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March 11, 2018 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Rethinking Lincoln: The Civil War, and How it Ended

Harold Holzer / Hunter College

Harold Holzer will present an overview of Abraham Lincoln's pre-presidential life and career through the lens of 19th century partisan journalism, a world Lincoln inhabited with gusto and extraordinary results. "Public sentiment is everything," he said a few years before he won the White House. "He who moulds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes and pronounces decisions." Lincoln really believed in this idea. From the outset, he tethered his ambitions to rise from obscurity to power, to the idea of mastering the press. We will explore Lincoln's political and oratorical development, but through the filter of journalism. Hence we will see Lincoln as a young "op-ed columnist" on temperance; later as the anonymous author of angry anti-Democratic Party editorials, and also as a local agent for the pro-Whig press; as a freshman Congressman yearning for press coverage.

During his long professional life as an itinerant attorney he will find time to court local, like-minded journalists in countless Illinois towns, building a strong and loyal advocacy network that would serve his interests for years. The mature Lincoln will take his speeches to the press and personally supervise their typesetting and publication to multiply their audiences; oversee the hiring of pro-Republican stenographers to make the first transcript ever of a political engagement—the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and he will appeal to the widest possible audience through press reprints following his transformative Cooper Union address (then try to determine what to say next after being so widely published), and he will use his friendship with Republican journalists to organize his 1860 convention victory at Chicago. The class will cover the full development of the early, pre-war Lincoln—even his courtship and Marriage to Mary Todd (a courtship based on newspaper writing!)—but will strike an original chord by emphasizing what historians have long neglected: the importance of the press to politicians, readers, and voters throughout the nation during the volatile antebellum Lincoln era.

Harold Holzer / Hunter College
Harold Holzer is the winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, and one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001-2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Barack Obama.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Race in America: Past, Present, and Future

Christina Greer / Fordham University

In this lecture, Professor Greer will encourage participants to solidify and define their current understanding of race and ethnicity in relation to group identity in the U.S., incorporation of immigrants over time, and the overall political climate in America today. The class will dissect the interplay between race and ethnicity and look at how these dual identities affect participation and policy attitudes.

In addition, we'll discuss feelings toward the American Dream in 2017 and beyond. Specifically, we'll consider the promise of economic, political, and social advancement, regardless of race or other circumstances. In the Q & A portion of the presentation, we will talk about whether preservation of an ethnic identity is an essential element in better achieving representation, policy stances, and political participation as a pathway to success in our country now.

Christina Greer / Fordham University
Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. Her book "Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream," was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award. She was also voted City & State's 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Professor Greer is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC and NY1, and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the AP.

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
Music and the Brain

Aniruddh Patel / Tufts University

Charles Darwin regarded music as an evolutionary mystery. It is universal and ancient in human culture, but serves no obvious biological function. Recent decades have witnessed a rise of empirical research on the biological foundations of music, leading to findings which help illuminate music's evolutionary origins and its significance in human life.

In this lecture, Professor Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and author of Music, Language, and the Brain will discuss a wide variety of research studies bearing on the evolution and biological power of music. These will include studies of how music is processed by other species, and studies of how active engagement with music enhances brain function in children and adults, including both neurologically normal individuals and those with brain disorders.

Aniruddh Patel / Tufts University
Aniruddh Patel is a Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. His work focuses on music cognition: the mental processes involved in making, perceiving, and responding to music. He is the author of, "Music, Language, and the Brain." Dr. Patel has served as President for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009-2011) and received the 2009 Music has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
How "Aha!" Really Happens: Intuition and the Creative Spark

William Duggan / Columbia Business School

Modern science now understands how creative ideas happen in the human brain. And by learning how it works, you can learn to do it better. In fact, 99% of creative methods in use today around the world use the old -- and wrong -- model of how the brain works. When you ask creative people how they did something, they often feel a bit guilty, because they don't generally perceive they really did anything. It just happened!

Creativity isn't something only scientists and artists enjoy; in fact, all of us use our creative brains every day at home, work and play. Each of us has the ability to increase our mental functioning and creativity, and this session will show you how.

William Duggan / Columbia Business School
William Duggan teaches innovation in three venues at Columbia Business School: MBA and Executive MBA courses, and Executive Education sessions.. He is the author of three recent books on innovation: "Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement," "Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation," and "The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight Change Your Life." In 2007 the journal Strategy+Business named "Strategic Intuition" the Best Strategy Book of the Year. He has twenty years of experience as a strategy advisor and consultant. In 2014, Professor Duggan won the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. He has given talks and workshops on innovation to thousands of executives from companies in countries around the world.

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