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 Spring 2017 Term

May 18
A New World—Global Politics in the Age of Trump
Dr. Ralph Buultjens, leading foreign affairs analyst and professor at NYU and Cambridge will talk about the challenges America faces as the early activities of the Trump administration suggest an attempt to transform world politics. Will old alliances change? What will the impact be on key areas like the Middle East, China and Europe? The renowned Professor Buultjens will provide his commentary on these and other current affairs.*

An Introduction to African Art
Heinrich Schweizer, former Sotheby’s head of African and Oceanic Art will discuss the aesthetics and iconography of African art. He will explain how African art arrived in Europe and the US and influenced modern artists. He will also cover the evolution of the African art market, its entrance into private collections and museums and its establishment as a field of study.

June 15
The Rise of Hate
WNYC’s Peabody Award winning reporter, Matt Katz returns to JCC U to discuss how anti-Semites and xenophobes have become emboldened in the current political environment. He has reported extensively on the uptick in incidents and will speak on the administration’s response. Katz was last here presenting his book American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption.

Comedy Greats: George Carlin, Joan Rivers and Woody Allen
Veteran stand-up comedian and teacher David LaBarca will deconstruct works of stand-up legends George Carlin, Joan Rivers, and Woody Allen.  Understand how Carlin combined silliness with social commentary.  Learn how Rivers maintained stage presence even when not on stage. Analyze how Allen laid the groundwork for his iconic movie career. Appreciate why their brands of comedy have succeeded.

* Sponsored by the Berit and Martin Bernstein Open Forum Endowment Fund and the Edwin S Soforenko Foundation

Thu, May 18
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCC U: Ralph Buultjens / Heinrich Schweizer
$34.00 Member
$42.00 Public

Thu, Jun 15
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCC U: Matt Katz / David LaBarca
$34.00 Member
$42.00 Public

May 18
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Jun 15
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCC U Spring 2017 Term: Full Term
$65.00 Member
$80.00 Public

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

JCC U Film School Series

Q. What’s missing when you see a particularly engrossing film?
A. A prominent film professor to explore the themes and lead an insightful discussion.

Join Dr. Eric Goldman to watch and analyze three Golden Globe winning foreign language films. Enroll now & connect with fellow movie lovers and a top film studies expert.

Dr. Eric Goldman is adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and a film critic for The Jewish Standard. He has co-hosted with Robert Osborne on TCM.

March 23: Central Station (Brazil, D: Walter Salles, 1998, 1h 53min)
The heartwarming story of a Rio de Janeiro teacher who supports herself by taking dictation for illiterate people. An encounter with a young boy, who has just lost his mother, will change the course of her life as she and the boy embark on a road trip in search of the boy’s father. With Fernanda Montenegro.

April 6: The Sea Inside (Spain, D: Alejandro Amenabar, 2004, 2h 5min)
Ramon is a ship’s mechanic and part-time poet who becomes disabled after a diving accident. In his mind, he is still the strong able-bodied twenty-something who once sailed the world. As he despairs, he contemplates the essence of life and the virtues of death. Stellar performance by Javier Bardem.

April 20: The White Ribbon (Germany, D: Michael Haneke, 2009, 2h 24min)
Set in Germany during the years before World War I, mystery surrounds a small rural village as troubling activities occur. It’s an authoritarian society that seems the norm for the time, but is anything but. We participate in unravelling a puzzle that never gets fully solved. With an outstanding performance by Burghart Klaussner.

Thu, Apr 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
JCC U Film School Series: The Sea Inside
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public

Thu, Apr 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
JCC U Film School Series: The White Ribbon
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public

Mar 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Apr 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Apr 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
JCC U Film School Full Spring 2017 Term
$40.00 Member
$50.00 Public

For more information, or to register, please call 201.569.7900.

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