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The Sumerians: History's Innovators

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

Over six thousand years ago, the marshes of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) were home to a remarkable and ingenious group of people. Known as the Sumerians, they were the first to use writing and the first to live in cities. They rode the first wheeled vehicles, founded our modern system of mathematics and made detailed observations of the planets and...

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The Long History of Selfie Culture

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Does it seem like our current culture is the most self-obsessed to date? It has seemed like that for five centuries. If anything, our current mania over self-obsession wielded by the hand-held black mirrors we carry in our pockets is only the latest in the habitual renegotiation of self-fashioning whose roots were planted in the 16th century. Are we...

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New York City during the American Revolution

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

Boston, Philadelphia, Yorktown… these are the places that usually star in the American Revolution, but New York City has a story to tell as well! NYC was burned, abandoned, repopulated, and put under martial law; it became home to pirates, runaway slaves, and smugglers; its churches were turned into hospitals, its warehouses into jails, and its cemeteries...

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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - West Village 208 West 13th Street #210, New York, New York 10011

Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political consequences, theoretical limits, and some kind of relation to a ‘beyond’ of gender. While former sports celebrity Caitlyn Jenner has come to stand for the notion that ‘transgender’ is now a “respectable” identity, Olympic gold-star medalist Caster Semenya, despite...

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$315

4 sessions

Featured Database: Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Midtown 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, New York 10018

Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry® Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and...

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Damaged Life: Adorno’s Minima Moralia

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

“Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.” This enigmatic statement stands at the heart of Theodor Adorno’s mid-20th century masterwork Minima Moralia. Subtitled “reflections from damaged life,” Adorno’s text is a collection of miniature essays, fragments, theses, and aphorisms about a modern capitalist life that Adorno argues leaves no...

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$315

4 sessions

Ancestry Library Edition

at The New York Public Library - Port Richmond 75 Bennett St Staten Island Main Fl, New York, New York 10302

Start your family history search here! Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, and much more. Share search strategies and stories with your classmates and receive assistance from the librarian. Skill prerequisites: Basic internet skills Audience: Adul...

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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...

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Architectural History Series

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

The House from the late 19th Century to the 21st Century  T1: Sources of European Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau, Early 20th Century: 1890s-1910s  The work of Charles R. Mackintosh (Scotland), Peter Behrens (Germany), Joseph Hoffman (Austria), Antonio Gaudi (Spain), Philip Webb (England), Japanese influences, Victor Horta & Henry...

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$125

4 sessions

Seneca Village and the Archaeology of Central Park

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

Before the grid system, before Central Park, before the Civil War, there was Seneca Village. A small town of around three hundred people, Seneca Village was the home of free African-Americans and recent immigrants from Germany and Ireland. It was a center of diversity, political activism, and an important stop on the Underground Railroad....

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Death, Sex, Race, and Other Lies We Tell Our Bodies

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Join Jamie Warren for an Olio dedicated to the often overlooked chapter in Foucault's "History of Sexuality" entitled 'Right of Death and Power Over Life' Why does a book about modern sexuality conclude with a thesis on death?  *This Olio will conclude with a 20 min set of classical music from a Groupmuse musician.* Foucault’s History of...

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Whose Streets? Reclaiming NYC for Cyclists

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

Over 800,000 New Yorkers are now riding a bicycle regularly (NYC DOT). As the subways falter, transit fares increase and the streets grow ever more congested, cycling offers a more efficient way to get around the city, becoming a key part of the city’s commuting network.  However, cyclists’ attempts to share the streets with cars...

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$15

Politics 101

at Be Social Change - Chelsea 601 W 26th St Ste 325, New York, New York 10001

Politics 101 is a deep dive into the hidden mechanisms that drive politics and political decision making in the United States. The systems and procedures of power in our democracy are often obscured from the view of the very people it’s meant to serve. This workshop addresses several key topics which are ignored by political science classes, the...

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$35

1001 Nights: Introducing Brooklyn Brewery’s Latest Beer

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

Believe it or not, spices are still grown much the same way they have been for thousands of years – almost entirely on small farms, picked by hand, and dried in the sun. For millennia, the far-flungsources of the lucrative spice trade were kept a carefully guarded secret and, even to this day, a complex supply chain has distanced consumers from spice...

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$20

Natural History of Insects

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx 2950 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the Animal Kingdom—what renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once called "the little things that run the world." We'll discuss the roles that insects play—both in maintaining healthy ecosystems as well as their own complex social systems.  Explore the wonder of metamorphosis...

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$245

3 sessions

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