Programs - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Office Hours

Office Hours offers students individualized study in a variety of forms guided by one of our expert faculty members.

Ranging from individual sessions (in-person or online) to a full 12 week course, you will meet 1-on-1 with your faculty mentor as you read your way through a syllabus customized around your personal or professional areas of interest. Whether you want to read the works of Marcel Proust, learn the history of the Modern Middle East, understand Hegel, or explore contemporary technology and society, Office Hours provides structure and space for intellectual inquiry and development. For students who are interested Office Hours can also involve a writing component in which students produce an essay related to their subject of study.

Praxis

Praxis is a unique, flexible program that provides workshops, materials, classes, and hands-on training for non-profits, labor, political, and other public interest organizations. 

Praxis offers an opportunity to convene conversations, access new research and analytic frameworks, build political education programs, and discuss the critical topics and structural forces that inform organizing and public interest work.

Community Initiative

The Community Initiative is a program that offers free educational opportunities to some of New York’s most underserved residents.

Working in partnership with other nonprofit organizationsparticularly those that provide supportive housing and job placement services to homeless, low-income, or formerly incarcerated New Yorkerswe enable underserved populations to access humanistic learning outside of formal (and expensive) university settings. The Community Initiative grows out of the recognition that access to and interest in the liberal arts are often not aligned, and the deep conviction that engagement with the humanities makes lives more meaningful and societies more vibrant.

BISR Network

BISR Network is a string of smaller Brooklyn Institute education centers located across the Midwest to increase access to critical community-based education and scholarship.

BISR Network regional centers engage in wide-ranging discussions from classical philosophy and literature to contemporary ideas and scholarship on pressing social issues. With the support of individual, foundation, and other donations, BISR Network is able to work in new rural, suburban, and smaller urban spaces, particularly those whose social fabric has been stretched by economic instability, demographic change, and racial tension. This initiative helps local scholars and organizations build on our years of public pedagogy experience to foster community-based education that is both rigorous and widely accessible.

Educator Access

Educator Access connects public K-12 and community college teachers to the Brooklyn Institute’s wide array of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. 

Made possible by a generous grant from the Teagle Foundation, Educator Access is a scholarship program enabling NYC-area public K-12 and community college teachers to take BISR courses, from macroeconomics to an introduction to the Frankfurt School to theories of liberalism to a study of Melville’s Moby Dick, at the highly subsidized rate of $100. BISR is currently pursuing certification from New York State to be an approved provider of Continuing Teacher and Leadership Education (CTLE) credit. Approval is expected by October, 2018. Once approved, BISR will issue CTLE credit to teachers for all completed coursework. Application and enrollment is open for all Fall courses, including September.