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Although long used in everything from policy discussion in international institutions to economic and business analysis to academic studies in politics, economics, and far beyond, the concept of “neoliberalism” has recently become a subject of extreme controversy. Some claim that no such thing exists—it’s merely an epithet containing no meaningful content, description, or insight. Others say it doesn’t contain enough—it is merely a minor subcategory of capitalism not deserving of any special or particular analysis. How should we understand such a contested term? Why, when the term has been used for decades, has “neoliberalism” suddenly become so controversial? What, if anything, is neoliberalism?
In this course, we’ll examine analyses of neoliberalism from a variety of perspectives: law, economics, intellectual history, politics, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and more. We’ll explore a nested doll of ideas, histories, and studies: neoliberalism as a set of international legal and treaty arrangements; neoliberalism as a set of political and economic ideas; neoliberalism as a program and state-level policy; and neoliberalism as a cultural logic or way of life. What has changed over the past four decades and what has not? How should we understand the rise of finance and new capital mobility? Can the paradigm of neoliberalism help us understand the political and cultural projects of the past forty years? What is our most capacious understanding of neoliberalism, and does it give us analytic and explanatory power of the world in our current moment? Does a concept that contain multitudes become meaningless?
Readings will be drawn from Quinn Slobidian, Philip Mirowski, IMF and other international body reports, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig Wittgenstein, David Harvey, Wendy Brown, Michelle Williams, Anna Tsing, Patrick Heller, among others.
There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.
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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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Full Course Title: Self Care for Women: Mindful Cycles, Healthy Bodies, Clean Beauty In this comprehensive class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth and postpartum doula and mom Laena McCarthy, will discuss healing traditions and practices to boost the female body's natural resilience while protecting from stress and damage, from the inside...
Tuesday Nov 5th, 8:30pm - 10pm
Learn advanced search strategies to narrow results and find the best information online. Skill prerequisites: Basic mouse and keyboarding skills These are registration based classes and spots may fill up quickly. If for any reason we're unable to accommodate your registration, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Tuesday Oct 15th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Reading Frederic Jameson: History, Postmodernism, and Utopia Why read Fredric Jameson? From “always historicize!,” the opening provocation of The Political Unconscious, to the claim, central to Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, that the postmodern is characterized by a loss of the sense of history in the fragmentation of...
Tuesday Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm(4 sessions)
Three things to know about Kafka. First his friend asked him if he believed in a spiritual world, and Kafka replied that he thought there was only one world, and then added that the one world he was thinking of WAS the spiritual world — the physical world, he said, was the Evil in the spiritual world. The other thing to know about Kafka is...
Tuesday Oct 15th, 7:30pm - 9pm
In this session, we will explore what actually happens to our mind, bodies and emotions when we meditate. A meditation practice has the power to dissolve stress through profound, deep rest, transforming our physiology on a cellular level, and we will dive into the neurochemistry behind this phenomenon. What shifts can we expect to experience and what...
Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 8pm
The 2-Hour Silica Hazard Awareness Seminar is appropriate for individuals who may be exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the course of construction activities. Occupational exposure occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock, and stone products. Occupational exposure also occurs in operations...
Friday Oct 18th, 8am - 10am
In this long-running monthly show, two short, entrancing science lectures inspire sets of hilarious, never-to-be-seen-again improv comedy. Featuring veteran improv team Thank You, Robot, whose members’ credits include Veep, This American Life, The Onion, SNL Weekend Update and more. Plus a different special guest team every month, and lectures curated...
Saturday Nov 2nd, 9pm - 11pm
Success in business isn't what you know, it's who you know. Discover how to build impactful business relationships so you can land new clients, biz dev partners, key hires, investors, and more. We'll cover: setting yourself up for visibility and success; developing trust and rapport with stakeholders; influence in business relationships; cultivating...
Saturday Oct 19th, 11:30am - 2pm
You're invited to an intimate conversation with HelloAva cofounders Siqi Mou and Kailu Guan. Office Hours gets your most pressing questions answered, from founders & execs who are just a few steps ahead of you. Your RSVP includes a Program Pass to our clubhouse for this weekend.
Saturday Oct 19th, 3pm - 4:30pm
You're invited to Game Night to bond with your fellow brunchwork members over Jenga, poker, charades, and more. Your RSVP includes a Program Pass to our clubhouse for this weekend. Menu Healthy and delicious grain bowls from FoodtoEat, mimosas and coffee.
Saturday Oct 19th, 6pm - 8pm
Sunday Oct 20th, 11:30am - 2pm
BYOP = Bring Your Own Perspective You're invited to an apéritif with other brunchwork members. Enjoy focused and curated discussions among brunchwork members. The goal is simple, but important: resource and knowledge sharing. You will enjoy your apéritif in two parts. First, you will connect with other members in your field. Your second apéritif...
Saturday Oct 19th, 2:30pm - 4pm
Can the bricks, glass, wood, and mortar of our city's most emblematic buildings reveal how and why New York City has become the modern global metropolis we know today? To celebrate the launch of his latest book, A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis, former New York Times urban affairs correspondent...
Monday Oct 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
If Mozart is one of the best-known figures in Western classical music, he is also, oddly, one of the most elusive. Admirers from his time to ours, while agreeing on his stature, have disagreed about almost everything else—to Wagner he was the “genius of light and love”; to Kierkegaard a musical apostle of the demonic. He has been claimed on...
Monday Oct 21st, 6:45pm - 9:45pm(4 sessions)
Create leverage in life and business by optimizing your day. We'll geek out on productivity, automation and outsourcing hacks with a leading expert. There will be plenty of time to strategize about your specific needs. And, there's brunch. Menu Healthy and delicious grain bowls from FoodtoEat, mimosas and coffee.
Saturday Oct 26th, 11:30am - 2pm
You're invited to Book Club. We read 1 business-related book together each month and meet on the last Sunday of the month for a lively discussion. You never know - the author may just pop-in ;) OCTOBER SELECTION Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first...
Sunday Oct 27th, 2:30pm - 4pm
This course will explore how we tell our stories through poetry, whether directly or slant, and ways we can be more adventurous, musical and honest. Experience with poetry-writing will be expected. Students will be required to turn in a poem a week to be workshopped by the group. Experience with reading poetry is also a must. Familiarity with the...
Tuesday Oct 29th, 6:30pm - 9pm(8 sessions)
Walking in the cemetery, have you ever wondered what those symbols etched in the tombstones say about the deceased interred beneath your feet? Sure, the skulls and winged hourglasses are ominously straightforward, but along with them are secret society emblems, carefully chosen flowers, gesturing hands, guardian animals, and other arcane...
Wednesday Oct 30th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life: Marta McDowell in conversation with Alice Quinn In her new book, Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life, landscape historian, NYBG instructor, and award-winning author Marta McDowell revisits an avid gardener-and one of America's most brilliant and original poets. McDowell's beautifully illustrated talk reveals how the...
Friday Nov 1st, 11am - 12:30pm
Often success in business comes down to influencing the decisions of your colleagues, clients, partners and investors. We'll dig deep into the topics behind Adam Galinsky's famous TED Talk: asserting yourself, navigating delicate business situations and expanding your personal influence. There will be plenty of time to strategize about your specific...
Sunday Nov 3rd, 11:30am - 2pm
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