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One Day University with the Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 09, 2019 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM


9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
The Psychology of Good and Evil

Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College

In 2011, a 2-year-old in China wandered into a busy road and was struck repeatedly by passing cars. Although people walking and driving in the road clearly saw what had happened, not a single person stopped to help for 10 minutes; the child died of her injuries a week later. In Guyana in 1978, nearly 1000 members of the “Jonestown Cult” killed themselves – and their children – by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid following the order of leader Jim Jones. In the 1930s and 1940s, more than 23,000 non-Jews risked their lives to save Jewish people – usually strangers – from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis.

What explains these kinds of events? What drives human beings to be so horrifically cruel and callous to one another — or so heroically helpful and generous? Professor Catherine Sanderson examines these complex questions in this talk.

Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College
Catherine Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a popular press book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Professor Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the mind-body connection, and the psychology of good and evil. More information on these talks is available on her website:

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
Race in America: Past, Present, and Future

Anthony Thompson / NYU School of Law

Race has no biological basis. It is merely a social construction. But that social construction has remarkable power to shape, define, and determine our daily, lived experience in this country as well as our relationship to society at large. Through a progression of section topics that build a coherent understanding of race, history, the state, and contemporary racial issues, this class will help to trace the influence of race on the experience of justice in this country. Students will examine historic and contemporary examples of racial inequality. They will test the effectiveness of various solutions to racial inequity advanced through public policy and court decisions, and by academics, and community activists. They will confront the fact that justice is not blind. Rather the experience of justice in this country is wholly dependent on – and misshaped by – race.

The aim of this class is to explore the ways that American culture and the institutions that we establish reflect and reproduce structures of inequality that continue to interfere with the opportunities and life chances of people of color in this country. The class will simultaneously examine the ways that those same structures enable some to enjoy privileges (presumptions of innocence and leniency) and often to escape the severest forms of justice because of their race. The class will use the lens of the criminal justice system to explore the implications of this country's unwillingness to squarely confront its racial legacy and will explore the steps that need to be taken to ensure a system of "justice for all."

Anthony Thompson / NYU School of Law
Anthony Thompson is a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law. He teaches courses related to criminal law and civil litigation, race, and leadership. He has authored several books in these areas, his most recent being, "Dangerous Leaders." In 2007 Professor Thompson was awarded the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award by NYU School of Law. In 2010, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award and in 2010 he was also awarded the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also recognized by El Diario in 2011 with "The El" award, as one of the "outstanding Latinos in the Tri-State area," for his community service.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Three Musical Masterpieces that Every Music Lover Should Listen to

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University

Ezra Pound famously wrote, "Literature is news that stays news." We might say the same for the great masterpieces of music. There are works from the great composers who speak to us with the freshness and excitement of anything seemingly more contemporary and relevant. As long as we bring an open mind, or open ears, we can discover beauty, meaning, and emotional depth undimmed by the passage of time.

In this class, Professor Grossman will present three remarkable musical works from the same period, by musicians young and old, at the peak of their composing careers. All three share energy and passion of youth, and the excitement of ushering in or extending a new musical era. And yet these compositions could not be more different than if they had been written hundreds of years apart. Individually, they each speak to us about the power of musical expression; together they illustrate how many ways music can excite the imagination. The three compositions are: 1) Ludwig van Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, 2) Frederic Chopin, Ballade #1 for Piano, and 3) Professor Grossman's acclaimed finale (which he has performed all around the world!) George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue.

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University
Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, he teaches Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and has served as the University's Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor's Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.

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