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Riley Teaching

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’s about enhancing our awareness of humanity and nurturing our appreciation for the humanities. Think Olio exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.

Founded by CUNY students Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst in March 2015, with a class in their living room, they have now held over 200 Olios at more than 30 locations. After they realized the disparity between what great teachers offer and how little they are paid, Chris and David wanted to make sure that they compensated teachers well while staying dedicated to keeping Olio prices low. 

These Olios are open to all curious people, regardless of educational background.




Think Olio Founders
The founders, Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst, with professor Geoff Klock.








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