Olio: noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\  

A miscellaneous collection (esp. of art or literature)

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Apr 23

*Read-in* Existential Dilemmas & Mysticism: Reframing the Negative and Diving Deep into Suffering

We tend to think of suffering as something that comes from the outside.Weil posits an alternate view: these factors, while real, do not create human misery, they reveal it.
Taught by Michael Prettyman
Sun, Apr 23 // 7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

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Apr 28

Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

Have the failures and contradictions of the human rights movement relegated it to the status of a failed experiment in 20th century optimism?
Taught by Phelim Kine
Fri, Apr 28 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine and a performance from the cellist Dara Hankins.

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Apr 30

*Read-in* Undoing the Demos: The Future of Education

Paranoia and panic about the future of education abounds, but the effects of neoliberalization on teaching and learning will extend far beyond the classroom.
Taught by Hallie Scott
Sun, Apr 30 // 4 p.m. at Dean Machine

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May 4

Big Brother is Watching. And Maybe That's a Good Thing: Race, Technology & The Future of Policing

If we truly care about making policing egalitarian and fair to everyone, then that may mean embracing more technology, not less.
Taught by Bennett Capers
Thu, May 4 // 7:30 p.m. at The Commons Brooklyn

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May 5

Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It's Funny Because It's True

Like the Buddha, the comic can be a powerful medium for communicating the more disquieting and shunned truths in life.
Taught by Christopher Kelley
Fri, May 5 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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May 7

*Read-in* The True Believer and the Nature of Mass Movements

Hoffer’s insightful and deeply human exploration of the nature of mass movements and those who are a part of them offers us both a way to understand the dynamics of mass movements (including their failure and success) and the motivations and desires of those who participate in them.
Taught by Michael Haltenberger
Sun, May 7 // 4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

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May 18

*Professor Showdown* Birdman: Revealing or Reinforcing Patriarchy?

Join Think Olio professor's Jason McCormick and Geoff Klock at Berg'n beerhall for a screening and discussion of 2015's Academy Awards Best Picture winner, Birdman.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Thu, May 18 // 7 p.m. at Berg'n
**Discounted food and drink during the Olio.

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May 19

The Feminist Storytelling Movement in True Crime

We will read and listen to examples such as Serial and My Favorite Murder where women have foregrounded the creative process in telling true crime stories in a way that could be called feminist.
Taught by Tracy Bealer
Fri, May 19 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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May 26

A Radical Peace Education: Responding to Useless Learning, Structural Violence and the School to Prison Pipeline

This Olio calls for a radical peace education that can challenge and equip teachers and students in co-imagining and co-enacting more just and sustainable futures!
Taught by Hakim Williams
Fri, May 26 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Jun 2

How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the US?

We'll discuss the origins of Planned Parenthood, the abortion debates of the twentieth-century, the early birth-control movement, the role of the Supreme Court on this issue and, most especially, the fact that reproductive rights are legally rooted in the constitutional right to privacy.
Taught by Lawrence Cappello
Fri, Jun 2 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**15% of all proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Jun 9

More Than A Hipster Touchstone: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Join us for a special Olio where we look closely at the supreme poetry of the printed out lyrics for 60 minutes, and then listen to the whole album, and remember for a second what it is to be whole.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Fri, Jun 9 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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Past Olios


Apr 23

Apr 12

She's Not Your Mother: Ecofeminism and the Gender of Agriculture

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at WeWork North Williamsburg

Apr 9

Apr 8

A Crucial Critique of the Ruling Order: Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

Taught by Ward Regan
9 p.m. at Bed Stuy Brownstone

Apr 7

OlioNote Vol 2 Launch Weekend

Taught by Charles Riley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Mar 28

Eating with Hedonism or Morals?: Aesthetics & Ethics From Vegetarianism to Cannibalism

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Blue Apron - Flatiron

Mar 27

Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income Guarantees

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Mar 24

Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy: Ancient Wisdom for Troubling Times

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Mar 17

Mar 10

Making Kerouac Our Bitch: On Being a Woman and a Reader of Misogynist Writers

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Mar 3

Manipulating the Material: Transcendence Through Drugs, Art and Religious Experience

Taught by Michael Haltenberger & Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Mar 1

Feb 28

A False Autonomy: How Freelance and the Gig-Economy is Eating the American Dream

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus

Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from The Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders

Feb 24

Feb 19

Society Must Be Defended: A Call to Intellectual Arms

Taught by Jamie Warren
4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Feb 14

The Birth and Death of Relationships & 36 Questions To Make You Fall in Love (...sort of)

Taught by Marisa T. Cohen
7:30 p.m. at WeWork Dumbo Heights

Feb 10

Feb 6

Degrading Our Environment: Western Philosophy and Man's Separation from Nature

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Feb 3

Jan 31

“Stay Sexy . . . Don’t Get Murdered”: Feminist Potential in True Crime Narratives

Taught by Tracy Bealer
7 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus

Jan 28

Kill Bill Vol. 1: Quentin Tarantino as Mash-Up DJ & the Value of Trash Culture

Taught by Geoff Klock
6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders

Jan 27

Jan 19

Bottling the Zeitgeist: Classic Perfumes That Defined Their Eras, 1950 to 2000

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Jan 18

On Civil Disobedience: Resisting the Machine, an American Tradition (Sold Out!)

