Multi-Session Events

Multi-session events give us the opportunity to go deeper on a topic and to get to know each other over time. Our multi-session events are all two, three, or four sessions.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Mar 3 - Mar 17, 6pm-7:30pm GMT

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Speaker: 
Mark Sundaram
Thursdays, Mar 4 - Mar 25, 4pm-5pm PT / 7pm-8pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we will learn some of the basic principles of etymology. Through a series of linguistic puzzles we will follow in the footsteps of etymologists and historical linguists to reconstruct the relationships between languages and long-forgotten roots English words.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, Mar 6 - Mar 27, 8:30am-9:30am PT / 11:30am-12:30pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, Mar 6 - Mar 27, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Speaker: 
Jill Heinerth
Mondays, Mar 8 - Mar 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Did you ever wonder how the top professionals capture amazing underwater pictures? Jill Heinerth, Fellow of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences and International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, shares her secrets, techniques and expedition experiences to help you improve your ability to capture compelling underwater images.

Thursdays, Mar 11 - Mar 25, 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

This course is designed to teach the basics of urban planning, city geography, and civic design, in a way that will allow the application of these disciplines to the design of video game spaces. Participants will learn to come up with civic concepts, design urban environments, and craft fertile, believable, and memorable virtual cities.

Speaker: 
Susan Spungen
Saturdays, Mar 13 - Mar 27, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This course will teach you the art and science of developing original recipes that taste great and look great. From coming up with a concept all the way through to completing and photographing a finished recipe, Susan will walk you through everything you need to know – some of which you may never have even thought of!

Speaker: 
David Shiffman
Mondays, Mar 15 & Mar 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

In this 2-session workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to share their expertise with the interested public using modern communications tools. It will include guided interactive activities as well as advanced tips and tricks, taught by one of the most-followed scientists in the world.

Speaker: 
Wootak Kim
Wednesdays, Mar 17 - Mar 31, 5:30pm-7pm PT / 8:30pm-10pm ET

We’ll explore how to begin creating social media content based on your passions. We’ll talk about social media as a whole, algorithms, ways to monetize, tips for creativity, and how to stay consistent.

Speaker: 
Susan Spungen
Sundays, Mar 21 - Apr 11, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This course will teach you the art and science of developing original recipes that taste great and look even better. From coming up with a concept all the way through completing and photographing a finished recipe, Susan will walk you through everything you need to know––some of which you may never have even thought of!

Speaker: 
Dariany Santana
Tuesdays, Mar 23 & Mar 30, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn how to break in as an on-air personality and thrive by hearing Dariany’s triumphs and mistakes as a personality for the past 6 years. She will share tricks that she learned and experiences that will teach what to do and definitely what NOT to do.

Wednesdays, Mar 24 & Mar 31, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In plain-English, everything you need to understand the basics of how cryptocurrencies are created and managed.

Speaker: 
David Shiffman
Mondays, Mar 29 & Apr 5, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

More people care about the planet and want to help than ever before, but it can be hard to find reliable information and easy to be tricked or confused. In this 2-part seminar, learn how to spot accurate information and how to spot fakes from an expert in environmental communications.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Apr 6 & Apr 13, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays & Sundays, Apr 10 - Apr 18, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

What kind of world did John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul inhabit? In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of 2nd Temple Period Judaism as well as the world of the Roman Empire in which Christianity first emerged.

Mondays, Apr 12 - Mar 14, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join master photographer Scott Robert Lim for a year of mentorship, lessons, and critiques designed to take your photography to the next level.

Speaker: 
Richard Toye
Saturdays, Apr 17 & Apr 24, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This event will teach you the key principles of devising a successful book proposal. You will learn how to devise a clear pitch to maximise your chances of getting a publisher’s attention.

