Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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.
Denise Budd / Columbia University
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.
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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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!”