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Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park

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

Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as a pastoral refuge in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing city. For generations, the park fulfilled its promise, but by 1976 the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot, a symbol of the park’s decay. Spiraling...

$11

Philosophy of History

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

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...

$315

4 sessions

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The Reel History of Modern Women in Cinema

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

Fanny Brice. Ellen Ripley. Thelma. Louise. Wonder Woman. These are just some of the heroines that have helped shape the modern woman experience in film. No longer ditzy and obedient “Girl Fridays,” these characters — and the fierce, non-comformist actresses who played them — shattered stereotypes, stirred our emotions and and changed the way...

$11

Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

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

How do numbers relate to the world? What insights can we derive from data? How do we separate signal from noise? This course is an introduction to statistical thinking and its applications to data analysis at a level accessible to a broad audience with no prior statistical background.  We’ll learn and make intuitive the fundamental methods...

$315

4 sessions

Immoral Art?

at Think Olio - Lower East Side
46 Canal St, New York, New York 10002

When art decided to assert its autonomy towards the end of the 19th century, it intended to free itself from social and moral norms that had been hanging over the creative process throughout art history. The vast majority of art pieces were not intended just to please the senses and formal beauty was in the service of political and religious preoccupations....

$15

Learn, Eat, and Drink Your Way Through Greece

at Leisurely - East Village
224 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

Going back to the Neolithic Age, the Greeks have the oldest recorded history in winemaking. In the 11th century B.C., they created a wine standard bearing similar resemblance to today’s appellation system in the EU. Join us for a very special talk, as our tour guides, Kamal Kouiri (GM of Molyvos, Ousia; Partner at The Athenian) and...

$95

Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration & Community Action

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

Get energized and have fun this summer as you learn about the history of New York City’s diverse population and rich immigrant cultures through the lens of dance.  In this 6-day course for educators, experience and practice multiple engagement strategies and write lessons that engage your students through music, dance, cultural studies,...

$250

6 sessions

Queens Then and Now

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

The borough of Queens has seen many historical and geographical changes throughout its illustrious history. Marshlands, woods, and farms gave way to factories, thriving communities, and the nation's premier arterial highway system.  Queens: Then & Now offers a rare historical look at New York City's largest borough, featuring many never-before-seen...

$10

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Many Voices of American Art

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

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a four-week interactive lecture series on American artists whose works show the diversity of our history and identity. A Changing World for Men After the Civil War Finding Her Way – Urban Women's Experience from 1850 to 1950 African-American Artist Voices Rise Immigrant Issues Then and Now

$120

4 sessions

The Secret History of Sushi

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Full Course Name: The Secret History of Sushi: Presented by Masters of Social Gastronomy Masters of Social Gastronomy fearlessly takes on food topics, breaking down the history, science, and stories behind hiding behind them. Up this month: sushi! Sarah will present a history of sushi in the United States, a bizarre story bathed in celebrity....

$10

Ban This Book (If You Can)

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

For many of the greats of literary Modernism, including James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Djuna Barnes, e.e. cummings, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, the ultimate cat and mouse game with the censors was played on a global scale. More than a decade before the Nazi book burnings turned public opinion against the obscenity laws, writers and their publishers...

$20

Napster to Netflix: History of Media from 1999 to Today

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

Since the launch of Napster in 1999, there has been a massive transformation in how we create and consume media. This class charts the waves of change over the past two decades. We’ll start by looking at the tools and technology that underpin the digital revolution.  We’ll then trace what’s happened...

$14

The Evolution of Racism

at Think Olio - Flatiron
110 E 25th St, New York, New York 10010

Why does racism persist more than fifty years after the passage of Civil Rights Legislation?  Why do people have different understandings of what racism is?  With Charlottesville and other examples of open racial bigotry, can we assume that white nationalism is on the rise?  This two-part olio will lend some insight into these questions...

$40

2 sessions

Epic Histories: A Conversation

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

Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories.  Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 -- his long-awaited sequel to Gotham -- sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell...

$20

The Eleusinian Mysteries

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

Course Name: The Eleusinian Mysteries: Occult Secrets of the Ancient Greeks Every year in the Ancient Greek city of Eleusis, people gathered from far and wide to worship the power of nature with a series of religious rituals called the Eleusinian Mysteries. Although it was kept secret from all but the initiated, the cult of the Mysteries...

$10