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DASA: Dignity for All Students

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

This 6-hour class is designed to fulfill the harassment, bullying, cyberbullying and discrimination prevention and intervention training required for certification and licensure under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The course addresses the social patterns toward an understanding how climate and culture affect these behaviors. Participants...


2 sessions

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...

Tuesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm

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Fair Housing - The History and Why

at Baruch College - CAPS - Murray Hill

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 Nov 13th, 10am

Why Your Train is F*cked: The History of the MTA

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

Why Your Train is F*cked: A love/hate show about the history of the MTA You know when your train is f*cked – this is the show that tells you WHY. Get on board for a deep dive into the history of the MTA. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – we’ve got you covered....

Tuesday Oct 30th, 6:30pm

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Haunted History: Bog Bodies of Iron Age Europe

at Brooklyn Brainery - Park Slope
1110 8th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

“Bog bodies”: the eerily well-preserved remains of hundreds of people – men, women, and children – found in the swamps and peaty wetlands of northern Europe. Many times police have been called to what appears to be a modern murder scene, only to discover that the body dates back to the Iron Age, over two thousand years ago.  The...

Monday Oct 29th, 8:30pm

A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

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

In 1930, Max Horkheimer became the director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Along with his colleagues and a broader orbit of external scholars, he inaugurated the first wave of what came to be called “critical theory.” This course is an introduction to some of the key works and concepts of the Frankfurt School, including...


4 sessions

Monday Nov 12th, 6:30pm

The Bible as Literature: Narrative, Politics, & History

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
612 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

The Bible is a wonderfully comprehensive collection of stories: a parade of heroes and villains, royals and peasants, dysfunctional families and the truest of filial loyalties.  Its texts span genres from poetry to novella, short story to historical epic, legalistic writing to satire, and instructional manual to the confessional. However, this...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

The American Coffeehouse

at Brooklyn Brainery - Park Slope
1110 8th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

In this talk, we'll first discuss the origins of coffee and coffee houses as a shared communal space. On our world tour, we will sample different coffeehouse experiences throughout history. After that we'll dive into the United States's love affair with coffee shops,particularly in the last century: coffeehouses as a counterculture performance...

Wednesday Dec 5th, 8:30pm

Inequality in the 21st Century

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Crown Heights
724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11216

The economist Branko Milanovic has remarked that “reading about global inequality is nothing less than reading about the economic history of the world.” While human societies have always registered some degree of material inequality, the issue reemerged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession as a central topic of public...


4 sessions

Tuesday Nov 13th, 6:30pm

Ecofeminism and Xenofeminism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem
1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Environmentalists frequently describe the planet as “Mother Earth,” decry the “rape” of the planet, and call on humans to “love your mother.” But why is the earth seen as a woman? Should it be? Ecofeminists for some time and Xenofeminisists more recently have taken up these questions in remarkably different, sometimes complementary, ways....


4 sessions

Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm

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Sweet & Sour: Chinese Food and Immigrant Identity

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

What is the history of Chinese food in New York City, in restaurants, as a take-out staple, and as prepared in immigrant households?  Inspired by the exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers, Wilson Tang, owner of the famed Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Manhattan's Chinatown that dates back to 1920, and Jack Tchen, founder...

Wednesday Nov 7th, 6:30pm

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History Series: The Election Of 1860

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

History Series: The Election Of 1860 - The Final Cause of the Civil War The election of 1860 was the most important in the history of The United States. Lincoln won the Electoral College vote but not the popular vote. In Virginia, the Lincoln ticket received 1,929 votes out of 167,223 statewide. In Lincoln's native Kentucky, Lincoln received 1,364...


2 sessions

Thursday Nov 29th, 7:30pm

Midnight Society: Why You're Still Afraid of the Dark

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

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. We’ve outgrown believing in the monsters under our beds, but we’re still haunted by grown-up ghost stories. Gather around the Caveat campfire for stories of monsters, ghouls, and ghosts, and the real life reasons they keep us captivated, told by some of some of the City’s best storytellers - submitted for the...

Wednesday Oct 31st, 6:30pm

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,...

Wednesday Oct 31st, 9pm

Sloshed SATs

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

Hold on to your number 2 pencils, we’re taking on the SATs. We've taken high school’s most stressful test, sprinkled some comedy on it, and turned it into a drinking game! Your favorite test proctor and comedian Michael Wolf (Comedy Central, MTV) has combined bar-room trivia with real SAT quizzes to create NYC's booziest classroom. Whether you've...

Saturday Nov 17th, 3:30pm