Arts & Education: Sundays at JASA

Arts and Education: Sundays at JASA

Sundays at JASA is a one of a kind, college level continuing education program for adults 50+. Each semester offers a wide range of courses and lectures. Our instructors include luminaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, media, and more.

Join us for the JASA Summer Intensive 2021 Semester - from June 30 through August 4 -  with courses held on Wednesdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Class descriptions are listed below with times. The registration fee of $135 includes all of the classes listed below. Courses are held on Zoom. Dial-in audio-only options are available for most courses. 

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WEDNESDAYS (June 30 - August 4)

9:00am - 10:30am Max Alvarez Cinema Lecture Series
Join JASA film history instructor Max Alvarez for 6 riveting 90-minute multimedia sessions of film clips and rare archival materials. Max’s summer program features two “Cinema in the Cities” lectures (Los Angeles and San Francisco on film), the remarkable cinematic collaborations between Martin Scorsese/Robert DeNiro and Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich, and thrilling tributes to big screen legends Joan Crawford and Burt Lancaster.

9:00am - 10:00am Pamela Koehler Summer Drawing Workshop
Grab your coffee and sketchpad, and join fellow artists and art lovers for our summer morning drawing atelier! Drawing is a great way to relax, and to notice and capture the beauty in the everyday things that surround us. You'll learn and explore different techniques, and find inspiration both in nature and in the study of artists' works. Beginning and experienced artists are welcome!
Materials needed: Pencil and paper or sketchbook.

10:15am - 11:15am Amy Weiss New York Jewish History
New York Jewish history with topics to be discussed would include the Jewish labor movement, Yiddish theater, the formation of Hasidic communities in Brooklyn after World War II, a discussion of the Jewish delis that existed/continue to exist, and the course would end with
more current events related to New York's Jewish communities.

11:30am - 12:30pm Doug Brin U.S. History: The Roosevelts
An in-depth look at Franklin, Eleanor and the trajectory of their experience through the war years. FDR: pre-polio, the very different, superficial young man few remember. Eleanor, an unhappy beginning that leads to an incredible turnaround. FDR and the Vice Presidency, his run and those who ran with him. The Roosevelt administration through the eyes of Hopkins and FDR. Principle figures, implacable enemies, leadership in war and FDR’s precipitous decline in health.

12:30pm - 1:45pm Jennifer Gilchrist Summer Short Stories
In this short semester, we will study short stories set in the summer and written by masters of the craft with a touch of the genre best-suited for the season: pulp fiction. Writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ben Okri, Flannery O'Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Dashiell Hammet, Somerset
Maugham, E. L. Doctorow, and Saki will provide the tales of passion, mystery, horror, and/or murder.

2:00pm - 3:00pm Pamela Koehler Art In The City: Global Edition
In this course we will explore the nature of visual expression and the ways in which artists transform ideas into works that communicate across time and culture. Through lively discussion and careful observation, we will engage with works of art from museums and collections around the world, and explore new ways to connect to them virtually.

3:30pm - 5:00pm Scott Klavan Acting Summer Intensive
Acting may seem like a mysterious, even magical art form, but it can be learned. Using techniques he has practiced as a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, Scott Klavan will take you from the audience to the stage. Scott has performed on and off Broadway, in regional theatre, on TV and the Web. His senior students have been cast in Shakespeare In The Park, and his 2019 direction of the musical pilot project Into The Woods cast solely with seniors, for Musical Theatre International, was personally approved by Stephen Sondheim and featured in the NY Times. Studying acting improves self-expression, concentration and confidence; studies have shown it is medically beneficial. The class features improv and scene study with great theater pieces.