Past Events

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays & Mondays, Feb 7 - Feb 28, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Mondays & Thursdays, Feb 15 - Feb 25, 3pm-4pm ET / 8pm-9pm GMT

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series explores topics covering the basics of the field and examines, through robust group discussion and Q&A, how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, Various times, 90 min

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This intimate three-session workshop will offer personalized insight and feedback to help aspiring nonfiction authors craft the most important parts of their book: the thesis, the voice, and the first chapter. Each session will feature helpful craft exercises, resources, and feedback on your writing and ideas.

Speaker: 
Jack Rackam
Tuesdays, Feb 2 - Feb 16, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This event consists of three meetings, each 90-minutes. Session one will be a focused lecture and discussion on how to apply the fundamentals of storytelling to YouTube, followed by two workshop sessions where participants will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by the speaker and their peers.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Tuesdays, Feb 2 - Feb 16, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Thursdays, Jan 28 - Feb 11, 9am-10:30am PT / 12pm-1:30pm ET

This course is designed to teach the basics of urban planning, city geography, and civic design, in a way that will allow the application of these disciplines to the design of video game spaces. Participants will learn to come up with civic concepts, design urban environments, and craft fertile, believable, and memorable virtual cities.

Speaker: 
Ronald Neumann
Tuesdays, Jan 26 & Feb 2, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join Ronald Neumann, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain, and Algeria and president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, in an intimate two-session seminar to learn and discuss the new and old foreign policy questions, tensions, and challenges the Biden Administration will face in the early months of the diplomatic transition of power. Build your understanding of American foreign policy guided by a leader who was there for it and engage in lively discussion with a small group of other curious learners.

Speaker: 
Ronald Neumann
Tuesday, February 2nd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join Ronald Neumann, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain, and Algeria and President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, in an intimate seminar to discuss the US's presence and role in Afghanistan. The speaker's proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, Jan 3 - Jan 31, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, Jan 24 & Jan 31, 8:30am-9:30am PT / 11:30am-12:30pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, November 29th, December 6th, 13th, & 20th, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Mondays & Thursdays, December 7th, 10th, 14th, & 17th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursdays, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Wednesdays, Nov. 4th and 11th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Bárbara Mujica
Thursdays, October 22nd and 29th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Today, images of Frida Kahlo are ubiquitous in mainstream culture. But in her time, Kahlo was a rebel who challenged the status quo with her paintings and her life. Join renowned literature professor and novelist Dr. Barbara Mujica for a two-part talk on the captivating life and art of Frida Kahlo.

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursday, October 29th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Tuesdays, Oct. 13th and 20th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes
Sundays, October 4th and 11th, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

In this interactive, inter-generational magic lesson, illusionist extraordinaire Ryan Oakes will teach grandparents and their grandchildren how to perform astounding feats of magic using everyday objects from around the house.

Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of race and the criminal justice system.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, September 12th and 19th, 3-4pm PT / 6-7pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Tuesdays, September 8th and 15th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Over two lectures, renowned computer science professor Michael Littman will share the major ways in which humans endow computers with their intended autonomous behaviors. If you understand how computers are told, trained, and taught what to do, you will be a savvier consumer and more adept at convincing the machines to do what you want them to do.

Speaker: 
John Finn
Friday, September 4th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Join award-winning professor of constitutional law John E. Finn for this timely seminar. We’ll explore what the First Amendment does—and does not—say about the place of hate speech in American political culture.

Thursday, September 3rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Looking for a creative outlet while stuck at home? Join us each Thursday in September to learn the fundamentals of rhythm and rhyme, with a particular focus on spoken-word poetry and rap. No prior experience needed. Perfect for ages 8 to 108! 

Saturdays, April 11th, 18th, 25th, and May 2nd, 1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET

We could all use a creative outlet these days! Join rapper Alex "Frak" Fraknoi for a workshop on songwriting, poetry, and rap. We'll meet on Saturdays 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, & 5/2. The $59 fee covers all four sessions. Not ready to commit? Check out session #1 for $18. Ages 8-108 welcome!