Olio: noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\  

A miscellaneous collection (esp. of art or literature)

Interdisciplinary classes with the best professors


Mar 28

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

We'll look at the relationship between our natural impulses toward hedonism on one side -- and our desire to live a good life on the other.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Tue, Mar 28 // 7:30 p.m. at Blue Apron - Flatiron
**Wine and beer provided by Blue Apron.

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Mar 31

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

This is a call 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, Mar 31 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Apr 7

The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend

The flapper roll call from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay is incomplete without Zelda Fitzgerald.
Taught by Charles Riley
Fri, Apr 7 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Apr 7

OlioNote Launch Weekend

Join us for three events celebrating the launch of the OlioNote Vol 2 // The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald // Art in the Age of Alternative Facts // Tough Poetry in Dark Times
Taught by Charles Riley
Fri, Apr 7 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 8

A Crucial Critique of the Ruling Order: Art in the Age of Alternality

Art can bypass conscious filters or “reason,” and may actually be the best route inside peoples’ heads—to their understanding of the world.
Taught by Ward Regan
Sat, Apr 8 // 10 p.m. at Bed Stuy Brownstone
**Includes beer and a classical concert with Groupmuse musicians.

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Apr 9

Tough Poetry in Dark Times: Shelley, Melville, Brecht, Pope & Yeats

Join us for this two hour Olio where we read difficulty poetry that asks some tough goddamn questions.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Sun, Apr 9 // 4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery
**Olio Brunch: Includes coffee & bagels.

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Apr 12

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

In naming our planet Mother Earth, are we empowering women? Or are we in fact naturalizing and justifying the exploitation of women’s bodies?
Taught by Jamie Warren
Wed, Apr 12 // 7 p.m. at WeWork Williamsburg
**Complimentary drinks provided by WeWork

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Apr 14

The Psychology of Relationships: How Experimental Science, Empirical Data, and Seinfeld Help us Understand Love

We will examine why people need interpersonal relationships, how they form, and what sometimes leads to their demise.
Taught by Marisa T. Cohen
Fri, Apr 14 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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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 by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Apr 30

*Read-in* Undoing the Demos: How Neoliberal Rationality is Transforming 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 Franklin Electric

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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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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


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 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

Liberalism and the Good Life

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

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 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

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

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

Jul 12

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

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

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

Jun 14

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

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

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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