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 Term

May 16
Leopold and Loeb—The Trial of the Century
Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, the privileged heirs of well-known Chicago families, kidnapped and killed a 14-year-old boy for the thrill of it. Rutgers professor Paul Clemens will explain the tactics that famed attorney Clarence Darrow used in his 12-hour summation to save his clients from the gallows. This extraordinarily dramatic case was considered the first “trial of the century”.

Great Speeches of the 1960’s—From Kennedy to King
Columbia Law School lecturer Jess Velona will examine key speeches, including lines that were left out, and explain how last-minute events almost prevented some of them from ever being delivered.  He will also explore how Kennedy and King deftly targeted different audiences within the same speech, and unveil the rhetorical tools they used to make their words unforgettable even a half-century later.

June 13
The Whitney Biennial—The Pulse of the Contemporary Art Movement
In her charismatic style, Whitney Museum Teaching Fellow Janine DeFeo will present the 2019 Whitney Biennial, an unmissable event for anyone interested in today’s art. Featuring the most cutting edge contemporary work in painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance and sound, the Biennial celebrates the latest in American art.

All You Have to do is Listen with Rob Kapilow—Special JCC U Event
Composer, conductor, author, NPR and PBS commentator, creator of the world famous What Makes It Great?® series at Lincoln Center, and Thurnauer School of Music artist in residence, Rob Kapilow will unravel the wonders of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Known for his unique ability to help people listen actively rather than just hear, Kapilow will create “aha” moments just for the JCC U audience.


Thu, Jun 13
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCC U Spring Term: Janine DeFeo / Rob Kapilow
$35.00 Member
$42.00 Public

May 16
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Jun 13
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
JCC U Full Spring Term
$65.00 Member
$80.00 Public

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

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