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Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors

Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.

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An Upstate Getaway for Lifelong Learners

Great professors, bunk beds, communal meals, movie nights, & dances. 

We're transforming a home + barn into sleepaway school for adults. Help us make it happen!

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Upcoming Olios

Sat, Nov 17 at noon

OlioHouse | Homecoming Dance 2018

Jamie Warren at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
In this Olio we will lay our nostalgia bare, and try to reckon with this powerful, political emotion.

Wed, Nov 28 at 7:30 p.m.

From Media Monopolies to Dating Sites: How Markets Fail and Why It Matters

Lev Moscow at Nowadays
From online dating sites to tourists paying too much for a bottle of water, to monopolies in media, we'll explore market failures and how they directly affect us.

Fri, Nov 30 at 7 p.m.

Wishes of the Dead

Barry Lam at Strand Bookstore
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.

Wed, Dec 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Visitation: Strange Beauty in the Italian Renaissance

Ted Barrow at Nowadays
What can we learn from this enigmatic work? How does art change over time? And what might the siege of Florence teach us about the perseverance of beauty and ideas in the midst of political turmoil today?

Fri, Dec 7 at 7:30 p.m.

What Does a Feminist City Look Like?

Lauren Hudson at Blender Workspace
We will think through the relationship between gender, urban space, and labor, from the advent of the suburbs, to ‘pink-collar ghettos’, and suburban McMansions.

Sat, Dec 8 at noon

OlioHouse | Deep Dive into the Gorgeous Mess that is the American Christmas Media Experience

Geoff & Maureen at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
The wife and husband power team and are turning the combined force of their intellectual powers on the very serious subject of Christmas movies.

Wed, Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

Jamie Warren at Nowadays
This Olio is for anyone who has ever struggled with the questions: What am I? What do I desire? Who should I love? Who will love me? Is my loneliness a source of pain or liberation? And of course, this one is for Freddie.

Wed, Dec 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The Roast of 2018: (Semi) Immersive Listening to EVERYTHING from this Year

Whitney George at Nowadays
Join us for our most-entertaining Olio listening where we roast the popular music scene, figure out where in the world did that come from? and gorge ourselves on questionable music videos with dodgy narrative content.

Sat, Jan 12 at noon

OlioHouse | "There is no Word for 'Thank You' in Dothraki": Theories on the Relationship Between Language and Thought

Maureen Matarese at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
Does the language we speak shape the way we think? We'll spend the weekend reading short stories, watching movies, analyzing (fun) data, and making truffles to examine this question from several directions

Sat, Feb 9 at noon

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Skye Cleary at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY
Plato wrote that, “Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder,” and in this Olio Symposium, we will wonder about the nature and meaning of love.

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