The J Presents Lecture Series will introduce members to fresh perspectives on media, entertainment and more with outstanding speakers.


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The J Presents is a brand-new program sparking curiosity and deep discussion for a community of lifelong learning at the J. The J Presents Lecture Series will introduce members to fresh perspectives on media, entertainment and more with outstanding speakers.

Each J Presents Session includes an hour-long lecture from one of our esteemed guest speakers, and opportunity for a question-and-answer period with the lecturer, and the chance to socialize and meet new friends.
*Light refreshments will be served

J Members use code JPresents at Checkout for Member Pricing on registration for this lecture series.

About the Series

Mike Daley: Three Great Jewish Songwriters: Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen on Sept 15, 22 & 29 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this series of three lecture-concerts, renowned musicologist, music historian and musician Dr. Mike Daley presents the life and music of Three Great Jewish Songwriters: Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Illustrating each talk with rare images and live renditions of classic songs like “Always,” “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Hallelujah,” Mike entertains while he tells the fascinating life stories of these great artists.

Geoff Pevere: Slap Happy: The History of Screwball Comedy on October 6, 13 & 20 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Geoff Pevere presents Slap Happy: The History of Screwball Comedy. Screwball comedy was one of the early triumphs of the Hollywood studio system and sound era. By turns cynical and romantic, screwball was noted for its sophistication, wit, speed and stellar comedy writing. This series on screwball comedy includes 3 parts: ‘The Origins of Screwball’, ‘The Stars of Screwball’ and ‘The Best of Screwball.’

Jack Newman: Jewish Comedians & Canadian Comedy October 27, Nov 3 & 10 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this series Jack Newman will introduce us to Jewish Comedians and Canadian Comedy. Jewish Comedians: surveying the early American comedians, that began as immigrants to New York at the turn of the Twentieth Century, who went on to create early television and some who went out west to build Hollywood.
Canadian Comedy began on stage and on radio with travelling humourists such as The Dumbells. Early radio trained Wayne and Shuster who went on to fame with literate humour. Television developed world class comedians, influenced by French and English literary traditions.

David Sax: The Future is Analog: How to Create a More Human World November 24, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this lecture launching his new book ‘The Future is Analog’David Sax explores how we can return to the heart of technology to create a more human future where digital progress serves us first and foremost. As David argues in this insightful book, the digital world, and experience of the isolation during the pandemic opened our eyes to the fact that experiences do not need to be purely digital. This lecture will suggest that the path to a healthy future lies not with convenience, but with community, not with technology, but with humanity.


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Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date: September 15, 2022

Closing Date: November 24, 2022

Various times

Midtown Toronto

Prosserman JCC


Various ticket costs


If accessibility options not listed, please contact the venue to confirm


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