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The Real History of Thanksgiving

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

Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right? In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further...

Friday Nov 16th, 8pm - 9:30pm

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 15th, 6:30pm - 8pm

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The Eleusinian Mysteries

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

Course Name: The Eleusinian Mysteries: Occult Secrets of the Ancient Greeks Every year in the Ancient Greek city of Eleusis, people gathered from far and wide to worship the power of nature with a series of religious rituals called the Eleusinian Mysteries. Although it was kept secret from all but the initiated, the cult of the Mysteries...

Tuesday Nov 20th, 8:30pm - 10pm

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...

Tuesday Dec 18th, 8:30pm - 10pm

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...

Friday Nov 16th, 11am - 1pm

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 Nov 17th, 1:30pm - 3pm

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Versus

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

WrestleMania meets Debate Club Your hosts Meg Pierson, Zak Martellucci, and Dustin Growick lead a rotating cast of special guest experts in a battle royale of serious—and not so serious—topics.  Who will come out on top? Dinosaurs or mammals? Biology or physics? Space or oceans? Chock-full of trivia, games, and prizes,...

Saturday Dec 1st, 9pm - 11pm

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology

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

For two hundred years they waited beneath lower Manhattan, entirely forgotten. Even after their recent rediscovery – which occurred by accident during the construction of a new office building –their importance was denied, debated, and almost destroyed. Who are ‘they’? The thousands of African-Americans who lived in New York City during the...

Thursday Nov 15th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Ecofeminism and Xenofeminism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - East Harlem 1216 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Environmentalists frequently describe the planet as “Mother Earth,” decry the “rape” of the planet, and call on humans to “love your mother.” But why is the earth seen as a woman? Should it be? Ecofeminists for some time and Xenofeminisists more recently have taken up these questions in remarkably different, sometimes complementary, ways....

Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$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...

Tuesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The American Coffeehouse

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

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...

Wednesday Dec 5th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Sloshed SATs

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Hold on to your number 2 pencils, we’re taking on the SATs. We've taken high school’s most stressful test, sprinkled some comedy on it, and turned it into a drinking game! Your favorite test proctor and comedian Michael Wolf (Comedy Central, MTV) has combined bar-room trivia with real SAT quizzes to create NYC's booziest classroom. Whether you've...

Saturday Nov 17th, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Black Politics after Civil Rights

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Prospect Heights 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Full course name: "The Second Reconstruction: Black Politics after Civil Rights" For a majority of American history, black politics revolved around a singular goal: legibility as humans and citizens within the American polity. How best to achieve that goal, and to advance into roles of political leadership, however, is still debated within a major...

Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

History Series: The Election Of 1860

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

History Series: The Election Of 1860 - The Final Cause of the Civil War The election of 1860 was the most important in the history of The United States. Lincoln won the Electoral College vote but not the popular vote. In Virginia, the Lincoln ticket received 1,929 votes out of 167,223 statewide. In Lincoln's native Kentucky, Lincoln received 1,364...

Thursday Nov 29th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

  (2 sessions)
$55

2 sessions

A Lot On The Mind: Epilepsy

at Caveat - Lower East Side 21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Come join us for a night of educational and theatrical fun while learning about some of the most misunderstood and stigmatized neurological disorders! Each month we’ll highlight a different neurological disorder and address the science behind the disorder, research being done in that field, and the stigmas patients face, featuring performances from...

Wednesday Nov 28th, 7pm - 8:30pm

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