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2022 Year in Review: Looking Back, Looking Forward

As 2022 draws to a close, so does Brooklyn Institute for Social Research’s 10th anniversary year. Over the last 12 months, BISR worked with well over 3000 students, across some 5 continents. In the past 10 years, over 13000. In 2022, BISR offered over 160 unique courses, across the humanities, social, and natural sciences. Over […]

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The BISR Certificate Experience

The Certificate program is another example of the ways BISR has figured out how to give us the best parts of graduate education and strip away all the rest. – Josh Wallack, ’22-23 Certificate Student In Spring 2022, we launched the BISR Certificate for Critical Study, a year-long intensive program in which working adults curate […]

In Memoriam: Jeffrey Escoffier

We are grieved to share the news that Jeffrey Escoffier, a beloved BISR faculty member, passed away on Friday, May 20th. Jeffrey joined BISR in 2015 both as faculty and our research associate. Guiding students and faculty alike, he was a singular presence, someone whose extraordinary scholarly range—from psychoanalysis to studies of gender and sexuality, […]

10th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

2022 marks Brooklyn Institute for Social Research’s 10-year anniversary! As part of our celebration of this milestone, BISR is launching a special 10th Anniversary Campaign to ensure our sustainability for the next ten years and beyond. There are lots of ways you can show your support, from taking a course to attending the 10th Anniversary […]

BISR 2021 Year in Review and Year-End Appeal

Next month will mark Brooklyn Institute for Social Research’s 10-year anniversary. We began operations in the winter of 2012 with a single course, “Politics of the City: Plato and Aristotle,” offered in the back room of a Boerum Hill bar. Over the course of the last decade, we have built a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum of […]

We’re Hiring: Finance Manager

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (BISR) is seeking a full-time Finance Manager. This position will be responsible for performing all bookkeeping duties, in addition to some general administration and office management. The Finance Manager will join the Operations Manager and Program Director as a member of the BISR administrative team, under the supervision of the […]

Call for Faculty: Art History, Literature, African-American History, and More

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (BISR), a non-profit critical education and research institute which integrates rigorous but accessible scholarly study with the everyday lives of working adults, seeks scholars who are interested in joining our faculty to teach and design rigorous seminar-style courses for adult students across multiple time zones, both in and outside the […]

BISR 2020 Year in Review and Year-End Appeal

Dear Friends of the Brooklyn Institute, 2020 has been a year of hardship. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the ongoing epidemic of police violence, economic turmoil, and political instability, this year has brought the structural inequalities of the world into sharp relief. But each of these interlinking crises has also generated a response that underscores […]

We’re Hiring: Administrative Assistant (Full-Time)

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a non-profit teaching and research institute offering critical education in the humanities and social sciences, is hiring a full-time administrative assistant. The administrative assistant will work primarily with BISR’s Program Director and Operations Director on tasks including, but not limited to: Liaising with commercial and institutional partners Helping manage and […]

COVID-19, Social Distancing, and Supporting BISR

Dear Students, Alumni, and Friends, Like many universities and colleges, BISR has moved all of our courses online as of this week. And, like other major cultural institutions, from the MET to the Guggenheim to the New York Philharmonic, we are cancelling events for at least the next month. However, unlike universities or major institutions, […]