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One Day University: A Morning of History, Literature, Politics, and Music (Sacramento)

February 25, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Presidential Library: Books that shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and others

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

All of us at One Day U who love books wondered about the reading habits of past presidents, and what we found led us to offer this new brand new course.

Award-winning Literature Professor Joseph Luzzi will guide audiences through a fascinating "Presidents' Library," as we explore the books that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office. We will discuss why George Washington was obsessed with a play about a Roman freedom fighter who opposed Julius Caesar; how Thomas Jefferson came to have the largest personal library in the country; what drew Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare so obsessively (and which Shakespeare play he loved most!); which British poet Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorized as a child and read throughout his life; why John F. Kennedy was devoted to a spy novelist whose books would create one of the greatest film franchises in history; and how Barack Obama came to understand his American identity and spirit through two favorite authors.

Together, we will see how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked, as we explore the momentous events in these presidents' lives in light of the books that inspired their thoughts and guided their actions. Professor Luzzi will also summarize his "ALL" (American Library List) detailing the sometimes surprising books and literature which influenced many other U. S. leaders.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Five Musical Masterworks 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 demonstrates, music does not simply reflect culture... it changes it.

To demonstrate just how such changes come about, we will highlight five musical masterpieces that changed America. These include: an 18th-century drinking tune that defined American patriotism, an early 20th-century concert work that redefined Americans' concept of "music," a ballad from the 1930s that fueled the Civil Rights movement, a musical from the 1950s that confronted the problems of race and juvenile delinquency 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."

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