The Brooklyn Institute Offers College-Style Seminar Courses on the Cheap


The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research recently expanded to Cincinnati, offering college-level seminar courses in a wide range of subjects while encouraging critical thinking and community-based learning, all for $75 or less.

The NYC-based nonprofit offers a variety of classes in multiple term sessions ranging in subjects from humanities to social sciences to even natural sciences.

According to Southern Midwest Regional Director Angela Roskop Erisman, Cincinnati not only offers wonderful community space for these classes, but the diversity of cultures creates a passion in learning. “[It’s an] opportunity for people from different towns and neighborhoods across the region to come together in an intimate setting where they can engage with one another about some of life’s biggest questions,” Roskop Erisman says, “in a depth that can otherwise be difficult to achieve.”

Brooklyn Institute’s course structure follows either a four-week plan, in which the class is held once a week for three hours, or a 6-week plan, in which the class is held once a week for two hours. Each course is seminar-style, with no more than 20 students, for optimal classroom conversation.

Classes are always followed with an optional cocktail hour at a nearby bar where students get an opportunity to talk to the instructor and classmates in a setting different from a classroom. In order to make the classes available to anyone, classes in Cincinnati are philanthropically funded, rather than funded by tuition. Therefore, courses cost between $25-$75 (students select their own rate).

The Cincinnati network of the Brooklyn Institute is offering Reading the Bible: The Flood for their 2017 summer term, and as the first class offered in Cincinnati. Angela Roskop Erisman instructs the course, which is offered at the Mercantile Library on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. The start date is June 15 and the course concludes on July 6. Reading the Bible explores the story of the flood in the book of Genesis, while linking the narrative to other texts from both ancient and modern times.

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