Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Recent classes

Saturday
26 July
2014

Pop Up Museum

KCDC Event time 10 a.m.

I'll stop the world and melt with you. 

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Saturday
28 June

D/Claw XIII Summer Smackdown – Supporting Knowledge Commons DC

KCDC Event time 8 p.m.

A bout between DC's strongest ladies, which will help support Knowledge Commons DC. 

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Saturday
7 June

Cancelled
This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Roller Derby!

time 10 a.m.

Especially since your grandma probably didn't do roller derby. If she did — you go, Gran!

user Instructor: DC Rollergirls

Sunday
1 June

Cancelled
Planning Your Dream Wedding on a Real-World Budget

time 2 p.m.

"Real World" = the actual real world, not the long-running MTV reality show.

user Instructor: Ilana Nutkis

Saturday
31 May

Food and Culture at the Museum

time 5:30 p.m.

Tour the exhibit "FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000" at the National Museum of American History with one of the show’s co-curators.

user Instructor: Cory Bernat

Abandoned Schoolhouses Bike Tour

time 1:30 p.m.

We all know the D.C. public school system is a mess. Learn about its history through its abandoned infrastructure.

user Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Thursday
29 May

How to Read and Discuss Poetry

time 7:30 p.m.

Scansion. Does the term give you panicky flashbacks to high-school English? Calm down — this user-friendly class makes poetry fun and accessible.

user Instructor: Elijah Mendoza

Conflict Resolution With a Difficult Person

time 7 p.m.

Learn how to deal with that coworker/relative/roommate who pushes all of your buttons at once. And not with a passive-aggressive note. Or arsenic.

user Instructor: Chris Geyer

Planning for Happiness

time 7 p.m.

If you're happy and you know it, take this class! If you're unhappy and you know it, take this class!

user Instructor: Samantha Watson

A World Cup Viewers’ Guide for Non-Soccer Junkies

time 6:30 p.m.

Score the knowledge you need to enjoy the world’s biggest sporting event.

user Instructor: Seth Vertelney

Wednesday
28 May

A Brief Introduction to 3D Printing

time 7 p.m.

It's not as intimidating as it sounds.

user Instructor: Adam Schaeffer

Tuesday
27 May

Writing With Confidence: How to Master Grammar

time 7 p.m.

People whom ain't know the difference between a comma and a colon should take this here class, then start writing good.

user Instructor: Amanda Milligan

Prisons, Profit, and Human Beings

time 7 p.m.

This follow-up to KCDC’s popular Mass Incarceration in America class delves deeper into the criminal “justice” system by examining profit motives and financial incentives.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Sunday
25 May

I Want to Ride My Bicycle!

time 1 p.m.

This basic course is for both bike newbies and commuters who want to improve their experience.

user Instructor: Tiffany Joslin

Saturday
24 May

Store-Bought to Sublime: Upgrading Floral Arrangements

time 1 p.m.

Transform a humble grocery-store bouquet into your own custom creation.

user Instructor: Lisa Derx

Thursday
22 May

British Television Appreciation

time 6:30 p.m.

Mine this rich vein of quality comedy and drama, crap reality shows, lurid documentaries, quiz shows, and snooker.

user Instructors: Holly J. Morris, Lindsey Darrah

How to Start a Farm

time 6:30 p.m.

Cityfolk who pooled their funds and actually bought a farm will tell you how to do the same.

user Instructor: Evan Papp

Wednesday
21 May

Music Theory: A Crash Course

time 7 p.m.

Your favorite song will mean so much more when you understand its underlying structure.

user Instructor: David Klinger

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Tuesday
20 May

Anyone Can Make Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of drawing and self-publishing your own print comic books. No experience required!

user Instructor: Josh Kramer

Tenants’ Rights in D.C.

time 6:30 p.m.

Your landlords may be super-flaky and greedy, but are they also breaking the law?

user Instructors: Daniel Hornal, Marc Borbely

Easy Vegan Cooking With Brainfood

time 5:30 p.m.

Join the D.C. non-profit Brainfood to bake and (and summarily devour) an easy dish with no meat, eggs, or dairy products.

user Instructor: Brainfood Community MVPs

Monday
19 May

Open Master’s Crash Course

time 7 p.m.

Design your own higher education degree program — for free.

user Instructor: Alan Webb

Who Runs the World? Beyonce’s Feminist Theory

time 6:30 p.m.

Is Mrs. Carter a paragon of girl power, even though she named her tour “The Mrs. Carter Show”? This class says “yes.”

user Instructor: Erica Zimmerman

The Science of Creativity: Part Three

time 6:30 p.m.

Are Nobel Prize-worthy ideas born of sudden inspiration or rigorous process? The co-founder of ThirstDC discusses the surprising science behind innovation and imagination.

user Instructor: Eric Schulze

Sunday
18 May

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Natural: DIY Beauty Products

time 4:30 p.m.

Make your own skin care stuff out of ingredients whose names you can actually pronounce.

user Instructor: Caryn Cochran

Java Programming: The Basics

time 2 p.m.

Learn more about how software works by writing your first programs in Java. Bring a laptop if you can. Red staplers are optional.

user Instructor: Joe Kaperst

Your Slice of the Action: Cake Decorating for Beginners

time 2 p.m.

Blank sugary canvases await your imagination: Learn to create unique icing concepts for any cake-worthy occasion.

user Instructor: Amy Saltzman

Saturday
17 May

More Than a Purple Sputtering Glow: Streetlights and City Planning in D.C.

time 1 p.m.

