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University Lecture Series

Date: March 15, 2016Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ
Contact: Debra JuddPhone: 908-889-8800 x318Email: djudd@jccnj.org

The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice with Author Mike Kelly          

It's 1996.  Two NJ teenagers are killed in 1996 in a bus bombing on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. In the pursuit of justice, the parents of these teenagers encountered political obstacles from The White House, the State Department and others, adding suspense to this true story of crime and punishment. The parents eventually won a tremendous cash verdict against Hamas and Iran when a US Federal Judge decided in their favor. 

Mike Kelly has been a journalist for more than three decades. He has written 2 books and many prize-winning newspaper projects and columns for The Bergen Record. He has reported internationally, covered the 9/11 attacks, the clean-up of Ground Zero and the 9/11 Commission hearings. He has devoted much of his time to covering terrorism. He lives in North Jersey.

Also part of the University Lecture Series:                              

The Girl From Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family with author Roger Cohen

Thursday, March 31 • 7:30 p.m. 
Roger Cohen, the award-winning New York Times columnist and former foreign correspondent turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family in order to understand more profoundly the nature of the modern Jewish experience. He follows his European Jewish family after the Holocaust from Lithuania to South Africa, England the United States and Israel. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide and resilience, moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life. 

Roger Cohen is a columnist for The New York Times where has worked since 1990 as a correspondent in Paris and Berlin and as bureau chief in the Balkans covering the Bosnian war for which he was cited for excellence by the Overseas Press Club. He was named foreign editor on 9/11, overseeing Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage in the aftermath of the attack. He lives in London.

Just Kids From the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History with author Arlene Alda

Sunday, April 3 • 10:30 a.m. 
Brunch will be served
Through vivid oral histories, Arlene Alda reveals what it was like to grow up in a place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the NY Yankees’ play-by-play broadcaster first experienced baseball, where J. Crew’s CEO Millard Drexler found his ambition and singer-songwriter Dio DiMucci and hip-hop’s Grandmaster Melle Mel were inspired by local music.  Alda will tell their stories, forming them into one great collective story of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today. 

Arlene Alda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, received a Fulbright Scholarship and realized her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist. She switched career when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and author of nineteen books. She and her husband, actor Alan Alda, live in New York City and Long Island.                                          

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election with Professor Julian Zelizer

Wednesday, April 6 • 7:30 p.m.                
Our presidential campaign is well underway with both parties engaged in heated primaries as frontrunners facing unexpected challenges,  The nation has been closely following what Republicans and Democrats have to say about the big issues of the day. The next president and Congress will play a big role in determining the fate of policies put into place under previous presidents. Big issues, such as immigration and Israel, will be on the agenda. The decision that Americans make in 2016 will have a big impact on the direction of the country.

Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University and weekly columnist for CNN, will put this election in historical perspectives. He will talk about some of the larger issues and forces that are shaping the campaign, the candidates, and the electorate. He will provide the audience with a set of questions that they can use as they follow the general election next fall.

With all that is going on in our country and the world and the election less than a year away, this is not to be missed!

Killing A King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel with author Dan Ephron 

Monday, April 18 • 7:30 p.m.                   

The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Orthodox Jew Yigal Amir twenty years ago remains the single most consequential event in Irael’s recent history. Dan Ephron’s book relates the parallel stories of Rabin and Amir over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them plotted political deals he hoped would lead to peace and the other plotted murder. He will help us understand Israel today, from the paralysis in peacemaking to the fraught relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.

Dan Ephron has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He covered both the rally where Rabin was assassinated and the subsequent murder trial.  He now lives in New York City.

Named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by The New York Times (12/6/15)!


Individual Ticket Price: $16, Member/Senior/Student Price: $14
Series Price: $52, Member/Senior/Student: $45

Refreshments served at all events.

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