The JCC University at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is accepting enrollment for the three-session winter term. Top professors and experts will discuss topics including science, literature, film, economics, psychology, architecture, and politics, creating an engaging platform where people can listen and discover, ask questions, get answers, meet people, and make friends. JCC U takes place on Thursdays with coffee and conversation, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Morning presentations run from 10:45 a.m. until noon. Participants buy or bring lunch to eat during the break; the afternoon presentation is from 12:45 to 2 p.m.
On January 24, the morning topic will be “What the Holocaust Can Teach Us about Ethics,” led by Professor Thorin Tritter. The second session features Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, who will give a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. She will discuss her recent book, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.” The class is co-sponsored with the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month Endowment Fund.
On February 7, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Tom Grunfeld will discuss “U.S./China Relations Today.” The afternoon session is led by Janine DeFeo, a Whitney Museum teaching fellow, who will introduce the Whitney’s current exhibit, “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.”
On February 21, Columbia professor Sharon Marcus will discuss “The Drama of Celebrity.” Former editor and author Jane Isay will discuss her book “Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today,” for the second session.
The first 10 participants to register for the full JCC U series will receive a free copy of Jamie Bernstein’s book. For more information, go to jccotp.org/jccu or call Kathy Graff at (201) 408-1454.