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The Beauty of Korean Arts and Crafts

at The Korea Society - Midtown East 950 3rd Ave 8th Fl, New York, New York 10022

Celebrate Korea’s handicrafts and artistic traditions with adoptive parents Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky in a talk about their new book, 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts.  The authors will share their experiences in researching and writing this beautiful book of nearly 500 photographs illustrating 44 traditional...

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Jacques Lacan: The Desire of the Other

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope 230 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Until his death in 1981, psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan always insisted that he was a thoroughgoing Freudian—perhaps the most orthodox Freudian of them all.  A larger-than-life provocateur, Lacan’s oracular lectures and clinical innovations (including the notorious “short session”) ultimately led to his excommunication from the International...

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4 sessions

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Croquet on Governors Island

at Brooklyn Brainery

We’ll supply the field, the equipment, and teach you the rules. We're playing nine-wicket croquet (aka "backyard croquet") which is the common version played in the US. We’ll also be playing in teams of two, so feel free to bring a partner in crime or come alone to be matched up with another wild card like yourself. You'll meet new people, viciously...

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Reading Latin American Fiction

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

Beginning in the early twentieth century, the various Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America began developing a unique style of fantastic literature. Under the influence of Poe (via France) and certain schools of philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Berkeley, William James, Existenialism) writers as different as Borges, García Márquez and Armonía...

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4 sessions

Personal Histories: Reading Contemporary Memoirs

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

Explore contemporary memoirs written by authors from diverse social backgrounds. How do authors translate lived experiences of family life, race, gender, religion, work, the arts, love and loss into compelling literary works? How do they chronicle the creation of personal identities as they are shaped by social exclusion, belonging, intimacy and disconnection...

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4 sessions

Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Neil Goldberg

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Neil Goldberg and Other Future Dead People Visual artist and performer Neil Goldberg muses on a selection of mortality-themed reflections and observations from his collection of 1,000+ handwritten index cards from the past twenty years. Special guests include Annie Lanzillotto, Christen Clifford,...

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Darwin: Genes, Generation, Genealogy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Boerum Hill 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species produced a radical paradigm shift in thinking about the living world.  After Darwin, the origins of life were no longer miraculous or murky: life could build itself, meaning humanity no longer stood apart from the natural world or required a supernatural character.  This work remains,...

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Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

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

From Hegel to Deleuze, many political thinkers have employed the language of dominance and submission within the tradition of Western political thought. How does the language of Sado-masochism shape the way we think about desire and political recognition? This course will look at how the erotic language of S&M is embedded in the theoretical frameworks...

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4 sessions

McCarthyism: Politics and Paranoia

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

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name has been 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—this...

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Poet Against Empire: a Generative Erasure Workshop

at The Poetry Project - East Village 232 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003

How can erasure poetry be a means for confrontation and dialogue? What makes a good erasure poem? How can a poet use feedback to revise a visual poem? Whether someone is new to poetry, or is an experienced writer, erasing found text can help poets generate visually-engaging work that responds to power with precision and complexity.  In this workshop,...

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5 sessions


at Baruch College - CAPS

This course is designed to help students become more confident and proficient readers in English.  Students explore a variety of genres (articles, websites, short stories, etc.) and reading skills (vocabulary-building, summarizing, critical thinking, etc.). Important: An ESL Placement Test score is required for all new students registering for...

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21 sessions

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Jane Austen and the Problem of Other Minds

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Jane Austen’s novels, ceaselessly adapted to other discourses and media, have proven objects of enduring popularity in public consciousness, criticism, and theory. Omnipresent in contemporary literature, film, television, and in the active industry of “Janeite” fan culture, Austen’s work has also spawned attempts (some more successful...

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4 sessions

Power & Politics in the Hebrew Bible

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

The Bible’s insistence on human free will and it’s assertion of divine rule signal conflict from the start –in God’s own garden and with God's chosen leaders. As centers of power and authority shift from diety to humanity, monarchs to subjects, prophets to pretenders, the HB’s political dramas unfold. At the center of the course is the David...

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16 sessions

Art and the American Identity

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

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a six-week interactive lecture series on American art, placing various artists and styles in the complex narrative of what it means to be an American. Clothes Make the Country: Colonial Portraiture and Separating from England The Land: Landscape Paintings and Emblems of the American Dream The People: Genre Paintings...

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6 sessions

Book Launch Event: From First Kiss to Forever

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

From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love is a fun and humorous, yet scientific, book about relationships. This book introduces the reader to relationship science. The chapters examine how people meet, select their mates, and fall in and out of love. Readers need not be scientists to get a handle on the information presented. Each...

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