Olio noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\  

A miscellaneous collection (esp. of art or literature)

Interdisciplinary classes with the best professors


Jan 27

Being One of Them and Being Who You Are: The Immigrant's Search for an Authentic Self

Taught by Patricia Kim
Fri, Jan 27 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Our presenting beer sponsor is Sixpoint Brewery. Wine will also be provided by Maison Cubi.

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Jan 28

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

Taught by Geoff Klock
Sat, Jan 28 // 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders
**Includes climbing lesson at 6:30 and complimentary beer during the Olio.

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Jan 31

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

Taught by Tracy Bealer
Tue, Jan 31 // 7 p.m. at BOND Collective Gowanus
**Complimentary beer on tap

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Feb 3

Consciousness Hacking: Seeking Enlightenment Through Technology, Psychedelics, and Meditation

Taught by Christopher Kelley
Fri, Feb 3 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Our presenting beer sponsor is Sixpoint Brewery.

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Feb 6

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

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
Mon, Feb 6 // 7 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery
**Happy Hour Priced Draft Beer.

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Feb 10

Liberation Music: The Role of Jazz Music in Radical Politics of South Africa

Taught by Sean Jacobs
Fri, Feb 10 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary wine

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Feb 15

Creating the Myth of a Perfect Monster: The Rise of Nazi Zombies from Call of Duty to Dead Snow

Taught by Kevin Maher
Wed, Feb 15 // 7:30 p.m. at Berg'n
**Happy Hour Priced Draft Beer.

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Feb 17

Privacy and the Profit Motive: “If you’re not doing anything wrong then you should have nothing to hide.”

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
Fri, Feb 17 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary wine

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Feb 23

Is Design for Everyone?: A Look at How we do (and do not) Access Design From the Birth of the Internet to the Rise of the Drone

Taught by Michelle Millar Fisher
Thu, Feb 23 // 7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative
**Open Bar with Wine and Cocktails.

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Feb 24

A Breach in Family Structure: What Transparent Shows Us About the Vulnerability of Social Orders

Taught by Maureen Matarese
Fri, Feb 24 // 7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Our presenting beer sponsor is Sixpoint Brewery and wine will be provided by Maison Cubi.

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Feb 25

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

Taught by Jamie Warren
Sat, Feb 25 // 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders
**Includes climbing lesson at 6:30 and complimentary beer during the Olio.

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Mar 16

The Memphis Group, Learning from Las Vegas, and the Return of Post-Modern Design

Taught by Hallie Scott
Thu, Mar 16 // 7:30 p.m. at Chandelier Creative
****Open bar with wine and cocktails.

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**This pass is valid for 30 days from the date you choose to activate it.**

Our core belief is that education should be an ongoing, lifelong endeavor.



Think Olio was created for those who want to keep learning. With our salon-style classes, taught by college professors, we’ve cut the excess out of education - the costs, the tests and grades, the fluorescent lighting, and people who don’t really want to be there.

This isn't about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It's about getting together with other people and expanding your worldview. It’s about enhancing our awareness of humanity and nurturing our appreciation for the humanities. Think Olio exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


Past Olios


Dec 22

Radical Politics: Then and Now and Then Again

Taught by J. Ward Regan
7 p.m. at Molasses Books

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Dec 20

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

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

Sign Up - $14

Dec 17

Dec 6

The Woman Question

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

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Dec 1

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

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

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Nov 28

Macbeth: Toxic Masculinity, Misogyny, & Monarchy

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

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Nov 16

Nov 10

Bottling the Zeitgeist: Classic Perfumes That Defined Their Eras

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

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Oct 27

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

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

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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

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Oct 13

Oct 6

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

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

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Sep 29

Food, Power and Control: An Olio Dinner Party

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

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Sep 15

Very New York: The Birth of a Fashion Capital

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

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Sep 13

Sep 1

Never Mind the Bollocks!: The Truth Behind Punk Style

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

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Aug 23

Aug 10

Linguistic Prejudice: Media, Politics, and Saturday Night Live

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

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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

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Aug 9

Liberalism and the Good Life

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

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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

Sign Up - $20

Aug 2

Jul 28

Dharma and Desire: Persephone & The Ramayana

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

Sign Up - $12

Jul 21

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

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

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Jul 19

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

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

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Jul 19

The History of Science: The Industrial Revolution

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

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Jul 12

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

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

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Jul 7

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

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

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Jul 6

Jun 29

Dinner and a Movie: Barton Fink

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

Sign Up - $15

Jun 28

FDR Felt The Bern: Bernie Sanders in Historical Perspective

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

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Jun 28

The History of Science: The Age of Enlightenment

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

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Jun 23

Culture of Desire: The Oedipus Myth and Modernity

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

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Jun 20

Jun 16

Truth Tellers and Troublemakers: Shelley and Free Love

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

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Jun 15

Dinner and a Movie: The Prestige pt 1

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

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Jun 14

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

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

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Jun 14

Jun 13

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

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

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Jun 7

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

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

Sign Up - $10

May 31

Langston Hughes: Poet Of The People

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

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May 26

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

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

Sign Up - $14

May 24

May 22

Smartphones: The Fetish of Scientism

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

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Mar 3

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

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

Sign Up - $14


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