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The Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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

Full Course Name:  Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed...

Tuesday Jun 19th, 6:30pm

American Museum of Natural History: Un-Highlights Tour

at Museum Hack - Upper West Side
Central Park W , New York, New York 10024

Dinosaurs! Science! Adventure! Break out your pith helmet as we embark upon a brazen expedition through the halls of New York City's world-famous American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Join your maverick tour guide as we deftly navigate this massive 27-building, 1.6 million square foot landmark cultural institution. Learn the science...

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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...

Wednesday Jul 11th, 6:30pm

Brownstones Ballot Boxes Suffrage Tour

at Archive on Parade - Brooklyn Heights
158 Hicks St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Meet the badass Brooklynites who brought us the ballot. Behind the stately facades of Brooklyn Heights’ most gracious brownstones lies the history of firebrand feminism! The wise “women of Brooklyn” were doctors, lawyers, educators and orators who made some of the foremost contributions to the Suffrage movement. Join us for a walk through their...

The History of Gin

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

From the debauched slums of Victorian London to dry martinis and fancy cocktail parties,gin has had a remarkable journey, a story that reflects the ever changing moods and sensibilities of society at large. Like many other spirits, it began life in the alchemist’s workshop as a medicinal cure-all, a link it would retain as a mainstay of European...

Thursday Jun 28th, 6:30pm

Grime and Glory: A History of Prospect Park

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

Landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as a pastoral refuge in the midst of a rapidly urbanizing city. For generations, the park fulfilled its promise, but by 1976 the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot, a symbol of the park’s decay. Spiraling...

Thursday Jun 28th, 8:30pm

What is Analytic Philosophy?

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

In the early 20th century, a new generation of thinkers came to believe that European philosophy had reached a dead end. Reacting to what they held was the obfuscatory language and non-sensical direction of post-Kantian philosophy, Cambridge philosophers Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore set out to revolutionize philosophy through a fundamental rethinking...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Jul 11th, 6:30pm

Professional Wrestling: From the Dominance of the WWE

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

Professional Wrestling: From the Dominance of the WWE to the Rise of the Indies and International Markets Andre the Giant. Randy Savage. Roddy Piper. The Rock. Undertaker. Stone Cold Steve Austin. AJ Styles and now Kenny Omega. These are household names from the world of Sports Entertainment. From the golden age of the 1980's, the Monday Night Wars...

Thursday Jul 5th, 8:30pm

Symbolism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

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

Full Course Name:  The Pope DOES Wear a Funny Hat: Symbolism in Medieval and Renaissance Art Ever wondered why the Pope wears a hat shaped like a fish, or why baby Jesus is depicted squeezing a tiny bird to death? Now is your chance to find out! Learn about the history behind well known symbols in western Medieval and Renaissance art. Impress...

Wednesday Jun 27th, 8:30pm

Australian Politics 101

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

From 2010-2015, Australia had five Prime Ministers in five years.  Like something out of a Shakespearean drama, there were stabs in the back, leadership spills, and double dissolutions.  Will things stabilize?  There's never been a more exciting time to follow politics Down Under. This class will give you an overview of the...

Tuesday Jul 17th, 6:30pm

Unexpected Pairings: Gin & Oysters

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

Savor the long forgotten combination of two Old New York delicacies: gin and oysters. Gin has been crafted in New York City ever since its founding as a Dutch colony four centuries ago. The light, bright spirit sunk to debaucherous depths during the Prohibition era (synonymous with undrinkable "bathtub...

Tuesday Jun 26th, 7pm

There's No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

One year after Hurricane Katrina, geographer Neil Smith wrote “there’s no such thing as a natural disaster”, arguing that disasters, regardless of their environmental origins and impact, are socially produced phenomena. Such causes, from fundamentally changing the topography of the region to the organized abandonment of low income neighborhoods,...

Tuesday Jun 26th, 7:30pm

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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. ...

Thursday Jun 28th, 6:30pm

The Sublime: Aesthetics, Terror, and Pleasure

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

In this course, we’ll trace the the history, proliferation, and possible futures of the sublime from its origins as a rhetorical descriptor through its life as an aesthetic category. We will also study its metamorphoses in the contemporary study of affect, trauma, and assorted cultural forms. Sessions will pair theory and philosophy with artifacts...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jul 9th, 6:30pm

The American Coffeehouse

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

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...

Tuesday Jul 31st, 6:30pm