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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...

Tuesday Dec 19th, 8:30pm

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...

Tuesday Dec 19th, 6:30pm

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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...

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...

Thursday Jan 4th, 6:30pm

American Museum of Natural History: Family 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...

Saturday Dec 23rd, 11am

Epic Histories: A Conversation

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

Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories.  Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 -- his long-awaited sequel to Gotham -- sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell...

Tuesday Feb 27th, 6:30pm

War Stories

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course examines the genre of the modern war novel and the modern war film. We focus on themes of gender and patriarchy, “love and war,” trauma and suffering, mental illness, and individual and collective memory. The course takes a comparative perspective, covering American, French, German and Spanish works on the Spanish Civil War and the...

$765

16 sessions

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 11:45am

Criticism of Everything Existing: Introduction to Marx

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

In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly what we have to accomplish in the present-I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm

The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs

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

While many animals today face the threat of extinction, the numbers of dogs and cats are only climbing. They’ve tagged along at humanity’s heels since the Ice Age, an important part of our quest for world domination. But how did they evolve from wild predators into pampered pets? This class will explore the long and fascinating...

Thursday Jan 11th, 8:30pm

Fair Housing - The History and Why

at Baruch College - CAPS

This course will provide students with background information on Fair Housing. Students enrolled in this course, will have an in depth understanding of the creation and meaning of the law.  Topics to be explored include Fair Housing from the time of the civil war and the civil rights movement, to current times inclusive of green Fair Housing....

Wednesday Jan 17th, 5pm

Gender & Justice

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

In our next edition of Only in New York, host Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Lucy Lang and Reverend Vivian D. Nixon, Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship, to discuss the vexed but evolving relationship between gender and justice in this...

Wednesday Jan 17th, 7pm

Pass the Flamingo: The Cuisine of Ancient Rome

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

Sure, we’ve all heard about the Ancient Romans; their buildings, their literature, their Empire. But what about their food? What would a Roman Emperor serve at his banquets? What was a decent meal to a Roman soldier, farmer, or senator? Did the Romans really eat dormice, and did they really relieve themselves in a “vomitorium” afterwards? (Short...

Monday Jan 8th, 8:30pm

Thucydides: War and Civilization

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
167 Bowery , New York, New York 10002

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the disastrous, 27-year war between Athens and Sparta. The Peloponnesian War brought to an end both democracy in Athens and the traditional Spartan aristocracy. Also destroyed was the classical idea of the city-state itself, with its attendant conceptions of citizenship and civic life....

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 6:30pm

Food and Migration

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

In the contemporary world, food sparks debates about power structures, race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism that acquire particular relevance in places where people from around the world live together and interact. In this course, we examine food in relation to migration in New York City and at the national and international levels. Although the focus...

$765

16 sessions

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 4pm

Education, Race and Place

at The New School - Manhattan
10011

This course examines the role of education in producing racialized difference; and, relatedly, how education has been a means, method, and site through which various communities have fought over rights, resources, and their futures in a place. We will consider what these strategies and struggles might teach us about questions related to: the role of...

$765

16 sessions

Thursday Jan 25th, 4pm