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7 classes in-person in New York have spots left, and 6 classes live online are available.

Guided Tour: Neue Gallery

New York School of Interior Design @ 1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

The Neue Galerie is one of New York City’s most unsung—and most understated—art and design destinations. The Neue Galerie (or “New Gallery” in German) houses a singular collection of art and design objects from Austria and Germany, dating from 1890 to 1940. Notably, the collection, compiled in large part by Ronald S. Lauder, includes Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece, The Woman in Gold. The gallery’s greatest strength, however, lies in the...

Friday Jul 14th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

East Village Pizza Walk

Scott's Pizza Tours @ Meets in East Village / Lower East Side, New York, NY 10003

Learn how a century of culinary evolution resulted in a broad spectrum of pizza styles as you taste your way through pizza history, science, culture, and flavor. See century-old brick ovens and classic slice joints that will fill both belly and mind. You will visit 3 amazing NYC pizzerias, each of which exhibits its own unique take on the world's favorite food. Expect to walk about 1 mile. What's Included All tours include pizza tastings, kitchen...

Sunday Jun 11th, 4:30–7pm Eastern Time

The Caribbean Roots of Hip-Hop Music

Think Olio

Full Course Title: Return of the Rub a Dub: The Caribbean Roots of Hip-Hop Music We'll be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop by going on a historical journey to uncover some lesser known roots of the music we know and love today. From techniques like sampling and scratching to the art of toasting (rapping) over looping melodies Hip-Hop music and culture has an undeniable Caribbean influence that is much less spoken about than its South...

Friday Jun 30th, 12–2pm Eastern Time

Perfume Along the Spice Route

Alchemologie Natural Perfume @ 438 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Perfume Along the Spice Route: A Historical Perfume Making Journey No one benefitted more from the Spice Route than the early perfumers. Prior to the opening of the spice trade, perfumers in Europe were using the materials available to them, mostly herbs and some locally growing flowers, to create the fragrances of the day. The explorations of Africa, India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the West Indies garnered fragrant spices, resins and...

Saturday Jun 10th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

Tour the Interior Design Building

New York School of Interior Design @ 306 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065

Located at 306 East 61st Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, the 110 year-old Interior Design Building (IDB) houses some of the finest interior design merchants in New York City.  The seven floor structure supports a number of individually-owned art and antique galleries, and furniture shops, each specializing in their particular field and offering a wealth of historically diverse products. The Interior Design Building situates itself perfectly...

Wednesday Jun 28th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

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Field Trip to Terra Matter Cannabis Farm

Think Olio

We'll be taking a group trip to an amazing women-owned cannabis farm in Rhinebeck, NY.  We'll meet on the lush and idyllic property to a spread of snacks and refreshments, learn from Andi Novick, the lead farmer about her growing process and the healing properties of cannabis. We'll then be joined by the founder of Greenpoint Cidery for a tasting and conversation about the cider-making process and the founding of her company.  As we...

Saturday Jul 15th, 1–9pm Eastern Time

The Abyss I am Made Of: an Intro to Clarice Lispector

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Abyss I am Made Of: an Introduction to Clarice Lispector Compared over the course of her life to Marlene Dietrich, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, a sphinx, a she-wolf, a “foreigner on earth,” and a hurricane, the Jewish Brazilian Clarice Lispector, born to Ukrainian parents who fled to Brazil from interwar pogroms, made an indelible stamp on the literature of her adopted homeland—and...

Thursday Jul 13th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

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 questions related to the philosophy of history. This course will survey these attempts to grapple...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Becoming Cyborg: Science and Science-Fiction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Feminist science studies scholar Donna Haraway writes: “By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are all cyborgs.” Haraway goes on to argue in her canonical essay, “A Manifesto For Cyborgs,” that to be a cyborg means to live in a world without tidy origin stories or innocent wholeness. Instead, it is about partial connections, complex...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Ethnopornography: Race, Erotics, and Domination

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Early anthropology had a sex problem. By day it studied kinship—how legitimately procreative sex produces a society—collected intimate items, and photographed naked subjects; by night, it hung around corners, pestered and menaced its way into intimate spaces. These early anthropologists were not alone. Their settler peers developed obsessions in schoolgirls and purchased wives, in erotic genres of parlor photography, in romantic rape literature,...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Don Quixote: Into the World of the Book

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote is, perhaps above all else, a book about books. The title character’s voracious consumption of books of chivalry drives him mad, leading him to interpret windmills as giants, common inns as majestic castles, and prostitutes as highborn damsels. In addition to the medieval romances that Don Quixote reads, a variety of texts in different forms populate the narrative: Arabic manuscripts, short stories...

