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History Series: Presidential Leadership

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

We will look at four crises of the Eisenhower administration: The Army McCarthy Hearings, The Suez, Hungarian Revolution of 1956, The U-2 Incident; Ike's Farewell Address. These crises defined The greatest of Eisenhower as President of the United States. What can we learn about leadership from how Ike handled these situations? Come to the class to...

$55

2 sessions

Shocks and Phantasmagoria

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

Shocks and Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project Walter Benjamin once wrote that The Arcades Project was “the theater of all my struggles and all my ideas.” Never completed and well over a decade in the making, The Arcades Project takes on the presentation and history of an entire era and place: the Parisian...

$315

4 sessions

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A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

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

In 1930, Max Horkheimer became the director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Along with his colleagues and a broader orbit of external scholars, he inaugurated the first wave of what came to be called “critical theory.” This course is an introduction to some of the key works and concepts of the Frankfurt School, including...

$315

5 sessions

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

For two hundred years they waited beneath lower Manhattan, entirely forgotten. Even after their recent rediscovery – which occurred by accident during the construction of a new office building –their importance was denied, debated, and almost destroyed. Who are ‘they’? The thousands of African-Americans who lived in New York City during the...

$12

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...

$315

4 sessions

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self

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

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and the Politics of Love Often cited as the seminal text of modern feminist theory, Simone de Beauvoir’s  1949 publication, The Second Sex still deeply resonates with readers who seek to understand the pervasive oppression of women. The magnum opus of her long and prolific career as a writer...

$20

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...

$20

History Series: Victory & Dissent - America Enters WWI

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

In 1917, America entered The Great War. This event had its effects on the battlefield and the Homefront. Not everyone in America agreed with Wilson's decision to enter on the side of The Allies. In the spring of 1918, it looked like the Central Powers would win the war, but because of America's involvement in the war and the British Navy, by November...

$55

2 sessions

Critical Global Health

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

Global health is at once a philanthropic enterprise, a driving force behind certain forms of global pharmaceutical research and development, a way of bringing order to disorderly regions and populations, and an increasingly central component of human rights work. Scholars in the emerging field of critical global health have begun to question and investigate...

$315

4 sessions

The Rise and Fall of the American Republic

at Think Olio - Gowanus
574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

This Olio Seminar examines United States history from its founding to the current day. We will be looking at many facets of American history from culture to politics and economics, and of course its role as a global power. The historical approach presented is not focused on the actions of individuals, per se, but rather the larger ideological,...

$60

3 sessions

Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Manhattan
Centre St & Chambers St New York, NY 10007, New York, New York 10007

Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”  These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these...

$25

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

Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI

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

Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York (opening April 5), food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into...

$20

What Am I Seeing?

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

What am I Seeing?, led by Reanimation Library‘s Andrew Beccone, is a workshop organized around the problem of cataloging images. Unlike books, which can explicitly convey their subject matter through their written content (and can be cataloged relatively easily because subject headings are comprised of written language), image cataloging requires...

$40

Candy: From Early History to Halloween

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

Isn't it weird that one day a year it's appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place? In this class, we'll cover a brief world history of candy, from the botanic roots of sugar cane, to the first processed confections from the Middle...

$14