Anti-Education

'Ad marginem', Paul Klee

What are the goals of a contemporary university education? In which ways are these goals being fulfilled or unfulfilled?  These questions form a guiding thread throughout the intellectual career of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.  From announcing the “death of God” to the “arrival of the most unwelcome guest, nihilism,” the tensions inherent in modern intellectual life are linked to the question of education, art and culture.  

Often perceived as a crisis, humanities adopted a research-based creation of expertise, which does not necessarily support the maturation of ethically strong and creative individuals.  Turning away from merit and genius, have the humanities adopted a technical, mechanical and bureaucratic model?  

Nietzsche’s prophetic lectures from his early days in Basel remain key to understanding the successes and failures of the modern university. Based on his lectures “On the Future of Our Educational Institutions,” this Olio presents a much-needed critique of these institutions; critiques that are vital to their survival.




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.




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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.


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Oct 15

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Taught by Geoff Klock
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Oct 21

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Taught by Kim Nguyen
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Oct 22

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Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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Oct 23

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Taught by Jamie Warren
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Oct 27

Olio Breakfast Club | Frankenstein: Who is the Monster?

Taught by Patricia Kim
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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Oct 30

Olio Workshop | Modern Anxiety and Ancient Healing Arts

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7:30 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

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Nov 4

Olio Fiction Workshop | Challenging the Received Boundaries of Genre

Taught by Kat Rejsek
7 p.m. at Little Roy // Flatbush

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Nov 15

Do You Have Kids? The Politics of Motherhood

Taught by Ifeoma Ike
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