One Day University in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:30 am - 1:15 pm

ONE DAY UNIVERSITY brings together professors from the finest universities in the country to present special versions of their very best lectures – LIVE. Every university has a few professors who are wildly popular. At One Day University, we work closely with these professors to develop the most engaging talks that inform and inspire our adult "students-for-a-day." Our professors have won countless teaching awards and earned the highest possible ratings from their students on campus. Now, you too can engage with these professors for a truly unique and exhilarating day. At One Day U there are no grades, no tests, no homework — just the pure joy of lifelong learning!

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12:10 pm - 1:15 pm
Mozart and Beethoven: The Lives and Legacies of History's Most Famous Composers

Mark Mazullo / Macalester College

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) produced their music during a period of massive political, economic, and social transformation in Europe. Both composers were the sons of servants, court musicians whose livelihood, and that of their families, rested entirely on the benevolence and security of the closely-knit powers of church and state. Both composers struggled to find patronage, whether from the church or the nobility, throughout their careers, as the capitalist marketplace gradually replaced those structures as the driving force behind musical production. Mozart, who died only a couple of years after the storming of the Bastille in Paris, which marked the start of the French Revolution, sought in his music to portray aspects of modern, dynamic personhood. His operas explored themes of class and gender, and even race, and his instrumental music, though lacking words and descriptive titles, conjures unmistakably the image of a narrative protagonist whose life journey is marked by personal self-realization (the achieving of goals) and an equally strong current of interiority and self-reflection.

Beethoven, who was nineteen years old when the Revolution began–and who was completely swept up in its ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity–composed music that even more viscerally, and often disturbingly, brought the experiences and anxieties of the modern European citizen to the fore. His music pushed violently against conventions in order to provide audiences with exciting visions of personal and social triumph over adversity. In his late works, Beethoven ventured even further into uncharted expressive territory, producing a series of string quartets and piano sonatas whose unique musical language makes it some of the most intriguing music in the Western classical tradition.

Mark Mazullo / Macalester College

Mark Mazullo is Professor of Music at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has been teaching piano and courses in music history for nearly twenty years. He is the author of the book “Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues: contexts, style, performance”. A pianist who appears frequently in solo, chamber, and concerto settings, he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev with the Minnesota Philharmonic, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and the St. Paul Civic Symphony. The recipient of Macalester College’s 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, Mazullo is known for his broad range of courses, including surveys of Western art music and the seminars Music and Freedom, Late Beethoven, and Musical Fictions.

10:50 am - 11:55 am
America in WWI: What Really Happened and Why it Matters

Jennifer Keene / Chapman University

Most Americans possess only a hazy understanding of World War I or its significance for the United States. So why not leave it there? Why bother with this history lesson? How the nation responded to the challenge of fighting its first modern war re-made America, leading to female suffrage, the modern civil rights movement, the drive to protect civil liberties, new conceptions of military service, and an expanded role for the United States in the world.

There are striking parallels between the problems Americans faced a hundred years ago in 1917-18 and the challenges we face now. How do we balance protecting national security with civil liberties? Is it appropriate for Americans to continue to debate a war once the fighting has begun? Are immigrants importing terrorism? Do Americans have a responsibility to participate in global humanitarianism? Can soldiers ever convey to those at home the reality of what they’ve encountered on the battlefield? Can they ever leave the war behind? Americans grappled with these issues in World War I, and these are once again relevant questions for a society at war.

Jennifer Keene / Chapman University

Jennifer Keene is a professor of history and dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. She has published several books and numerous articles on the American experience in the world wars, including “Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America”, “World War I: The American Soldier Experience”, and “World War II: Core Documents”. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia and Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies. She has served as a historical consultant for exhibits and films, and was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, “The Great War”.

9:30 am - 10:35 am
America and the World 2019: Where Are We Now? (And where are we going?)

William Burke-White / University of Pennsylvania

What does the international system of the future look like? Since the end of World War II, the answer has been an international order created by the United States and a coalition of likeminded states. That coalition has advanced a shared global vision rooted in economic liberalization, shared security commitments, and mutual values such as human rights. Today, however, disruptive forces are threatening the post-WWII international order. In a time of international crises ranging from Iran and North Korea to the health of the global economy, it is far from clear whether the international order as we know it can survive.

In the wake of World War II, the US and its allies constructed an international system that provided lasting stability and advanced their interests and values, including open economic flows, a US security guarantee, and core liberal values. Today, that system is under threat from 5 disruptive trends: 1) power shifts from the US to China and others, 2) the rise of populist nationalism around the world, 3) artificial intelligence and information transparency, 4) the rise of non-state actors, and 5) the threat of climate change. In light of these disruptive forces, can post-WWII order continue? Can liberal values survive? If not, what will global politics look like in the years ahead? This talk will conclude with three distinct visions of the global order that may emerge in the decades ahead. What might these different world orders mean for our economy, for our security, and for our values?

William Burke-White / University of Pennsylvania

William Burke-White is the Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. He was also principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Professor Burke-White has received the Levin Award and the Gorman award for Excellence in Teaching.