Winter 2019 Session Information
What the Holocaust Can Teach Us about Ethics
While it is tempting to blame the Holocaust on a small cadre of monsters who used military force, violence, and repression to gain control and push their maniacal plan of genocide, the reality is that the leaders of civil society in Germany largely embraced Nazi policies. Professor Thorin Tritter will explore their actions and suggest implications for American doctors and businessmen today.
Jamie Bernstein: Famous Father Girl
Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, will present a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Her recent book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, takes us into her family’s fascinating private world with its cast of famous characters. Jamie is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker who travels the world as a concert narrator. *
US/China Relations Today
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Tom Grunfeld will first give an overview of the history of the relationship between China and the US which has grown in complexity over time. Then he will talk about the significant changes in that relationship since the advent of the Trump administration and the ramifications for the future.
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
Janine DeFeo, a Whitney Museum Teaching Fellow, will introduce us to the Whitney’s current Warhol exhibit. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.
The Drama of Celebrity
Columbia professor Sharon Marcus will trace the roots of modern celebrity and seek to explain why people find celebrity culture so alluring. Departing from the common view that celebrities and fans alike are dupes of an all-powerful culture industry, Marcus argues that celebrity culture is an evenly pitched struggle in which media workers, publics, and celebrities all vie to define stars.
Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today
Former editor and author Jane Isay, who last presented at JCC U on her riveting book Secrets and Lies, will talk to us about the complications of the grandparent relationship. Using personal experience as well as extensive psychology research, she explores the life cycles of many three-generation families as she presents problems and solutions.*
*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 Jamie Bernstein’s book Famous Father Girl.