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Mesopotamian Mythology

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

In this class, we’ll meet the most important gods of Mesopotamia: tempestuous Inanna (the original femme fatale), wise Enki, monster-slaying Ninurta, and many more. We’ll hear the story of the great “two-thirds divine” hero Gilgamesh and uncover the original context of familiar names like Ishtar and Lilith. We’ll also learn about how these...

Thursday Mar 16th, 8:30pm


History Series: The Irish Rebellion

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

The uprising in Ireland in 1916 was part of Nationalist Movement born out of World War 1, as the violence and revolutionary fervor provoked by the collapse of empires played themselves out on the world stage. This was a flawed revolution which is still being played out today in Northern Ireland. Join us in this informative and exciting class. ...


2 sessions

Thursday Mar 2nd, 7:30pm


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Great Homes of Great People

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Full Course Name: Great Homes of Great People: Art and Architecture from the Renaissance to Present This course explores both the art and the architecture as well as the patronage of an era through key buildings: the Vatican, the home of the popes; Versailles, the home of Louis XIV; English country houses and the White House; and Villa Savoye and...


4 sessions

Monday Mar 6th, 10:30am


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 Mar 20th, 6:30pm


Finding our Ancestors

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 Mar 6th, 6:30pm


Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park

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

Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as a pastoral refuge in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing city. For generations, the park fulfilled its promise, but by 1976 the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot, a symbol of the park’s decay. Spiraling...

Wednesday Mar 8th, 8:30pm


Nietzsche’s Critique of Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Boerum Hill
323 Dean St, New York, New York 11217

This course will consider these questions by examining Nietzsche’s distinctive and radical conception of philosophy and its history, as well as his views on the nature and value of knowledge and truth. We will begin by considering how Nietzsche’s attack on popular morality and philosophical moral theory go hand in hand with bold theses in metaphysics...


4 sessions

Tuesday Mar 7th, 6:30pm


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The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

For two hundred years they waited beneath lower Manhattan, entirely forgotten. Even after their recent rediscovery – which occurred by accident during the construction of a new office building –their importance was denied, debated, and almost destroyed. Who are ‘they’? The thousands of African-Americans who lived in New York City during the...

Tuesday Feb 28th, 7pm


The Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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

Full Course Name:  Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed...

Monday Mar 13th, 8:30pm


Australian Politics 101

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

Can you name the Prime Minister of Australia? With a big election looming in 2016, there may soon be a new one. Do you know who gave the famous “Misogyny Speech” in Parliament? If you don’t, you’re missing out, because Australian politics is not your mid-day C-SPAN stuff. This class will give you an overview of the structure, major personalities,...

Monday Mar 27th, 6:30pm


1099ing it: How the Gig-Economy Ate the American Dream

at Think Olio - Gowanus
68 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

This talk examines the current state of employment in the US and the rise of the new economic world order. When 40% of the American work force are independent contractors and many people have steady jobs but with no benefits, it not hard to see how the US employment landscape has changed significantly. The last 40 years of American economic “progress”...

Tuesday Feb 28th, 7:30pm


Tabula Rasa

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St, New York, New York 10029

The commonly overlooked origins of the modern graffiti and street art movement in the late 1960s and early ‘70s in New York City and Philadelphia are the focus of Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence (77 minutes, 2016). This documentary explores not only early graffiti writing but also the writers who created it and the culture that...

Wednesday Mar 22nd, 6:30pm


Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income

at Think Olio - Brooklyn
574 President St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income Guarantees In the modern period the role of work has taken on a central role in shaping our identity. One of the first questions asked when meeting someone is, “What do you do?” and consistently a job title is the response. However, as technology and automation increase our ability to efficiently...

Monday Mar 13th, 7pm


New Amsterdam: The Birthplace of New York Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Financial District
Battery Park, New York, New York 10004

On this walking tour, we’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York. Step into the wooden shoes of the early settlers and see what life was like being an employee rather than a colonist.  Based on exciting new research taking place over the...

Sunday Mar 12th, 1pm


Feminism and Empire

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

Modern feminism, and specifically the appropriation of women’s rights, emerged in the context of British colonial expansion during the 19th century. Over two centuries later and after a series of considerable gains for the women’s movements of Euro-America, an ideological framework for women’s rights and emancipation has developed in the form...


4 sessions

Wednesday Apr 5th, 6:30pm