In partnership with Princeton University, New York University and The University of Pennsylvania
We are pleased to bring you our fourth annual University Lecture Series at the JCC. This dynamic program offers participants an opportunity to engage in intellectual conversation and stimulating debate. Sessions focus on topics of Jewish content and/or relevance. The JCC of Central NJ would like to thank our speakers and their affiliates, Princeton University, New York University and The University of Pennsylvania.
Figuring Out Jewish Culture from a Chinese Perspective
Dr. Lihong Song, Department of Religious Studies, Nanjing University, Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, March 7 ∙ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Jews have been a part of Chinese history since the 7th and 8th centuries CE. More familiar to us, however, is the period between 1845 and 1945 when over forty thousand Jews came for business development or for a safe haven. Discussion will center on the establishment of communities, the creation of Jewish schools, hospitals and Jewish agencies to help in adjustment. Professor Lihong Song will also focus on the role of China during the Holocaust in his speech.
The American and Israeli Elections - How Have These Elections Affected Israel and Prospects for Peace?
Dr. Fred A. Lazin, The Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor Emeritus of Local Government, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and visiting scholar at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU
Monday, March 11 ∙ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
This talk presents an in-depth analysis of the current political situation in Israel and the Middle East and focuses on how the 2012 U.S. presidential election and the 2013 Israeli prime minister election have affected Israel and the prospects for peace. Fred Lazin spoke last year on Israel’s Changing Collective Identity and was so well received that he has been invited back by popular demand before returning to Israel.
How the Great Society Transformed American Politics
Dr. Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Tuesday, March 19 ∙ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The New Deal gave us social security and the Great Society gave us Medicare and Medicaid. Why have these programs, central to our country’s safety net, suddenly become a divisive force during the past few election cycles, especially the most recent? Professor Julian Zelizer is currently doing research to explore the forces that are so polarizing our country.
Member/Senior 65+/Student: $14 per session, Community Participant: $16 per session
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Member/Senior 65+/Student: $37 for 3 sessions, Community Participant: $43 for 3 sessions
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