Human Rights Happy Hour: Dangerous Aliens and The American Dream

None at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Feb 16 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Dangerous Aliens: The Politics of Fear & Loathing in the 21st Century

Taught by Phelim Kine


Refugees. Immigrants. Religious minorities. LGBT people. These are some of the targets of a new strain of populist demagogue exploiting concerns about globalization, technological change and economic dislocation to propagate a toxic narrative of victimized majorities besieged by dangerous minorities. The thread that binds Brexit, Burma and Steve Bannon is a politics of increasingly violent exclusion backed by a weaponized Internet and a dismissal of the concept of universal human rights. Join the resistance as Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine lays out the threats at home and abroad and strategizes how to confront them.


Immigrant Rights and the Illusion of the American Dream

Taught by Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario


On January 11, 2018, the President of the United States asked lawmakers why the United States continued to allow the immigration of "people from shithole countries" into the United States. These and other statements from the administration are emblematic of the increased threat on immigrant lives, including of DREAMers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, the concept of the American Dream continues to erode. Come learn about the work of immigrant artists and activists across the country who are using the arts and creativity to educate the public on immigration rights. At this Think Olio, participants will explore how communities are mobilizing and winning around the Clean Dream Act, providing a legislative solution for over two million youth and young adult immigrants.

Teacher: Olio Happy Hour
Venue: Strand Bookstore

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Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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Teacher: Lawrence Cappello

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Location: at Online

Teacher: Ted Barrow

June 10, 2020, 8 p.m.

Progressives, Radicals & Well-Meaning Liberals

Location: at Online

Teacher: Angie Beeman

June 11, 2020, 8 p.m.

Press Start to Begin: A Survey & History of Video Game Music

Location: at Online

Teacher: Whitney George

June 12, 2020, 8 p.m.

Plato Goes East: The Republic and The Bhagavad Gita

Location: at Online

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

June 14, 2020, noon

Socialism, A Day in the Life

Location: at Online

Teacher: Danny Katch

June 15, 2020, 8 p.m.

Government Action and Inaction in Response to Covid-19

Location: at Online

Teacher: Andres Bernal

June 19, 2020, 8 p.m.

Internet Omnipresence & Critical Thinking

Location: at Online

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

June 22, 2020, 8 p.m.

New Toys and New Tyrants: Capitalism and the Rise of Platform Economics

Location: at Online

Teacher: Rob Larson

June 30, 2020, 8 p.m.


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Olio: A miscellaneous collection of art and literature.