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 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. Community Initiative grows from the recognition that not everyone interested in the liberal arts is able to access them 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 Brooklyn Institute education centers located across the Midwest created to increase access to critical community-based education and scholarship.

BISR Network regional centers engage in wide-ranging discussions on subjects ranging 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 rural, suburban, and smaller urban spaces, particularly in areas whose social fabric has been stretched by economic instability, demographic change, and racial tension. BISR Network 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 that enables NYC- and Philadelphia-area public K-12 and community college teachers to take BISR courses, from economics to critical theory to philosophy to mathematics to a study of George Harriman’s Krazy Kat, at the highly reduced rate of $100. In addition, all New York State Educator Access enrollees will receive New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit (12 credit hours). Application and enrollment is open for all Winter-Spring 2021 courses.

To apply, please fill out the short form below.