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The first-ever Olio was held in a living room and as we have grown to larger venues around the city, we still think nothing beats the intimate feel of an evening Olio in a cozy apartment.

Are you curious about hosting in your home? Can you fit 10 people? 50 people? We're open to all kinds of spaces so let us know if you're interested here.

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"There’s something so magical about looking around your living room to see twenty faces, rapt, leaning forward in their chairs towards a professor—learning about philosophy or feminism or literature or any of the other paths you can wander down in an Olio. You hear voices chime in with questions and additions and disagreements, and you have your perspective changed without having to leave your home.

"But the best thing about Think Olio, which is at its pinnacle in living room lectures, is the community. It’s a self-selecting group: people who want to spend their free time talking about ideas, and those desires permeate and enrich the conversations you have before and after the lecture. At the end of each Olio, I’ve come away with a few new friends, minimal tidying up, and the feeling that I’ve helped gift a special evening to a collection of beautiful strangers."

- Anna Phelan, Scenius Member and Living Room Host

What is Think Olio?

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.

Read more about our mission, our story, and how we are doing this.

Scenius Membership

If Friday night lectures, museum field trips, and living room salons sound like your kind of thing, then you've found your people. We can't wait to welcome you to the Think Olio Scenius. More info

Upcoming Olios

Thomas Paine & the Roots of American Progressivism

Venue: Erin Thompson

Teacher: Michael Crowder

March 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Romance & Autonomy

Venue: Lira Skenderi

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

March 11, 2020, 7 p.m.

Psychosexual Cinema Club | Mulholland Drive

Venue: Work Heights | Electric

Teacher: Geoff Klock

March 10, 2020, 7:15 p.m.

What is an Author?

Venue: Kevin Dunn

Teacher: Jamie Warren

March 5, 2020, 7 p.m.

Playing in the Tao

Venue: The William Vale

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam

March 1, 2020, 3 p.m.

What America Still Doesn't Get About the Black Voter

Venue: Castle Clinton

Teacher: Ifeoma Ike

Feb. 29, 2020, 2 p.m.

'I would die for you’: The Feminist Politics of a Broken Heart

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Feb. 28, 2020, 7 p.m.

Navigating Commu-Capitalist Reality in Cuba

Venue: Ana Rosa Granados

Teacher: Teresita Levy

Feb. 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Imperial Presidency

Venue: Federal Hall

Teacher: Lawrence Cappello

Feb. 17, 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.

What is Radical Citizenship?

Venue: African Burial Ground National Monument

Teacher: Brian Lewis

Feb. 8, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Love & Friendship

Venue: Lira Skenderi

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Feb. 5, 2020, 7 p.m.

Psychosexual Cinema Club | Psycho

Venue: Work Heights | Electric

Teacher: Geoff Klock

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

Red and the Sack of Rome

Venue: Julieta Varela

Teacher: Ted Barrow

Feb. 2, 2020, 2 p.m.

Transforming Police into Jedi Peacebuilders

Venue: Jessie Whitman

Teacher: Brad Heckman

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

Decolonizing the Heart & Mind

Venue: Work Heights | Electric

Teacher: Kim Nguyen

Jan. 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

MLK & Mary Shelley

Venue: Federal Hall

Teacher: Patricia Kim

Jan. 20, 2020, 2 p.m.

The Production of Nature

Venue: Kim Pieterse

Teacher: Lauren Hudson

Jan. 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Social Contracts

Venue: Lira Skenderi

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jan. 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

Olio Workshop | Contemporary Dance

Venue: The William Vale

Teacher: Nicole Pierce

Jan. 11, 2020, noon


Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jan. 10, 2020, 7 p.m.


Venue: Brownstone in West Village

Teacher: Patricia Kim

Dec. 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

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