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Women and the Future of New York Politics

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

In the Halls of Power: Women and the Future of New York Politics Despite New York's reputation as a progressive city, on the local political level at least, the future looks far from female. By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women...

Wednesday Oct 25th, 6:30pm

Imagining the Indiv: Theology, Capitalism, Politics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Full Course Name: Imagining the Individual: Theology, Capitalism, Politics Individualism is a sacrosanct pillar of American society. Though frequently invoked to support positions associated with contemporary conservative politics—from “school choice” to opposition to universal healthcare and the embrace of private enterprise—individualism...


4 sessions

Wednesday Nov 15th, 6:30pm

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The Civil War: Past and Present

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope
65 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.” So spoke Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address, which he gave only a month before the war’s end—and his tragic death—in April 1865. Weary...


5 sessions

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6:30pm

The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm:Screening & Conversation

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

In a whirlwind of historic firsts, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 and, in 1972, the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States.  Join us for a screening of the Peabody Award winning documentary, Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004,...

Wednesday Jan 24th, 6:30pm

Performance & Protest in Public Art

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

Performance artists Tania Bruguera and Kate Gilmore both consider questions of power and identity in their work.  Politically motivated, Havana-native Bruguera explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change, often through the lens of immigration, while the New York-based Gilmore engages with ideas...

Wednesday Feb 28th, 6:30pm

Contemporary China at the Guggenheim

at Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours - Upper East Side
1071 5th Ave Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York 10128

This unmissable exhibition will showcase the most important art to come out of China between 1989 (the end of the Cold War) and 2008 (the Beijing olympics). Organized thematically, the show deals with themes of experimentation, globalization, democracy, and utopianism, offering viewers a deeper understanding of the ways in which China’s art world...

Saturday Dec 2nd, 3:30pm

The Women Rebel: Women Who Shook New York

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

Imagine you are at a party with the anarchist Emma Goldman, the dancer Isadora Duncan and the women’s health pioneer Margaret Sanger. Two things are probably true: you are at Mabel Dodge’s celebrated Wednesday Night Salon, and Marcel Duchamp is swinging from the chandelier. When Dodge began her salon in 1912, she claimed, “every thinking person...

Sunday Nov 5th, 3pm

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Michel Foucault: Biopolitics and Beyond

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

In a lecture given at the Collège de France in 1976, Michel Foucault declared, “One of the basic phenomena of the nineteenth century was what might be called power’s hold over life.” This observation—that modern states derive their force from controlling biological life—is the basis of biopower, a theory of politics that has since spread...


4 sessions

Monday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah, Messianism, and History

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Union Square
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011

Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the twentieth century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, far more engaged and systematic thinking about questions of contemporary politics...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 21st, 6:30pm

Edward Said: Culture and Empire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
140 East 27th Street, New York, New York 10016

Few contemporary intellectuals have generated enough interest in their work to achieve simultaneous fame and infamy, yet this distinction undoubtedly applies to Edward Said (1935-2003). In the aftermath of his monumental Orientalism (1978) and his outspoken advocacy on behalf of the Palestinian people, Said became a lightning rod within both academic...


4 sessions

Altered States: Augmented Reality (AR) and the Politics

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Whose stories dominate urban memory? Who is “allowed” to participate in the process of placemaking? How do we construct alternative modes of engaging with a public space? Locative media, or location-aware interactive environments or technologies, include everything from mobile games to responsive installations to maps that use geospatial data....


2 sessions

Politics of the City: Plato’s Republic

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

From the ancient world to contemporary debates, the work of Plato is foundational in Western philosophy. As Alfred North Whitehead once quipped, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” In particular, Plato’s Republicremains a vital touchstone...


4 sessions

Great Decisions 2017

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

Join the longest-running informal foreign affairs discussion program in the country. Increase your awareness and understanding of timely, thought-provoking foreign policy issues involving the US. Each week another thematic/geographic issue is placed in its historical context. Includes Great Decisions 2017 book.


8 sessions

Australian Politics 101

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Can you name the Prime Minister of Australia? With a big election looming in 2016, there may soon be a new one. Do you know who gave the famous “Misogyny Speech” in Parliament? If you don’t, you’re missing out, because Australian politics is not your mid-day C-SPAN stuff. This class will give you an overview of the structure, major personalities,...


What Exactly is Neo About Neo-Nazism?

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

Across time, politics has relied on coercion and conflict ranging from violent words to public acts of murder as shows of power. Our modern-day American politics are not immune to these tendencies. Built in to the original constitution of the United States is the root of all manners of violent penalties and persecution that have been imposed upon...