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George Eliot: Daniel Deronda

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 36 Battery Place, New York, New York 10280

Several months after Daniel Deronda’s publication, George Eliot wrote in her diary that its “success at present is greater than that of Middlemarch,” with some people dubbing the novel her “best.” She added, however, that the novel’s “Jewish element” has been “met with much repugnance or else indifference.” In the decades that...

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$315

4 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...

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$11

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Greek History of the Archaic Age

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

he foundations of the classical age were laid down in the Seventh and Sixth centuries BC, as the Greeks came into contact with the larger Mediterranean world. We will chart their remarkable journey by reading from Homer's Odyssey, Herodotus's Histories and the works of the earliest Greek philosophers and poets.

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$145

5 sessions

Reading the Iliad

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

The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate.  In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read...

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$315

4 sessions

Rap Beef & The Italian Renaissance

at Think Olio

This Olio explores the parallels between Netflix's series "Hip Hop Evolution" and the canonical narrative of Renaissance Art History. What can we learn through this comparison? Were Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur the Leonardo and Bellini of their day? In what way has the narrative of history, the way it is told, and by whom impact our understanding...

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$15

Representing Empire: War, Culture, and U.S. History

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

How do culture and imperialism relate? Whether as a settler-colonial state, overseas empire, or “global policeman,” the United States has always been militarily, economically, or territorially entangled with the broader world—a historical trajectory that constitutes an imperial history. As the U.S. expanded, territorially and in global influence,...

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$315

4 sessions

Myth and Mystery in "Harry Potter"

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

Do you ever wonder where J.K. Rowling learned her magic from? As a student of the classics, she was able to learn about the myths of centaurs, basilisks and many more creatures from antiquity that made their way into her best-selling novels. Learn the history behind the creatures, potions and spells from Harry Potterwhen we...

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$10

Reading F Jameson: History, Postmodernism & Utopia

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gowanus 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Reading Frederic Jameson: History, Postmodernism, and Utopia Why read Fredric Jameson? From “always historicize!,” the opening provocation of The Political Unconscious, to the claim, central to Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, that the postmodern is characterized by a loss of the sense of history in the fragmentation of...

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$315

4 sessions

History of Presidential Elections

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

History of Presidential Elections—The Headline Story of Our Nation's Political Life How the issues, candidates, political parties & eras of our quadrennial contests impacted the direction & caliber of the leaders we placed in the White House. Part I—Oct 4, 1789-1856 From the Colonial Era to the Dawn of the Republcan Party ...

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$116

4 sessions

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Crime Tour of the Lower East Side

at Brooklyn Brainery - Manhattan Centre & Chambers Streets, New York, New York 10007

Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.” These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York has had such a violent past? What drove these people...

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$25

Basic Feng Shui

at New York Institute of Technology - Upper West Side 1855 Broadway, New York, New York 10023

In this introduction to the principles of Feng Shui,you will learn how to apply basic corrections and adjustments. Included are: a general history; discussion of schools and methods of practice; and use of color, form, and materials.  No prior experience is required.

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$325

10 sessions

Candies Through the 19th-Century

at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden - Upper East Side 421 E 61st St, New York, New York 10022

Join us for this sweet talk with Susan Benjamin, Founder of True Treats. Trace and taste the history of candy in America from gibralters, the first commercially-made candy, to salt water taffy, an American original.  For adults and families with children 8+ Class Price: $20 Adults, $10 Children under 12 (should be accompanied by a Paying Adult)...

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$20

Natural History of Birds

at New York Botanical Garden - Midtown 20 W 44th St 3F, New York, New York 10036

With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC is a bird-lover's paradise. Over 300 distinct resident or migratory species live here or pass through, including many nesting species such as Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Yellow Warblers, and Baltimore Orioles.  You will practice observing distinctive feather...

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$325

5 sessions

New York, The Neoliberal City

at Think Olio - East Village 336 E 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Neoliberalism is a confusing, multi-pronged process that changes the role of the state, the ‘market’, and even our own values. We see its impacts in our urban landscape, from what buildings get made to what schools get closed. With a scope this wide, it’s no wonder that this era of capitalism is often hard to define.  After reviewing how...

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$15

Shocks and Phantasmagoria

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Shocks and Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project Walter Benjamin once wrote that The Arcades Project was “the theater of all my struggles and all my ideas.” Never completed and well over a decade in the making, The Arcades Project takes on the presentation and history of an entire era and place: the...

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$315

4 sessions

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