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


Dec 28

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

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Dec 29

Scenius Summit 2019: No Professor New Year's Weekend

Taught by
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $100

Jan 4

Museum Visit | Strange Beauty in the Italian Renaissance

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at The Morgan Library & Museum

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Jan 11

Somebody to Love: A Feminist Reading of Freddie Mercury

Taught by Jamie Warren
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jan 22

Living Room Salon | Our Struggle with Free Will

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Feb 2

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

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Feb 15

Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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