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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

Weekly Torah Portion, Gleanings from the Torah

92nd Street Y

Back by popular demand! Join Abby Eisenberg for a weekly exploration of community, character and sanctity — elemental themes of the Torah. Throughout the year, we’ll consider texts that both challenge and inspire us as we read our sacred ancient words while gleaning modern meaning and relevance for our lives today.

Wednesday May 31st, 8–9pm Eastern Time

Narcissism: Pathology, Culture, and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Do we live in an “Age of Narcissism,” or has vanity been with us always? Is narcissism necessarily pathological, or is it a structural feature of human subjectivity in general? Is narcissism a diagnostic concept, a moral problem, or a little bit of both at once? Are we all “narcissists”—or is it just you? In this course, we’ll consider the origins of narcissism as a clinical concept alongside its function as a polemical term in modern...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Bollywood: Art, Culture, and Hegemony

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The largest film industry in the world is located not in Hollywood but in “Bollywood,” its yearly film output nearly doubling that of the United States. As it increasingly encroaches on the Western cultural imaginary, Bollywood plays an already titanic role in India—as a site of creative ferment, economic power, and nationalist and ideological myth-making. If Bollywood once emphasized Indian cultural pluralism, today Indian national cinema...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Feminist Economics: An Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Traditional economic thinking posits a frictionless universe of rational actors, profit-pursuing firms, and the harmonious equilibrium of supply and demand. What’s lost in this sanitized picture of economy is any recognition of the hierarchies that not only shape economic behavior and opportunity, but also, at the root, make capitalist economy exploitative and unequal—chief among these, gender relations. Often falling upon women are the tasks...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$315

4 sessions

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Georg Lukács: Consciousness and Revolution

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Written at the crest of the revolutionary wave sparked by the cataclysm of World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution, Georg Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness stands as one of the most influential Marxist texts of the 20th century. Though suffused with the revolutionary spirit of its time, History and Class Consciousness nevertheless attempts to take stock of the failure of revolutions in Germany (both in Berlin and...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 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

The Incredible Women of the Bible

92nd Street Y

Rabbi Samantha Frank’s The Incredible Women of the Bible The women of the Bible are complex, crafty, and sometimes mysterious. Together, we’ll explore a few of their stories and consider what lessons we can learn for our lives today. Come with a sense of open inquiry! No prior Jewish study required — all genders welcome.

Monday Jun 5th, 1–2:15pm Eastern Time

Queering Fanon: Colonialism, Gender, and Sexuality

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The writings of Martiniquean-born psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon have been central to many treatments of the problem of decolonization, whether approached through anti-colonial liberation, or through his related analysis of psychological racialization. Fanon’s formation in psychoanalysis, his political critique of mental illness and his approach to the practice of psychiatry—as well as his creative interpellation of Freudian ideas...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Jean Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

For Jean-Paul Sartre, the fundamental philosophical problem of the modern age was how to respond to Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum: god is dead, and so is, as a consequence, traditional western conceptions of morality, justice, and truth itself. In the cafes of occupied and post-war Paris, Sartre and his cohort of fellow existentialists attempted to meet Nietzsche’s challenge: to reimagine the basis of morality and value in a godless world. Very...

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

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Heidegger/Arendt: Philosophy, Influence, and Being

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger’s love affair is perhaps the most well-known, if not notorious, in modern Western letters. But, putting the more intimate aspects aside, how can we understand the intellectual connection, sometimes ardent, sometimes ambivalent, sometimes hostile that tied the two together for the majority of their adult lives—even after Heidegger’s turn to Nazism? In this course we will explore the affinities and differences...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

What it Means to See: Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Fascinated by its uncanny power and difference, both Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag dealt continuously with the nature and meaning of photography throughout their writing lives. Their engagement culminated in two works, published just a few years apart, which continue to tower over contemporary photographic theory: Sontag’s On Photography and Barthes’s Camera Lucida. Beyond their immersion in post-war French theory, both writers shared a view...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Training Certificate Program

American Management Association

Our training for trainers program: how to build confidence and engage your audience The training field can change fast, which makes training for trainers crucial. New methodologies. New discoveries about the way adults learn. Changing expectations from trainees—and from your company. Our training the trainer courses give you the practical platform skills and confidence you need to succeed. This powerful seminar puts the latest trends and techniques...

Monday Jun 12th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$2,695

4 sessions

Writing for Competitions, Residencies & Grants

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This six-week workshop is for artists who have a project in development and are ready to start the application process. Through lectures, class discussions and guided personal research, students will develop and present a basic professional portfolio of text that includes a cover letter, CV, artist statement, project statement (or proposal) and biography. This portfolio of text can be used to apply to competitions, residency and small grant committees. ...

Wednesday Sep 20th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

$575

6 sessions

Humor-writing: An Online Workshop

92nd Street Y

Humor-writing: An Online Workshop with Elissa Bassist Whether you want to write funnier or make friends as an adult, in this four-week workshop experience we’ll gossip about the many ways to do both. To get started, we’ll read funny personal essays by our favorites to steal the tricks they used to write them. We’ll also: discuss how to turn a funny situation into a funny story that you can publish and self-promote explore what it takes...

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

 (4 sessions)

$400

4 sessions

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