Sundays at JASA Summer Session 2019


  • Sundays at JASA Summer Session 2019

    Sundays at JASA is a one-of-a-kind, college-level continuing education program for adults 55+. Join us for our summer session – a unique opportunity to experience our diverse range of courses and get to know some of our wonderful instructors. 

    Get a Clue! Crossword Construction Course
    JASA Headquarters, 247 West 37th Street, 9th Floor, NYC

    Thursdays, June 20th – July 25th (no class on July 4th)

    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Join crossword experts Andy Kravis and Natan Last for a five-week crossword construction course. Learn principles of crossword puzzle construction  basic history, finding a theme, making a usable grid, and creating the fill. Puzzles created by Sundays at JASA crossword construction classes have been published in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal 

    Andy Kravis is a trivia writer and crossword constructor. He is one of the constructors for the mobile app Crosswords with Friends, and co-founded the Indie 500 Crossword Tournament in Washington D.C. He has had crosswords published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday, and Fireball Crosswords.  

    Natan Last published his first crossword in The New York Times when he was 16, becoming the youngest constructor to appear in the Sunday New York Times. Last wrote a book of crosswords, Titled Word
    Sundays at JASA Summer Series
    Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan
    334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, NYC

    Sunday July 21st

    Course #1: 10:00am – 11:30am
    Supreme Court 2019: Major Decisions 
    This session will review the major decisions issued by the Supreme Court in 2019, including its resolution of disputes over the citizenship question in the U.S. Census, political gerrymandering, and separation between church and state. This accessible and lively session is perfect for the layperson interested in the work of the Supreme Court. 

    Leora Harpaz is an emeritus professor who taught constitutional law at Western New England University School of Law, as well as founder of the annual Supreme Court Conference, where she has been a speaker for over 15 years. Since receiving emeritus status, she has been teaching law courses in the Political Science Department at Hunter College. Ms. Harpaz teaches courses on constitutional law for Sundays at JASA.

    Course #2: 11:45am – 1:15pm
    The Reel Fosse/Verdon... and All That Jazz 
    The recent FX TV series Fosse/Verdon introduced new generations to the remarkable show business life of brilliant director/choreographer Bob Fosse and his amazing dancer/actress/wife/muse, Gwen Verdon. But, there are no substitutes for the legends themselves. Join JASA film instructor, Max Alvarez, for his exhilarating and electrifying tribute to the real Fosse/Verdon. The 90-minute presentation includes selections from the film versions of Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, and such edgy Fosse masterpieces as All That Jazz and Lenny.  

    Max Alvarez is a New York writer, film historian, and frequent speaker on the world cinema culture. Alvarez has held prominent as an entertainment journalist, film and theater critic, and motion picture and archival researcher. 

    Sunday, July 28th

    Course #3 10:00am – 11:30am
    The Opera Companion: Royal Fever at the Met
    Internationally renowned opera singer, Jane Marsh, will give a preview of the upcoming 2019/2020 season at the Met and the operas with a complicated royal theme. Operas discussed will also include: Verdi's Macbeth and Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, both based on spectacular Shakespeare plays.

    Jane Marsh was invited to represent the U.S. in the legendary international Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and was the first singer to win the Gold Medal in that competition. An internationally renowned singer, Marsh is the Artistic Advisor and Program Consultant to the Met Opera Guild Education Center. 

    Course #4: 11:45 – 1:15pm
    Understanding America: A Humorous Look at our Best and Worst First Ladies
    Doug Brin continues his popular "Understanding America" series with a funny and informative look at some of the more interesting American First Ladies of history. Brin will share little known and surprising facts about these fascinating women.  

    Doug Brin teaches American history at Sundays at JASA. He is a former feature writer for The New York Daily News, and both a history and ethics teacher at the prestigious Dalton and Ethical Culture Schools. 

    Price for Members:
    Get a Clue! Crossword Construction Summer Course
    5 weeks (6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25) $125
    Sundays at JASA Summer Series on July 21st
    Course #1: Supreme Court 2019: Major Decisions $30
    Course #2: The Reel Fosse/Verdon... and All That Jazz $30
    Courses #1 and #2 $50
    Sundays at JASA Summer Series on Sunday, July 28th
    Course #3: The Opera Companion: Royal Fever at the Met $30
    Course #4: Understanding American: A Humorous Look at our Best and Worst First Ladies $30
    Courses #3 and #4 $50