Thursday, May 4, 2017




Taub Campus
411 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, New Jersey 07670
Phone: 201.408.1409



Spring Term Offerings from JCC University

JCC University offers the opportunity for people to rekindle past passions, ignite new interests, meet new people and stay involved in the developments that shape today’s world. Top professors and experts present on topics including science, literature, film, economics, psychology, architecture and politics. The JCC is now taking enrollment for a two-event spring term.

JCC U takes place on Thursdays with coffee and conversation beginning at 10:30 am. Morning presentation runs from 10:45 am-12 pm; lunch (buy or bring your own) from 12-12:45 pm; and afternoon presentation from 12:45-2:00 pm. Price for both days is $65 JCC members, $80 public; $34 JCC members,$42 public per event. To register, visit or call Kathy Graff at 201.408.1454.

WHEN: May 18

RalphBuultjens for JCC UA New World—Global Politics in the Age of Trump

Dr. Ralph Buult Jens, leading foreign affairs analyst and professor at NYU and Cambridge will talk about the challenges America faces as the early activities of the Trump administration suggest an attempt to transform world politics. Will old alliances change? What will the impact be on key areas like the Middle East, China and Europe? The renowned Professor Buultjens will provide his commentary on these and other current affairs.


Related imageAn Introduction to African Art

Heinrich Schweizer, former Sotheby’s head of African and Oceanic Art, will discuss the aesthetics and iconography of African art. He will explain how African art arrived in Europe and the US and influenced modern artists. He will also cover the evolution of the African art market, its entrance into private collections and museums and its establishment.




WHEN: June 15

Image result for MATT KATZThe Rise of Hate

WNYC’s Peabody Award winning reporter Matt Katz returns to JCC U to discuss how anti-Semites and xenophobes have become emboldened in the current political environment. He has reported extensively on the uptick in incidents and will speak on the administration’s response. Katz was last here presenting his book American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption.



George_CarlinComedy Greats: George Carlin, Joan Rivers and Woody Allen

Veteran stand-up comedian and teacher David Labarca will deconstruct works of stand-up legends George Carlin, Joan Rivers, and Woody Allen. He will analyze how Carlin combined silliness with social commentary; how Rivers maintained stage presence even when not on stage; and how Allen laid the groundwork for his iconic movie career. He will also analyze how and why their brands of comedy have succeeded.