We’re pleased to bring back a slightly abridged version of the Bulletin of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. In this edition, we provide a more comprehensive look at two of our current classes and a preview of our next class, “American Transcendentalism: Emerson and Thoreau“! The next Bulletin will feature the return of our Listings section. In any case, please check it out:
This is the last weekend to enroll in “Politics of the City I: Plato and Aristotle” and/or “The Avant-garde in Theory and Practice“! Space is limited. So if you’ve been sitting on the fence for these courses, today is the day to enroll and start your New Year off the right way.
A quick look at the venues:
Local 61 (Politics of the City I) — There’s a quiet space upstairs!
Singularity&Co (The Avant-garde in Theory and Practice)
We are extraordinarily excited to announce a new partnership with the Goethe-Institut as part of a shared mission to provide innovative programming about culture and scholarship to the general public. This ongoing program will involve a variety of event formats, beginning with our first collaborative class, ”Critical Theory and the Now: a Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School” which starts Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at the Goethe-Institut’s “Wyoming Building” at 5 East 3rd Street in Manhattan. There will be further announcements about this course and about the collaboration with Goethe in the coming weeks. For more general information on the Goethe-Institut please visit their website.
This is the first episode of the second season of our podcast series, “The Podcast for Social Research.” We recorded this episode on Friday, October 23 with an eye towards relevance to the upcoming election, and also to return to film criticism to inaugurate our second season, much as we began our first. As such, this was recorded long before any of us realized that by this weekend, with a mere 4 days till the election, most of our city’s attention would be focused on displaced people, power outages, destroyed infrastructure, climate change, and the politics of crisis response. However, there is still an election on Tuesday, and there is still a place for discussion even in a crisis. So whether you are stuck at home because of the subways or heading out to Far Rockaway, Staten Island, Red Hook, or any of the other neighborhoods still in critical need, or anywhere else in the world, we hope you enjoy our discussion of political movements and elections and our friendly critique of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” As always, please see our Notations section after the jump for some references, asides, and more. Although we have a bibliography in our customary style, our own time constraints to post this before the election will keep this episode’s Notations largely without time stamps. We promise to return to our full, thorough style of Notations for next episode. Until then, share, enjoy, stay safe, and warm.
If you’ve been following our Facebook or Twitter you know that we had to cancel last week’s classes and events. We are currently working on rescheduling all of these. Additionally, we have had some sad news from our friends at the Center for Jewish History that, due to flooding, Monday’s class will have to be postponed as well. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us. Additionally, if you or an educational institution that you are a part of is trying to find time and space to hold classes, please get in touch; we’ve built up a nice network of spaces and people who may be able to help out. Thanks and hope you are all safe, warm, and dry.
Some helpful links as of now, Nov. 1, 2012: If you need food or water – http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html
If you need shelter info: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html
If you need transport info: http://transportationnation.org/
If you are looking to volunteer: http://www.dogoodrighthere.org/blog/tue-10302012-325pm/volunteer-help-after-storm
Nov. 2 UPDATE: Weekend Volunteering: http://brokelyn.com/where-to-volunteer-this-weekend/
NOV. 4 UPDATE: Please check our Facebook page for updates, it is public so you should be able to view it even if you’re not on Facebook. We think. : http://www.facebook.com/TheBrooklynInstitute