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Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Does history have a direction, a purpose, or an end goal? Can we deduce general historical patterns from studying the past? Is it naïve to hope and work for a better future? From the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century, liberal, Marxist, positivist, and post-structuralist thinkers have offered radically different responses to these fundamental questions related to the philosophy of history. This course will survey these attempts to grapple...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

American Policing: History, Politics, and Society

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

For many Americans the existence of the police may seem as inevitable as a law of nature. From popular culture to political stump speeches to the oft-invoked impulse to “Call 911,” the idea of public order is widely presented as unimaginable without the existence of police to enforce it. Without the police, this reasoning runs, society itself would cease to exist. But the institution that is American policing has not always existed, let alone...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Gershom Scholem: Mysticism & the Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Friend to Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, and Leo Strauss, Gershom Scholem may be the best known scholar of Jewish Studies in the 20th century. Above all he is associated with launching the modern academic study of Jewish mysticism. However, Scholem’s study of mysticism was only part of his much broader, and far more engaged and systematic thinking, about questions of contemporary politics and the Jewish historical condition. An...

Thursday Jun 8th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Convalescence: Sickness, Society, and Resignation

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

In a world that is itself sick—with the irascible demands of production that continuously propagate new forms of exploitation—and that in turn sickens its inhabitants, what kind of response is retreat? In Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain, a young scion of the bourgeoisie undergoes an unexpectedly protracted rest cure in a cloistered Swiss sanitorium, while the outside world is igniting for war. In Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, nearly a century later,...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

McCarthyism: American Politics and the Paranoid Style

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Senator Joseph McCarthy’s name is enshrined in the American lexicon to symbolize a style of paranoia and fear that goes far beyond his original red-baiting. Just as the path to McCarthyism was in fact paved decades earlier—as conservative factions deployed both ideological and state violence in their early fights against organized labor—the McCarthyist manner of politics has found new acolytes in the Trump era. From references to “outside...

Monday Jul 10th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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Mental Health & the Law: Politics, Psychology & Profit

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

What is “mental health” and how has it been shaped by the law? From defining wellness to restricting the rights of the unwell, setting parameters for treatment, and regulating and protecting the pharmaceutical companies that develop and market psychological drugs (often to immense profits), government laws are fundamental to the ways mental health is experienced, perceived, policed, and commodified. But, how did the modern legal regime of mental...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

The Incredible Women of the Bible

92nd Street Y

Rabbi Samantha Frank’s The Incredible Women of the Bible The women of the Bible are complex, crafty, and sometimes mysterious. Together, we’ll explore a few of their stories and consider what lessons we can learn for our lives today. Come with a sense of open inquiry! No prior Jewish study required — all genders welcome.

Monday Jun 5th, 1–2:15pm Eastern Time

Georg Lukács: Consciousness and Revolution

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Written at the crest of the revolutionary wave sparked by the cataclysm of World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution, Georg Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness stands as one of the most influential Marxist texts of the 20th century. Though suffused with the revolutionary spirit of its time, History and Class Consciousness nevertheless attempts to take stock of the failure of revolutions in Germany (both in Berlin and...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Virtual Private Trivia

CourseHorse Experiences @ Zoom Conference

Participate in an exciting game of trivia. Topics include music, movies, history, ice cream flavors, pop culture, sports, global cuisine, dog breeds, and many other surprises.  We at CourseHorse love our sixty-minute trivia extravaganzas! Through four varying rounds of play, participants will laugh and compete fiercely with other teams in a format that emulates the bar trivia events we've all come to know and love. In Virtual Private Trivia,...

Tuesday Jun 6th, 12am–11:30pm Eastern Time

Starting at $360

Introduction to Trauma

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The rhetoric of trauma has saturated the medical, academic, and political spheres in the past two decades, exemplified by the rapid rise of interdisciplinary trauma studies. In contemporary parlance, trauma is qualified as being acute, collective, complex, vicarious, and intergenerational, and is implicated in clinical and political concerns ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to free speech debates. What is trauma, and how does it function...

Sunday Jul 16th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Bollywood: Art, Culture, and Hegemony

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The largest film industry in the world is located not in Hollywood but in “Bollywood,” its yearly film output nearly doubling that of the United States. As it increasingly encroaches on the Western cultural imaginary, Bollywood plays an already titanic role in India—as a site of creative ferment, economic power, and nationalist and ideological myth-making. If Bollywood once emphasized Indian cultural pluralism, today Indian national cinema...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Memoir 1: Memorable Memoir Workshop

Writing Pad

Have you ever thought about turning your life’s trials and tribulations into a NY Times bestseller? In this five-week Online Memoir Writing Workshop, Erika Schickel (2 Memoirs, LA Times) will share her secrets for turning your life’s twists and turns into lively drama! Her fun, all new in-class exercises will help you infuse your most fascinating memories with authenticity and personality. She’ll cover crucial topics such as how to craft a...

Wednesday Jun 28th, 5–8pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

$475

5 sessions

Mystical Revelations of Angel Messages

Infinity Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Angels are messengers and Beings of Light consciousness, part of the universal life force that connects all beings. Angels actively help in cosmic evolution and your own path in the cosmic plan. Find out what an angel’s role is and why they contact you. Discover the power of Light beings— angels, devas, and meleks— who guard and attend to you. Their purpose is to connect you with the divine nature of the Creator. Join Ellis, author of The...

Saturday Jun 10th, 9am–4pm Central Time

HypnoBirthing (Online)

Sakinah Birth @ Online Class

What Is HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method? The HypnoBirthing Philosophy is simple: Birth is instinctive and can be experienced in a calm, joyful and more comfortable manner. Fear, anxiety, and anguish do not have to accompany pregnant women and their birthing experiences. Why HypnoBirthing? HypnoBirthing is a comprehensive and evidence-based childbirth education program. This amazing program teaches both mother and partner about birthing in a...

Saturday Jul 1st, 11am–2pm Central Time

 (5 sessions)

$350

5 sessions

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

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 Western European literature and art. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dante creatively raided Ovid’s tales...

Thursday Jul 6th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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