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Reading the Iliad

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenwich Village
53 Washington Sq South 6th Fl, New York, New York 10012

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read...

$315

4 sessions

Future of Sustainable Travel - Growing Environmental

at Be Social Change - Hell's Kitchen
424 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019

Full Course Name: Future of Sustainable Travel - Growing Environmental, Economic, & Cultural Sustainability Sustainable Tourism has become a top priority for the United Nationsdesignating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Today, over 1.2 billion people travel internationally each year with this...

$20

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Proust in Time: Swann’s Way

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

Although Marcel Proust wrote much of the colossal In Search of Lost Timefrom the confines of a cork-lined room, it is a book that somehow seems to bridle with the energy and variety of an entire world set down in prose. In this course, centered on Swann’s Way, the first installment of Proust’s novel, we’ll study how In Search of...

$315

4 sessions

Accusing Women

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

From Adam and Eve to John and Yoko, the trope of the ‘woman to blame’ – and the ‘woman who blames’ – has had a remarkably persistent purchase on both pre-modern and contemporary imaginations, playing a key role in fundamental social dynamics of gender to this day. In the Western literary tradition, tropes of accusation and false testimony...

$315

4 sessions

On Decadence

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

Decadence has played a vital role in modern narratives of culture, history, and political economy, in part because narratives of progress, revitalization, and renovation often summon up the specters of entropy and degeneration. On one hand, decadence can indicate a sense of historical or cultural loss in the face of swift-moving technological progress....

$315

4 sessions

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...

$15

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Prelude to the Great American Eclipse

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

We will discuss the history, mathematics, and science of eclipses… and learn how to observe the characters in the performance: the Sun and Moon. This class will include star gazing from Pioneer Works’ garden using telescopes.

$200

4 sessions

Margaret Atwood & the Rise of the American ‘Alt-Right’

at Think Olio - Crown Heights
899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11238

The horrific events in Charlottesville on August 12 provided a sinister snapshot of the transition of the “Alt-Right,” from fringe, hate-spewing online trolls to a critical mass of torch-bearing white men sporting Swastikas and automatic weapons. This assortment of homegrown neo-Nazis,  white supremacists and new generation Klu Klux Klansmen...

$12

Queer New York

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course traverses the geography of New York City, exploring queer life from the 1960s to the present. Through engagement with literature, performance, and film, students look at experiments in the production of queer art and culture.  From Jack Smith's trash aesthetics to Dynasty Handbag's performance of abjection, queer art practice has...

$765

16 sessions

The Real History of Thanksgiving

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

Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right? In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further...

$12

Contemporary Debates in Race & Ethnicity

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

Through an interdisciplinary engagement with contemporary literature and scholarship on race and ethnicity, this course considers the following questions: How do race and ethnicity organize the social world? What are the historical conditions under which the various definitions of racial and ethnic difference emerge? What is at stake in the institutional...

$765

16 sessions

The Relevance of Marxist Theory Today

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

We study the essential works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as well as their philosophical precursors and some influential variations of Marxism in the 20th century. In considering philosophical idealism and social change, historical and dialectical materialism, modes of production, and the relationship between structure and superstructure, we ask...

$765

16 sessions

Dancehall in Pop Culture

at Abrons Arts Center - Lower East Side
466 Grand St, New York, New York 10002

Dancehall in Popular Culture will be a weekly class that covers basic popular movement of Dancehall, a style of dance originated in Jamaica. This class will contextualize the dance form by providing a history of the dance and culture. Choreographers and artists such as Gerald “Bogle” Levy, Elephant Man, Ding Dong, and more will be introduced, along...

$370

14 sessions

The Literature of Incarceration

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, Toni Morrison is not only a powerful novelist but one of the most important American literary figures of the 20th century, producing incisive scholar- ship, literary criticism, and analyses of contemporary race relations. We examine her contributions to each of these fields. We also consider the specific...

$765

16 sessions

New Amsterdam: The Birthplace of New York Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Financial District
Battery Park, New York, New York 10004

On this walking tour, we’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Step into the wooden shoes of the early settlers and see what life was like being an employee rather than a colonist.  Based on exciting new research taking place over the...

$25