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November 03, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

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9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
The Science of Pleasure: Why We Like What We Like

Paul Bloom / Yale University

Why do we prefer original paintings to forgeries? Why does wine taste better when we think it's expensive? And why do people pay millions of dollars for celebrity memorabilia? It turns out that there is a psychological theory that explains all of these quirks of pleasure, and it's one that can help us improve our lives.

In this fascinating, wide-ranging, and often very funny class, Dr. Bloom talks about the pleasure (and pain) of raising children; he explores the mysterious appeal of extremist groups like ISIS; and he explains why we aren't any happier now than we were in the 1950s. This class is an engaging introduction to the new science of pleasure.

Paul Bloom / Yale University
Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. He has received numerous awards, including the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence and the one million dollar 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize for exceptional research into the minds of children. He is the author of five books, and has written extensively for popular audiences, including articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
What's Wrong With Congress? Can an 18th Century Structure Still Work?

Wendy Schiller / Brown University

In the past decade, the United States has endured a stark economic crisis, fierce partisan political battles, and historic changes in the global political environment. The president, Congress, and the Supreme Court have taken actions that profoundly affect the scope of federal power and individual rights in our political and economic system. During this time there has been a great deal of debate as to whether these actions are in line with the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who founded our nation. In this class, we will address these debates with a specific focus on the writings of key founders such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and our first president, George Washington.

What would these men say about the federal auto and bank bailouts, Obamacare, the Federal Reserve, illegal immigration, the size of the national debt, same-sex marriage, gun violence, and U.S. involvement in conflicts on foreign soil? We will discuss the nature of federal power in the economic and social lives of citizens at home and abroad; the role of political parties, ideology, and diversity in a democracy; and the expected versus actual power of each of the branches of government vis-a-vis each other. We will also examine the nature of the federal-state relationship, with a focus on what founders believed should be the appropriate boundaries between national and state governments, and whether the reality of 21st century American life makes those boundaries obsolete.

Wendy Schiller / Brown University
Wendy Schiller is a the Chair of the Brown Political Science Department at Brown University. She is an expert in the field of the U.S. Congress and political representation, and the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study party conflict and factionalism in the U.S. Senate. Professor Schiller has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a six-time recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award at Brown.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
The Beatles, The Sixties, and Popular Culture

Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University

American and English culture of the 1960s is reflected more in the music of the Beatles than in that of any other group.  The rise of the Beatles coincided with a vital shift in the relationship between the two countries and a change in the significance, relevance, and artistic ambitions of popular music.  Between October 5, 1962 and May 8, 1970, the Beatles released twenty-two singles, several EPs, and eleven albums.  They amassed an enormous worldwide fan base that continues to exist to this day.  The group shattered many sales records and charted more than fifty top-40 hit singles.  They have been called the most iconic music group of modern times.  
 
We shall talk about Beatles songs, the culture of the times, and America and England of the Fifties and Sixties.  We shall see filmed interviews with John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and we shall listen closely to some of their greatest songs.  This multi-media experience will leave you more knowledgeable about the most volatile decade of the twentieth century and more enthusiastic about the music of the Beatles than ever before.

Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University
Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University. In 2009 he won the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections for his book "Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop."

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