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Due to the weather forecast and the possibility of early afternoon thunderstorms, we have moved today’s classes to Central Library. This course will take place in the Dweck Center’s 2nd Auditorium Conference Room located on the lower level of Central Library. You may access the Dweck Center from the main entrance taking the elevator or stairs down to the lower level. Ushers will be stationed in the front lobby upon entering the building and also in the Dweck box office. They will help escort you to the conference room.

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Social movements are collective efforts aimed at changing institutions, shifting public opinion, and/or transforming personal and group behavior. This course discusses the meaning of social movements and the several ways in which social movements can affect the social, political, and cultural landscape. What are the links between social movements and democracy? Do social movements make democracy more participatory?

Nara Roberta Silva earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She has been a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center and currently teaches at Lehman College - CUNY. Nara is also an academic advisor and writer at the Brazilian Foundation, where she assists Brazilian-background students to navigate the U.S. educational environment.

In collaboration with Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn Public Library presents University Open Air, a free, three-week series of classes beginning Tuesday, June 11th in Prospect Park’s former Rose Garden.

To access the Rose Garden, follow signs through Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza entrance. 

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