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Life in the Anthropocene

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - DUMBO
20 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

On the eve of the millennium, earth scientists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer coined the term “the Anthropocene” – the time of humans – to name our current age, reflecting apocalyptic anxieties that nothing on planet Earth seems to be beyond the reach of human industry and interference.  In the nearly two decades since, the Anthropocene...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Mar 8th, 6:30pm

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Wordsworth and Coleridge

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Beginning with this landmark text, often credited with inaugurating the Romantic movement in England, and traveling through extracts of Wordsworth’s Prelude, Coleridge’s Biographia Litteraria, and occasional poems by both figures, this course will trace the complicated relationship between these poets in order to introduce students to crucial questions...

$315

4 sessions

Sunday Mar 5th, 6:30pm

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What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist

at Think Olio - Brooklyn
575 Degraw St,, Brooklyn, New York 11217

From the moment she was called upon to become the Slayer, and thus shoulder the weight of saving the world (Again!) Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrestled with understanding not only her place in the world as a superhero, but also finding her place as young woman tasked with such a role. Should her power be rooted in something different than our...

Saturday Feb 25th, 6pm

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Capitalism in Western Thought

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

This course will delve into this body of literature by considering the idea of capitalism and the intellectual debates that have accompanied its historical development in the West. Reading from Smith, Rousseau, De Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Weber, Keynes, Polanyi, Schumpeter and others, we will survey the views of its leading proponents and critics....

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Mar 8th, 6:30pm

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Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy
30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

This course will look at how the erotic language of S&M is embedded in the theoretical frameworks we use to approach questions of knowledge, pleasure, and power. Beginning with Hegel’s famous master-slave dialectic, we will explore how the frameworks of S&M shape approaches to questions of recognition, desire, subject and object. Among other...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Mar 7th, 6:30pm

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Things Fall Apart: Post-Colonialism and the Novel

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

The novel is often regarded as the pre-eminent literary product of 19th century European bourgeois society: an imaginative space in which individuals forge new possibilities and chart their fate in a world that, in Georg Lukacs’ words, has been abandoned by God. Like other cultural products, the novel traveled to other geographies via the wings of...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Mar 7th, 6:30pm

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Rupture and Renewal in the Post-Colonial Novel

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Things Fall Apart: Rupture and Renewal in the Post-Colonial Novel The novel is often regarded as the pre-eminent literary product of 19th century European bourgeois society: an imaginative space in which individuals forge new possibilities and chart their fate in a world that, in Georg Lukacs’ words, has been abandoned by God. Like other cultural...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Mar 7th, 6:30pm

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In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s

at Think Olio - Union Square
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

In Vindication of Jack: A Radical Feminist’s Celebration of Kerouac’s On the Road First published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s iconic and celebrated autobiographical novel, On the Road inspired a generation of rebels and writers to buck the system in search of greater meaning and authenticity.  Cited by many critics as one of the most important...

Friday Mar 10th, 7pm

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The Divine Comedy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Dante’s Divine Comedy follows the journey of the poet through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This epic Italian poem, composed between 1308 and 1321, is an allegory for the movement of the soul toward God. But it is also a multifaceted exploration of ethics, metaphysics, politics, love, order, chaos, poetic form, and the Classical literary...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Apr 11th, 6:30pm

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Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers

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

Mesopotamia, the “Land Between the Two Rivers” in present-day Iraq, is often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization. The ancient peoples of this region developed the first cities and multicultural societies, invented writing and the wheel, and left behind incredible works of art and a rich and varied literature. Yet despite their...

Thursday Mar 16th, 6:30pm

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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

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A cultural history of the Islamic world

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

This class will explore the many ways in which people in the Islamic world (both Muslims and non-Muslims) have expressed themselves culturally over the past 1400 years. By looking at their poetry, literature, music, dance, theater, art and film we will discover the many cultures and experiences that form the Islamic world. Along the way we...

Thursday Mar 30th, 6:30pm

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Games, Strategy and Critical Theory

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

In the second draft of Walter Benjamin’s celebrated essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Mechanical Reproducibility,” he argues: “What is lost in the withering of semblance, or decay of aura, in works of art is matched by a huge gain in room-for-play [Spielraum].” This Spielraum – which plays on the multiple meanings of the German...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Mar 6th, 6:30pm

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Books & Brunch

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

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and theme. ...

$120

8 sessions

No Upcoming Schedules
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By the Book

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

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and to keep a reader reading. Join in and talk about how authors create characters, develop plot and...

$80

5 sessions

No Upcoming Schedules
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