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One Day University at Tanglewood

August 27, 2017 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Includes all three lectures, a complimentary lawn admission for the 2:30pm BSO season finale in the Shed, and VIP parking. Advance purchase is required.

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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Understanding America Through Three Remarkable Photographs

Louis Masur / Rutgers University

Pictures, it is said, are worth a thousand words. But photographs do not speak for themselves. Images tell a story and only a close examination of how a photograph was taken and circulated can allow us to understand why certain pictures become iconic and how they shape America.

In this class, we will look closely at three remarkable and influential photographs and what they tell us about America at pivotal moments in the nation’s history: Dorothea Lange’s "Migrant Mother", Joe Rosenthal’s  "Raising of the Flag on Mt. Suribachi", and Stanley Forman’s "The Soiling of Old Glory" (these last two won the Pulitzer Prize). In doing so, we will look at many other images and come to a deeper understanding of the era in which these photographs were taken and how they continue to shape our vision of the nation.

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.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
The Supreme Court: What's Next? An Insider's View

Jeffrey Rosen / National Constitution Center / George Washington University

Few at the Founding could have ever imagined the Supreme Court becoming one of the most powerful policymaking institutions in the United States. Yet today, the Court has the power to sidestep public opinion, upend federal legislation, constrain state governance and question presidential decisions. During this fascinating, fast-paced discussion, Professor Rosen will look at some of the most pressing issues before the court today - free speech, immigration, voting rights and gerrymandering, religious freedom and privacy.

Of course, he'll discuss the refusal of Republican senators to question Obama nominee Merrick Garland, the recent nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, and the most likely direction the court will follow under the new administration. By the end of the evening Professor Rosen will have demonstrated how it is far more than legal scholarship and judicial philosophy that has shaped the court - it is the interactions and personalities of the individual members that have created the institution that we know today.

Jeffrey Rosen / National Constitution Center / George Washington University
Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University and the President of the National Constitution Center. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and the L.A. Times called him, "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator." He has interviewed Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice John Paul Stevens, and Justice Stephen Breyer.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Music and the Brain

Craig Wright / Yale University

Why do we listen to music? What does it do for us? Why do we each choose to listen to certain types of music-classical, rock, jazz, country, whatever-that we do? This presentation will introduce you to the reception, processing, and emotional response to music that we all experience in the brain, each in our own way. Is our response to music natural and universal (baked into the physics of music), or is it cultural, a reflection of where we grew up and the kind of music that we heard at home?

This lecture will ask us to consider that the music of different composers may be processed differently in the brain, country music one way, for example, Bach in another, and Beethoven in yet another.

Craig Wright / Yale University
Professor Craig Wright is the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music at Yale. Professor Wright's courses include his perennially popular introductory course "Listening to Music," his selective seminar "Exploring the Nature of Genius" and other specialized courses ranging from ancient Greek music theory to the music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Bach and Mozart. He was awarded the International Musicological Society's Edward J. Dent Medal and the American Musicological Society's Alfred Einstein Prize and Otto Kinkeldey Award - making him one of the few individuals to hold all three honors.


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