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One Day University with The Denver Post

March 15, 2020 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
The Constitution: Enduring Myths and Hidden Truths

Andrew Porwancher / University of Oklahoma

Amid the heat of a Philadelphia summer in 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention gathered to save a fledgling republic whose very existence was mired in doubt. Americans had waged a bloody war against their mother country a decade earlier to win their independence. Now, as the delegates debated the contours of a new frame of government, they were all too aware that if they failed, the people might once again take up arms. At this pivotal moment in history, the delegates drafted a Constitution that endures today as the oldest surviving national charter still in effect anywhere in the world.

But what did the framers really mean? Did they intend the Establishment Clause to merely ban a national religion or completely separate church and state? Was the Second Amendment designed to protect the rights of individuals or just militias? How much do we actually know about what transpired in Independence Hall? What myths were later invented and accepted as law? The surprising answers to these questions matter, not only for uncovering the truth about our history but for rethinking the laws that govern our lives today.

Andrew Porwancher / University of Oklahoma
Andrew Porwancher is the Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches constitutional history. He has degrees from Cambridge, Brown, and Northwestern, and has held fellowships at Oxford, Yeshiva, and Princeton. Dr. Porwancher is also the recipient of the Longmire Prize for innovative teaching. His third book, "The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton's Hidden Life", will be published by Harvard University Press.

11:40 AM - 1:00 PM
The Art of Aging: A Prescription for Mind and Body

Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College

We've all heard about the placebo effect – which explains why name-brand medicines work better than the generic stuff, even when they share the exact same ingredients. But did you know that the way we think about ourselves and the world around us dramatically impacts our health, how fast or slow we age, and even how long we live? In fact, people with a positive mindset about aging live on average 7.5 years longer than those without. That might sound alarming to those of us who struggle to see the bright side, but the good news is we can make surprisingly simple changes or small shifts to how we think, feel, and act that will really pay off.

In this talk, Dr. Catherine Sanderson breaks down the science of thought and shows how our mindset—or thought pattern—exerts a substantial influence on physical health. Most importantly, this talk ends by giving specific strategies we can all use, no matter our natural tendency, to make minor tweaks in our thoughts and behaviors that will improve the quality and length of our lives.

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:

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Why Birds Matter: Fascinating Lessons From Our Own Backyard

Scott Taylor / University of Colorado Boulder

Birds are widespread and familiar creatures--there are about 10,000 species on planet Earth! They are, perhaps, the vertebrates we are most familiar with in our day-to-day lives, and we have been fascinated by them for centuries. Pigeons and house sparrows join us in cites, while chickadees and other forest species make their homes in our backyards. Birds can tell us a lot about the natural world, and about the impact that humans are having on the planet. This lecture will begin by exploring what makes a bird a bird (Where did birds come from?), and will dive into the amazing things we are learning by studying them. We'll explore the worlds of birds, from biological diversity to the impacts that anthropogenic changes are having on where animals live and how they interact.

We will also cover some of Professor Taylor's research on common backyard bird species, and explore recent findings that examine avian hybridization to gain a better understanding of divergence and speciation in birds. From the feather color to metabolic pathways that differ between closely related species, this work is helping us better understand what makes each species different, and how those differences contribute to the maintenance of avian biodiversity.

Scott Taylor / University of Colorado Boulder
Scott Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Taylor's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the American Ornithological Society, the American Genetics Association, and the Society for the Study of Evolution, and has been conducted in coastal South America and across much of North America. His work has been highlighted in the New York Times and he was recently awarded the prestigious Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award from the American Ornithological Society.

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