One Day University Live in New York City

Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


9:30 am - 10:30 am
The American Revolution: Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers

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.

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, Washington Post, CNN, and Slate. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians’ Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.

10:45 am - 11:45 am
The China Challenge: Where Are We Headed?

Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University

China’s growth presents one of the most remarkable stories ever recorded in world history. Under Mao, half a century ago, the world’s most populous country experienced famine, mass violence, and chaos. Average income was a mere $200 – annually. Today, of course, China is the world’s second largest economy, and many predict it will soon overtake the United States.

How did this happen? Will China continue to flourish, or might it crash? Does China seek world domination? What are the consequences of China’s rise for the United States? What are China’s and America’s strengths and weaknesses? Why did President Donald Trump launch a trade war? How will the trade war evolve? In the end, can the two giants find a way to share the planet and address global problems together?

Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University

Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton. Professor Kotkin established the department’s Global History workshop. He serves on the core editorial committee of the journal, World Politics. He founded and edits a book series on Northeast Asia. From 2003 until 2007, he was a member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press, and is a regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Civil Rights and Protest in America: The Shifting Lens of History

Marcia Chatelain / Georgetown University

In this lecture, Professor Chatelain will present different ways of looking at protests, boycotts, marches, and social change by shifting the lens on civil rights. Through the lessons of the evolution of African American rights from Jim Crow America to today, we will discuss how policies on black housing, policing, and business franchising have led to the unrest we see today. By using a very familiar example (McDonalds), we’ll learn about where we are now and how we got here.

Marcia Chatelain / Georgetown University

Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, Chatelain is a public voice on the history of African American children, race in America, as well as social movements. She has been quoted in articles in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post, and has appeared on local television and national outlets including C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, BBC-America, and PBS. In 2016, Chatelain was named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education,” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is currently the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

One Day University prioritizes the health and safety of our audiences. We will be following all local and CDC regulations in regards to COVID-19 at our events. Additionally, only individuals who can show confirmation that they are fully vaccinated will be admitted to One Day University events.

Please note, this venue requires all guests to wear face masks indoors.