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A History of Royal Scotland

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

In 1603, one of the momentous events in history occurred when the Scottish King, James VI inherited the throne of England following the death of his cousin Elizabeth. He combined his two nations and called them Great Britain – and all subsequent kings and queens of Britain are his descendants to the present day. The telling of British royal history...

Thursday Apr 6th, 6:30pm


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


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Let's Get Ethical

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

Life is full of complicated ethical questions: Should doping be permitted in sports? What, if anything, do we owe to the incarcerated? Are reality TV shows ethical? Can we program robot to be moral beings? What does the future of reproduction hold, and will men be able to have babies? Topic:  Public Health & Pop Culture  Public health...

Sunday Apr 2nd, 3:30pm


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


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


History Series: A History of New Thought

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

Throughout American history, the religious and cultural new thought and positive thinking movement has effected the political, economic, cultural, and religious institutions in America. We will introduce the leaders of this movement: Mary Baker Eddy, Charles Filmore, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ralph Waldo Trine, Ernest Holmes, Christian Larson, Father Divine,...


2 sessions

Thursday Mar 30th, 7:30pm


Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income

at Think Olio - Gowanus
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 27th, 7pm



at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Lower East Side
178 Stanton St, New York, New York 10002

The trial, conviction, and execution of Socrates on the vote of the Athenian democracy is a founding myth in the history of Western philosophy. And yet very little is known with certainty about the historical Socrates, who himself wrote nothing, but whose way of life, as accounted by Plato (and others) has become a powerful and enduring paradigm of...


4 sessions

Tuesday Apr 4th, 6:30pm


Chaos Theory: Complexity, Emergence, and Chaos

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

Chaos theory teaches us that deterministic systems can lead to dynamic instability. The complex systems that chaos theory attempts to describe are everywhere: natural ecosystems, weather patterns, DNA, cellular organization, the human brain and, significantly, economic and social organizations, particularly financial markets and social networks. According...


4 sessions

Wednesday Apr 5th, 6:30pm


Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of Aztecs

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

When the first Spanish conquerors arrived in present-day Mexico in the 16th century, they were astounded by what they found. The cultural achievements of the native peoples of Mesoamerica rivaled anything back in Europe: there was great architecture, great literature, and yes, great food. Despite lacking large domestic animals, the Aztecs...

Thursday Mar 30th, 8:30pm


A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural

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

A Radical Peace Education: Responding to the Structural Violence of Schooling This Olio makes a distinction between schooling and education. Schooling dumbs us down and education ignites fiery passions. This class will trace the rise of mass schooling, which was a means for society to re-shape itself, and a tool for the marginalized and uneducated...

Friday Mar 31st, 7pm


The Sugar and Coffee War

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

Sugar and Coffee have moved Americans to revolt since the Revolution (just ask Abigail Adams). But when almost all of the nation’s sugar was being refined in Williamsburg, and most of its coffee was being roasted in DUMBO, the real Sugar-Coffee War was a Battle of Brooklyn. This class will explore the history of coffee and sugar in...

Wednesday Apr 12th, 8:30pm


50 Years of Picture Books

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

The last fifty years have seen significant changes in books for children, from subject matter to artistic style. Join children's editor Noa Wheeler and author/illustrator Liz Starin for a look at historically important picture books and an introduction to the stories and their creators. The session will cover trends,...

Tuesday Apr 4th, 8:30pm


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Fair Housing - The History and Why

at Baruch College - CAPS

This course will provide students with background information on Fair Housing. Students enrolled in this course, will have an in depth understanding of the creation and meaning of the law.  Topics to be explored include Fair Housing from the time of the civil war and the civil rights movement, to current times inclusive of green Fair Housing....

Tuesday Apr 18th, 5pm


The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Full Course Name: The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death and Dying The Good Death round table kicks off with a discussion led by Joanna Ebenstein, co-founder and creative director of the former Morbid Anatomy Museum. We will explore practices and rituals surrounding death in the Victorian era to gain insight into society’s relationship...


Wednesday Apr 5th, 7pm