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Introduction to Music Theory

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What are the basic structures of western music? What rules and norms—of harmony, melody, and rhythm—unite works as remote from each other in time and style as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper? What are the acoustic, perceptual, and historical roots of this musical grammar, and does understanding them shape...

Monday Apr 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Computers & Intelligence: an Intro to Alan Turing

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg 96 Berry St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

What makes a machine a computer? What is an algorithm, and why is it essential to computation? Can an algorithm “learn”—and if so, is it possible to build an “electronic brain” that’s functionally indistinguishable from human intelligence? In this course, we’ll examine the foundations of computing—what a computer is; how it functions;...

Monday Apr 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

What is Fascism? Economy, Society, and State

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

The word “fascism” is used frequently to describe intensely militaristic, racist, xenophobic, or repressive politics. Almost as often, fascism is used as a shorthand for a form of “totalitarian” government—where “jack-booted thugs” from “the state” control social, economic, and political life. With the rise of a dizzying array of...

Monday Apr 6th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Ovid begins his Metamorphoses, “My soul would speak of bodies changed into new forms,” and it is the great theme of physical transformation that unites the poem’s many myths: humans becomes animals and plants, and vice versa; humans becomes stones and constellations; and humans change their sex.  No poem from antiquity has so influenced...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Keynesian Economics: a Critical Introduction

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Capitalism is fundamentally unstable. No one understood this better than John Maynard Keynes, whose seminal General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, written in reaction to the Great Depression, single-handedly invented the field of macroeconomics. Yet, even as it was incorporated into standard economic theory, and became the dominant...

Wednesday Apr 8th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Philosophy of Fashion

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gowanus 505 Carroll St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

“For the philosopher,” writes Walter Benjamin in The Arcades Project, “the most interesting thing about fashion is its extraordinary anticipations.” In other words, fashion is, in itself, an avant-garde: it shows us what the world will be like before that world has fully arrived. Its uncanny relation to the new is by no means the only...

Wednesday Apr 8th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Heidegger: Being and Time

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

What is the meaning of being? Martin Heidegger, one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, believed that this central question of ontology had been abandoned, even forgotten, by philosophy. Heidegger devoted his entire intellectual life to attempting to answer it. His earliest attempt takes the form of what he calls a “fundamental...

Wednesday Apr 8th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Racial Capitalism: Race, Class & the Black Radical

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Racial Capitalism: Race, Class, and the Black Radical Tradition “Racial capitalism” is a concept that has become central to contemporary radical movements, from Black Lives Matter to the prison abolition movement to movements against state violence and for climate justice. The concept was first developed by Cedric Robinson in his monumental Black...

Sunday Apr 12th, 3pm - 6pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Introduction to Intersectionality

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - West Village 208 West 13th Street #210, New York, New York 10011

Intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, forcefully challenges the idea that gender is the primary factor organizing women’s lives. Drawing on black feminist and critical legal theory, Crenshaw maintains that the experience of being a woman must be understood through the interrelation of race and gender. In other words, she proposes...

Tuesday Apr 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

The Human Condition

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What does it mean to be human in the world today? Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) is a provocative treatise on what it means to live on earth and share the world in common. Her study, originally intended to be titled Amor Mundi (Love of the World), investigates the central activities of human life—labor, work, action—and their corresponding...

Monday May 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Imagining the Indiv: Theology, Capitalism, Politics

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Full Course Name: Imagining the Individual: Theology, Capitalism, Politics Individualism is a sacrosanct pillar of American society. Though frequently invoked to support positions associated with contemporary conservative politics—from “school choice” to opposition to universal healthcare and the embrace of private enterprise—individualism...

Tuesday May 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Moby-Dick: Reading the White Whale

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

We now think of Moby-Dick as the canonical American novel. During Melville’s lifetime, however, his “wicked book,” as he called it in a letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, was a popular failure. The book sank into obscurity along with Melville’s reputation until  20th-century readers recovered the novel and refashioned it as a neglected...

Wednesday May 13th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Crisis and Capitalism

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Do capitalist societies have an inherent tendency toward economic, social, and political crises?  Political economists have, over the course of the past 250 years, offered different frameworks to understand the existence of crises within capitalism: from Adam Smith’s “general glut” (when production exceeds demand) to Marx’s belief that...

Thursday May 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Jacques Lacan: The Desire of the Other

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Jacques Lacan always insisted that he was a thoroughgoing Freudian—perhaps the most orthodox Freudian of them all. A larger-than-life provocateur, Lacan’s oracular lectures and clinical innovations (including the notorious “short session”) ultimately led to his excommunication from the International Psychoanalytic Association. Yet, despite...

Sunday Apr 5th, 2pm - 5pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Dance, Dance, Revolution: A Political Intro to Dance

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenpoint 106 Calyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution”—so, supposedly, said Emma Goldman. What is the connection between dancing and politics? Can dance, whether choreographed ballet, break dancing, or a spontaneous party, make a statement about society—or even, somehow, challenge it?  In this course, we’ll explore the nature...

Tuesday Apr 7th, 6pm - 9pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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