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One Day University with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

March 25, 2017 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM

One Day University is excited to present another great event with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune! Enjoy this full-day of exhilarating lectures from four award-winning professors. These speakers have earned the highest possible ratings from their students and universities. One day U is your opportunity to join them for a truly unique day. Of course, at One Day U there are no grades, no tests, no homework - just the pure joy of lifelong learning!

schedule

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What's Fact and What's Fiction?

Louis Masur / Rutgers University

Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest President and one of the most controversial. 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? This class aims to uncover the man and not the myth. In 1922, the historian W.E.B. DuBois proclaimed that Lincoln was “big enough to be inconsistent.” To be sure, there were tensions in Lincoln’s character and ideology: he could be happy and melancholy, could promote democracy and suspend civil liberties, could oppose slavery yet have doubts about the place of blacks in American society.

Some of what DuBois saw as inconsistency had more to do with political reality, especially in regard to the issue of the abolition of slavery. Lincoln had to contend with various pressures knowing that any misstep could very well lead to the destruction of the Union. Here is where his temperament becomes so important. As we shall see, Lincoln’s storytelling had a purpose, as did his gradual approach to decision making. But once he made up his mind, he seldom looked back. In the end, it is not that he was inconsistent, but that he was thoughtful and deliberate and was not afraid to change his mind and grow in the process.

Louis Masur / Rutgers University
Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Rutgers, Trinity College, and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. He is the author of many books including "Lincoln's Last Speech," which was inspired by a talk he presented at One Day University. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and Chicago Tribune. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians' Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.

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11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
The Art of Aging: Discovering New Sources of Creativity

Brian Carpenter / Washington University in St. Louis

No matter how old you are, you're aging. You started aging from the moment you were born, and you'll continue aging until the moment you die. That's the brutal, universal fact. But people age differently, as you’ve noticed if you've looked around and compared yourself to your peers. Are you aging better than they are? Worse than they are? In what ways and for what reasons?

In this class we’ll review what biological, psychological, and social research has taught us about growing older. Along the way, we'll discuss what's common with aging (everybody shrinks a little), what's not normal (Alzheimer's is a disease not everyone gets), and key components of successful aging (friends and family are important, but perhaps in different ways). The trajectory of aging gets shaped very early in life, but there are powerful forces that guide it along the way, and steps you can take to maximize your later years.

Brian Carpenter / Washington University in St. Louis
Brian Carpenter is a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research interests focus on relationships among older adults, their family members, and their health care providers. In particular, he studies communication among those three parties, with an eye toward developing interventions to improve knowledge and enhance health literacy. Dr. Carpenter teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address the psychological needs of older adults, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care and dementia.

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
Three Musical Masterpieces That Changed America

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

Music permeates our lives. Thanks to technology, it is always with us … via the radio, our smart phones, TV commercials, film music, even the streamed music at our local malls and favorite restaurants. Technology has made it easy for us to put music in the background. The goal of this lecture is to bring it front and center again.

As Professor Celenza will demonstrate, music does not simply reflect culture…it changes it. To demonstrate just how such changes come about, she will highlight three musical masterpieces that changed America. These include: a bawdy 18th-century drinking tune that eventually defined American patriotism, a 1930s ballad that fueled the need for the Civil Rights movement, and a 1980s pop album that changed American foreign policy.

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University
Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several books, including "Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra." In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for NPR's Performance Today and published eight award-winning children's books, among them "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue" and "Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite." She has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC's "Music Matters" and C-Span's "Book TV."

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
An Ancient Storm: Reflections on Conflict in the Middle East

Bradford McGuinn / University of Miami

From war to war, through its seasons of terror and chaos, the lands of the Middle East continue to perplex, frighten and fascinate. Between ISIS and al-Qaeda, the struggles of Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen, the tensions eternal between Israelis and Palestinians, and the dangerous duel undertaken by Iran and Saudi Arabia, the upheavals of Middle East seem without end. Why should be so? It's not obvious why a kaleidoscope of cultures of boundless brilliance, a mosaic of populations of unlimited potential, should be caught in such a storm.

In this talk, we will explore the tensions of Middle East for they can tell us about this ancient realm. But in a world connected by information technology, where both violence and the distress it occasions are ever amplified, we are reminded of the storm’s global reach. Toward the terror associated with ISIS have been drawn some people living far from the Middle East and away from its anarchy have fled countless refugees. We will examine these journeys and the violent furies that have both the Middle East and lands no longer distant in their grip.

Bradford McGuinn / University of Miami
Bradford McGuinn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Associate Director of the Master of Arts in International Administration Program at the University of Miami. He has been nominated for Outstanding Faculty Member twice, is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award from U of M.

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