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August 17, 2014 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Genius of Mozart: Fact vs. Fiction

Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University

Today we have an image in our mind of the extraordinary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In part, this image is supplied for us by the 1984 movie Amadeus. In this movie, and in our imaginations, Mozart was a brilliant social misfit, with the mind of an adolescent -- a mere conduit for the music of the heavens.  But the reality is much more interesting! We shall discover the real Mozart, with the help of film clips, revelatory historical research, and breathtaking musical examples.


Jeremy Yudkin / Boston University
Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University. In 2009 he won the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections for his book "Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Invention of Post Bop." He has been nominated six times for Boston University's Excellence in Teaching Awards.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Why Public Opinion Polls Are So Often Wrong

Jennifer Lawless / American University

The 2012 elections were as much a victory for many pollsters as for Barack Obama. Nate Silver - among others - managed to predict with precision and accuracy the outcome of the presidential election in all 50 states, and the results of U.S. Senate races in nearly all cases. Given the limitations of polling and public opinion data, the pollsters' success was remarkable. After all, more people can name the judge who presided over the O.J. Simpson case than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. More women and men know the color of Monica Lewinsky's infamous dress than the statute that conferred investigative power on Kenneth Starr. And each year, more Americans watch American Idol than the State of the Union Address. Yet Americans are polled - on a daily basis - about their attitudes regarding the fiscal cliff, marriage equality and reproductive rights, and - already - candidates likely to seek office in the 2014 midterm elections.

Considering how little Americans know about politics, why have politicians, policy makers, and pundits come to rely so heavily on public opinion polls? How do pollsters and analysts ever manage to use public opinion data to generate accurate conclusions? Better yet, why are Americans so disgruntled when the pollsters get it wrong? Professor Lawless explains the common pitfalls associated with gathering "snapshots" of what Americans are thinking, suggests that we raise an eyebrow to everything we read, but ultimately underscores the value of polling, statistical evidence, and careful analysis.

Jennifer Lawless / American University
Jennifer Lawless is a nationally recognized expert on women's involvement in politics. She is the author of "Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office" and the co-author of the book, "It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office". She has also issued several policy reports on the barriers that impede women's candidate emergence.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
What Makes Shakespeare Great?

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

Where would we be without Shakespeare? The romantic love of the "star-crossed" Romeo and Juliet, the Oedipal complex of the eternally indecisive Hamlet, the "vaulting ambition" (Shakespeare's phrase) of the tortured Macbeth... all of these characters and so many more are an integral part of our collective memories. It is indeed impossible to imagine the English language and Western literature without Shakespeare, who many believe to be the greatest writer of all time. However we rank him, one thing is certain: when we read Shakespeare we encounter an inventiveness and intellectual energy that will change our understanding of language - and literature - forever.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

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