America's Expansion, Influence, and Uncertain Global Power

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Becoming a Superpower

Taught by Ward Regan


The Olio examines the U.S from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War II, the period when America became the dominant economic industrial power and then the world’s greatest military and political entity. This involves an examination both of political and economic matters, the two world wars and the beginning of the Cold War.


Maintaining Dominant Global Power

Taught by Manny Rodeiro


This Olio will explore the Supreme Court case of Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill (1978). The case was a landmark environmental decision in which we can see the Court grappling with a question at the core of environmental philosophy: “Does nature have intrinsic value (i.e., worth in-and-of-itself) beyond its instrumental value (i.e., what we can use it for)?” Furthermore, we will discuss the aftermath of the case as a potential illustration of why many citizens are skeptical of the competence of the federal government;* while concurrently, commenting on what this means for the country’s long term prospects of maintaining its position as the dominant global power? 

* A 2017 Gallup survey shows that only 28% of the population had a favorable view of the federal government.




Location: Strong Rope Brewery

574 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Strong Rope Brewery creates handcrafted local and organic ales featuring seasonal offerings that will use the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices showcasing the New York State farmers and malters we work with to create great tasting beer.




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Other upcoming Olios


Mar 27

Urban Development: From Reconstruction to Gentrification

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Mar 28

Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Taught by Ted Barrow
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Mar 29

Self-Love or Narcissism?

Taught by Skye Cleary
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Mar 30

Scenius Summit 2019: Apiary Book Launch

Taught by No Professor Weekend
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 5

OlioMuse | Beethoven's Minor Mood

Taught by Gil Harel
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 7

Olio Breakfast Club | Death & Bagels on a Sunday Morning

Taught by Jeanne Proust
10:30 a.m. at North 3rd St. Market - Williamsburg

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Apr 9

Madame(s) X: Muses, Makers, & Shifting Identities

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 13

OlioHouse | Music & The Feast for Senses

Taught by Whitney George
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 23

The Death of Art, The Rise of the Image

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 27

OlioHouse | Found Poetry: Composting Words

Taught by Heather O'Neill
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

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