The new Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is bringing higher education to the local watering hole:
To get the Brooklyn Institute off the ground, [instructor Ajay] Chaudhary recruited several Columbia colleagues to join him, then convinced his neighborhood hangout to donate space, promising big bar tabs in return (so far, so good). … The Brooklyn Institute is learning for the Slow Food set, with lower barriers to entry, students and faculty sharing in academic responsibilities, and minds enriched by regular tending, the ivory tower eschewed for a community garden. It’s not a model that works on a mass scale, but it’s certainly one that can be cloned. After all, it’s been done before. As the students of Politics in the City would be all too happy to remind the reigning university overlords: Plato’s academy itself began with just a few guys sitting around, talking.