After Pokémon, ninjas, and Godzilla, the samurai are one of Japan's most famous icons. But what did it mean to be a samurai? With centuries of history in which the samurai were at the center of Japanese life, the answer to this question changed greatly over time. In this course we will examine Japan's warrior aristocracy throughout its 700 year history. This class will follow the samurai and their feudal lords from obscurity to prominence and the development of what it meant to be a samurai. We'll watch the definition and duties of a samurai as they were transformed, first by a long period of constant civil war followed by an even longer era of peace. Finally, we'll discuss the downfall of the old order and why a small group decided to do away with their own social class for the good of the nation.
Terror, Self Doubt and Starting Something New
Whether you're creating a piece of artwork, launching a business, or leaving your nine-to-five to freelance, doing something on your own requires staring down some scary stuff.
Superfund: A Citizen's Guide
With the Environmental Protection Agency's designation of Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, Superfund has become a colloquial term and a buzzword in New York City.But what is a Superfund exactly? How are sites placed on the National Priorities List?
Olmsted & Vaux
Hall and Oates, Ben and Jerry, Mary-Kate and Ashley; history's filled with amazing duos. When it comes to New York City parks and the history of landscape design, though, there's one duo that stands above the rest.
Make Music with your Computer, Phone or Tablet
Have a smart phone? Tablet? Macbook? Then you are a few small and very affordable steps away from having professional music making tools at your disposal. Mobile technology has made writing, recording, and performing music easier and more accessible than ever before.