One Day University and The Atlantic takes you back to college for the day with the nation’s top professors!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:00AM – 4:00PM
With One Day University and The Atlantic, experience a day of classes with topics ranging from neuroscience to music to history from some of the country’s top professors.
Here are a few classes we found interesting:
11:00AM – 12:15PM
Beethoven’s Ninth: The Story Behind the Masterpiece
Thomas Kelly / Harvard University
Professor Kelly will give a brief taste of his popular Harvard course, “First Nights;” he will take us to Vienna in 1814, using pictures and sound to recapture the first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The Ninth is perhaps the best-known piece of Classical music; this talk will let us in on some things that Beethoven’s audience knew about, and it may change the way we listen to a favorite—or a new—piece of music.
Abraham Lincoln: What We Know Now
Louis Masur / Rutgers University
Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest President. He is also one of the most controversial. Literally beginning from the time he was elected, people have debated various aspects of his personality and politics. Was he depressed? Why did he tell so many stories? Was he truly opposed to slavery? Did he free the slaves? Did the Union prevail because of his leadership or despite him? In this class, we’ll take a close look at Lincoln, assessing his political style and temperament, and focusing on the question of Lincoln and slavery. In the end, we will hope to uncover the man and not the myth.
2:45PM – 4:00PM
What Would The Founding Fathers Think of America Today?
Wendy Schiller / Brown University
In the past four years, the United States has endured a stark economic crisis, fierce partisan political battles, and historic changes in the global political environment. The President, Congress, and the Supreme Court have taken actions that profoundly affect the scope of federal power and individual rights in our political and economic system. During this time there has been a great deal of debate as to whether these actions are in line with the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who founded our nation.
Four Books Every Book Lover Should Read
Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
What four books are a must for every lover of literature? Award-winning scholar and teacher, Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question with participants in an intimate seminar devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss such world-renowned classics as Dante’s Divine Comedy (1319) and Shakespeare’s Othello (1604), and also cover more recent works including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (1997). Prof. Luzzi will show how these fascinating works help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of “essential reading,” as Professor Luzzi helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds.
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