A Crucial Critique of the Ruling Order: Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

Celebrating the launch of OlioNote Vol.2, this is a live classical music concert and an Olio in one evening!

Assumptions about the nature of scientific theory and truth are being called back into doubt after years of general acceptance—in most instances for political rather than epistemological reasons (climate change, evolution, vaccines, etc.). These doubts are evident in the actions of large segments of the population and exhibited by the present leadership; politicians can say more or less whatever they want to and overwhelming numbers of people either believe, don’t understand, don’t care, or somehow think they can’t be affected by the hegemonic “truth” of the moment.

Art, a form of expression with highly symbolic emotional content, can bypass conscious filters or “reason,” and may actually be the best route inside peoples’ heads—to their understanding of the world. And, for art to be a crucial, visionary contributor to the human project, it must be critical of the ruling order.

Let’s talk about the role of art in the age of alternative facts.

Teacher: Ward Regan

Ward Regan has a Ph.D. in Labor and Cultural History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches history and philosophy at New York University Liberal Studies and Global Liberal Studies Program. He wrote and widely performed his own show, A Paranoid’s Guide to History.

Tickets: $15, includes free beer

Location: Bed Stuy Brownstone

Make it a weekend and join us at all three Olios for the discounted price $25. Includes a complimentary copy of OlioNote Vol 2. 

Or sign up for individual events at the links below.

$20 – Friday at 7pm // The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald

$15 – Saturday at 10pm // Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

$10 – Sunday at 4pm // Tough Poetry in Dark Times











When: Sat., April 8, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Celebrating the launch of OlioNote Vol.2, this is a live classical music concert and an Olio in one evening!

Assumptions about the nature of scientific theory and truth are being called back into doubt after years of general acceptance—in most instances for political rather than epistemological reasons (climate change, evolution, vaccines, etc.). These doubts are evident in the actions of large segments of the population and exhibited by the present leadership; politicians can say more or less whatever they want to and overwhelming numbers of people either believe, don’t understand, don’t care, or somehow think they can’t be affected by the hegemonic “truth” of the moment.

Art, a form of expression with highly symbolic emotional content, can bypass conscious filters or “reason,” and may actually be the best route inside peoples’ heads—to their understanding of the world. And, for art to be a crucial, visionary contributor to the human project, it must be critical of the ruling order.

Let’s talk about the role of art in the age of alternative facts.

Teacher: Ward Regan

Ward Regan has a Ph.D. in Labor and Cultural History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches history and philosophy at New York University Liberal Studies and Global Liberal Studies Program. He wrote and widely performed his own show, A Paranoid’s Guide to History.

Tickets: $15, includes free beer

Location: Bed Stuy Brownstone

Make it a weekend and join us at all three Olios for the discounted price $25. Includes a complimentary copy of OlioNote Vol 2. 

Or sign up for individual events at the links below.

$20 – Friday at 7pm // The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald

$15 – Saturday at 10pm // Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

$10 – Sunday at 4pm // Tough Poetry in Dark Times