One Day University with The Seattle Times

Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:15 am - 4:10 pm


2:55 pm - 4:10 pm
Do My Eyes Deceive Me? The Science of How Humans See the World

Andrew Shatté / University of Arizona

It is estimated that humans get 80% of their information about the world through their eyes and so the science of vision has fascinated us for centuries. Human vision performs a remarkable feat; it glimpses a 3-D world, represents it as 2-D on the eye, and then uses the brain to reconstruct it as a 3-D perception.

In this highly energetic and interactive session, Dr. Shatté takes you on a whirlwind tour of the journey from eye to brain, using the classic visual illusions to illustrate what we know about how we make sense of our world. What do case studies tell us about our eyes and our brains (like the man who saw the world upside down, the people who can't recognize faces, or those who can't see movement or depth)? Join us as we unpack how humans see the world.

Andrew Shatté / University of Arizona

Andrew Shatté teaches psychology at the University of Arizona, and is also the founder and President of Mindflex, a training company that specializes in measuring and training for resilience. Professor Shatté first joined One Day University when he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was given the “Best Professor” award by the students in 2003 and received the Dean’s award for distinguished teaching in 2006. He co-wrote “The Resilience Factor,” and “Mequilibrium.”

1:20 pm - 2:35 pm
When Corporations Speak and Pray: A Closer Look at Supreme Court Decisions

Alan Pomerantz / UC Berkeley School of Law

In two recent Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission (decided in 2010 by a 5-4 majority), and Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell (decided in 2014 also by a 5-4 majority), the Court seemed to have decided that the First Amendment protecting the right to free speech and practice religion protected corporations and businesses in ways similar to the protections afforded to individuals. The results of these decisions have, according to critics, opened the flood-gates of money in politics, and permitted wealthy individuals and companies to "buy" election; and allowed corporate employees to refuse to provide certain health care for woman because doing so violated the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of the corporate shareholders.

Senator Bernie Sanders famously quipped: "Ben is a person, Jerry is a person, Ben and Jerry's is not a person." Supporters of these decisions and the Court's majority, argue that speech should not be limited based on the "identity of the speaker," and business owners should not be required to violate their religious beliefs when they are engaging in a business activity. Since these two decisions, the efforts to expand them into new and unchartered territory have been fierce, including the introduction of vast sums of money into the election cycles, and the expanding refusal of businesses to serve individuals who engage in conduct that the business owner believes to be immoral or sacrilegious. We will discuss the basis for these decisions, and explore whether or not the Constitution provides better support of the majority rulings, or the dissents.

Alan Pomerantz / UC Berkeley School of Law

Alan Pomerantz is a professor at U.C. Berkley, as well as a senior counsel at the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and has been a national leader in the legal profession for many years. Chambers Global has recognized Mr. Pomerantz as one of the “World’s Leading Lawyers.” He is also consistently recognized by the International Financial Law Review’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. In 2015, he received the Fulbright Award for Global Citizenship from One To World for his representation of the interests of the Fulbright vision of international understanding.

12:05 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch Break

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break.

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break
10:50 am - 12:05 pm
The Presidents' Book Club: Books that shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and others

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

The Presidential Reading List

All of us at One Day U who love books wondered about the reading habits of past presidents, and what we found led us to offer this new brand new course.

Award-winning Literature Professor Joseph Luzzi will guide audiences through a fascinating “Presidents’ Library,” as we explore the books and the presidential reading list that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office. We will discuss why George Washington was obsessed with a play about a Roman freedom fighter who opposed Julius Caesar; how Thomas Jefferson came to have the largest personal library in the country; what drew Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare so obsessively (and which Shakespeare play he loved most!); which British poet Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorized as a child and read throughout his life; why John F. Kennedy was devoted to a spy novelist whose books would create one of the greatest film franchises in history; and how Barack Obama came to understand his American identity and spirit through two favorite authors.

Together, we will see how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked, as we explore the momentous events in these presidents’ lives in light of the books that inspired their thoughts and guided their actions. Professor Luzzi will also summarize his “ALL” (American Library List) detailing the sometimes surprising books and literature which influenced many other U. S. leaders.

Learn more about our history by checking out other great videos at OneDayU, including ‘A Grand Tour Of Italy‘, Masterpieces Of Art That Changed All The Rules’ & ‘Beethoven & The Beatles: Hearing The Connection’ all on-demand now.

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.

9:15 am - 10:30 am
Four Musical Masterpieces That Changed America

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

Music permeates our lives. Thanks to technology, it is always with us… via the radio, our smart phones, TV commercials, film music, even the streamed music at our local malls and favorite restaurants. Technology has made it easy for us to put music in the background. The goal of this lecture is to bring it front and center again. 

As Professor Celenza will demonstrate, music does not simply reflect culture…it changes it. To demonstrate just how such changes come about, she will highlight four musical masterpieces that changed America. These include: a bawdy 18th-century drinking tune that eventually defined American patriotism, a 1930s ballad that fueled the need for the Civil Rights movement, a 1980s pop album that changed American foreign policy, and a hit Broadway musical that redefined the way many of us think about the founding of America and its earliest years as an independent country.

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several books, including Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra, and her most recent book, Music that Changed America.  In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for NPR’s Performance Today and published eight award-winning children’s books, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. She has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC’s “Music Matters” and C-Span’s “Book TV.”