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2500 Years of History (in one day) - Kansas City

March 25, 2017 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 and 15 minute lunch break. You may bring your own or purchase it at a nearby restaurant.


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Marathon: The Battle That Changed the World 2500 Years Ago

Richard Billows / Columbia University

The Battle of Marathon is famous, but why is it important? Can one battle really change the course of a civilization? That's the argument Prof. Richard Billows has made in his book on this battle, and this course will explain why. Classical Athens was shaped by fighting and winning at Marathon, and the Classical Athenians in turn shaped western culture. Are you interested in drama? The Athenians pioneered it. In philosophy? It was developed at Athens. In history? The first histories were written at and about Classical Athens. In democracy? The Athenians invented democracy. In money and banking? The Athenians developed the first international currency and the first commercial banks. How does all of this relate to the Battle of Marathon? Come to this course and find out.

Richard Billows / Columbia University
Richard Billows is a professor of history at Columbia University. His scholarly works include "Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenic State" and "Marathon - How One Battle Changed Western Civilization." He was interviewed on a History Channel documentary on The Battle of Marathon.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
WWII: What We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then

Anne Nelson / Columbia University

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that the entire German nation succumbed to Nazi ideology. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, stunning new evidence locked in the Stasi archives became available to support a deeper understanding.

German resistance movements existed through most of the Nazi period. One of them, the Rote Kapelle, succeeded in infiltrating the Nazi regime in order to attack it from within. The group included U.S.-educated German academics, an Air Force intelligence officer, and a broad array of artists, academics, physicians, and workers. The movement combined Conservatives and Communists; Catholics, Lutherans and Jews - and almost half of them were women.

Anne Nelson / Columbia University
Anne Nelson has taught International and Public Affairs at Columbia University since 1995 and was formerly the director of the International Program at the Columbia School of Journalism. She has written extensively on media, conflict, and human rights. She was a war correspondent in Latin America, and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia, with work appearing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, BBC, CBC, NPR and PBS. Her writing has won six awards, including the Livingston Award for international reporting.

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
Power and the Presidency: Thomas Jefferson, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson

Michael Sparer / Columbia University

The Founding Fathers sharply disagreed on the appropriate role of the federal government. Alexander Hamilton, for example, argued that the new nation needed a large and powerful national government, fueled by a powerful President. Thomas Jefferson held the opposite view, emphasizing the importance of states rights, and warning against a new monarchy. James Madison proposed a third approach, under which the federal government would be large but weak, stymied from acting by a variety of checks and balances (and separated powers). Interestingly, the United States Constitution contains language that supports each of these three views, and American history presents an endless debate over this "original" question.

This course examines the changing role of the federal government through the words and actions of three Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. Jefferson led a virtual second American revolution, scaling back the role of the federal government (that Hamilton had ushered in), and ushering in more than a century in which it was considered both unwise and unconstitutional for the federal government to intervene in the economy or the American system of social welfare. During the 1930s, however, Franklin Roosevelt promised and delivered a "New Deal," or a new social contract, under which federal (and Presidential) power expanded dramatically, a trend that continues today. Three decades later, Lyndon Johnson implemented yet another approach, under which the federal government delegated significant power and funding directly to community-based organizations, all as part of his effort to usher in a "Great Society."

Michael Sparer / Columbia University
Michael Sparer is a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Professor Sparer is also the Chair of Health Policy & Management. He is a two-time winner of the Mailman School's Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Cinema History: Four Films That Changed America

Marc Lapadula / Yale University

While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound influence on our culture. Whether intentionally or not, some movies have brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society. Renowned Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula will discuss four films that, for better or worse, made their mark.

The Jazz Singer
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
The Graduate
Easy Rider

Marc Lapadula / Yale University
Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University's Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Commonwealth Club and The New York Historical Society.


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