One Day University with The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:30 am - 1:15 pm


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
The Civil War Revisited: What We Know Now

John Hall / University of Wisconsin-Madison

On the eve of the Civil War, few Southerners doubted the outcome of the impending contest. Whereas the Union would fill the ranks of its army with "mudsill" factory workers who lacked both personal independence and experience with firearms, Confederate men were reared in the manly pursuits of soldiers and exemplified the same independence of spirit that distinguished their Revolutionary forebears. Or so they told themselves.

Scholars have since deconstructed and debated the notion of a "martial South," sometimes arguing that it had a decisive influence on the way the Confederacy fought the war, other times arguing that it was a figment of the Southern imagination. Yet today, a great many Americans—from North and South—accept the idea that the South has always been distinguished by a rich martial tradition. What's the real story, and how important was the idea (if not the fact) of a martial South to the course of the Civil War? Professor John Hall will answer these questions, offer new interpretations, and suggest that—as in so many things—beliefs are often more powerful than facts.

John Hall / University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Hall holds the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of “Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War” and numerous essays on early American warfare. His current book project examines the contested place of American Indians in the Old South and its place in the republic during the Age of Jackson. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Prof. Hall formerly taught at West Point, where he also graduated in 1994.

9:30 am - 10:35 am
The Musical Genius of Mozart

Craig Wright / Yale University

When asked to provide a list of “geniuses” in Western cultural history, virtually all respondents would include the name Mozart. What is it in Mozart's music that makes it among the most sublime ever written? What personal traits did Mozart possess that enabled him to create music of this extraordinary quality?

Using live music and video clips from operas, as well as from the film Amadeus, we will explore the enormous diversity of Mozart's music. At the same time, by examining color photographs of his autograph manuscripts and draft sketches, we will witness Mozart's attention to the smallest detail. Having explored his music in both breadth and depth, our attention turns finally to the enablers of Mozart's genius: genetic gifts, mentoring, motivation, concentration, self-confidence, and just plain luck. By the end of this session, we will come to see that not only is Mozart's music great, but Mozart himself was unique, and arguably the most extraordinary creator ever to set foot on this planet.

Craig Wright / Yale University

Craig Wright holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and has taught at Yale for more than forty-five years, where he continues to offer annually “The Genius Course.” Professor Wright has published six books on music and cultural history, and his “The Hidden Habits of Genius” will appear in 2020. Yale has recognized Wright’s contribution to undergraduate teaching in the form of its two most prestigious prizes, the Sewall Prize and the DeVane Medal. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago and in 2011 was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.