One Day University with The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:30 am - 1:15 pm


Please go to to purchase your tickets. Tickets will be available for a morning session (9:30-1:15pm) or an afternoon session (2:15-6:00pm) featuring the same program.


12:10 pm - 1:15 pm
Making Better Choices: The Art and Science of Rational Decision Making

Sonia Marciano / New York University Stern Business School

How To Make Rational Decisions & Bette Decisions For Yourself

The average American life expectancy is almost 80 years. A back of the envelope calculation suggests we spend 25 years sleeping, 11 years at work, 6-8 years shopping, 2 years watching commercials, and 30 years consuming digital media. Have you considered the impact of your choices on your own quality of life or on society broadly? This fascinating new class focuses on an appreciation of the relationship between the products you buy, the firm you work for, and the values that are important you. Students will learn the critical questions to ask, including: How do I get more satisfaction from my time and money? Who do I trust and why? What is important to me?

Learn more about our history by checking out other great videos at OneDayU, including ‘Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate & Compete, ‘The Genius Of Shakespeare& ‘Medical Ethical Questions, Dilemmas & Issues’ all on-demand now.

Sonia Marciano / New York University Stern Business School

Sonia Marciano is a Clinical Full Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern, where she has been since 2007. She has taught Strategy at Columbia Business School and was an Institute Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Harvard University’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Prior to her time at NYU, she was a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School for eight years, as well as a Visiting Professor of Strategy at the University of Chicago. She was awarded Best Professor in Executive Education at Stern 6 times, as well as Favorite Professor Kellogg EMBA 6 years in a row.

10:50 am - 11:55 am
Canada and US Trade: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future

Mark Brawley / McGill University

International trade offers the promise of immense economic benefits, but also seems to generate potential conflict. In Canada's case, it has an obvious partner: the United States. How has trade between these two countries been managed in the past? How will this relationship develop in the future?

Economists endorse free trade because that policy brings benefits for participating states. Sometimes the two states disagree over how the gains are divided between themselves. This seems an unlikely problem for two allies such as the U.S. and Canada. More often, trade triggers internal political fights because it redistributes wealth inside countries. The international relationship reflects the domestic competition to control policy. In this class, we'll examine rival models for understanding the politics of trade, and explore several past episodes in U.S.-Canada relations for clues concerning which approach is most useful. We will then employ the most persuasive model to formulate useful predictions concerning the future of this important relationship.

Mark Brawley / McGill University

Mark Brawley is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University. He is the author of several books on political economies and trade, and has been on the Editorial Board of the “Canadian Journal of Political Science” and “Politics and Governance.” He has also receieved the McGill Political Science Students Association Award for Excellence in Teaching.

9:30 am - 10:35 am
Four Books that Changed the World

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

What are the books that can change your life, the ones you would want to take to your proverbial "desert island”? What select group of books has changed the way we read, even see the world? Award-winning scholar and teacher Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question with participants in a conversation devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. Ranging from ancient times to the present, we will discuss such renowned classics as Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Othello, and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. We will then switch gears a bit and consider how a recent cultural phenomenon from children's literature, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, has had a profound impact on reading worldwide, with its 500+ million copies sold. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of "essential reading," as Professor Luzzi helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds–and for all ages.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, “The Art of Reading.” Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.