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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...

Postcolonial Cinema

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Since the beginning of formal, political decolonization, cinema has been a key ground for emerging postcolonial identities and the struggle for decolonization . Working with technologies, techniques, and even sometimes idioms developed across the broadly “Western” world — from initial experiments in France to the experimental avant-garde in the...

$315

5 sessions

Sunday Oct 22nd, 1pm

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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...

Monday Nov 20th, 6:30pm

Lower Manhattan History Walk

at Brooklyn Brainery

When it comes to historical neighborhoods in New York they don’t get much more older than Lower Manhattan. Join us for a two-hour walk through the Financial District where we’ll learn about some of it’s most famous landmarks. We’ll see Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, talk about the actual wall of Wall Street, and walk the oldest streets of...

A History of Ghost Hunting

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

Ghost hunting has been part of our fictional and historic narratives since the Ancient Greeks. This lecture will take you on a historical paranormal investigation starting with Homer’s The Odyssey to the Middle Ages to 19 th century spiritualism to present day ghost hunting techniques.  The second half of the lecture will involve...

Sunday Oct 29th, 3pm

Alternative Economies: Market Socialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Can socialism and the market be reconciled? Contemporary debates in Western societies often seem to suggest there are few options available between Josef Stalin and Margaret Thatcher. Mainstream politics in the United States and EU member-states often offer little more than variations on this neoliberal consensus, consolidated between the late 1970s...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Oct 19th, 6:30pm

Infinity: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

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

This course is a historical approach to the mathematics of infinity, with a focus on conceptual and philosophical questions.  We will begin with the ancient Greeks’ discovery of irrational numbers and discussions of Zeno’s paradoxes, then jump forward to the development of the “infinitesimal” calculus in the late 17th century (by Newton...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Oct 19th, 6:30pm

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Candy: From Early History to Halloween

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Isn't it weird that one day a year it's appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place? In this class, we'll cover a brief world history of candy, from the botanic roots of sugar cane, to the first processed confections from the Middle...

Monday Oct 23rd, 6:30pm

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Washington Heights
2113 Amsterdam Ave , New York, New York 10032

In 1945, Ralph Ellison began work on his epically ironic novel Invisible Man (1952), primarily to make sense of his involvement with radical politics in Harlem over the previous decade. On the fault line between art and politics, Ellison’s book makes a powerful claim for African-American experience and black modernism at the center of the...

$315

4 sessions

Saturday Oct 21st, 2pm

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 Nov 9th, 6:30pm

History Series: The Russian Revolution

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

After the October Revolution, a Civil War broke out in the former Russian Empire between The Red Army and the The White. How did the Reds, led by Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, against all odds, defeat The Whites and create the Soviet State.  Learn about the Red Terror, People's Commissars, Planned Economy, Pravda, the Constructivists, and the Party...

$55

2 sessions

Thursday Oct 26th, 8pm

The Urgent Need for Critical Thinking & Anecdotes

at Think Olio - Williamsburg
28 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

OlioNote Fundraiser The Urgent Need for Critical Thinking & Anecdotes are Better Than Evidence It often seems that the practice of critical thinking is easily discarded in favor of the adoption and use of fully formed opinions, discourses or theories. Avoiding thinking for oneself has two major dangers: we may fall into a perpetually skeptical...

Thursday Oct 19th, 7:30pm

What Am I Seeing?

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

What am I Seeing?, led by Reanimation Library‘s Andrew Beccone, is a workshop organized around the problem of cataloging images. Unlike books, which can explicitly convey their subject matter through their written content (and can be cataloged relatively easily because subject headings are comprised of written language), image cataloging requires...

Saturday Oct 28th, 1pm

Haunted History: Bog Bodies of Iron Age Europe

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

“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...

Thursday Oct 19th, 8:30pm

Behind the Scenes Tour of New York at Its Core

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

Five years in the making, New York at Its Core is the first-ever museum exhibition to comprehensively interpret and present New York City’s sweeping 400-year history. Join Wendy Evans Joseph, the architect and exhibition designer who conceived the look and feel of the show, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition's three...

Tuesday Oct 24th, 6:30pm