Sundays at JASA Fall 2019

Welcome to the Fall 2019 Semester of

Sundays at JASA!

Open House 
Sunday, September 15 from 10:00am – 2:00pm 
John Jay College, 524 West 59 Street, 2nd Floor, New York City 
- Faculty presentations begin at 10:30am  - Refreshments will be served

Course Dates 
Sundays, September 22 – December 8
(no courses September 29 and December 1)

John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City
(between 10th and 11th Avenues)

$185 for the Fall 2019 Semester 


Fall 2019 Courses and Descriptions

America and You: A Historical Relationship
9:00am – 9:55am Instructor: Avram Jezer
The United States has gone through radical transformation over the past 70 years. We will use texts, music, and first-hand accounts to help you explore how America’s stories and your stories intersect.

Sunday Morning Workout
9:00am – 9:55am Instructor: Caroline Grant
Take part in a series of gentle movements to music that can be done standing or sitting. All exercises are designed to keep the body mobile, boost immunity and improve cognitive function by enhancing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination.

Drawing Workshop
9:00am – 10:55am Instructor: Pamela Koehler
Beginning and experienced students will focus on observational drawing / learning to see, and will sharpen their observational skills through the study of great master artists. Topics include gesture, contour line, simple perspective, and the expressive use of a variety of drawing materials. No previous art experience necessary.

Current Events
10:00am – 10:55am Instructor: Eric Alterman
Discuss the major issues of our time and current breaking news with background provided by a moderator knowledgeable in national and international trends. Experience the latest news up close and personal with noted journalist and historian, Eric Alterman. 

Shakespeare: An Actor Speaks
10:00am – 10:55am Instructor: Leo Schaff
A Sundays at JASA favorite! This semester’s class will focus on Hamlet. Actor, singer and songwriter Leo Schaff will lead the class in a close-reading, one-of-a-kind, dramatic exploration of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. 

A World of Art
10:00am – 10:55am Instructor: Pamela Koehler
Take a worldwide tour of art exhibitions, museums, and collections from around the globe. From iconic museums and World Heritage sites to lesser-known hidden gems, students will become virtual tourists and explore the art and culture of a different city around the world each week. The course also includes highlights of local NYC exhibits.

It Was a Very Good Year: Banner Years for the Movies
10:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Max Alvarez
Join Sundays at JASA’s film history instructor, Max Alvarez, as he takes you through ten terrific and diverse movie years, ranging from 1939 to 2005. Each two-hour session features at least a dozen selections of landmark films and extensive historical background on the films and filmmakers. Films will include: The Little Foxes, The African Queen, North by Northwest, La Dolce Vita, The Last Picture Show, Gone with the Wind, Brokeback Mountain and many more!

The Opera Companion: The Met Opera’s 2019-20 Season
10:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Jane Marsh
Join international renowned opera singer, Jane Marsh, for an in-depth tour of the new Metropolitan Opera season. This semester’s course includes a diverse range of operas including productions under the theme of “royalty at the opera,” Wagner’s "The Flying Dutchman," and highlights from French and Slavic repertoire. Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" will highlight America’s contribution to the art form. The class will explore ways in which opera intersects with literary drama, literature, and politics and will include a wide range of film and audio clips from staged productions.

Freedom of Speech and the Supreme Court
11:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Leora Harpaz
Freedom of speech may be the most important individual liberty protected by the U.S. Constitution and it plays a major role in protecting our democracy. Government attacks on expression are a central feature of the Free Speech Clause’s history. This course will explore the Free Speech Clause and how the Supreme Court deals with free speech controversies. Examples may include: opponents of U.S. entry into World War I, Communist Party members in the 1950s, civil rights marchers, or Vietnam War protestors.

Jewish Book Club (Institute of Judaic Studies)
11:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Amy Weiss
Read and discuss short stories with Jewish characters or themes. This course will emphasize contemporary Jewish fiction by authors including Molly Antopol, David Bezmozgis, Dara Horn, Nathan Englander, and Etgar Keret (among others). New trends in Jewish fiction will also be discussed. Readings will be provided in advance. In collaboration with JASA, JBI International (formally known as The Jewish Braille institute) will make it possible for people who are visually impaired or blind to participate in Judaic Studies courses by preparing relevant reading materials in audio, large print, or braille format - free of any charge.

Creative Writing 101
11:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Leo Schaff
Writers of all types and experience levels are welcome to this deep-dive into the art and craft of creative writing. Find inspirations through art, music and current events. Students share work in a constructive and supportive environment.

Understanding America: The Immigrant Experience in the 19th Century (Institute of Judaic Studies)
1:00pm – 1:55pm Instructor: Doug Brin
Immigration has been a flashpoint as well as a source of pride and identity throughout United States history. Learn about the immigrant experience in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how large waves of immigration both enriched the American experience and expanded the idea of what it means to be an American. This course will include profiles of Jacob Riis, Albert Einstein, and Irving Berlin. Discussion topics include the role of Ellis Island, the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty for newly arrived immigrants, and excerpts from an original memoir of a struggling Jewish family in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Masterpieces in Art: What They Say About Life
1:00pm – 3:00pm Instructor: Jim Smith
This popular course will take an up-close look at art masterpieces across disciplines. Dig into great works of art like Rembrandt’s Bathsheba, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Verdi’s La Traviata, Balanchine’s Apollo, and Keats’ Grecian Urn, and discuss what makes them so powerful: more particularly, how they relate to the issues we face in our own lives.

1:00pm – 3:00pm Instructor: Scott Klaven
Prepared monologues, scenes, and improv exercises introduce students to the concepts of modern acting and hone the skills of the more experienced student. Students will present their work in a showcase at the end of the semester.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
1:00pm – 3:00pm Instructor: Bonnie Gellas
Bridge players with some experience will enjoy this advanced beginner to intermediate level class. Each class will begin with a bridge hand that reflects a playing or bidding problem. Supervised play will follow the lesson.

Get a Clue! Crossword Construction 
2:00pm – 3:00pm Instructors: Andy Kravis and Natan Last 
Learn the principles of crossword puzzle construction – basic history, finding a theme, making a usable grid, and creating the fill. This lively course is team taught by Andy Kravitz and Natan Last, experts in the field of crossword construction. The Sundays at JASA Crossword Construction class regularly has puzzles published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Will Shortz has hailed this course as “one of a kind.”

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