Sundays at JASA

Sundays at JASA

  • Sundays at JASA Spring 2019

    Open House:
    Sunday, February 24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm
    John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City
    - Faculty presentations begin at 10:30am
    - Light refreshments will be served

    Course Dates:
    Sundays, March 3 – May 12
    (no courses April 21)

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

    Fee
    $225 for the Spring 2019 Semester

    Register
    Students may attend as many courses as they wish, but pre-registration is required. Regina F. Gordon Lunchtime Lectures are free for registered participants.

    Sundays at JASA spring 2019 catalog


    Spring 2019 Courses and Descriptions

    America and You: A Historical Relationship
    9:00am – 9:55am Instructor: Avram Jezer
    From the 1950s to the present, the United States has gone through radical transformations. We will use texts, music, and first-hand accounts to help you explore how America’s stories and your stories intersect.

    Elder Law 101
    9:00am - 9:55am Instructor: Michael Lissner (3-part series: March 3, 10, 17)
    Join expert law attorney Michael Lissner for a 3-part series that will address legal issues impacting older adults. Bring your questions! Class dates are March 3, 10, and 17. As this class is comprised of only 3 sessions, registrants are welcome to transfer to a different class during this time slot once the Elder Law session concludes.

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

    Drawing Workshop
    9:30am - 10:55am Instructor: Pamela Koehler
    Beginner 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 will 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!

    Shakespeare: An Actor Speaks
    10:00am - 10:55am Instructor: Leo Schaff
    A Sundays at JASA favoriate! This semester's class will focus on Hamlet. Actor, singer, and songwriter Leo Schaff will lead the class in their legendary close-reading, deep-diving, dramatic exploration of one of Shakespeare's masterpieces.

    American Cinema: A Crash Course
    10:00am - 11:55am Instructor: Max Alvarez
    Join JASA film history instructor Max Alvarez in this whirlwind tour of Hollywood moviemaking history (both distant and fairly recent), from the studios and their filmmakers to the variety of genres for which they become renown. Topics will include: the rise and fall of the studios, the classic era of the Hollywood musical, censorship, Film Noir, the blacklist years, plus a look at the films of Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro.

    The Opera Companion: The Metropolitan Opera and More
    10:00am - 11:55am Instructor: Jane Marsh
    Join international renowned opera singer Jane Marsh for an in-depth tour of new Metropolitan Opera productions and famed opera personalities' biographies. This semester's course will also include a study of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Drawing from history, literary drama, novels, plays, poems, and politics, the class will be descriptive and diverse. The course includes film and audio clips.

    Pondering Politics: The Bill of Rights
    11:00am – 11:55am Instructor: Leora Harpaz
    This course will explore the protections in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The class will cover all ten amendments in a ten week curriculum, staring with the First Amendment's protection for freedom of speech and ending with the Tenth Amendment's role in balancing state and federal power.

    Art in the City
    11:00am - 11:55am Instructor: Pamela Koehler
    New York City contains an amazing variety of museums, galleries, architecture, historic houses, and public art. Discover the latest exhibitions and explore both familiar and lesser known treasures from different parts of the city. An additional behind the scenes field trip will be planned.

    Jewish Book Club
    11:00am - 11:55am Instructor: Amy Weiss
    This course analyzes short stories or book excerpts with Jewish characters and themes. The Spring 2019 class will have a special emphasis on 21st Century contemporary Jewish fiction. Class readings will be handed out in advance. In collaboration with JASA, JBI International (formally known as The Jewish Braille Institute) can 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 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 writing. Find inspirations through art, music, and current events. Members of the class will read their works at the Riverside Library (Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street) at the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

    Understanding America: A Survey of Misunderstood Events in American History
    1:00pm – 1:55pm Instructor: Doug Brin
    Doug Brin will share the little known and surprising aspects of major events and players in American History. Topics will range from the Civil War to FDR and from the Watergate Era to disputed Presidential elections and much more!

    Masterpieces in Art: What They Say About Life
    1:00pm - 2:30pm Instructor: Jim Smith
    This popular course will take a deep-drive look at art masterpieces across disciplines. Dig into great works of art like Rembrandt's Bathsheba, Chekhov's Lady with the Dog, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mozart's Figaro, Balanchine's Apollo, and Keaths' Grecian Urn, and discuss what makes them all so powerful.

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

    Acting
    1:00pm - 3:00om 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 show at the end of the semester.

    Get a Clue! Crossword Construction
    2:00 - 3:00 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. A group puzzle will be submitted in the New York Times. Seventeen puzzles have been featured in the Times thus far! Will Shortz has hailed this course as "one of a kind."

    Bernstein at 100
    2:00pm - 3:00pm Instructor: Philip Harwood
    New course! Look back at the extraordinary career of the legendary Leonard Bernstein. The class will use film and audio clips to explore the highlights of Bernstein's long musical career, including Broadway musicals like On The Town and West Side Story to his years as Director of the New York Philharmonic.

    Information
    For more information contact 212.273.5304 or Sundays@jasa.org 
    Price: $225.00
    Price for Members: $225.00

    9:00am-9:55am Courses
    America and You: A Historical Relationship
    Elder Law 101 (This is a 3-part series class. Dates for this class are March 3, 10, and 17. Registrants are welcome to transfer to a different class during this time slot once the Elder Law session concludes.)
    Sunday Morning Workout
    9:30am-10:55am Course
    Drawing Workshop
    10:00am-10:55am
    Current Events
    Shakespeare: An Actor Speaks
    10:00am-11:55am Courses
    American Cinema: A Crash Course
    The Opera Companion: The Metropolitan Opera and More
    11:00am-11:155am Courses
    Pondering Politics: The Bill of Rights
    Art in the City
    Jewish Book Club
    Creative Writing 101
    1:00pm-1:55pm Course
    Understanding America: A Survey of Misunderstood Events in American History
    1:00pm-2:30pm Course
    Masterpices in Art: What They Say About Life
    1:00pm-3:00pm Courses
    Intermediate/Advanced Bridge
    Acting
    2:00pm-3:00pm Courses
    Get a Clue! Crossword Construction
    Bernstein at 100


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