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American Museum of Natural History: Un-Highlights Tour

at Museum Hack - Upper West Side
Central Park W , New York, New York 10024

Dinosaurs! Science! Adventure! Break out your pith helmet as we embark upon a brazen expedition through the halls of New York City's world-famous American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Join your maverick tour guide as we deftly navigate this massive 27-building, 1.6 million square foot landmark cultural institution. Learn the science...

Spotlight on Icelandic Design

at Artists and Fleas - Williamsburg
70 N 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

As part of Taste of Iceland 2017 in New York City, Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn is pleased and honored to be hosting a pop out event featuring some of the most talented emerging Icelandic designers. Stay tuned for more details. Iceland's famous cultural festival Taste of Iceland comes to Brooklyn Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. The...


Saturday Sep 30th, 10am

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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...

Friday Sep 29th, 7pm

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.

Saturday Oct 14th, 3pm

Ghosts of the Boroughs

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

Boroughs of the Dead Tour Guide Marie Carter is thrilled to present “Ghosts of the Boroughs”. In this eerie, illustrated lecture you will learn about the haunted mansions of the boroughs, a ghostly monastery, a creepy story involving murder and a spooky doll, former insane asylums, grisly murders, and many other ghastly NYC stories!  And...

Sunday Oct 15th, 3pm

Computing Cultures

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

We live in a networked, digitized, highly-automated world, where silicon-based microprocessors help us decide what to eat, who to date, how to dress, where to go, and even how to feel. Depending on which experts you trust, such everyday computing tools signify either radical possibilities for human liberation or a proliferation of dystopian techniques...


4 sessions

Monday Oct 16th, 6:30pm

Reading Herodotus

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
167 Bowery , New York, New York 10002

Since antiquity, Herodotus has been proclaimed the Father of History and the Father of Lies; and others have found in Herodotus the origins of western ethnographic writing. In our course, we will read and discuss the entirety of Herodotus’ Histories, with particular attention to the dialogic variety of narratives—historical, anthropological,...


4 sessions

Tuesday Oct 17th, 6:30pm

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...


4 sessions

Monday Oct 16th, 6:30pm

Genealogy: Finding our Ancestors, Finding Ourselves

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

This workshop will explain how to get started in this fascinating hobby and how to grow a family tree from just a few "seeds". Learn the tools of successful genealogical research, and start on the path toward creating a well-documented family tree and family history.  Discussion includes the obstacles beginners face in genealogical research and...


4 sessions

Monday Oct 2nd, 6:30pm

The History of Gin

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

From the debauched slums of Victorian London to dry martinis and fancy cocktail parties,gin has had a remarkable journey, a story that reflects the ever changing moods and sensibilities of society at large. Like many other spirits, it began life in the alchemist’s workshop as a medicinal cure-all, a link it would retain as a mainstay of European...

Thursday Nov 9th, 6:30pm

Postcolonial Cinema

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Since the beginning of formal, political decolonization, cinema has been a key ground for emerging postcolonial identities and the struggle for decolonization . Working with technologies, techniques, and even sometimes idioms developed across the broadly “Western” world — from initial experiments in France to the experimental avant-garde in the...


5 sessions

Sunday Oct 22nd, 1pm

A History of Ghost Hunting

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

Ghost hunting has been part of our fictional and historic narratives since the Ancient Greeks. This lecture will take you on a historical paranormal investigation starting with Homer’s The Odyssey to the Middle Ages to 19 th century spiritualism to present day ghost hunting techniques.  The second half of the lecture will involve...

Sunday Oct 29th, 3pm

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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...

Sunday Oct 15th, 3pm

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...

Monday Oct 16th, 6:30pm

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...

Monday Oct 23rd, 6:30pm