July 2014

JCCSF Matters - June 2014 Edition

Timothy F. Geithner on Financial Crises
Timothy F. Geithner

On May 28, at historic Congregation Emanu-El, former US Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner spoke candidly about his part in the massive effort to save the US economy from collapse. Dr. Laura D’Andrea Tyson of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business interviewed Geithner in an hour-long conversation that ranged from sophisticated economic analysis to an anecdote about Barbra Streisand approaching Geithner at a State dinner.
 
Presented in partnership with Congregation Emanu-El, the talk was the final stop on Geithner’s national book tour for Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crisis.
 
As Obama’s Treasury Secretary and in his earlier position as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York 
(2003 – 2009), Geithner had to make some hard calls. He says that he wrote Stress Test at least in part to explain why he and his colleagues made the choices they did. During the talk, Geithner offered up lessons from the crisis. “You want to design a system,” he said, “that recognizes that the future is inherently uncertain and basically unpredictable.” In discussing the infrequency of massive financial crises, he pointed out that “big crises don’t happen that often because you have to lose the memory of crisis to be vulnerable to crisis.” 
  
The JCCSF was happy to make possible one of Geithner’s few West Coast appearances, “And we were excited to partner with our neighbor 
Congregation Emanu-El and with the Haas Business School, which brought many students and alumni to the event,” says Stephanie Singer, Manager of Arts & Ideas lectures. 
 
Watch the JCCSF video of the full conversation.

De Young Museum Honors JCCSF Ceramics Teacher

Joshua Margolis.                                                  Photo: Daisy Mayorga

When Joshua Margolis first started working with clay – at a summer arts program for teens at New York’s Skidmore College – he never imagined that years later he’d be teaching ceramics 3,000 miles west at the JCCSF. Much less did he imagine that he’d be awarded an Artist Residency at San Francisco’s acclaimed de Young Museum. But throughout July, Joshua will be “showing, sculpting and interacting with the public” at the museum, sharing his Monsters & Robots Project with whoever stops by.
 
Joshua doesn’t underestimate the importance of meeting up with the right teacher at the right time. At Skidmore he worked with renowned Japanese-American ceramist Toshiko Takaezu. “She was very encouraging at a time when not many people gave me encouragement,” says Joshua. These days, Joshua encourages his students at the JCCSF, in classes from Mud Time for kids to Clay & Wine, an adult class that pairs handbuilding techniques and informal wine tastings. According to Joshua, the difference between teaching children and adults is that “kids think my jokes are hilarious! They are totally laughing with me. The adults I am pretty sure are just laughing at me.”
 
“Joshua spurs the creative genius of so many students,” says Jackie Lewis, Director of Recreation Programs. “And they all keep returning to the studio, to learn, create and grow, and to simply hang out with Joshua.”
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In the last few weeks alone, JCCSF's Arts & Ideas has presented an incredible array of lectures and concerts, from former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner to singer/songwriter Joan Osborne and The Holmes Brothers.
 
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