One Day University Live in Charlotte

Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


9:30 am - 10:30 am
War Without the Shooting: The Olympics Past and Future

Matthew Andrews / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games still scheduled to take place in summer 2021, this talk will explore the complex relationship between the Olympic Movement and global politics. By focusing on a handful of the more significant Olympiads, we will consider the paradox of an event that was created to celebrate human commonality, but one that requires athletes to compete as representatives of different nations. We will discuss how the United States and the Soviet Union (and other nations) used the Games for nationalist propaganda, how different individuals have used the Games as a global theater for political protest, something Olympic officials are fearful about in Tokyo this summer. The final portion of the presentation will explore the pros and cons of hosting the Olympic Games during a pandemic.

Matthew Andrews / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Matthew Andrews teaches American History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His courses use the history of American sports to explore race relations, gender ideals, political protest, and American identity. Professor Andrews was asked by the UNC student body to give the honorific “Last Lecture” to the graduating class of 2015. His students voted him their university’s “Best Professor” in 2016.

10:45 am - 11:45 am
The Artistic Genius of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

Denise Budd / Columbia University

The Relationship between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

In 1504, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), the two greatest artistic geniuses of the Italian Renaissance, were both working on enormous paintings of battle scenes for the Salone dei Cinquecento in the palace of the Florentine government. Though neither Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo would ever see their share of the ambitious project to its completion, the brilliant full-scale drawings they created of rearing horses and muscular soldiers were known in the 16th century as the “school of the world”. Notwithstanding the generational difference, the pairing of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo might have seemed like the ideal opportunity for intellectual collaboration: both were accomplished artists as well as so-called Universal Men, with shared interests across many disciplines, including painting, sculpture, architecture and anatomy. On the contrary, it only exacerbated what was described by their contemporaries as a mutual, fervent disdain, a relationship that was best exemplified by anecdotes of the two artists hurling insults at each other in the streets of Florence.

Leonardo da Vinci vs Michelangelo

This lecture will explore how this great rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo – who were dissimilar in temperament and beliefs, as well as the manner in which they worked – contributed to the creation of some of the most famous and influential artworks the world has ever seen.

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Denise Budd / Columbia University

Denise Budd teaches art history at Columbia University and a wide range of Renaissance art classes at Rutgers University. She has published several articles on Leonardo da Vinci based on her studies of the artist and his documentary evidence. Following this interest in archival work, her current research has extended to the history of collecting Renaissance art in Gilded Age America, with a focus on the tapestry collector and dealer Charles Mather Foulke.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Broadway's Hamilton: Separating Fact from Fiction

Denver Brunsman / George Washington University

The Broadway musical Hamilton has made Alexander Hamilton America’s well-known founding father. His rise from obscurity to become the first treasury secretary and one of the most powerful figures in the early United States has captured the country’s imagination. Yet, there is still much that is misunderstood about our “ten-dollar founding father.” This presentation will separate fact from fiction in Hamilton’s life. From his birth in the Caribbean and rise in the Continental Army as George Washington’s “right hand man” to his creation of America’s financial system and premature death at the hands of Aaron Burr, Professor Brunsman will share the latest historical evidence to uncover the real Hamilton. For a story not to be missed, come join One Day University in the “room where it happens!”

Denver Brunsman / George Washington University

Denver Brunsman is Associate Professor of History at George Washington University. He is a co-author of a number of textbooks, including: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, and Leading Change: George Washington and Establishing the Presidency. Professor Brunsman’s many honors include the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence and induction into the George Washington University Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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 (or negative COVID-19 test results less than 72 hours old) will be admitted to One Day University events.