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A Semester in a Day (Minneapolis)

October 27, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM


9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
The Future of Lying and Trusting

Jeffrey Hancock / Stanford University

Let's face it: people lie. From Fortune 500 companies to our government, and even our closest friends, we lie to each other and to ourselves. How is the rewiring of communication in the digital revolution changing how we lie? How can we trust that online review, or that text message about someone being on their way?

In this talk we'll go over the state-of-the-art in deception detection research on how to spot a liar online, explore some new forms of deception, and examine how different technologies affect both how we lie and how we trust online. The talk reveals several key principles that can guide how we can think about deception and truth in this new digital age.

Jeffrey Hancock / Stanford University
Jeffrey Hancock is a Professor of Communications at Stanford University. He was the Chair of the Information Science Department, and the co-Director of Cognitive Science at Cornell University. He is interested in social interactions mediated by information and communication technology, with an emphasis on how people produce and understand language in these contexts. His TED Talk on deception has been seen over 1 million times and he has been featured as a guest on "CBS This Morning" for his expertise on social media.

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
World War I: What Really Happened, and Why it Matters

Jennifer Keene / Chapman University

Most Americans possess only a hazy understanding of World War I or its significance for the United States. So why not leave it there? Why bother with this history lesson? How the nation responded to the challenge of fighting its first modern war re-made America, leading to female suffrage, the modern civil rights movement, the drive to protect civil liberties, new conceptions of military service, and an expanded role for the United States in the world.

There are striking parallels between the problems Americans faced a hundred years ago in 1917-18 and the challenges we face now. How do we balance protecting national security with civil liberties? Is it appropriate for Americans to continue to debate a war once the fighting has begun? Are immigrants importing terrorism? Do Americans have a responsibility to participate in global humanitarianism? Can soldiers ever convey to those at home the reality of what they've encountered on the battlefield? Can they ever leave the war behind? Americans grappled with these issues in World War I, and these are once again relevant questions for a society at war.

Jennifer Keene / Chapman University
Jennifer Keene is a professor of history and dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. She has published several books and numerous articles on the American experience in the world wars, including "Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America", "World War I: The American Soldier Experience", and "World War II: Core Documents". She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia and Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies. She has served as a historical consultant for exhibits and films, and was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, "The Great War".

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
What's So Great About Beethoven? A Surprising Look at a Musical Genius

Mark Mazullo / Macalester College

In the tradition of classical music, no figure looms as large as that of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Beethoven's work, composed in the last years of the eighteenth and first decades of the nineteenth century, bridged the Classical and Romantic eras. His music was created in the aftermath of the French Revolution and during the years of Napoleon's campaign to conquer Europe, and it addressed, often overtly, contemporary political and social concerns. In musical terms, its captivating treatment of classical forms (sonata, symphony, string quartet) pushed the Classical Style to its breaking point. Beethoven's musical style changed dramatically over the course of his career. His early works, while innovative in their own way, remain firmly anchored in the Classical Style, the language of Mozart and Haydn. In his middle-period works, Beethoven adopted a grander, more explosive "Heroic" style. These are the works (for example, the Third and Fifth Symphonies) that define a Promethean image of the composer that persists today. In his late works, Beethoven developed a more rarified, subtle musical language in which emotions are expressed more ambiguously and forms treated more abstractly.

These complex works have been the subject of much important writing about Beethoven, whose authors address the philosophical, aesthetic, political, and even ethical implications of this change of course. Delivered from the piano, this lecture will identify key features of Beethoven's music as it developed throughout his career. It will address such topics as the role of variation and fugue in Beethoven’s music, his understanding of the relationship between music and words, and his dynamic treatment of rhythm and syncopation. It will also link these musical details to broader ideas relating to the place of Beethoven's work in his own world and in ours. How do Beethoven's compositional choices reveal attitudes about what it means to be a human being? What does this music say about the human experience, about human relationships, about society? How does its message, delivered to other people in another time and place, relate to us today?

Mark Mazullo / Macalester College
Mark Mazullo is Professor of Music at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has been teaching piano and courses in music history for nearly twenty years. He is the author of the book "Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues: contexts, style, performance". A pianist who appears frequently in solo, chamber, and concerto settings, he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev with the Minnesota Philharmonic, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and the St. Paul Civic Symphony. The recipient of Macalester College's 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, Mazullo is known for his broad range of courses, including surveys of Western art music and the seminars Music and Freedom, Late Beethoven, and Musical Fictions.


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