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SOLD OUT! The Nature of Genius: Art, Literature, Film and Music - Philadelphia

November 10, 2013 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM



There are certainly many artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians who were good. But very few can truly be called geniuses. When asked to provide a list of geniuses in Western cultural history, most respondents would include the names Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Hitchcock, Beethoven and The Beatles. But what made each of them so great?

Each lecture is summarized below:


What makes Michelangelo Great?   9:30am - 10:30am

Tina Rivers / Columbia


Michelangelo Buonarroti was legendary even in his own time for his inventiveness. This talk will trace the arc of his storied life, look closely at his paintings, sculptures and his temperament which gave rise to the modern notion of the artistic "genius."


What makes Shakespeare Great?     10:45am - 11:45am

Joseph Luzzi / Bard


Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, Shakespeare created works that have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connections Noon - 1:00pm

Michael Alec Rose / Vanderbilt


What do Beethoven’s Ninth and "Hey Jude" have in common? For one, the scope of each work is unprecedented, marking radical breakthroughs for both symphonic and popular music. This talk will explore the fascinating connections between these musical powerhouses.




What makes Hitchcock Great?   2:00pm - 3:15pm

Marc Lapadula / Yale


With his pioneering movie-making techniques, distinctive and recognizable directorial style, flair for narrative, and intense psychological examinations of his characters, many experts feel Alfred Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema.





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