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One Day University in Palm Springs with the Desert Sun

March 04, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

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9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Learning From The Roman Empire: Are we Repeating Their Rise and Decline?

Caroline Winterer / Stanford University

The rise and fall of ancient Rome is one of the greatest stories in the history of the world. From a group of settlements huddled along the Tiber in Italy, Rome rose to conquer much of the Mediterranean world and Europe. At the height of the Roman Empire, one in every five people in the world lived within its territory.

For Americans, Rome's unlikely ascent, spectacular ambitions, and gruesome decline have provided endless fuel for our national self-examination. Is the United States an empire? Are empires good or bad? What makes great civilizations decline and fall—and how can America avoid that fate? This talk will explore the great American question—"Are We Rome?"—and show why this ancient empire continues to fascinate our very modern nation.

Caroline Winterer / Stanford University
Caroline Winterer is Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. Her latest book is, "American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason." She is a recipient of an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin, and is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
Beethoven's Ninth: The Story Behind the Masterpiece

Thomas Kelly / Harvard University

Professor Kelly will give a brief taste of his popular Harvard course, "First Nights;" he will take us to Vienna in 1814, using pictures and sound to recapture the first performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Ninth is perhaps the best-known piece of classical music; this talk will let us in on some things that Beethoven’s audience knew about, and it may change the way we listen to a favorite—or a new—piece of music.

Thomas Kelly / Harvard University
Thomas Kelly is a Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music at Harvard University. He was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching. His books include "First Nights: Five Performance Premieres;" "First Nights at the Opera;" and "Capturing Music: The Story of Notation". He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Citizen of the city of Benevento, and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Four Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Seth Lerer / University of California at San Diego

What four books are a must for every lover of literature? Award-winning teacher, Professor Seth Lerer will explore this question with participants in an intimate seminar devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss such renowned classics as 1984, David Copperfield, Catch 22, and Invisible Man.

Professor Lerer will show how these fascinating works help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of "essential reading," as Professor Lerer helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds.

Seth Lerer / University of California at San Diego
Seth Lerer is Distinguished Professor of Literature and former Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California at San Diego. He has published widely on literature and language, most recently on Children's Literature, Jewish culture, and the life of the theater. He has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize in Criticism. His book, "Tradition: A Feeling for the Literary Past," appeared in 2016, and his most recent book is "Shakespeare's Lyric Stage," will be published in the fall of 2018.

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