Past Olios

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

We will talk about whether identity categories provide strength and solidarity, or do they limit the radical and creative possibilities just beneath the surface of political life?

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Jan. 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

Wishes of the Dead

We'll look into the complicated philosophical questions about why we give the dead so much power over our lives, and what this says about how we find meaning in our own lives given foreknowledge of our mortality.

Teacher: None

Nov. 30, 2018, 7 p.m.

What We Call Evil

What happens when we qualify an action or someone as being evil? What causes this moral judgment, and what effects may this judgment have?

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Nov. 2, 2018, 7 p.m.

Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and The Politics of Love

In this Olio, we will examine how the experience of being other shapes women’s relationship to the world around them, and perhaps more importantly, to themselves.

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Oct. 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Communities and Their Pitfalls

Artists from HangNight™️ line the walls of the Strand while Jeanne Proust teaches an Olio on community from a radical perspective.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Oct. 12, 2018, 7 p.m.

Should I Kill Myself or Have a Cup of Coffee?

Join us for an Olio about existential attitudes towards suicide, finding meaning in life, and coffee.

Teacher: None

Sept. 7, 2018, 7 p.m.

Selective Histories: Memory, Aesthetics, & Urban Art

This Olio will focus on the many conflicting intents of urban art, from its use as state propaganda to its many forms of resistance to oppression.

Teacher: Lauren Hudson

Aug. 31, 2018, 7 p.m.

Villains, Violence, and Vogue

Aristotle first recognized the paradox of tragic art. Why do we enjoy watching fictional characters suffer when we would be horrified by the same thing in real life?

Teacher: None

Aug. 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

A Dog Named Ego

What is ego? We say, “I have an ego,” which implies there is an “I” separate from the egoic self. We say, “that is just her ego talking,” which implies another her, larger than the ego.

Teacher: Michael Prettyman

July 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

What Does it Mean to Be an American: Conformity, Silence, and Lies

A central feature of gaining “whiteness” is silence and erasure. This Olio will examine how these themes are reproduced in dominant narratives within institutions.

Teacher: None

July 13, 2018, 7 p.m.

Unburdening the Earth: Hinduism and Ecology

Are we, humans, responsible stewards of our home, the Earth? Or are we a burden upon it?

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

June 22, 2018, 7 p.m.

How Did NYC Become the Birthplace of Global Capitalism?

A history of capitalism and settler colonialism helps us understand better the various logics of exclusion and elimination.

Teacher: None

June 15, 2018, 7 p.m.

What the Body Knows: Connecting Cells to Choreography

The Olio will be led by two teachers / dancers from the New School and the night will be made up of multiple exercises paired with conversations around theories of movement and the body.

Teacher: None

June 1, 2018, 7 p.m.

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.

Teacher: Jamie Warren

May 11, 2018, 8 p.m.

Wakanda Forever: Rethinking Killmonger as Villain

US founding fathers have always intended for many people to be left out of the social contract. Enter Eric (Killmonger) Stevens, dual citizen of the U.S. and Wakanda and the antagonist of Marvel’s Black Panther.

Teacher: None

May 4, 2018, 7 p.m.

Pot and Punishment: Dissecting Marijuana Policy, Mass-Incarceration, and Mental Health

This talk will explore how far (or not) we’ve come and where we must go to ultimately adopt policies that support, rather than punish and stigmatize marijuana users.

Teacher: None

April 20, 2018, 7 p.m.

Friday the 13th | Free Will, Determinism, or Fuck it all?

Join us on Friday, April 13th for an Olio Happy Hour exploring Free Will, Determinism, and Radical Nihilism

Teacher: None

April 13, 2018, 7 p.m.

OlioMuse | The Muse That Screams: Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8

Dedicated to "the victims of fascism and war", this work still resonates with the public—an audience (currently) in revolt.

Teacher: Whitney George

March 23, 2018, 7 p.m.

Perverts, Creepers, and Freaks: A History of Sexual Perversions

In this Olio, we will explore the history of sexual perversions, examining how and why particular sexual desires and behaviors were labeled as bad, abnormal, and unnatural at certain periods in Western thought.

Teacher: Jamie Warren

March 9, 2018, 7 p.m.

Shakespeare Happy Hour | Think Olio 3rd Anniversary

We'll look at a few scenes in Shakespeare where characters seem to know that they are in a play — and what that can tell us about mindfulness, our own relationship to art and to our lives.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 2, 2018, 7 p.m.

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

Where does desire come from? And what is at play when we question the origins of sexual desire?

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Feb. 23, 2018, 7 p.m.

Sound and Silence in the Urban Jungle

This Olio takes a peek at how the surrounding environment of man-made sounds of the 20th century have forever changed the way we approach composing for percussion.

Teacher: Whitney George

Jan. 23, 2018, 7 p.m.

The History of the End of the World

We will examine the social and political forces that have historically produced such apocalyptic fantasies and the radical prescriptions for building a perfect society.

Teacher: None

Jan. 12, 2018, 7 p.m.

Intentional Amnesia & New York City's Missing Century

This Olio will highlight and celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City by starting with the question: "Where are the black people in the story of NYC?"

Teacher: None

Sept. 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

Modern Art, the Work-Life Balance, and the Gig Economy

1) The personal stories of four artists remind us that the issues of "work/life balance" and women's shifting roles in male-dominated fields are nothing new. 2) The last 40 years of American economic “progress” has expanded the wealth gap to its largest in a century and put a stake in the heart of the “American Dream.”

Teacher: None

Aug. 11, 2017, 7 p.m.

**Olio Seminar** // Woman as Other, Woman as Lover

This seminar will go deep, straight to the intellectual bone, as we wrestle with our own demons of self, sex, love, and our longing for authentic freedom.

Teacher: Jamie Warren

July 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

The Woman Question

The woman question actually posed the inquiry: 'What are women good for?' Let's discuss the psychic and social ramifications of being a question.

Teacher: Jamie Warren

June 30, 2017, 7 p.m.

Man's Separation from Nature and Where to Go from Here

Our unsustainable relationship with Nature is fueled by a long held view in Western thought that Man is separate from Nature. This discussion will explain the origins of this separation and attempt to provide an idea of how we can actually go about discharging our responsibility for environmental harms.

Teacher: None

June 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

More Than A Hipster Touchstone: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Join us for a special Olio where we look closely at the supreme poetry of the printed out lyrics for 60 minutes, and then listen to the whole album, and remember for a second what it is to be whole.

Teacher: Geoff Klock

June 9, 2017, 7 p.m.

Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

Join us as we unpack the evolution of the modern international human rights movement, dissect its challenges and make the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential against the darkness of autocracy and intolerance. **This talk is accompanied by a performance from the cellist Dara Hankins**

Teacher: None

April 28, 2017, 7 p.m.

The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend

An insider's look into the creative life of a Jazz Age legend, including the secret role she played in the revision of The Great Gatsby.

Teacher: Charles Riley

April 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy: Ancient Wisdom for Troubling Times

Containing a critique of technology, rampant materialism and self-serving individualism, the Mahabharata appears surprisingly contemporary.

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

March 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

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Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.