About Think Olio


What we are doing with Think Olio isn’t all that revolutionary. Our core belief is that education should be an ongoing, lifelong endeavor. Think Olio was created for those who want to keep learning. With our salon-style classes, taught by college professors, we’ve cut the excess out of education - the costs, the tests and grades, the fluorescent lighting, and people who don’t really want to be there.

This 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.

Think Olio was founded by CUNY students Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst in March 2015, with a class in their living room. After they realized the disparity between what great teachers offer and how little they are paid, Chris and David created an environment where professors were appreciated and compensated for the work that they do and class prices remained accessible.

All Olios are open and accessible to all curious people, regardless of educational background.

- Chris & David, Founders

Read our profile in Southwest Mag


Geoff Klock had just been hit by a car. He was on sabbatical from his job as a professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College when a taxi made a turn through Klock (and his bike) in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Until then, he had logged more than 100 miles a week commuting around the city, but he knew those days were over, at least for a while.

As he was recovering, in August 2015, he heard from two guys running a small, new adult education business called Think Olio. Would he be interested in meeting and learning more? Continue reading


Other Upcoming Olios


Transforming Police into Jedi Peacebuilders

Venue: Jessie Whitman

Teacher: Brad Heckman

Jan. 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Psychosexual Cinema Club | Psycho

Venue: Work Heights | Electric

Teacher: Geoff Klock

Feb. 4, 2020, 7:15 p.m.

Love & Friendship

Venue: Lira Skenderi

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Feb. 5, 2020, 7 p.m.

What is Radical Citizenship?

Venue: Federal Hall

Teacher: Brian Lewis

Feb. 6, 2020, 2 p.m.

Red and the Sack of Rome

Venue: Julieta Varela

Teacher: Ted Barrow

Feb. 9, 2020, 2 p.m.

Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

Feb. 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

The Imperial Presidency

Venue: Federal Hall

Teacher: Lawrence Cappello

Feb. 17, 2020, 2 p.m.

What is an Author?

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Feb. 28, 2020, 7 p.m.


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Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.