BISR 2017 Year in Review

Dear Friends of the Brooklyn Institute,

Last year at this time, amid concerns about growing social, economic, and political crises, BISR outlined an ambitious plan to expand our unique model of community-based education. We believe that creating spaces for informed, critical inquiry is essential for a humane and democratic society. Over the last twelve months, we have worked tirelessly to follow through on this pledge. In particular, we have:

Looking toward 2018, we are more committed than ever to making the public sphere a place for critical education and civic engagement. We plan to hold more Network courses in more locations, conduct more free and online programming, build more and better Praxis projects, and maintain and expand our course offerings here in New York— but we need your help. If you haven’t already, please consider:

  • Becoming a BISR member: BISR is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a range of membership opportunities. Your contributions support our efforts to maintain and expand our programming;
  • Suggesting partnership opportunities: From cafes to  galleries toand community spaces, BISR relies on a robust network of partners to offer learning opportunities. Have an idea for a potential partner? Let us know by writing to
  • Taking a class and spreading the word: BISR served more than 1,500 students last year! Help keep the critical conversations going by taking a course in 2018 and/or inviting new faces into our learning community.

Your support means Brooklyn Institute faculty from the East River to the Mississippi can continue to offer high-quality, accessible learning opportunities to working adults as well as strengthen and expand critical education in the public sphere at a time when such efforts are needed more than ever before. Thank you for being a part of our work.


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