Olio: noun \ˈō-lē-ˌō\  

A miscellaneous collection (esp. of art or literature)

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Aug 17

Thomas Paine and the Flame of Revolution

This Olio explains the characterization of Paine as a preeminent philosopher and the genesis of radical politics as a force in world events.
Taught by Ward Regan
Thu, Aug 17 // 7:30 p.m. at The Old Stone House
**Complimentary beer provided by The Gate

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Aug 18

Fear from the Future: Prescient Warnings from Dystopian Fiction

In varying measures, “Handmaid’s Tale” and “Fahrenheit 451” speak to the defining fears of our day. Their visions provide stark warnings for the direction of society that are as much a call to action as they are predictive lament.
Taught by Phelim Kine
Fri, Aug 18 // 7:30 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Aug 22

Guilty Pleasures Take the Edge Off Reality: Inside the Entertainment-Industrial Complex

Let's talk about how fantasy has bled into reality and try to understand what it means for the future of our country.
Taught by Ward Regan
Tue, Aug 22 // 7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Aug 25

*Double Feature* // Art as Activism or Art for Art's Sake?

1) Let’s talk about hedonism and social activism and poetry as the thing-in-itself. 2) What relevance can we draw from analog art forms in the age of digital phones and emails?
Taught by Two Olio Professors
Fri, Aug 25 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
**Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.

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Aug 26

1950s & Nostalgia: In Search of Greatness in the "Golden Age"

The United States experienced the highest standard of living of any nation in the history of human civilization in the 1950s. But the decade wasn't golden for everyone.
Taught by Lawrence Cappello
Sat, Aug 26 // 7 p.m. at Atlas Studios // Newburgh, NY
**This is Olio will take place in Newburgh, NY.

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Sep 10

Meditations: A Wisdom of the Everyday

Gathering together around Meditations will allow us to apply Stoic philosophy to the dilemmas we face in life.
Taught by Michael Prettyman
Sun, Sep 10 // 4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

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Sep 16

Urban Inspiration & Suburban Sprawl in the Lyrics of the Talking Heads

In this Olio we will read, discuss, and analyze the urban sociological themes within a curated selection of Talking Heads songs.
Taught by Jessica Rogers
Sat, Sep 16 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore
***Event to be followed by This Ain’t No Party: Talking Heads Vinyl Dance Party!!! (Location TBA)

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Sep 17

Unlocking Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, and the Monstrous Hollywood Dream Machine

Join Prof. Klock for a four-hour Olio, where we will watch a chunk of the movie, pausing occasionally to look at details, and discuss the chunk we just watched, till it's all over. If you have not seen Mulholland Drive before, see it for the first time here, as I will be enforcing spoilers
Taught by Geoff Klock
Sun, Sep 17 // 2 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.
**This event will take place in a private movie theater at Neuehouse.

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Sep 29

Ban This Book (If You Can)

Charles Riley, who taught and wrote under extreme government censorship in China while helping dissidents, tracks the network of censorship that targeted Joyce's Ulysses and other "obscene" books.
Taught by Charles Riley
Fri, Sep 29 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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