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.

Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.



Upcoming Olios



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

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

Whitney George at Nowadays

$ 15
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.


Fri, Dec 28 at 7:30 p.m.

New Year’s House Party | Remembering 1919 – A Hellish Year

Lawrence Cappello at Living Room

$ 15
Join us for a history-themed New Year’s Olio as we mark the centennial of 1919 – a year where fissures across race, class, gender, politics, and public health made it seem to many as if the nation was being torn apart at the seams.


Sat, Dec 29 at noon

Scenius Summit 2019: No Professor New Year's Weekend

at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

$ 100
What better way to bring in the New Year than together: setting our intentions, plotting new projects, and learning from one another. Also, we have a fireplace, a library, and a movie theater :D


Fri, Jan 4 at 7 p.m.

Museum Visit | Strange Beauty in the Italian Renaissance

Ted Barrow at The Morgan Library & Museum

$ 15
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, Jan 11 at 7 p.m.

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

Jamie Warren at Strand Bookstore

$ 20
We will talk about whether identity categories provide strength and solidarity, or do they limit the radical and creative possibilities just beneath the surface of political life?


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

$ 150
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


Tue, Jan 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Living Room Salon | Our Struggle with Free Will

Jeanne Proust at Living Room

$ 15
What happens when we choose, when we decide something over something else? And even if we say that we are indeed free to decide what we want, is this freedom such a great thing to have ?


Thu, Jan 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Geoff Klock at Living Room

$ 15
Join us for this two hour Olio where we read difficult poetry that asks some tough goddamn questions


Sat, Feb 2 at noon

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Jamie Warren at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

$ 150
This Olio will examine what it means to live in a rape culture. While the goals of this weekend will remain rooted in learning from academic scholarship, participants might find that such scholarship can provide a source of transformation and even healing.


Sat, Feb 9 at noon

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Skye Cleary at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

$ 150
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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