An Innnocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer
In 1985, four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro. Wheelchair bound passenger Leon Klinghoffer was shot and thrown overboard. For her book, author and journalist Julie Salamon meticulously researched this story, interviewing almost all the living participants. She will help us understand Klinghoffer’s murder in the larger geopolitical context.
Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro: An Intense Collaboration
Martin Scorsese defined a genre in filmmaking with his dark, gritty, violent portrayals of urban life. His searing and unsparing collaborations with method actor Robert De Niro on such films as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull retain their emotional and artistic impact decades later. Join film historian Max Alvarez in this compelling overview.
Genetic Engineering: A Look at How Technology is Changing the Way We Create Babies
Dr. Robert Klitzman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, will discuss his book Designing Babies and examine the complex ethical, social, and policy concerns surrounding new assistive reproductive technologies. The newest gene-editing technology allows for even more direct manipulation of embryos’ genes. How far is too far? *
From Mickey Mouse to Star Wars and Beyond: How the Walt Disney Company Conquered Entertainment
Over the last nine decades, Disney has transformed every facet of the entertainment business—from the creation of feature length cartoons, to television programming, from theme parks that span the globe to Broadway musicals. Fordham professor Brian Rose will examine how Disney became the most powerful force in worldwide entertainment.
The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town
In an upstate New York town in 1928, a child strayed into the woods and went missing. A rumor started that Jews had kidnapped and killed her. The rumor escalated into the allegation of ritual murder, known as blood libel took hold. NYU history professor Edward Berenson will discuss the history and response to this all too common accusation.*
Contemporary Chinese Art
The Cultural Revolution’s effects on contemporary Chinese art created a common national experience that binds Chinese artists from diverse backgrounds. Professor Thomas Germano will discuss the work of the well-known Chinese artists, some infamous dissidents such as Ai Weiwei and some lesser known artists featured in the 2019 Venice Biennale.
*Co-sponsored with the James H Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund.
First 10 participants to register for the full JCC U series will receive Julie Salamon’s book An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer