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One Day University - Minneapolis Nov 2 2013

November 02, 2013 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM










9:30am - 10:45am

Why Are Some People Resilient (and others are not)
Andrew Shatte / University of Arizona


Iran, Israel, and Why The Middle East is A Mess
Charles Freilich / Harvard University

11:00am - 12:15pm

The Surprising Science of Mind over Body
Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College


What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today?
Wendy Schiller / Brown University

12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch Available for Purchase
1:15pm - 2:30pm

How The Brain Works: Why We Do What We Do 
Marvin Chun / Yale University


Five Paintings Every Art Lover
Should See
Tina Rivers / Columbia University 

2:45pm - 4:00pm

What Can We Learn From The
Ancient Philosophers?
Laurence Cooper / Carleton


The Psychology of Money 
Jeff Hancock / Cornell University

(Note: You do not need to choose which classes you would like to attend until the day of the event.)




The Surprising Science of Mind over Body 
Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College

What's happening in our brain can and does effect nearly everything in the body, frequently producing surprising and remarkable results. How do our thoughts influence physical reactions? Do our friends actually influence our health? Is smoking contagious? How does the appearance of food and our eating partners affect how much we eat? How do our thoughts influence how we feel about romantic partners - including arousal, attraction, and love? What are the true benefits of having a dog? Come take a fascinating one-hour tour of the mind.

Iran, Israel, and Why The Middle East Is A Mess
Charles Freilich / Harvard University

Iran poses a potentially existential threat to Israel, a grave threat to America's Sunni allies, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries and more, and a severe threat to the security of the United States and entire civilized world. This apocalyptical warning has been continually repeated by the United States and other counties - and many Israeli leaders. Is Israel's future in imminent danger if Iran goes nuclear? And if there is no clear-cut answer, is there any margin for error when questions of national existence are at stake?

What will the impact be of a multi-nuclear Middle East, as additional countries in the region develop nukes? Is there any way to manage this nightmare scenario? What can the US, EU, Israel and other countries do to prevent Iran from going nuclear, or is it too late? Are sanctions just a palliative option, doomed to fail and if so, are there viable alternatives to military attack? Are the consequences of military action as bad as commonly thought? Can the US rely on a policy of deterrence and containment, as many suggest and, if so, can Israel and the Sunni states live with this?

What Can We Learn From The Ancient Philosophers?
Laurence Cooper / Carleton College

What truly constitutes "a good life"? Are there activities and experiences that are especially important, or even essential? Are the answers to these questions the same for everyone, or are there different answers for different kinds of people? Is it even good to ask these questions? And can we really hope to answer them? Perhaps no one has addressed these issues more powerfully than the three philosophers who stand at the head of the Western philosophic tradition: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Join Professor Cooper as we travel back to antiquity in order to learn more about ourselve - about what we are and what we may yet choose to be.

Five Paintings Every Art Lover Should See
Tina Rivers / Columbia University

Art critics decide which paintings are good; art museums decide which paintings are influential; and the art market decides which paintings are expensive. But none of these ways of thinking about a painting will necessarily bring you to a greater understanding of what that painting, or Western art in general, is really all about. For that, you have to turn to a different set of paintings that stand out in their own way: paintings that can provide insight into the possibilities of painting - that is, into the ways in which the medium of painting has been used meaningfully, from its inception up until the present day.

In this talk, Tina Rivers will draw upon her experience teaching Columbia's classic undergraduate survey of Western art to present five paintings (from different times, places, and genres) that embody the different functions of painting over the past 600 years, from reproducing the way the world looks to reflecting upon the history of art itself. In addition to learning about these masterpieces, you may never look at any painting the same way again.

What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today
Wendy Schiller / Brown University

In the past four years, the United States has endured a stark economic crisis, fierce partisan political battles, and historic changes in the global political environment. The President, Congress, and the Supreme Court have taken actions that profoundly affect the scope of federal power and individual rights in our political and economic system. During this time there has been a great deal of debate as to whether these actions are in line with the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who founded our nation.

What might Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and even George Washington have thought about Healthcare in America today. And what about federal bailouts, immigration, the size of the national debt, same-sex marriage, and gun violence as well!

The Psychology of Money
Jeff Hancock / Cornell University

A wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife's sister's husband. It turns out that H.L. Mencken's "definition" is more true than we might imagine, and it has implications for how we should think about money, wealth and even what kind of country we want to live in. In this class we'll dig into some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. today: wealth, inequality, and what the psychology of money has to say about it. We'll start by asking whether there actually is wealth inequality in America, with the answer coming from you, the audience! We'll then discover whether it matters if there is inequality, and if it does, why? Lastly, we'll look at some of the key psychological factors that lead us to feel wealthy, or not.

How The Brain Works: Why We Do What We Do
Marvin Chun / Yale University

Our feelings and thoughts appear to be at the center of our conscious experience, but most of our inner life is not revealed to others. Recent advances in medical imaging have given psychologists and neuroscientists unprecedented access to the workings of the human mind. Not just useful for mapping important functions such as language, perception, and decision making, brain imaging techniques can also reveal the unconscious percepts, thoughts, memories, emotions, and even social biases that influence everyday behavior. Hence, beyond its medical benefits, brain imaging is advancing our understanding of why people behave the way they do.

However, brain imaging has important methodological limitations that the general public should understand as fields such as neurolaw, neuromarketing, and neuropolitics gain visibility. On the other hand, the increasingly sophisticated ability to read and even influence peoples' minds raises numerous ethical dilemmas concerning mental privacy, biomarkers, fairness, and even the neural distinction between life and death.

Why are Some People Resilient (and others are not)
Andrew Shatte / Arizona University

In this fast-paced, interactive, and fun session, Dr. Andrew Shatté will lead you on a tour of the big questions in the psychology of resilience. Why does one person overcome adversity while another falls into helplessness? What are the 7 ingredients that make up resilience - and do you have them.

We will see that habits in how we think - Thinking Styles - have an enormous impact on resilience. You will get insight into two of your thinking styles and learn about the impact they can have on your success, happiness, and health. Dr. Shatté will show you how to boost resilience with case studies from his work in large corporations and the public sector. And in the final moments of the workshop, he'll even reveal the biggest secret to a life of resilience!



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