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One Day University with The Arizona Republic

October 30, 2016 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Join the Arizona Republic and One Day University as we present One Day University in Scottsdale. Spend a fascinating day with four award-winning professors as you learn about Psychology, Ethics, History, and Literature. You'll experience four thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas - all in one day. And don't worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!
Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Hyatt ($15, cash only), or you may bring your own.


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
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 renowned classics as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Dante's Divine Comedy, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Joseph Heller's Catch 22.

Professor 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.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Do My Eyes Deceive Me? The Science of How Humans See the World

Andrew Shatte / University of Arizona

It is estimated that humans get 80% of their information about the world through their eyes and so the science of vision has fascinated us for centuries. Human vision performs a remarkable feat; it glimpses a 3-D world, represents it as 2-D on the eye, and then uses the brain to reconstruct it as a 3-D perception.

In this highly energetic and interactive session, Dr. Shatté takes you on a whirlwind tour of the journey from eye to brain, using the classic visual illusions to illustrate what we know about how we make sense of our world. What do case studies tell us about our eyes and our brains (like the man who saw the world upside down, the people who can't recognize faces, or those who can't see movement or depth)? Join us as we unpack how humans see the world.

Andrew Shatte / University of Arizona
Andrew Shatté teaches psychology at the University of Arizona, and is also the founder and President of Mindflex, a training company that specializes in measuring and training for resilience. Professor Shatté first joined One Day University when he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was given the "Best Professor" award by the students in 2003 and received the Dean's award for distinguished teaching in 2006. He co-wrote "The Resilience Factor," and "Mequilibrium."

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Five Turning Points That Changed American History

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College

In the relatively short history of the United States, there have been many turning points and landmark movements that irrevocably altered the direction of the nation and signaled the dramatic start of a new historical reality. Some took the form of groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts; some were dramatic military victories and defeats. Still others were nationwide social and religious movements, or technological and scientific innovations.

What all of these turning points had in common, is that they forever changed the character of America. Sometimes the changes brought about by these events were obvious; sometimes they were more subtle. Sometimes the effects of these turning points were immediate; other times, their aftershocks reverberated for decades. Regardless, these great historical turning points demand to be understood.

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College
Edward O'Donnell is a professor of History at Holy Cross College. He is the author of several books, including "Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age." He frequently contributes op-eds to publications like Newsweek and the Huffington Post. He has been featured on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and C-SPAN. O'Donnell also has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries. He currently hosts a history podcast, In The Past Lane.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Ethical Dilemmas and Modern Medicine

Jason Robert / Arizona State University

Few relationships are as complicated as the one between doctor and patient. Doctors have years of training and highly specialized knowledge. They act as both advisers and gatekeepers, diagnosing our ailments and guiding our treatments. When things go well, doctor and patient act as a seamless team, united in the pursuit of health and working together in the patient's best interest. But like all relationships, it is not always smooth sailing.

This class will focus on thorny moments in medicine. We'll discuss cases where doctors and patients disagree on treatment plans, and whether there are cases where a doctor may override the wishes of a patient. We'll talk about patient choice and medicine. Should a doctor be able to pause treatment unless a patient stops smoking or agrees to eat better? We'll also talk about end of life decisions. Who should make choices for us when we can no longer make choices for ourselves? Lastly, we'll have time to talk about whatever is on your mind. Bring the questions that keep you up at night, and we'll work towards answers. The conversation is always tricky - but it's never boring.

Jason Robert / Arizona State University
Jason Robert is the Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences, the Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology and Medicine, and Director of the Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program at Arizona State University. He is also the Interim Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the Director of Arizona Bioethics Network. He has been nominated for Centennial Professorship by the Associated Students of Arizona State University as well as the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award.


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