Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
Thomas Kelly / Harvard University
Professor Kelly will give a brief taste of his popular Harvard course, "First Nights;" he will take us to Vienna in 1824, using pictures and sound to recapture the first performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Ninth is perhaps the best-known piece of classical music; this talk will let us in on some things that Beethoven’s audience knew about, and it may change the way we listen to a favorite—or a new—piece of music.
Thomas Kelly is a Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music at Harvard University. He was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching. His books include “First Nights: Five Performance Premieres;” “First Nights at the Opera;” and “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation”. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Citizen of the city of Benevento, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic.
Stephanie Yuhl / College of the Holy Cross
From the kiss in Times Square to “Rosie the Riveter” to “Saving Private Ryan,” Americans tend to cherish their memories of WWII as “the best war ever.” Yet the Vietnam War remains controversial and brings up an entirely different set of images – from anti-war protests to Agent Orange to the film, “Born on the Fourth of July.” What helps explain these radically different understandings of two wars only twenty years apart? Of course, things get even more interesting when we take into consideration the historical memories of the other nations involved in these conflicts.
In this course, we will examine how different societies remember these wars and what those memories might tell us about national hopes and values, about generational change, and even about decisions regarding the military. Animating this presentation is the notion that history is different from the past – it is the often contested way that the past is remembered in the present.
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Stephanie Yuhl is a Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross. She is a recipient of the Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award for the best article published in the Journal of Southern History, as well as the Inaugural Burns Career Teaching Medal for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Yuhl is also an Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Critical Conservation Program, and an expert in twentieth-century US cultural and social history, with specialities in historical memory, social movements, gender, and Southern history. She is the author of the award-winning book, “A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston.”
Jeffrey Kahn / Johns Hopkins University
In this lecture, Professor Kahn will examine the state of health care and biomedical research in the U.S. and around the globe, through the lens of ethics. The lecture will start with some historical context and examples from bioethics, and draw some parallels from the past for the current state of our public discussions on a range of controversial bioethics issues.
Topics will include the practices of research involving patients as well as healthy subjects, the debates about the beginning and end of life, reproductive technologies, transplantation, and the latest cutting edge research in genetics and genomics.
Jeffrey Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, where he is also the inaugural Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy. Professor Kahn is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine where he currently chairs the Board on Health Sciences Policy, and is an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center. His publications include three books and over 125 articles, and he speaks and writes widely for public audiences on the controversial bioethics issues of our day.