Think Olio is a member-driven learning collective. The organization brings passionate professors out of the university to hold pop-up classes (Olios) all around New York City. Founded by CUNY students Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst in March 2015, with a class in their living room, the duo has now organized over 400 Olios at more than 30 locations. You can attend Think Olio at Strand every Friday night at 7pm.

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Schedule of Events

Friday January 12: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

The History of the End of the World

Come join Jamie Warren and Lawrence Cappello for an Olio about the end of the world. We will examine the social and political forces that have historically produced such apocalyptic fantasies and the radical prescriptions for building a perfect society.
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Tuesday January 23: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

This unique Olio/demonstration combines the performance of works by modern, contemporary voices such as Steve Reich, David Lang, and John Cage with a look into the historical importance of these works, and how the surrounding environment of man-made sounds of the 20th century have forever changed the way we approach composing for percussion.

Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.
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Friday February 2: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Mysticism Happy Hour: Psychedelic Humanities & Confronting the Shadows

Scientific research on psychedelic drugs has grown exponentially since clinical studies resumed in the 1990s after a twenty-year hiatus. New findings suggest that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can effectively ameliorate PTSD symptoms, and that classic psychedelic substances like psilocybin (or “magic mushrooms”) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, also known as “acid”) can help reduce existential anxiety and effectively treat addiction.

This “renaissance” of research has slowly begun to permeate the softer, social sciences where the study of psychedelics has largely remained a taboo topic. A small, but burgeoning, new field of study—the “psychedelics humanities”—has emerged as an important phenomenological complement to the empirically based discourse of science. Join me, as we explore the frontiers of the psychedelic humanities and discuss the exciting prospects for this new field study.
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Friday February 9: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

The Body in a Cage: Modern Prisons, External and Internal

Please join us for this Olio, devoted solely to unpacking and understanding one of Foucault’s most celebrated and provocative works, Discipline and Punish. With the help of Foucault, we will ask ourselves the painful but much needed questions: What role should the non-caged play during this era of mass incarceration? What is our duty in the face of such massive unfreedom?

Complimentary beer and wine by our presenting sponsors, Sixpoint Brewery & Maison Cubi.
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Think Olio in the Press

Think Olio: A Haven for Lifelong Learners
Think Olio Is College, Only Better
Listen Up! Where To Find Lectures In New York City
Out-class! New Biz Hosts Lessons In Yards, Living Rooms, and Rooftops