. Although sometimes understood as being almost the exact same thing, gender, sex and sexuality have distinct meanings. This class will include...

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$10

Trail Map Reading

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

In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of reading a trail map, from scale and contour lines to commonly used symbols - a skill that'll get you outdoors more while keeping you safe. In addition, we'll explore some of the many awesome hiking trails in our region, preparing you for a summer of adventures. Note: This class is hosted in partnership...

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$10

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Mysterious Beast Monsters

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

We'll take a world tour to check out everything from hidden-from-sight modern-age dinosaurs and tiny lucky owl people, to giant sea beasts and Long Island's very own home-grown Monster! Forget the things that go bump in the night, these mythical beasts go crash and roar and make other very large sounds. Sure, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster will...

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$12

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How to Meditate II: A Deeper Foray into Mindfulness

at Brooklyn Brainery - Park Slope 1110 8th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

One of the best things I've ever done for myself was learning to meditate and create a daily mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Meditation helps me rebuff the jerk in my head who encourages me to make bad decisions; with a daily practice, I'm now able to sift through my thoughts so I'm (mostly) acting on the good ones, not the bad ones.  In this...

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$20

Cryptography: The Private Life of Secret Codes

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Secrets have always been kept, but they're most fun down on paper. We'll work our way up from the Caesar's own cipher to our modern day of hacked databases. Learn how cryptographic techniques helped rediscover hieroglyphics, and how Nazi Germany was brought to its knees. Tales of daring and intrigue abound! Exactly one...

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$12

The Biology of Mental Illness

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

Since the mid twentieth century, psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists have sought to explain mental illness in biological terms. We'll discuss the emergence of influential biological models such as the monoamine hypothesis of depression, the rise of neuropsychopharmacology (the prescription and widespread use of medications...

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$10

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The Secret Lives of Vitamins and Minerals

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

It has become pretty commonplace to rattle off words at lunchtime like “antioxidant,” “beta-carotene,” and “Vitamin B12” without having the faintest idea as to what they do in our bodies, or why they are so important to eat. In this class, we will travel back in time to seventh grade biology, and take a closer look at how some really cool...

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$11

Relativity on a Cocktail Napkin

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

Would you like to be able to explain, without math, on a cocktail napkin, the core concepts of Relativity? In this non-mathematical survey, you’ll learn specific no-math demonstrations that you can reproduce to dazzle your friends. Einstein did much of his work with simple thought experiments, and so can we. In this introductory class, we’ll cover: What...

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$10

The Poison Cauldron of the Newton Creek

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

Join us for a three hour exploration of the petroleum and waste transfer districts of the Newtown Creek watershed in North Brooklyn. This fascinating tour covers about three miles of the heart of the Greenpoint Oil Spill. We will be heading for the thrice damned Kosciuszko Bridge, which is scheduled for a demolition and replacement project which...

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$25

Brooklyn and the Bees: Talk & Taste with Borough Bees

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

You’ve heard of urban gardening, but have you heard of urban beekeeping? Timothy O’Neal and Shelly Fank of Borough Bees gives us the history behind this increasingly popular enterprise that is quickly joining the illustrious ranks of Brooklyn-made gastronomy, and learn about the role of honeybees and other pollinators in our local, national, and...

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$10

So who is Vladimir Putin, and What does He Want?

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

Judo master. Bare-chested man of action. Ice-cold KGB veteran. New model tsar. Invader of random neighboring countries. Brooding Kremlin schemer. Russian president Vladimir Putin has carefully cultivated a series of personas, but nonetheless he still seems to keep catching us all off guard. Now's the chance to learn about the man behind the masks,...

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Arab Spring: Where are We Now & How did We Get Here

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

This class will examine how the Arab Spring has unfolded in certain countries over the past three years, explain why it did so, and explore where each country is headed. In 2011, springtime came early in the Middle East as several countries experienced for the first time mass popular uprisings that overthrew autocrats long thought invincible....

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$10

The Art of Love: Playing the Game In Ancient Rome

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

Since its publication in the early 1st century AD, Ovid's poem The Art of Love (Ars Amatoria) has been one of the most popular and controversial works of literature to have survived from the Roman Empire. While on its surface The Art of Love is a humorous and lighthearted look at the dating scene in early Imperial Rome, the poem also serves as a subversive...

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Country Music: From the Carter Family to Today's Top 40

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

This class will walk you through the history of familiar Southern sound as you listen to some songs that best explain and explore different facets of the genre. From road side honky tonks down through Nashville and out to Bakersfield- country music is everywhere. But how much do you know about the most widely programmed music in the nation? From...

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$9

Climate Change: Causes, Effects, & Why It's A Big Deal

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

What is climate change? Why should I care? And what can I do?  Climate change is real. Most of you probably agree with that statement, but maybe you don't understand what that means beyond that it's what you're supposed to believe as a good Democrat. Maybe you recently saw something that implied the current warming was part of a natural cycle...

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$10
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