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Turning the Soul: The Hero and Humanities

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Is it possible for humanities to function without a doctrine of the soul?  Today, humanities studies the material conditions of texts and works of art without giving an account of the relationship between this knowledge and the soul of the student.  I.e the student is given information yet no instruction on how to put it into action in daily...

Friday Oct 27th, 7pm

Parsing the Riddle of Aung San Suu Kyi

at Think Olio - Boerum Hill
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for decades enjoyed the status of an icon of the international human rights movement. During 15 years under house arrest, Sui Kyi became the symbol of peaceful democratic opposition to authoritarian military governments which have ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, for 30 years.  Those days are over. ...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 7:30pm

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Humanities Institute Symposium

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees nurture each other, communicate, and maintain complex social networks.  A broad range of experts will join Peter to debate...

Thursday Mar 22nd, 10am

Full Moon Circles

at New York Open Center - Flatiron
22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

The full moon has long been a source of great power and mystery. Beautifully illuminating the night sky, our closest celestial neighbor gives us the opportunity to set positive intentions and initiate balance in mind, body, and spirit. It is an ideal time of the month to manifest change. As we create sacred space, we foster inner awakening and renewal. ...

Heidegger: Truth, Technology, and Poetry

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy
30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Sometime in the early 1930’s, Heidegger’s thought is supposed to have undergone a change. His philosophical project shifted from the “fundamental ontology” of his early work Being and Time—foundational to the development of wartime and post-war “existentialism”—to what he would come to describe as Seinsgeschichte—a “history...


4 sessions

Monday Nov 20th, 6:30pm

The Movement for Black Lives Now

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Nearly five years after the rallying cry #BlackLivesMatter, the Movement for Black Lives has put forth a broad platform connecting systemic racism and criminal justice reform with issues such as gender discrimination, anti-immigrant sentiment, and economic inequality. Join BYP100 NYC organizer Christopher Paul Harris as he leads an evening...


Intentional Amnesia & New York City's Missing Century

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

This Olio will highlight and celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City by starting with the question: "Where are the black people in the story of NYC?"  We'll look at 5 big moments in New York City's first 100 years that are missing from our collective visual memory and how this intentional amnesia has adversely impacted our...


Human Rights After Hitler

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

From the 1940s until a recent lobbying effort by author Dan Plesch, the United Nations War Crimes Commission’s files were kept out of public view. What has now been uncovered are thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland...


Threshold:Biodiversity,Climate & Humanity at Crossroads

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As Earth's temperature rises closer to the danger limit set forth by scientists and world leaders in the Paris Agreement, so does the risk of a range of truly catastrophic events, including extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions. How...


On the Front Lines of Reproductive Rights

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

As the first African American (and the first woman) to lead the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since Margaret Sanger founded the organization, Faye Wattleton has played a crucial role in defining our national debate over sex education, contraception, and abortion. In the second program in our series Who Controls Women’s Health?:...


Georges Bataille: Sex, Crime and Literature

at Coucou French Classes - Williamsburg
38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

In the past few decades, Georges Bataille has become something of a dirty secret on American bookshelves. Much of his notoriety is due to his erotic novel Story of The Eye, a work where overt symbolism is interwoven with graphic sexuality. His late arrival on the American literary scene and his unique prose make it almost surprising to learn that he...


5 sessions

Fast l Reimagining Traffic in New York City

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

While no one has ever used the word “fast” to describe New York City’s traffic, an urban transformation is now underway that promises to roll back years of congestion and smog. Join leading transportation engineer and former NYC Traffic Commissioner Samuel Schwartz, aka “Gridlock Sam,” who will share his insights on how we can speed traffic,...


This Just In: The Latest News From Outer Space

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

Combining the latest information and discoveries from astronomy and astrophysics with the latest images of and by telescopes, we will explore the following areas: A brief history of humanity’s view(s) of the Universe Near Earth environment The Moon The Sun The inner and outer Solar System Extrasolar systems The search...


Ethics and Literature: The Problem of Evil

at The New School - Manhattan

In The City of God, Saint Augustine confronts a central problem: How did evil come into the world if human beings were created good? Through our study of the ethical universe of literary texts, we engage with questions essential to humanity, including the nature of human beings, the basis for moral conventions, individual and collective responsibility,...


16 sessions

More than a Hipster Touchstone

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

More than a Hipster Touchstone:  Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" When the skies crack open and Jehovah appears -- angry that we have destroyed the planet, waged war on one another, and supported Adam Sandler movies -- I will brave the storm and the screaming and climb the mount with a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal 1998...