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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...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 6:30pm - 8pm

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...

Wednesday Oct 16th, 11am - 1pm

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Harlem History and Beyond

at West Harlem Art Fund - Harlem 142 Edgecombe Ave, New York, New York 10030

Our experience is a journey from the 1500s to the present day. We’ll start with explorers trying to find a route to Asia but then encountered a new land. I’ll share Harlem’s role in the American Revolution and the meeting of Alexander Hamilton and General George Washington. Our group will discuss the Trans Atlantic Slave trade in North, Central...

Tuesday Oct 15th, 2pm - 4pm

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...

Saturday Oct 19th, 1:30pm - 3pm

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Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

When Hannah Arendt published The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1951 she set out to provide a political framework for understanding the phenomenal appearance of National Socialism in the world, and its terrifying consequences. Offering a historical account of imperialism, anti-Semitism, and the atomized individual, Arendt’s work remains...

Thursday Oct 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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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...

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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...

Monday Nov 4th, 6:30pm - 8pm

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...

Tuesday Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Candy: From Early History to Halloween

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, 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...

Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Greetings from Coney Island Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Coney Island 1215 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11224

The history of Coney Island is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. From prostitutes living in a giant tin elephant, to the invention of the hot dog, to a ride that’s so scary it actually made its riders pee themselves, and we’ll tell you all about it!  Join New York Local Tours as we explore the engaging history of Coney Island’s...

Saturday Oct 26th, 1pm - 3pm

Napster to Netflix: History of Media from 1999 to Today

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

Since the launch of Napster in 1999, there has been a massive transformation in how we create and consume media. This class charts the waves of change over the past two decades. We’ll start by looking at the tools and technology that underpin the digital revolution.  We’ll then trace what’s happened...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 6:30pm - 8pm

From the Woodland Indians to the American Revolution!

at Wagner College Lifelong Learning - Grymes Hill 1 Campus Rd, Staten Island, New York 10301

Early Life: From the Woodland Indians to the American Revolution! An exploration of the Native Americans who inhabited Staten Island and the archeological digs that have provided us with facts on the Lenape and their lives, will be followed by a discussion on the European settlers who changed everything. With the arrival of these colonizers enslaved...

Saturday Nov 2nd, 2pm - 4pm

New York in 27 Buildings

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

Can the bricks, glass, wood, and mortar of our city's most emblematic buildings reveal how and why New York City has become the modern global metropolis we know today? To celebrate the launch of his latest book, A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis, former New York Times urban affairs correspondent...

Monday Oct 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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...

Monday Oct 21st, 6:30pm - 8pm

Behind the Gates: The History of the Guinness Brewery

at Top Hops Beer Shop - Lower East Side 94 Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

When we say "Guinness," what comes to mind? An Irish countryside and a freshly poured pint of stout, no doubt.  Most people are fans of Guinness, but when you actually dive into the details of one of the world's most legendary breweries, you probably don't know too much.  Join Chris, a Senior Ambassador for the Guinness Brewery, on a journey...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 7pm - 8:30pm

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