Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors

We started in a living room with a small group of friends and a professor but have grown into a learning collective that continues to be shaped by the ideas of our community.

If Friday night lectures, museum field trips, living room salons, and the occasional dance party sound like your kind of thing, then you've found your people.

- Chris & David

Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.

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What is Think Olio?

Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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If Friday night lectures, museum field trips, and living room salons sound like your kind of thing, then you've found your people. We can't wait to welcome you to the Think Olio Scenius. More info



The Myth of Progress: Our Most Violent Fantasy

Let us look closely at the myth of historical progress and ask ourselves just how we came to believe that the past exists in service to the future.

Location: at None

Teacher: Jamie Warren

May 11, 2018, 8 p.m.

At Home

What is it to have a home? Homebirds, homebodies, homelovings: what are the benefits of a stay-at-home life? Mona Chollet takes us on a journey about how time and space have been transfigured, even disfigured, in today's ultra-productive society.

Location: at Online

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

April 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

A New Contract with Black America: Where Do We Go From Here?

In this Olio, we’ll explore some of the real considerations missed in the conversation around the “Black Vote,” the misunderstood motivators as to how Black communities vote, and the dismissal in progressive and conservative spaces of Black independence, autonomy and choice. We'll then come together, in session two to process the aftermath of the election and shine some historical context onto the political stage playing out in front of us.

Location: at Online

Teacher: Ifeoma Ike

Nov. 8, 2020, 8 p.m.

I'm Alive. Now What? Reading Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground

In this Olio we will use Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground" as a way of addressing a fraught human existence. How do we perceive the world and, in turn, how do we then perceive ourselves? We'll use the novel as a jumping-off point to locate our modern positions on issues like: The fallacy of rationalism and scientific utopias. Together, we will participate in an open dialogue to process experiences and emotions that result from our engagement with the work and reflect on who we are, our values, our shared fate.

Location: at Online

Teacher: Patricia Kim

March 28, 2021, 3 p.m.

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Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.