Instructor Biography: Jess Velona
JESS VELONA has practiced law for 25 years and is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School.  He also has a master's degree in history from NYU, where he focused in part on the history of Atlantic slavery.  As a onetime candidate for public office in Manhattan and surrogate campaign speaker for Bill Clinton, Velona loves sharing his passion for history and politics.
Other classes taught
1968: The Year that Shook Our History
Churchill, Britain's Incomparable Leader
Great Modern Speeches: From Kennedy to Reagan, From King to Obama
Great Speeches in Modern History: How Leaders Have Won Our Hearts and Minds
Leaders in Crisis: American Presidents Who Saved Our Country
Putin and the Invasion of Ukraine: Roots in Russian History
Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment
The Nazi Regime: Tracing the Historical Path to Incomparable Horror
The Threat to American Democracy: What We Can Learn from the Rise of the Nazis
Vietnam and the Road to Watergate: Lessons from the Johnson and Nixon Tapes
Walking Tour: Step Back in Time to the Old Lower East Side