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1 class in-person in Washington DC has spots left, and 14 classes live online are available.

Georgetown Foodie Tour

Mangia DC Food Tours @ 3430 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Georgetown is a prestigious neighborhood in DC well known for being home to some of the city’s most notable residents, embassies, local commerce, and culinary gems. This is the perfect neighborhood to eat your way through! Your local expert guide will take you off of the main M Street drag where you will be surprised to learn about the significant political and cultural history of its famous residents including the Kennedys and an Emmy award-winning...

Friday Jun 9th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

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

American Policing: History, Politics, and Society

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

For many Americans the existence of the police may seem as inevitable as a law of nature. From popular culture to political stump speeches to the oft-invoked impulse to “Call 911,” the idea of public order is widely presented as unimaginable without the existence of police to enforce it. Without the police, this reasoning runs, society itself would cease to exist. But the institution that is American policing has not always existed, let alone...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Gershom Scholem: Mysticism & the Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Friend to Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, and Leo Strauss, Gershom Scholem may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the 20th century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, and far more engaged and systematic thinking, about questions of contemporary politics and the Jewish historical condition. An...

Thursday Jun 8th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Convalescence: Sickness, Society, and Resignation

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In a world that is itself sick—with the irascible demands of production that continuously propagate new forms of exploitation—and that in turn sickens its inhabitants, what kind of response is retreat? In Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain, a young scion of the bourgeoisie undergoes an unexpectedly protracted rest cure in a cloistered Swiss sanitorium, while the outside world is igniting for war. In Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, nearly a century later,...

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

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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McCarthyism: American Politics and the Paranoid Style

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name is enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—the McCarthyist manner of politics has found new acolytes in the Trump era. From references to “outside...

Monday Jul 10th, 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

Virtual Private Trivia

CourseHorse Experiences @ Zoom Conference

Participate in an exciting game of trivia. Topics include music, movies, history, ice cream flavors, pop culture, sports, global cuisine, dog breeds, and many other surprises.  We at CourseHorse love our sixty-minute trivia extravaganzas! Through four varying rounds of play, participants will laugh and compete fiercely with other teams in a format that emulates the bar trivia events we've all come to know and love. In Virtual Private Trivia,...

Thursday Jun 8th, 12am–11:30pm Eastern Time

Starting at $360

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Introduction to Trauma

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The rhetoric of trauma has saturated the medical, academic, and political spheres in the past two decades, exemplified by the rapid rise of interdisciplinary trauma studies. In contemporary parlance, trauma is qualified as being acute, collective, complex, vicarious, and intergenerational, and is implicated in clinical and political concerns ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to free speech debates. What is trauma, and how does it function...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Memoir 1: Memorable Memoir Workshop

Writing Pad

Have you ever thought about turning your life’s trials and tribulations into a NY Times bestseller? In this five-week Online Memoir Writing Workshop, Erika Schickel (2 Memoirs, LA Times) will share her secrets for turning your life’s twists and turns into lively drama! Her fun, all new in-class exercises will help you infuse your most fascinating memories with authenticity and personality. She’ll cover crucial topics such as how to craft a...

Wednesday Jun 28th, 5–8pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

$475

5 sessions

Mystical Revelations of Angel Messages

Infinity Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Angels are messengers and Beings of Light consciousness, part of the universal life force that connects all beings. Angels actively help in cosmic evolution and your own path in the cosmic plan. Find out what an angel’s role is and why they contact you. Discover the power of Light beings— angels, devas, and meleks— who guard and attend to you. Their purpose is to connect you with the divine nature of the Creator. Join Ellis, author of The...

Saturday Jun 10th, 9am–4pm Central Time

HypnoBirthing (Online)

Sakinah Birth @ Online Class

What Is HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method? The HypnoBirthing Philosophy is simple: Birth is instinctive and can be experienced in a calm, joyful and more comfortable manner. Fear, anxiety, and anguish do not have to accompany pregnant women and their birthing experiences. Why HypnoBirthing? HypnoBirthing is a comprehensive and evidence-based childbirth education program. This amazing program teaches both mother and partner about birthing in a...

Saturday Jul 1st, 11am–2pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

$350

5 sessions

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, “My soul would speak of bodies changed into new forms,” and it is the great theme of physical transformation that unites the poem’s many myths: humans becomes animals and plants, and vice versa; humans becomes stones and constellations; and humans change their sex. No poem from antiquity has so influenced Western European literature and art. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dante creatively raided Ovid’s tales...

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

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Walking and Philosophy: Thinking in Motion

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

How does an activity as simple as walking become emblematic of an age—or a school of philosophy? From the wandering peripatetic of ancient Greece to the paradigmatic urban wanderer of 19th century Europe—the flâneur, a boulevard stroller immersed in the throng of human traffic—philosophers have been walking and thinking, alone or in among the crowd, amidst an asymmetrical organization of gazes, at once observing and being observed. The freedom—of...

Thursday Jun 8th, 6:30–9:30pm 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

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Story-Telling at the Nat’l Museum of American History

Washington Photo Safari @ 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

Smartphone Photography: Story-Telling at the National Museum of American History This safari is especially designed for smartphone users! Her face says it all: “You can make me sit in a segregated part of this train, but you can’t break my spirit.” Her face is proud, resolute, her chin is held high, her lips are tight, her hands firmly clasped in her lap, as if to say: “Someday, one day, we will be able to sit anywhere we want. I might...

