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America's Expansion, Influence, and Uncertain Global Power

Presented with Strong Rope Brewery

Photos: Getty Images (5) Illustration: Elise Swain for The Intercept

Becoming a Superpower

Taught by Ward Regan


The Olio examines the U.S from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War II, the period when America became the dominant economic industrial power and then the world’s greatest military and political entity. This involves an examination both of political and economic matters, the two world wars and the beginning of the Cold War.


Maintaining Dominant Global Power

Taught by Manny Rodeiro


This Olio will explore the Supreme Court case of Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill (1978). The case was a landmark environmental decision in which we can see the Court grappling with a question at the core of environmental philosophy: “Does nature have intrinsic value (i.e., worth in-and-of-itself) beyond its instrumental value (i.e., what we can use it for)?” Furthermore, we will discuss the aftermath of the case as a potential illustration of why many citizens are skeptical of the competence of the federal government;* while concurrently, commenting on what this means for the country’s long term prospects of maintaining its position as the dominant global power? 

* A 2017 Gallup survey shows that only 28% of the population had a favorable view of the federal government.




Location: Strong Rope Brewery

574 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

 Strong Rope Brewery creates handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices showcasing the New York State farmers and malters we work with to create great tasting beer.

To Strong Rope, a living ale is more than just cask ale—it also speaks to the evolving record of beer history and culture, as well as to our efforts to use organic and natural ingredients, creating a more sustainable world. Beer is a living record of our society and that evolution will be continued through Strong Rope Brewery.


Other upcoming Olios


Jan 23

Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

Taught by Whitney George
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 2

Mysticism Happy Hour: Psychedelic Humanities & Confronting the Shadows

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 8

Democracy Without Truth

Taught by Manuel Rodeiro
7:30 p.m. at BAM Fisher

Sign Up - $25

Feb 9

The Body in a Cage: Modern Prisons, External and Internal

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Feb 12

*Olio Seminar* Break On Through: Creativity and the Mystic Experience

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $100

Feb 23

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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