Lunch Lectures

Sundays at JASA

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Lunchtime Lectures:
October 8 – December 17
(no lecture on November 26)
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Location: John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, New York City (Map)


The Regina F. Gordon Lunchtime Lecture Series at Sundays at JASA

regina-imageRegina Gordon (1934-2015) was a lifelong New Yorker who thrived on her connection to her many family members and friends. She worked in financial services at Neuberger Berman and lived in Southbridge Towers in Manhattan. An avid learner with an intense curiosity and independent spirit, she was a frequent participant in Sundays at JASA. Regina lived frugally, invested prudently, and contributed generously to JASA and other nonprofit organizations that directly serve the needy. She lives on in the memories of her family and friends whose lives she touched and who loved her. The Regina F. Gordon Lunchtime Lecture Series was dedicated in 2016 in her honor and in recognition of her generosity to JASA, both during her life and through her estate.

The Regina F. Gordon Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered free of charge to all registered participants of Sundays at JASA. Bring your lunch and enjoy a different, thought-provoking topic every week!

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A FIRST-CLASS CATASTROPHE: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History

October 8 Lecturer: Diana B. Henriques
A return visit by the popular author of Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, Diana B. Henriques will recount the events which led up to October 19, 1987 – the worst day in Wall Street history. Her new book, A First-Class Catastrophe, investigates the market delusions and destructive actions which led to Black Monday. She spins these events with unmatched skill as the story hurtles forward and unexpected heroes step forward to avert total disaster. For thirty years investigators, bankers, and regulators have failed to heed the lessons of 1987, even though the same patterns have resurfaced. Ms. Henriques offers a new way of looking not only at the past, but at our financial future as well. She is a senior financial writer for The New York Times, having joined the Times staff in 1989. A Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has won several awards for her work on the Times’s coverage of the Madoff scandal and was part of the team recognized as a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the financial crisis of 2008.

THE MEN IN MY LIFE: A Memoir of Love And Art In 1950s Manhattan

October 15 Lecturer: Patricia Bosworth
Patricia Bosworth was born in San Francisco and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, she’s taught at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and is the winner of the Front Page Award. A long-time board member of the Actors Studio, she ran the Playwrights- Directors Unit there. Her most recent memoir, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan, was published by HarperCollins in January 2017. Her latest biography, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, was a New York Times Bestseller. Her other books include bestselling biographies of Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and the photographer Diane Arbus, the latter of which was made into the movie Fur with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Her first memoir, about her father (Bartley Crum, one of the lawyers for the Hollywood Ten) and the Blacklist, is entitled Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story.

SHIRLEY JACKSON: A Rather Haunted Life

October 22 Lecturer: Ruth Franklin
A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror, Shirley Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America more deeply than anyone. Biographer Ruth Franklin reveals the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author of such classics as The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The mother of four and the wife of a prominent New Yorker critic and academic, Jackson lived a seemingly bucolic life. Yet, like her stories, her creative ascent was haunted by a darker side. Book critic Franklin has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NY Public Library Cullman Fellowship.

MARY and LOU and RHODA and TED: And All the Brilliant Minds who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show

October 29 Lecturer: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
New York author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong deftly weaves social history and sharp entertainment reporting to explore the making of a classic, and groundbreaking, TV show, as experienced by its producers, writers, and cast. A wonderful opportunity to revisit one of the most beloved and recognizable television shows of all time – an inspiration to a generation of women who wanted to have it all in an era when everything seemed possible.

ANDY WARHOL WAS A HOARDER: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities

November 5 Lecturer: Claudia Kalb
Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this inventive and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gives us a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology. A former senior editor at Newsweek, Kalb is an awardwinning journalist who has contributed to Smithsonian and Scientific American.

“What are you Saying ?!” Present-Day Inter-Cultural Communication

November 12 Lecturer: Joshua Halberstam
People in various cultures differ in the way they communicate. Among the underlying reasons for this are differences with regard to individualistic societies vs. collectivist societies, societies that expect direct talk and those who favor nuance, societies where social ranking is important and those who favor a leveling of status, societies that welcome change, and societies that are wary of change. This talk explores these (and related) cultural differences—essential to understanding intercultural communication in our globalized world.

ALICE NEEL: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty

November 19 Lecturer: Phoebe Hoban
Phoebe Hoban has written about culture and the arts for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, ARTnews, and The New York Observer, among others. Her biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Basquiat, A Quick Killing in Art, (1998) was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her biography of Alice Neel, Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty, 2010, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by New York Magazine; one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The Village Voice; one of the Ten Best Biographies of the Year by Booklist; and a Sunday Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her most recent book, a biography of Lucian Freud, Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open was published in April, 2014. Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, came out as an e-book in May 2016.

November 26 – Thanksgiving – Closed


December 3 Lecturer: Walter Shapiro
While it is impossible to predict weeks in advance what developments will send Washington reeling, it is a safe assumption that the most out-of-control presidency in modern history will be making news in unprecedented fashion. Walter Shapiro, a veteran political reporter looks at Trump through the prism of history -- and discusses what we know at this point about the 2018 congressional elections and beyond.


December 10 Lecturer: James Gavin
The Andrews Sisters were the reigning “hot” swing vocal trio of the late 1930s and ‘40s. They influenced almost every other female pop-jazz vocal group who followed. Bette Midler rode to fame on their coattails with her close recreation of their wartime smash “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” They are still synonymous with World War II and American patriotism. But their flawless close harmonies did not carry over into their personal lives, whose discord tore the group apart more than once. Author James Gavin, the biographer of Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, and Chet Baker, interviewed Maxene Andrews at length in 1995, the year she died: he’ll tell us about that, plus show rare videos to complete the picture of this renowned trio.

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie

December 17 Lecturer: Noah Isenberg
Film historian, director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at The New School, Noah Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind the production of this legendary movie, celebrating its 75th anniversary. He explores the reasons the film has remained so revered and why it continues to dazzle audiences year after year since its release.

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