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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...

Monday Feb 4th, 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...

Wednesday Jan 23rd, 11am - 1pm

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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...

Wednesday Jan 23rd, 1:30pm - 3pm

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 Feb 9th, 9pm - 11pm

Partitions: the Politics of Separation

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

From the population exchange that forged modern Greece and Turkey to the post-WWII division of South Asia and Palestine to the more recent dissolution of Yugoslavia, the 20th century was a time of partition and the compulsory movement of peoples. Often narrated as the inevitable result of different national and ethnic groups inhabiting the same territory–the...

Tuesday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Cleopatra: Her Life and Legacy

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

Cleopatra needs no introduction. One of the most famous names of the ancient world, her life is the stuff of legend: her great beauty, her highly-publicized relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her tragic suicide. The subject of countless paintings, statues, plays and films, she's been portrayed by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Kim...

Thursday Feb 21st, 8:30pm - 10pm

Creative Justice

at The New School - Greenwich Village 66 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011

The arts become a powerful tool by generating dialogue, strengthening a sense of community, and envisioning community based interventions. In this course, we examine how artists, cultural workers, and community activists have devised creative strategies for responding to institutional and interpersonal violence and trauma. How does creativity work...

Tuesday Jan 22nd, 6pm - 8pm

  (15 sessions)
$800

15 sessions

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 Jan 24th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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...

Thursday Apr 4th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Identity and Social Theory

at The New School - Greenwich Village 66 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011

Social theory, both classical and contemporary, has always wrestled with the issue of identity, seeking to interpret and explain the social processes and political struggles by means of which individual and collective identities are construed. Since the dawn of modernity, human identity—who we are as individual and collective beings—has not been...

Thursday Jan 24th, 6pm - 8pm

  (15 sessions)
$800

15 sessions

Chocolate: A Journey into a Bittersweet History

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

For 5,000 years, cacao has been a plant that brings out the best and worst in mankind. Ethnobotanist Brian Hockaday will trace the journey of Theobroma cacao, from its earliest use as an alcoholic beverage to its pivotal role in Mayan society and politics, and from its adoption by colonial powers to its expanding role in modern global economics,...

Wednesday Feb 6th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In Defense of Bidets

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

Did you hear about bidets on Saturday Night Live once, but aren't entirely sure what they are? You're not alone.  Bidets are not a recent phenomenon in the world, but the US has been reluctant to adopt them. A lot of people think they're gross. Others aren't entirely sure what's the point of using a bidet. This class aims to change your mind. ...

Thursday Feb 7th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Romance & Revenge, History of Aphrodisiacs & Poisons

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

Full Course Name: Masters of Social Gastronomy: Romance and Revenge, the History of Aphrodisiacs and Poisons Every culture has a long history of aphrodisiacs – love-inducing and libido-promoting foods, ranging from the commonplace to the esoteric. Is chocolate the rightful king of Valentines Day, or could we do better with a tiger’s unmentionables?...

Monday Jan 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

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

What is literature? And what kinds of meanings, uses, values, histories, and philosophical positions do we attach to literature in the act of reading it?  Literary theory, the diverse body of thought that addresses these fundamental questions, has pursued a stunning array of methods in its attempts to understand how literature works. This course,...

Tuesday Jan 29th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Architectural History Series

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

The House from the late 19th Century to the 21st Century  T1: Sources of European Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau, Early 20th Century: 1890s-1910s  The work of Charles R. Mackintosh (Scotland), Peter Behrens (Germany), Joseph Hoffman (Austria), Antonio Gaudi (Spain), Philip Webb (England), Japanese influences, Victor Horta & Henry...

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

  (4 sessions)
$125

4 sessions

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