Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series at the J

Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series at the J

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new, monthly lecture series at the Uptown JCC which has been made possible through a generous donation from Morris Bart. The Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series at the J will feature local experts in the fields of history, architecture, religion, politics, food, music, theater and so much more. Each one-hour lecture will be preceded by a catered kosher lunch. There will be no charge for this event.  However, an RSVP is appreciated to Rachel Ruth at 504.897.0143 or

Second Monday of the Month*
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM<
Uptown JCC


APRIL 13:  Ron Gubitz – principal, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy

“Creative Thinkers, Leaders, and Life-long Learners Conquering the Obstacles to Success”

In 2010, Ron Gubitz, principal of ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, attempted to turnaround what was the lowest performing school in the state of Louisiana.  In this presentation, Ron will share the progression of ReNew and the important elements of the school's successes.  

MAY 11:  Davida Finger - Community Justice Clinic, Loyola University

“Housing Justice”

In this talk, Davida Finger will discuss housing justice and poverty in the post Katrina landscape: how do post disaster policies and programs create obstacles? Can affordable housing be protected and prioritized?  This session will explore a myriad of issues connected to justice and housing rights.

JUNE 1:  Dr. Andre Perry – Founding Dean, Urban Education at Davenport University

“Silencing the Invisible Bully:  Removing Fear in Order to Make Public Schools Look Like the Public”

Author and urban education advocate, Dr. Andre Perry, will discuss how public schools are affected by the fears of the middle class.  This presentation will show how the threat of unconscious bias, racial anxiety and stereotypes prevent us from having public schools that resemble the public.  

JULY 13:  Erika McConduit-Diggs – President, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

"Community Engagement and Equity in Education Reform"

AUGUST 10:  Bessie Daschbach - Attorney, Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC

Reforms following Hurricane Katrina created the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) and charged the SLFPA-E with operating and maintaining the extensive system of levees, floodgates, seawalls, and jetties that protect the greater New Orleans area from storm surge and hurricane flooding. In July 2013, the SLFPA-E filed a lawsuit asserting that decades of activities by nearly 100 oil, gas and pipeline companies contributed significantly to the loss of coastal lands that buffer the New Orleans flood protection system. Attorney Bessie Daschbach of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC, one of the law firms representing the SFLPA-E, will discuss this case of the century.


SEPTEMBER 21:  Gabe Feldman - Associate Professor of Law and Director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University

“The Future of College Athletics and Other Hot Topics in Sports Law”
Professor Feldman will discuss the latest legal challenges to college athletics. Topics to be disucssed include litigation involving "pay for play," attempts by college football players to unionize, and issues involving player safety. He will also discuss the latest legal developments involving the NFL, NBA and other professional sports leagues. 

OCTOBER 12:  Liz Thorpe – author 

“Beyond Pimento Cheese: The Evolution of Dairying and Cheese-making in the American South”

Author, consultant and international cheese expert Liz Thorpe discusses the evolution of small scale dairying and cheesemaking in the United States, with a particular focus on the American South. From Texas to Kentucky to Virginia, artisan cheese represents an increasingly powerful commodity for saving struggling dairy farms, while inspiring new generations of Americans to return agricultural businesses and lifestyles.


DECEMBER 14:  Dr. Michelle Foa – Assistant Professor, History of Art, Tulane University

“New Orleans Through the Eyes of Edgar Degas”

This lecture will explore Edgar Degas’s relationship to New Orleans.  Professor Foa will discuss the fascinating images that Degas produced during his stay here and will analyze the artist’s impressions of the city.