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.
Jewish Gangsters of the Lower East Side
Book-making, bootlegging, gambling and other nefarious crimes, Jewish gangsters had a hand in them all. Rabbi David Kalb of the Jewish Learning Center of New York 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.