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 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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Friday February 23: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Questioning the Origins of Sexual Desire

Sexual desire and eroticism were and still are considered today as a-philosophical, even anti-philosophical topics. When we wonder why philosophers rarely speak about sexuality, we seem to face not only a moral question, but also a linguistic one. Is the language itself unable to capture such a subjective, qualitative - and physiological experience? And if some descriptive approach is still possible, what does appear to be at play when we question the origins of sexual desire?

Complimentary beer by presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery, and presented with Thought Gallery, delivering the best of smart New York right to your inbox.
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Friday March 2: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Breaking Shakespeare's 4th Wall

In Twin Peaks David Lynch’s character says “we all live inside a dream — but who is the dreamer?” Join me for a look at a few scenes in Shakespeare — Hamlet reacting to the Ghost, Macbeth reacting to this wife’s death, the play put on by the characters in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Prospero’s farewell — where characters seem to know for a flickering moment that they are in a play — and what that can tell us about mindfulness, our own relationship to art and to our lives, and David Lynch’s question.

About the professor: Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.

Complimentary beer by presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery, and presented with Thought Gallery, delivering the best of smart New York right to your inbox.
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Friday March 16: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

The History of Tech & The Future of Sex

The Great Laws of Technology - Lawrence Cappello
So people are having sex with robots now. Which is great. Or not. Either way, what a wondrous modern age we all live in. But before we dive into that, we should familiarize ourselves with some of the more dominant ideas and concerns that often come into play whenever humanity talks about technology in general.

Morality and Sexbots - Skye Cleary
In an increasingly fragmented society where more people are living and dying alone than ever before and have more virtual acquaintances than friends in real life, AI is evolving to help fill the intimate voids in our lives. New realms are being created with Oculus Rift headsets, and we’re facing new forms of relationships with sex dolls, fluffy cuddle-bots, and kiss-bots.

Presented with Thought Gallery, delivering the best of smart New York right to your inbox. Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery.
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Friday March 23: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

The Muse That Screams: Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8

Nothing makes the string quartet sound like an epic metal band quite like Dmitri Shostakovich's coveted Quartet No. 8. The sprawling, five-movement work is masterfully constructed with remarkable motivic unity and a rush of colorful techniques that make the work truly memorable and worth study. A subversive, and politically-minded composer, Shostakovich's voice is particularly forceful and yet nimble and clever in this work—written in a fury of three days, the piece is full of urgency and energy, fueled by Shostakovich's own personal trials and tribulations.

Dedicated to “the victims of fascism and war”, this work still resonates with the public—an audience (currently) in revolt. Join Think Olio lecturer Whitney George and musicians of GroupMuse for an evening of lecture and performance, dissecting this stunningly relevant and politically-charged work.

There will be free beer sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery at this event, so come snag a spot on the floor to relax and enjoy the warmth and double stimulation of this live music lecture.
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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