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China’s 2025 technology program and One Belt, One Road initiative underscores her ambitions for hegemony.
Yet, as China takes its place in the modern world, it faces immense difficulties: a growing inequality gap, widespread corruption and rampant pollution, all of which provoke mounting calls for political reform. The presentation will examine the future of U.S.-China relations in light of ongoing conflicts on trade, military and other issues. We will examine China’s past, from ancient times onward, and explore its history, philosophies and traditions to try to better understand the underlying forces that explain China today.
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A survey of the causes of, and cultural and artistic reactions to, the pandemic that struck the world in the 14th century: the Black Death. We'll provide context and comparison for our current experience of COVID-19. The course will showcase art and contemporary documents that help communicate the thoughts and practices of medieval people who endured...
Thursday Apr 9th, 6pm - 7pm
As museums strive to continue their visitor experience beyond the walls of their institutions, there is greater online access than ever before. Discover the art of visiting museums online and from the comfort of your own computer. Broaden your horizons by getting the most out of the virtual museum tours, Google Arts & Culture and other exclusive...
Tuesday Apr 7th, 12pm - 1:30pm(4 sessions)
This class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Please take a few minutes to download the Zoom desktop/mobile app ahead of time at zoom.us. The meeting link will be sent the day before class. This class will give you an overview of the court systems in the United States, including what kinds of cases go to what kinds of courts, and how a case...
Tuesday Apr 7th, 6:30pm - 8pm
From Countess Bathory to Belle Gunness, this lecture will cover a millennium of violence and mayhem committed by women. While not reaching the same depths of ill-deserved fame as their male counterparts, these women and their crimes provide a fascinating insight into what it meant to be a violent member of "the fairer sex."
Tuesday Apr 7th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
This class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Please take a few minutes to download the Zoom desktop/mobile app ahead of time. The meeting link will be sent the day before class. 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...
Wednesday Apr 8th, 1pm - 2:30pm
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 Apr 11th, 1:30pm - 3pm
This class will be meeting virtually via Google Meet or Zoom. Please familiarize yourself with Zoom and download the mobile/desktop app at zoom.us in advance. (You'll probably need it anyway!) 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...
Wednesday Apr 8th, 7:30pm - 9pm
This class will meet via Zoom! Download in advance; link will be sent before the talk. In the 5th century BCE, the world’s largest empire sent troops to a remote province to put down a rebellion. The empire was Persia, and the province was Ancient Greece. This was the beginning of the Persian Wars, two conflicts that would change...
Saturday Apr 11th, 6:30pm - 8pm
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 Apr 9th, 6pm - 7:30pm
New York City at the turn of the 20th century was a rapidly-growing industrial city with a flourishing crime rate to match! Unsolved murders, mob assassinations and daring heists colored the front pages of every newspaper. Come and learn about some of the most shocking crimes committed during the time when New York was forming into the metropolitan...
Thursday Apr 9th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
In this class, we'll explore the connection between food and mourning, traveling through time from prehistoric humans to the present day. At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning...
Friday Apr 10th, 8pm - 9:30pm
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...
Wednesday Apr 15th, 6:30pm - 8pm
In this talk, we'll explore the history of chocolate from its roots as an ancient Meso-American beverage to its current world-championship status. You’ll learn how a yellow, football-shaped tropical fruit transforms into high-end dark chocolate and what “Mexican Hot Chocolate” actually has in common with what Montezuma drank.
Saturday Apr 11th, 3pm - 4:15pm
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...
Monday Apr 27th, 6:30pm - 8pm
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)
Whisky is the national drink of Scotland, and the most popular spirit in the world: it is a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands globally and one of the UK’s leading exports. Yet, it is more, much more than this; it’s a story – a story of a drink, a culture, a people, a land and a way of life. From the humblest...
Tuesday May 5th, 6pm - 8pm
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)
Theodore Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, and the Poison Squad: The Great 20th Century Food Battle Among Theodore Roosevelt’s many accomplishments is the creation of modern food policy, including laying out the groundwork for the FDA. In this talk, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman will paint the scene of the sometimes horrific food world...
Friday Apr 17th, 8pm - 9:15pm
Modern archeology has altered our understanding of the world of the Bible. This course will take specific sites in the Holy Land whose excavations have raised new questions about our understanding of the Biblical narrative and its context. Excavations we’ll explore include Jericho, Megiddo, Jaffa, and the City of David in Jerusalem.
Tuesday Apr 21st, 10:30am - 11:30am(8 sessions)
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Who exactly was Thomas Paine, and why is someone like Andrew Yang talking about him? That isn’t just a rhetorical question for the sake of drawing in the audience. From the moment he reached revolutionary celebrity status in 1776 after the publication of Common Sense—the influential pamphlet that almost single-handedly inspired the American Declaration...
Tuesday Apr 21st, 7:30pm - 9pm
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