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One Day University with The Kansas City Star

November 05, 2016 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Join One Day University and The Kansas City Star as we present One Day University in Kansas City, MO. Spend a fascinating day with four award-winning professors. 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 lunch break. Lunch will be available for purchase (cash only) after the second class.


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
The Rise and Decline of the American Presidency

Jeremi Suri / University of Texas

The American presidency is the most powerful political office in the world. Surprisingly, most contemporary presidents have found themselves severely constrained in their ability to pursue their chosen agendas for domestic and foreign policy change. This lecture will explain why, focusing on the nature of government bureaucracy, the range of American challenges and commitments, and the development of the modern media.

We will begin with the founding vision of the U.S. presidency and the actions of its first occupant, George Washington. Then, we’ll examine the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and the most recent office-holders. We will focus on how the power of the presidency has changed over time and what that has meant for American society. The lecture will close with reflections for how we can improve presidential leadership in future years.

Jeremi Suri / University of Texas
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, most recently: "The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Office." His research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. In 2018 Suri received the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Public Contributions to the Liberal Arts.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
What Can We Learn From The Ancient Egyptians?

Kara Cooney / UCLA

Why is ancient Egypt so compelling to us today? Why do we care so much about the gold, the pyramids, the hieroglyphic script, the mummies, and the extraordinary leaders like Nefertiti, Ramses, and Hatshepsut, people who flourished so many thousands of years ago? As a UCLA Professor and Egyptologist, Kara Cooney has devoted over two decades of her life to the study of this ancient place, and will unravel why we care and what this unending fascination says about us.

This remarkable new class will examine how Egypt is utterly unique on this planet, a protected realm full of riches beyond reckoning and agricultural resources that allowed an unassailable divine kingship to develop. We will examine the spectacle of monumental statuary, of pyramids, of coffins made of hundreds of pounds of solid gold, and of granite and sandstone pillared halls – the supports of a totalitarian regime with a veritable God-King at the helm. We will ask why the ancient Egyptians preserved so many bodies, carefully embalming the wealthy and elite into mummies, while preserving so little of the private information from their minds. Ancient Egypt remains for us a place of mystery, fascination, and contradictions, but if we pierce the carefully woven veil before our eyes, we can also see the humanity of these extraordinary people.

Kara Cooney / UCLA
Kara Cooney is an Egyptologist and Professor at UCLA. In 2002, she was Kress Fellow at the National Gallery of Art and worked on the Cairo Museum exhibition "Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt." In 2005, she acted as fellow curator for Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the LA County Museum of Art. She also worked on two Discovery Channel documentary series: "Out of Egypt" and "Egypt's Lost Queen."

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1 Hour / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1-hour lunch break.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
3 Musical Masterpieces Every Music Lover Should Listen To: Bach, Beethoven, and The Beatles

Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University

The underlying question behind this interactive presentation is this: exactly how do we distinguish great music from music that is merely "good?" Boston University Professor Jeremy Yudkin will discuss and play extracts from each of three works that he considers masterpieces.

First will be The Brandenberg Concertos, Bach's most celebrated set of orchestral works (which were not always so well-received). Next comes Beethoven's remarkable Fifth Symphony, one of the most acclaimed works in all of classical music. Then, Professor Yudkin will offer a close analysis of a short but perfect Beatles song: Paul McCartney's "I've Just Seen a Face." If there's time, he'll even present a quick bonus...Mozart's Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, more commonly known by the title Eine kleine Nachtmusik. After this lecture you'll never listen to music in the same way again!

Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University
Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University. In 2009 he won the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections for his book "Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop." He has been nominated six times for Boston University's Excellence in Teaching Awards.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Toxic Living: Why Humans Struggle in Modern Society

Stephen Ilardi / University of Kansas

In 1900, the average American had an 8th-grade education, earned $4000 a year, lived in a house devoid of electricity and indoor plumbing, and had a life expectancy of only 47 years. Our lot has improved in countless ways since then. And yet Americans are arguably less happy now than ever before, with rates of suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse much higher than those of our forebears. Remarkably, over 20% of Americans now take a prescribed psychiatric medication each day.

In this class, we will explore the paradox of widespread distress in the midst of material affluence. We will examine evidence that the paradox may be largely explained by a key scientific observation: humans were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, sleep-deprived, fast-food-laden, frenzied pace of contemporary American life. Likewise, we will explore evidence that lifestyle plays a critical role in determining neurological and psychological health. This class will conclude with a review of 7 specific lifestyle-based strategies to enhance mental and physical well-being.

Stephen Ilardi / University of Kansas
Stephen Ilardi is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas. The author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness and the bestselling book, "The Depression Cure," he is a nationally recognized expert on depression, and his work has been honored by the American Psychological Association's prestigious Blau Award for early career contributions to the field. Professor Ilardi has also received several major teaching awards, and was selected from a pool of over 2,000 instructors as the recipient of the HOPE Award for teaching excellence.


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