One Day University with the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm


12:10 pm - 1:15 pm
Three Films that Changed America

Marc Lapadula / Yale University

While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound influence on our culture. Whether intentionally or not, some movies have brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society. Renowned Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula will discuss three films that, for better or worse, made their mark.

The Jazz Singer
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
The Graduate
Marc Lapadula / Yale University

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Commonwealth Club and The New York Historical Society.

10:50 am - 11:55 am
Searching for Paradise: Five Failed Perfect Societies (Starting with the Garden of Eden)

Annemarie Sammartino / Oberlin College

The word utopia is Greek and refers to the idea of a "utopos" or a place that cannot be, an imaginary place. However, for centuries, thinkers and planners have imagined the creation of a better life and a better community in some very specific places. This course will explore some of them. We will begin in upstate New York in the town of Oneida in the mid-19th century where religious people sought to create heaven on earth. We will examine Garden Cities in England, which were designed in the early 20th century as the ideal merger of the city and the countryside. We will also visit 1920s cooperatives, 1960s Communes, and even the housing projects of the Eastern Bloc. In taking this tour, we will talk about how people have thought about the good life over the past century and a half. Beyond the plans for creating utopia, we will look at the reality–the good and the bad–in each of the societies that we visit.

Over 150 years after the Oneida Community, we still do not live in paradise. Our time together will conclude with a discussion of what it means to live well and what these plans for utopia and their fates have to tell us about the world today.

Annemarie Sammartino / Oberlin College

Annemarie Sammartino is an Associate Professor at Oberlin College. She is the author of “The Impossible Border: Germany and the East 1914-1922,”, which explored migration and the German crisis of sovereignty during and after World War I. Her more recent work examines urban planning and urban community, focusing in particular on East Germany and the United States. Professor Sammartino has also received Oberlin College’s “Professor Props” for outstanding instructor and mentor to first year students.

9:30 am - 10:35 am
Abraham Lincoln vs. The Press: Fake News and Worse, 150 Years Ago

Harold Holzer / Hunter College

This class will cover the full development of the early, pre-war Lincoln, but will strike an original chord by emphasizing what historians have long neglected: the importance of the press to politicians, readers, and voters throughout the nation during the volatile antebellum Lincoln era.

Harold Holzer / Hunter College

Harold Holzer, winner of The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer was co-chairman of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Clinton. President Bush awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote a Lincoln essay for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Obama. He also served as historical consultant for the Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln”.