On this bike tour, you'll find out what ordinary objects like streetlights can teach us about the city's history, policies, and politics.

user Instructor: Jue Yang

Liquid Assets Bike Tour: Lost Streams and the Evolving City

time noon

Bicycle through the hidden industrial heart of D.C. in search of lost neighborhoods, forgotten factories, and municipal works.

user Instructor: David Ramos

Thursday
15 May

How to Buy Your First Home With No Money Down

time 7 p.m.

If you feel like you're throwing money away on rent, there’s another option …

user Instructor: Brian Willingham

An Introduction to French Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

You've heard about American and Japanese comics — come learn about the world's third major comic culture.

user Instructor: RM Rhodes

Simple Online Security Tips

time 6:30 p.m.

You don’t have to be a hardcore hacker to keep your digital privacy intact.

user Instructor: Patrick Lucey

Cancelled
CANCELLED: How to Start a Farm

time 6:30 p.m.

Cityfolk who pooled their funds and actually bought a farm will tell you how to do the same.

user Instructor: Evan Papp

Wednesday
14 May

Basketweaving From Scratch With Scraps

time 6:30 p.m.

Got random stuff? Can you cut it into strips? Then you can weave with it!

user Instructor: Juliana Rincon

Collage: Beyond Craft

time 6:30 p.m.

Scrapbookers/teenagers/first-graders love sticking stuff to other stuff, but so do legit artists.

user Instructor: Jordana Merran

Tuesday
13 May

Present Like You: Fundamentals of Powerful, Authentic Speaking

time 6:30 p.m.

"Just be yourself." You might be sick of hearing that old adage, but listen up: It works for public speaking.

user Instructor: Amy Warren

Medical Spanish

time 6:30 p.m.

Are you a medical professional yearning to communicate better with your Spanish-speaking patients? Guess which KCDC class is for you.

user Instructor: Katherine Dean

Monday
12 May

Bitcoin for Beginners

time 6:30 p.m.

So, this Bitcoin thing: What is it? Is it all black market-y? Is it safe to use? And, most importantly, can you buy a pizza with it?

user Instructor: Darrell Duane

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Mass Incarceration in America

time 6:30 p.m.

This class will examine our society's use of the criminal "justice" system as a mechanism for producing mass suffering and prisons as a mechanism of control over certain populations.

user Instructor: Alec Karakatsanis

Sunday
11 May

“Deliver Me From Nowhere”: Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska”

time 5 p.m.

The haunting 1982 album marked a dark, strange moment in Springsteen's career. Explore this challenging work with a devoted student of The Boss.

user Instructor: John Rigby

Deck Out Your Apartment Without Stepping Foot in IKEA

time noon

Be the envy of all your peers with a home full of unique, inexpensive, second-hand finds.

user Instructor: Holley Simmons

Knotty by Nature: Sailing for Beginners

time noon

Sick of high gas prices? It could be time to convert to wind power! Learn how in this out-on-the-water class.

user Instructors: Amanda Leslie, Sarah Meharg

Group Meditation

time 10 a.m.

Join like-minded KCDCers and meditate as one.

user Instructor: Dawn Quintanilla

Saturday
10 May

Gateway Arts District Walking Tour II

time 4 p.m.

Get to know one of Maryland's most-charming centers of arts and culture, just 20 minutes outside D.C.

user Instructor: Jim Polley

The Salem Witch Trials: Madness in Massachusetts

time 2 p.m.

"The Crucible" is NOT a reliable source. Learn what really happened during this American atrocity.

user Instructor: Dan Howlett

Paint With Your Food

time 1 p.m.

Black beans: magical fruit, staple of Latin American cuisine, food you can make pretty dyes out of.

user Instructor: Mei Mei Chang

Gateway Arts District Walking Tour

time noon

Get to know one of Maryland's most-charming centers of arts and culture, just 20 minutes outside D.C.

user Instructor: Jason Barnett

Make a Camera Obscura

time 11 a.m.

Learn what happens inside a camera by making one big enough that you can put your head inside.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Friday
9 May

Intro to American Whiskey

time 7 p.m.

Explore one of America's oldest drinking traditions. And by "explore," we mean "imbibe." And by "imbibe," we mean "sip small amounts of," not "get hammered."

user Instructor: Laura Karr

Thursday
8 May

Social Media 101

time 6:30 p.m.

MT, RT, HT, OMG!!! #makeitstop. Social media can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. So get initiated.

user Instructor: Tulani Elisa

Cymraeg Cyntaf (Beginning Welsh)

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing even a little of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages.

user Instructor: Adam Roush

Tuesday
6 May

Small-Scale Urban Composting

time 7:30 p.m.

Composting is easy and, even in a tiny space, good composting practices can produce amazing dirt!

user Instructor: Vickie North

Monday
5 May

Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?

time 7 p.m.

Why does BP fund renewable energy research? What's up with McDonald's running a children's health charity? Do corporations actually care or do they just pretend to?

user Instructor: Halley Aelion

The Arabic You Think You Know

time 6:30 p.m.

Reading a word in the newspaper or hearing it on NPR doesn't mean you understand its nuances or cultural connotations.

user Instructor: Virginia Vassar

Sunday
4 May

Lesser-Known D.C. Monuments, Memorials, and Landmarks

time 3 p.m.

Hop on your bike and visit worthy yet undervalued sites like the Japanese American Memorial and the Titanic Memorial. Wait … what?

user Instructor: Anastasia Kolobrodova

Live Deliberately: Be Happier, Healthier, and More Productive

time 2 p.m.

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately; you can just take this class.

user Instructor: Greg Faxon

Saturday
3 May

Write to Relax

time 1 p.m.

Deep breathing and Xanax have their charms, but neither is what anyone would call "creative."

user Instructor: Patrice Forrester