Wednesday Jun 14th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Antonio Gramsci: Prison Notebooks

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

At Antonio Gramsci’s 1928 trial, the prosecutor famously demanded, “we must stop this brain working for twenty years!” Despite being imprisoned in rather brutal conditions by Mussolini’s fascist government, this goal was not achieved. Gramsci would produce, in the notes, scraps, fragments, commentaries, and essays, that constitute his so-called prison notebooks, his most famous thinking. Although the work covers tremendous ground—from...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Mental Health & the Law: Politics, Psychology & Profit

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

What is “mental health” and how has it been shaped by the law? From defining wellness to restricting the rights of the unwell, setting parameters for treatment, and regulating and protecting the pharmaceutical companies that develop and market psychological drugs (often to immense profits), government laws are fundamental to the ways mental health is experienced, perceived, policed, and commodified. But, how did the modern legal regime of mental...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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New York's Historical Foodways

Museum of the City of New York - Public @ 1220 5th Ave , New York, NY 10029

What happens when communities are created through immigration? What foods do they recreate, and how do they transform when native ingredients are no longer available? Join us for a look back at New York's historical foodways, particularly during periods of mass migration.  Award-winning cookbook author and culinary historian Grace Young will speak about the foodways of the Chinese community in NYC during the late 1800's....

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Historical Analysis of Sex on the Margins

Think Olio @ 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Perverts & Freaks: A Historical Analysis of Sex on the Margins Which sexual behaviors qualify as perverted? What kind of person deserves the label “pervert” and its consequential ostracization? Who among us deserves to be locked in a cage for our sexual desires and actions? And, most intriguing, why have certain sexual behaviors become the object of scrutiny at various points in history, while others have not? In this Olio, we will explore...

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Atonement and Forgiveness in Healing Historical Trauma

One Spirit Learning Alliance @ 247 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

Emotional trauma that is passed down through generations is prevalent across the world in people whose ancestors suffered such atrocities as slavery, witnessing of genocide of their people, forced relocation, destruction of their cultural practices, and others. Many of these descendants today live alongside the descendants of those who either caused the suffering or did nothing to alleviate it, and it remains an unspoken social tension. Through...

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Modern Palestine: a Historical Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online, New York, NY 00000

Perpetually in the news and commanding a tremendous amount of scholarly attention, Palestine remains a flashpoint in a number of contemporary debates: about war, colonization, and violence, religious and ethnic identity, nationalism and self-determination, modes of resistance, the role of international institutions, diasporic politics, academic freedom, and American foreign policy, among others. This course offers students an opportunity step back...

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$315

4 sessions

Queens Then and Now

Q.E.D. @ 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 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 images that document the amazing changes it has experienced since it became a part of the...

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The New Deadly Sins

Think Olio @ 56-06 Cooper Ave, Flushing, NY 11385

When we think about the philosophical reflection around Evil, many names pop up - among them, Nietzsche and Arendt seem to embody a remarkable skepticism about the term's use. Both extremely sensitive to the historical and social context that the word "Evil" carries, they emphasize the hidden motives behind using it to qualify a certain group of people. Each in a very different way, they warn us against the dangers of leaving unquestioned the nature...

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$40

2 sessions

Shakespeare with Leo Schaff: Twelfth Night

92nd Street Y @ Online Classroom, New York, NY 00000

Join charismatic actor and teacher Leo Schaff as he breathes life into Shakespeare’s words, acting out portions of the play and offering illuminating insights into the Bard’s language, plot lines, historical context and eternal relevance, all with a generous sense of humor. “If music be the food of love…” The jewel of festive comedy. Cross-gartered, storm-tossed, disguised, beguiled. Feste, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, the malevolently...

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$245

7 sessions

Murderous Mothers: A Dark Celebration of Mother’s Day

Q.E.D. @ 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

Tired of the Betty Crocker image of motherhood? The origins of Mother’s Day are darkly tragic so why not take a look at the darker side of mothers? This lecture will take you on a historical “tour” of mothers who murder that will leave you with a new appreciation of your own dear mom. The stories will range from the surreal to downright horrifying.

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