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One Day University in Arlington, VA

September 25, 2016 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Join us as we present One Day University in the Washington, D.C area. Spend a fascinating day with four award-winning professors. You'll experience four thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas - all in one day. And don't worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!
Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Sheraton. 


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America

Louis Masur / Rutgers University

Hamilton is experiencing a well-deserved revival. Often forced to take a back seat to other Founding Fathers, his vision of America as an economic powerhouse with a dynamic and aggressive government as its engine has found many followers. Hamilton helped get the Constitution ratified, helped found the Federalist Party, and served as the first Secretary of the Treasury. An orphan born in the West Indies, he was like a son to George Washington and perhaps should have been like a brother to Thomas Jefferson.

But Jefferson fought bitterly against the Federalists and his election as president ushered in the "revolution of 1800." Ironically, it would be Hamilton who helped assure Jefferson's triumph over Aaron Burr. Jefferson articulated a different vision from Hamilton's, promoting an agrarian democracy built upon geographic expansion—an "empire of liberty," he called it. In 1793, he would resign as Secretary of State to protest Hamilton's policies. In retirement, Jefferson would reflect on the differences between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans and express fear for the future of the new nation.

Louis Masur / Rutgers University
Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Rutgers, Trinity College, and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. He is the author of many books including "Lincoln's Last Speech," which was inspired by a talk he presented at One Day University. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and Chicago Tribune. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians' Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Immigration: Myth vs. Reality

Rachel Friedberg / Brown University

The Statue of Liberty is the quintessential symbol of the United States. But as Presidential candidates debate building a wall along the border with Mexico and deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, has the welcome mat worn thin? What does it meant to hold out a beacon to the world’s “tired, poor, huddled masses”? Do we welcome immigrants in because of or despite their economic impact on the United States? Many in the American labor movement contend immigrants take jobs away from native-born workers and send wages tumbling. But do they really? Drawing on the research into the economic impact of immigration, we will examine how new immigrants fare in the U.S. labor market, and how they affect the economic well-being of those of us already here.

Rachel Friedberg / Brown University
Rachel Friedberg is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Economics at Brown University. Professor Friedberg's research focuses on the labor market performance and assimilation of immigrants in the United States and Israel, the transferability of human capital, and the impact of immigration on native labor market outcomes.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
The Illusion of Attention: What We Miss When We Think We See Everything

Brian Scholl / Yale University

Our intuitions about how our minds work are fantastically poor guides to how our minds actually work. Nowhere is this more true than in the study of perception: seeing seems intuitively to be the fastest, most natural, and most effortless of mental activities -- something you do thousands of times every day while taking it for granted. Yet this ease masks a fascinating array of subtle processing beneath the surface of our conscious awareness.

This talk will illustrate several key themes from the science of how we see -- and how we sometimes fail to consciously perceive the world in front of us. We'll see demonstrations in which salient objects disappear right in front of your eyes, even as you carefully attend to them; demonstrations where solid real-world objects appear to morph and bend as you manipulate them; and demonstrations where simple geometric shapes irresistibly appear to be alive. These and other examples will illustrate how visual perception is far richer and more complicated than we might expect -- and how cognitive science can help us come to understand it.

Brian Scholl / Yale University
Brian Scholl is a professor of psychology at Yale, where he directs the Perception & Cognition Laboratory. He is a recipient of the 'Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology', and the 'Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award', both from the American Psychological Association. He is currently the only faculty member at Yale to have received both the major prize from the Graduate School, the 'Graduate Mentor Award,' and the major prize in the social sciences from Yale College, the 'Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.'

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Beethoven and The Beatles: Hearing the Connection

Michael Alec Rose / Vanderbilt University

What do the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Beatles song “Hey Jude” have in common? For one thing, the scope of each work is unprecedented: a vast choral movement and a seven-minute song marked radical breakthroughs for both symphonic music and popular music. Even more outsized is the spiritual message shared by these pieces: it it the grand vision of shared humanity, of boundless compassion and communal wonder, which binds the two works together across time and stylistic difference.

For thirteen years Professor Rose has taught a Vanderbilt course called "Beethoven and the Beatle," motivated by the simple idea that great art knows no historical boundaries. Ludwig and the Fab Four make their music in beautifully analogous ways, designing their song structures through similar principles of economy, logic, and irrational instinct. Another thrilling correspondence between these Classic and Rock 'N' Roll masters is their shared devotion to the musical traditions that inspired them in the first place. Rose will expand these various connections between the Ninth's finale and "Hey Jude" into a resonant triad, by drawing comparisons with one of William Shakespeare's sonnets.

Michael Alec Rose / Vanderbilt University
Michael Alec Rose is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. His many awards and commissions include the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's chamber music commission, 27 consecutive annual awards in composition from ASCAP, and three works for the Nashville Symphony. He co-directs an ongoing International Exchange Program between the Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM) and the Blair School. Professor Rose has won several major teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including the prestigious Chair of Teaching Excellence.


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