Lifelong Learning Classes at the J

We offer monthly opportunities to hear from a variety of top thinkers and innovators in intimate conversations that connect, enrich, and inspire.

Join us on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM for the following topics:

Elephantine Jews of Elephantine and Other Audacities with Aaron Howard

Wednesday, Dec 11 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Elephantine, on the southern border of Egypt, was the site of a Jewish colony. The inhabitants were Jewish mercenaries who fought for the Egyptians and the Persians at different times.

Explore this little-known aspect of history with Aaron Howard. We’ll also look at the time when a Jewish king ruled Yemen. Register

Apollo: Missions to the Moon with Frances “Poppy” Northcutt

Wednesday, Jan 15 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
NASA engineer Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was the first woman to work in an operational support role in the Mission Control Center in Houston during the Apollo program and a passionate advocate for women’s rights.

Hear firsthand about her experience with the different Apollo missions as well as how she got to NASA and what it was like to be a woman at that time working in NASA. Register

Collecting Political Memorabilia: A Quick and Fun way to Learn American History with Dr. David Fairbanks, Professor Emeritus, University of Houston-Downtown

Wednesday, Feb 12 | 10:00 AM
Before advertising on television and social media, presidential campaigns relied heavily on objects such as buttons; ribbons and various trinkets of get their messages across to voters. These items from earlier campaigns provide interesting reminders of how presidential campaigns have changed and of the people who led them. Professor David Fairbanks, who has been teaching courses on the American presidency and campaign. Register

George Washington, Robert E. Lee and the Arlington National Cemetery with Wesley E. Wright

Wednesday, March 11 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Discover how the lives of George Washington and Robert E. Lee intersected resulting in the creation of the most famous cemetery in the United States of America. Register


$8 Member | $12 Public per class

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