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For The Record: A History Of The DJ

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

In this course, we will look at the history of the DJ from it's humble beginnings in the radio booth to the block parties of the south Bronx to mega stadiums around the world. We will examine the feedback loop between dancing, technology, music and culture as it pertains to the DJ and surrounding subculture. No stone will be left unturned.

$10

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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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Lower Manhattan History Walk

at Brooklyn Brainery

When it comes to historical neighborhoods in New York they don’t get much more older than Lower Manhattan. Join us for a two-hour walk through the Financial District where we’ll learn about some of it’s most famous landmarks. We’ll see Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, talk about the actual wall of Wall Street, and walk the oldest streets of...

$25

The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets

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

Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet. But who did? Better yet, when did people first start using toilets? And were they anything like the toilets we know today? This class will explore the long and fascinating history of toilets, from ancient Mesopotamia to today. We will walk through the not-so-short...

$10

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Washington Heights
2113 Amsterdam Ave , New York, New York 10032

In 1945, Ralph Ellison began work on his epically ironic novel Invisible Man (1952), primarily to make sense of his involvement with radical politics in Harlem over the previous decade. On the fault line between art and politics, Ellison’s book makes a powerful claim for African-American experience and black modernism at the center of the...

$315

4 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

Infinity: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

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

This course is a historical approach to the mathematics of infinity, with a focus on conceptual and philosophical questions.  We will begin with the ancient Greeks’ discovery of irrational numbers and discussions of Zeno’s paradoxes, then jump forward to the development of the “infinitesimal” calculus in the late 17th century (by Newton...

$315

4 sessions

Alternative Economies: Market Socialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Can socialism and the market be reconciled? Contemporary debates in Western societies often seem to suggest there are few options available between Josef Stalin and Margaret Thatcher. Mainstream politics in the United States and EU member-states often offer little more than variations on this neoliberal consensus, consolidated between the late 1970s...

$315

4 sessions

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

Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of Funeral Food

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

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning traditions have changed over time, and vary from place to place, what they have in common is food and drink. From the home parlour to the funeral...

$16

Dementia Americana: The Persistence of Forgetting

at Think Olio - Lower East Side
21 Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

While history cable series and infotainment documentaries make up a great deal of entertainment content, Americans don’t really have a good grasp of their own history.  Historical memory is a tricky thing. Slight alterations of facts or context can greatly effect the perspective from which events are understood. The process of nation building...

$12

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

The Urgent Need for Critical Thinking & Anecdotes

at Think Olio - Williamsburg
28 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

OlioNote Fundraiser The Urgent Need for Critical Thinking & Anecdotes are Better Than Evidence It often seems that the practice of critical thinking is easily discarded in favor of the adoption and use of fully formed opinions, discourses or theories. Avoiding thinking for oneself has two major dangers: we may fall into a perpetually skeptical...

$15

Haunted History: Bog Bodies of Iron Age Europe

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

“Bog bodies”: the eerily well-preserved remains of hundreds of people – men, women, and children – found in the swamps and peaty wetlands of northern Europe. Many times police have been called to what appears to be a modern murder scene, only to discover that the body dates back to the Iron Age, over two thousand years ago.  The...

$11

History, Ecology & Architecture of the West Village

at Brooklyn Brainery

Full Class Name: History, Ecology & Architecture of the West Village Walking Tour Discover NYC’s dynamic waterfront history through a guided walking tour of the West Village neighborhood, led by a local historian. Explore Manhattan’s role as a major trade center and port through a chronological trip of history, ecology...

$15