Olio: noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\  

A miscellaneous collection (esp. of art or literature)

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May 26

A Radical Peace Education: Responding to Useless Learning, Structural Violence and the School to Prison Pipeline

This Olio calls for a radical peace education that can challenge and equip teachers and students in co-imagining and co-enacting more just and sustainable futures!
Taught by Hakim Williams
Fri, May 26 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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May 27

Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

We'll look at the texts and a short history of the development of the modern prison system along with the circumstances that landed these authors in prison.
Taught by Ward Regan
Sat, May 27 // 7 p.m. at Molasses Books
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May 28

*Read-in* America Was Never White: The Costs of Historical Memory and Intentional Forgetting

Memorial Day actually has significant and little-known ties to the history of American slavery and the ongoing struggle to preserve, remember, and honor the history of black Americans amidst the cultural cancer of white-supremacist historical revisioning.
Taught by Jamie Warren
Sun, May 28 // 3 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

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Jun 2

The Legal Roots of Reproductive Rights and the Birth Of Planned Parenthood

We'll discuss the origins of Planned Parenthood, the abortion debates of the twentieth-century, the early birth-control movement, the role of the Supreme Court on this issue and, most especially, the fact that reproductive rights are legally rooted in the constitutional right to privacy.
Taught by Lawrence Cappello
Fri, Jun 2 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**15% of all proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Jun 6

A False Autonomy: How Freelance and the Gig-Economy is Eating the American Dream

This Olio examines the current state of employment in the US and the rise of the new economic world order.
Taught by Ward Regan
Tue, Jun 6 // 7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 7

*Read-in* Playwrights in the Lab: How Science Makes Great Theatre

In this Olio, we'll explore the science, feminism, and theatricality of "science plays" as a whole.
Taught by Jonathan Alexandratos
Wed, Jun 7 // 7:30 p.m. at Hullabaloo Bookstore
**This Olio is BYOB.

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Jun 9

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.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Fri, Jun 9 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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Jun 11

*Read-In* The Exclusive Club of Whiteness: Exploring Racial Hierarchies

Many people now understand that "race" is not biologically determined. However, at the same time that we say "race" is not real, we continue to act as though it is.
Taught by Angie Beeman
Sun, Jun 11 // 4 p.m. at Chinatown Soup

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Jun 13

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Universe, but Never Had a Chance to Ask

We will hear the most up to date news about the Earth, our Solar System, worlds around other stars, and beyond.
Taught by Michael Hamburg
Tue, Jun 13 // 7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 15

Take a Bow and Come Out to Your Audience: Analyzing Queer Representation in Popular Media

In this talk we will discuss some examples of Queer representation in popular media and whether we should see these representations as liberatory or regressive.
Taught by Jaime Weida
Thu, Jun 15 // 7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Jun 16

O'Keeffe's Contemporaries: Four (More) Modern Women

These artists' personal stories are just as varied as their work, reminding us that the issues of "work/life balance" and women's shifting roles in male-dominated fields are nothing new. How did these four women define modern life and modern art for themselves?
Taught by Jessica Murphy
Fri, Jun 16 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Jun 17

What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from The Slayer

Through discussion and the viewing of a few clips, we will look critically at the show’s overarching narrative, asking ourselves: Was Buffy truly a feminist icon? If so, what kind of feminist?
Taught by Jamie Warren
Sat, Jun 17 // 7 p.m. at The Footlight Bar
**This event will include drink specials for Footlight's Hellmouth Happy Hour.

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Jun 20

Monsters From the Id: Analyzing Horror and the Darkest Corners of the Human Psyche

We'll learn about how examining the horror genre can lead directly to an examination of some of the darkest and most dangerous corners of the human psyche.
Taught by Jaime Weida
Tue, Jun 20 // 7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 21

That Fresh Sound: Modern Poetry, Kanye West, And Shaking Your Mind Out of Its Rut

This Olio will discuss a book that is specifically charged to break the mind out of cliché and into a perpetual freshness of language – and maybe cure writer’s block.
Taught by Geoff Klock
Wed, Jun 21 // 7 p.m. at JWALK
**&pizza + Viva Tequila included with your ticket

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Jun 23

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.
Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
Fri, Jun 23 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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Jun 26

Music, Decadence, and Altered States of Mind: Drinking in the Drawing Room

We'll explore the the trend of artists who access an altered state to aid in creation.
Taught by Whitney George
Mon, Jun 26 // 7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery
**Happy Hour on local craft beers by Strong Rope.

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Jun 27

Weaponizing Words: Political Vigilance and Letter Writing as Activism

Inspired by the rebel-poet, Diane di Prima, how might we practice letter-writing as both art and activism?
Taught by Jessica Rogers
Tue, Jun 27 // 7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 30

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.
Taught by Jamie Warren
Fri, Jun 30 // 7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jul 7

Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater and that changed the course of their work forever.
Taught by Charles Riley
Fri, Jul 7 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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Jul 16

*Read-In* Meditations

Gathering together around Meditations will allow us to apply Stoic philosophy to the dilemmas we face in life.
Taught by Michael Prettyman
Sun, Jul 16 // 4 p.m. at Dean Machine

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Jul 19

Pleasures, Taboos, Magic: Art History in Perfume Advertising

This illustrated Olio brings together ads from the past century that attempted to evoke (and sell) perfumes through references to fine art.
Taught by Jessica Murphy
Wed, Jul 19 // 7 p.m. at JWALK
**Complimentary mixed drinks provided by Viva32 Tequila.

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Jul 28

Women, Design, and Empowerment: I Will What I Want

This Olio begins a dialogue around designs created to emancipate those who menstruate, give birth, and/or identify as women.
Taught by Michelle Millar Fisher
Fri, Jul 28 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
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