Fun Semester of Virtual Classes Starting with Sundays at JASA on October 12th!


Sundays at JASA isn’t just for Sundays anymore. JASA’s signature college-level courses are now all online, and spread across Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.

Sundays at JASA has a 30 year legacy of offering the highest-quality continuing education for adults age 50+. Our Fall 2020 virtual semester will not disappoint. Students can choose from 15 unique college-level courses and a weekly lunchtime lecture featuring luminaries from the worlds of politics and art. Classes include:

– Crossword Construction: Learn the principles of crossword puzzle construction: basic history, finding a theme, making a usable grid, and creating the fill. A group puzzle will be submitted to the New York Times. Eighteen puzzles have been featured in the Times thus far! Will Shortz has hailed this class as “one of a kind.”

– Acting: Scene Analysis: How do the actors know what to do? All great acting starts with the actor and their script. In this course, we will analyze scenes from many different modern theatrical traditions. Being able to analyze a scene is crucial to any actor’s toolbox. Each week, scenes will be read and analyzed to explore what is actually happening in each scene.

– History: The Presidents and Their Elections: The quadrennial sweepstakes, including the winners who triumphed or failed in office. And the also-rans as well, many of whom had significant influence on future policy. These talks will include in-depth profiles of: FDR, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

– Great Living Songwriters: When we hear about the “Great American Songbook,” we tend to think of songs written 60 to 80 years ago. The purpose of this nine-week series, however, is to show that the songbook is a living, breathing body of work, and that many of its greatest practitioners are still very much with us.

– Masterpieces of Art: Great works of art illuminate the most important joys and sorrows of our lives. We will delve into examples from music, painting, theatre, literature, and opera – with a strong focus on how these works are made in ways that make them so effective in moving us.

– The Magic of Movie Making: What makes going to the movies so magical? This course dives into all the beauty, masterly and mystical aspects of filmmaking. From the technique of screen acting, process of screenwriting, film editing, the camera, film scoring, set design, make-up for film, and finishing with costume design.

There are so many great courses to choose from, and no need for you to miss a moment of the action. The tuition fee includes nine weeks of unlimited courses and lectures spread across three days of the week – students who want to learn, grow, and make new friends will have extra opportunities to stretch their mind, body, and spirit. Classes will be held online via Zoom. Almost all classes are also available by phone.

Whether you’re a New Yorker by address or just in your heart, these classes are available to older adults around the world. We hope you’ll join us!

To register for Sundays at JASA, visit us online ( or reach us at 212-273-5304 or

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