Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College
Why do good people so often do nothing when a seemingly small action could make a big difference? A pioneering social psychologist, Catherine Sanderson, explains why moral courage is so rare, and reveals how it can be triggered or trained. We are bombarded every day by reports of bad behavior, from sexual harassment to political corruption and bullying belligerence. It’s tempting to blame evil acts on evil people, but that leaves the rest us off the hook. Silence, after all, can perpetuate cruelty. This class draws on the latest developments in psychology and neuroscience to tackle an urgent question: Why do so many of us fail to intervene when we’re needed—and what would it take to make us step up?
Learn more about the psychology of taking action by checking out other great videos at OneDayU, including ‘The Presidential Reading List‘, ‘Beethoven & The Beatles: Hearing The Connection’ & ‘The Presidents Book Club’ all on-demand now.
Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center
Hamilton made history not long ago by receiving a grand total of 16 nominations at the Tony Awards – ultimately winning a total of 11, including Best Musical. The phenomenon is part of a long lineage of musical theater productions that capture the public’s attention and reflect the culture surrounding them. This class will explore a few of those in depth. Broadway combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a movie or TV show. When done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something transformative.
Looking over the past decade and the history of Broadway, one readily sees that a new phenomenon has developed. Many theaters are presenting hits that occupy Broadway stages for longer than shows ever had previously. Some say this change has turned the New York theater district into more of an adult amusement park then an evolving cultural center. For most of the Coronavirus pandemic, all Broadway theaters were closed, but they’re starting to reopen. Will Broadway be changed permanently as a result? In fact, has it already been transformed in the modern era?
Louis Masur / Rutgers University
Long after the Revolutionary era, John Adams asked “what do we mean by the American Revolution?” He said “the Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people,” that the real Revolution was a radical change in thinking—“the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people.”
Focusing on the ideas of such leaders as Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and Washington, we shall examine that revolution in the principles and conflicts that characterized the revolutionary era of 1770-1800. Adams believed that through a common set of beliefs “thirteen clocks were made to strike together,” but by 1800 that unity of purpose had unraveled into violent political debate that threatened the survival of the nation. “Whether you or I were right, posterity must judge,” Adams wrote to Jefferson. We are that posterity.