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Intermediate 1 (B1)

The Italian Cultural Society @ 4827 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Units 3, 4 and 5 in “Italian Project for English Speakers 2a” are covered in this class. You will talk about trips and vacations, comparing and expressing preferences; sport, health, and giving advice. You will learn some Italian history.  Grammar: aggettivi comparativi e superlativi, passato remoto, avverbi, congiuntivo. Required supplies for this class: Textbook: Italian Project for English Speakers 2a

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$280

10 sessions

Joint SAAM/NPG Highlights Tour

Smithsonian American Art Museum @ 750 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Explore two incredible art collections under one roof!  Join docents from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery for a joint highlights tour.  Experience the best of both museums and discover the unique history of their shared building.

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8 Week Boxing Program

Washington Jewish Community Center @ 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Sam Crossed, better known as “The Vanilla Gorilla”, is a professional, undefeated boxer, who holds the records for the quickest knockout in amateur DC/Baltimore boxing history, 4 seconds. Join the Vanilla Gorilla - who you might recognize from his recent Super Bowl commercial - for an hour-long workout, where you will learn proper boxing techniques, and go through an intense cardio and abdominal workout.  Open to all ages, genders and...

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$160

8 sessions

God, Faith & the Law: How Religion Has Shaped American

Washington Jewish Community Center @ 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Complete Title: God, Faith, and the Law: How Religion Has Shaped American Values  An illuminating conversation between Jenna Weissman Joselit (Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at The George Washington University and author of Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments) and Robert P. Jones (CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White...

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CultureBlast: Raise Your Voice Open Mic

IA&A at Hillyer @ 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008

This National Women’s History Month, join us for a night of inspiration and empowerment. Bring your favorite verse by women who inspire you, choose from a prepared selection of poems and prose, or share your original work that speaks to the themes of female empowerment, resistance, and progress toward equality. Guests will receive the gift of stationery and a stamped envelope to take home and add their voice to the #ToFutureWomen project, a collection...

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Italian Food Tour

Mangia DC Food Tours

In this under two mile Italian Tour of Dupont Circle, we taste Italian cuisine and burn off calories walking and learning about the neighborhood. We also explore Washington DC’s history of unique Italian culture. A knowledgeable guide with a passion for food takes you on a journey to learn about the architecture, history, and culture of the area while stopping for four portions to taste local cuisine along the way at local restaurants large enough...

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Art in Context: Japan

IA&A at Hillyer @ 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008

Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for Art in Context: Japan, a panel discussion on Japanese and Japanese-American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. Panelists include Kei Ito, a visual artist whose exhibition Only What We Can Carry is currently on view at IA&A at Hillyer, and Laurel Lukaszewski, an installation and sculpture artist and director of White Point Studio. Additional...

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Turning Life Into Art

Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse @ 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Get your past on the page in this invigorating workshop led by Christina Baker Kline. Christina will lead a discussion about the power of writing about one’s own past and family history, looking particularly at how memory, ritual, and visual prompts can serve as points of departure. She'll guide you in exercises that will get you reflecting on and writing about your own life – and family – in ways that will surprise you. No previous writing...

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The Original DC Brew Tour

Chocolate City Beer Brewery Tour @ 801 F ST , Washington, DC 20037

The Original Brew Tour showcases a tasting and an in-depth analysis of up to 15 different beers, delectable lunch and beer pairing at a local beer-centric eatery, beer history, and round-trip transportation from downtown DC. The Original Tour gives you an exclusive look into how DC'spremier breweries craft their wares. Whether you’re a light beer person or connoisseur, DC Brew Tours provides a safe and comfortable way to visit DC’s top breweries....

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District II Walking Tour: Billy Luck’s Mt. Vernon Sq

National Building Museum @ 801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and photographer and architectural history raconteur Chris Earnshaw for a stroll and discover the people, places and scenes of bygone Mt. Vernon Square.   This gently paced 90-minute walking tour will begin outside the main entrance to the Carnegie Library and end at the west entrance to the National Building Museum; participants are encouraged to visit the related DISTRICT II exhibit, including...

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Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

American Red Cross Washington @ 2404 26th Rd S, Arlington, VA 22206

Breathing new life into resuscitation education, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) is designed to train professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child, and infant victims. Consistent with the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals. Through the use of lecture, skills demonstration and practice,...

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The After Hours Brew Tour

Chocolate City Beer Brewery Tour @ 801 F ST , Washington, DC 20037

The After Hours Brew Tour showcases Washington DC's night life and brew Pub scene. With the most beer tasting served on any of our tours, this tour includes include a tasting of up to 15 different beers, dinner and beer pairing at Capitol City Brewing Co, and round-trip transportation from downtown DC. The After Hours Brew Tour provides a safe and fun way to visit DC’s top breweries in its after hours. This tour is the perfect activity before...

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Sips and Sights Brew Tour

Chocolate City Beer Brewery Tour @ 801 F ST , Washington, DC 20037

Sips and Sights is an abbreviated DC Brew Tour designed to fit in the schedule of a busy tourist or a local that's able to slip out of work early to tip back their first glass. This tour runs approximately 3.5 hours, offers up to 12+ beer samples at 3 of DC’s local breweries and distilleries, while visiting and driving by some of the sights/memorials that are off the beaten path. You'll still get plenty of beer knowledge and delicious suds, but...

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