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7:30 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Jan 13

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and the Politics of Love

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Dec 20

Consider the Dementor: Harry Potter and the Man-Made Villain

Taught by Tracy Bealer
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Dec 17

It's Funny Because It's True: Buddhist Realism and the Dark Comedy of Louis CK

Taught by Christopher Kelley
6 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders

Dec 6

The Woman Question

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus

Dec 1

Britain Before the Beatles: Disinterring the UK’s Lost Decade

Taught by Amanda Hallay
7:30 p.m. at Franklin Electric

Nov 28

Macbeth: Toxic Masculinity, Misogyny, & Monarchy

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Nov 16

Philosophy for Social Justice: The Debate Between Ideal v. Non-Ideal Theory

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Nov 10

Bottling the Zeitgeist: Classic Perfumes That Defined Their Eras

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Nov 2

Oct 27

Addiction, Alienation and the Problems of Individualism - SOLD OUT!

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Oct 25

Where is the Right to Privacy in the U.S. Constitution, Exactly?

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at WeWork Dumbo Heights

Oct 13

Emergence of Sexuality: Foucault, Sexual Identities, and the Modern Self

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Oct 6

Come Fly with Me: Cultural Hot Spots of the 20th Century

Taught by Amanda Hallay
7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Sep 29

Food, Power and Control: An Olio Dinner Party

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
6:52 p.m. at Berg'n

Sep 28

Sep 28

Sep 15

Very New York: The Birth of a Fashion Capital

Taught by Lisa Santandrea
7:30 p.m. at Franklin Electric

Sep 13

The Joker, Hamlet, and George R.R. Martin: Radical Nihilism

Taught by Geoff Klock
7 p.m. at The Pennsy

Sep 1

Never Mind the Bollocks!: The Truth Behind Punk Style

Taught by Amanda Hallay
7 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Aug 10

Linguistic Prejudice: Media, Politics, and Saturday Night Live

Taught by Maureen Matarese
7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Aug 9

City as Stage: Performance Art in New York During the 1970s

Taught by Meredith Mowder
7:30 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus

Aug 9

Liberalism and the Good Life

Taught by Fernando Zapata
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Aug 3

What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from The Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Aug 2

Jul 28

Dharma and Desire: Persephone & The Ramayana

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

Jul 21

Across The Universe: Travels in Space, Time, and Wonder

Taught by Michael Hamburg
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Jul 19

The History of Science: The Industrial Revolution

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Jul 19

The Myth of Women and Madness: Sylvia Plath and Zelda Fitzgerald

Taught by Dahlia Valle
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Jul 15

Jul 14

Jul 13

Jul 12

Jul 12

Hamlet, the Joker, and George R.R. Martin: Radical Nihilism

Taught by Geoff Klock
7 p.m. at WeWork Dumbo Heights

Jul 7

Truth Tellers and Trouble Makers in Paris' Jazz Age - SOLD OUT!

Taught by Charles Riley
7 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Jul 6

The Other Side of Genius: Hemingway, Gershwin, cummings, Leger, & Picasso

Taught by Charles Riley
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Jun 29

Dinner and a Movie: Barton Fink

Taught by Geoff Klock
8 p.m. at Berg'n

Jun 28

The History of Science: The Age of Enlightenment

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Jun 28

FDR Felt The Bern: Bernie Sanders in Historical Perspective

Taught by Michael Brenes
7 p.m. at Coworkrs Flatiron

Jun 23

Culture of Desire: The Oedipus Myth and Modernity

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7:30 p.m. at Round K

Jun 21

Jun 20

Comedy as Social Action: Amy Schumer, Eddie Izzard, and Eddie Murphy

Taught by Jason McCormick
7:30 p.m. at Round K

Jun 16

Truth Tellers and Troublemakers: Shelley and Free Love

Taught by Geoff Klock
7 p.m. at Chandelier Creative

Jun 15

Dinner and a Movie: The Prestige pt 1

Taught by Geoff Klock
8 p.m. at Berg'n

Jun 14

All Consuming: The History of Zombies and Anxiety in American Culture

Taught by Jason McCormick
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Jun 14

How Did Trump Happen? And What if He Wins...?

Taught by Don Waisanen
6:30 p.m. at Coworkrs Flatiron

Jun 13

The People vs Oscar Wilde: Aestheticism, Popular Culture, Evil

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Jun 7

Thomas Paine and the Flame of Revolution - SOLD OUT!!

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

May 31

Langston Hughes: Poet Of The People

Taught by Rita Tobin
7:30 p.m. at Round K

May 26

Across the Universe: Travels in Space, Time, and Wonder

Taught by Michael Hamburg
7:30 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus

May 24

Corpse, Cadaver, or Carcass? Dead Bodies and the Making of Race

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Round K

May 22

Smartphones: The Fetish of Scientism

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
6 p.m. at The Deanery

Mar 3

Unknown Genius: Nancy Cunard, the Jazz Age Flapper, Muse, & Poet

Taught by Charles Riley
7:30 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

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