JCC University offers the opportunity to rekindle previous passions, ignite new interests, meet new people and stay involved in the developments that shape today’s world. Top professors and experts present on topics including science, literature, film, economics, psychology, architecture and politics.

For more information, subsequent program topics and to register contact Kathy Graff 201.408.1454 or kgraff@jccotp.org

JCC U Fall Term

October 11
How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them
Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley explains his ten pillars of fascist politics that leaders use to hold onto power by dividing populations into “us” and “them”. Drawing on history, philosophy, sociology, critical race theory, and examples from around the world, Stanley will chart the rise of fascist politics in America. By recognizing them we might begin to resist their most harmful effects. *

How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
Author Janice Kaplan uncovers the unexpected, little-understood science behind what we call “luck”, proving that many seemingly random events are actually under your-and-everyone’s-control. This is a return engagement for Kaplan who last came to JCC U to present her best- selling book The Gratitude Diaries.

October 25
1968: The Year That Shook Our History
Columbia Law School lecturer Jess Velona takes us back 50 years to a tumultuous time. Military defeat in Vietnam, assassinations, the worst riots in US history, political and social upheaval, 1968 was momentous. Learn how some behind-the-scenes politics led to these shocking events.   This is part 2 of Velona’s series on this topic. (No worries if you missed the first one, this talk stands on its own.)

The Palace of Versailles
Louis XIV inherited the modest hunting lodge of his father and transformed it into the greatest and most deluxe palace in the West. Professor Seth Gopin will explore how the architect, Louis Le Vau, interior designer, Charles Le Brun, and gardener, Andre Le Notre, of Louis XIV, created a palace that was mimicked around the western world and has come to epitomize opulence.

November 8
Jewish Gangsters of the Lower East Side
Book-making, bootlegging, gambling and other nefarious crimes, Jewish gangsters had a hand in them all. Eric Ferrara, executive director of The Lower East Side History Project will take us down the streets of this legendary neighborhood, regaling us with the true stories behind larger-than-life gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.

The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah
Journalist Adam Valen Levinson set out to “learn about the world 9/11 made us fear”. With his college Arabic, he traveled to all the places in the Middle East that most of us wouldn’t, finding that he shared common ground with people everywhere. He saw that our pre-conceived notions were not at all valid and that fear can get in the way of our humanity. **                   

*Sponsored in part by the Berit and Martin Bernstein Open Forum Endowment Fund and the Edwin S. Sororenko Foundation.
**Co-sponsored with the James H Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund.

First 20 participants to register for the full JCC U series will receive Janice Kaplan’s book.

Thu, Oct 11
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCCU Fall Term: Jason Stanley / Janice Kaplan
$35.00 Member
$42.00 Public

Thu, Oct 25
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCCU Fall Term: Jess Velona / Seth Gopin
$35.00 Member
$42.00 Public

Thu, Nov 8
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCCU Fall Term: Eric Ferrara / Adam Valen Levinson
$35.00 Member
$42.00 Public

Oct 11
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Oct 25
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Nov 8
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCCU Full Fall Term
$95.00 Member
$115.00 Public

For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1454.

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