One Day University with The Seattle Times

Saturday, June 20, 2020 9:00 am - 12:55 pm


9:00 am - 10:05 am
China, Russia, and The European Union: What's Next (and why)?

Steven Lamy / University of Southern California

What happens when the peace and prosperity provided by US leadership after the Cold War goes away? This talk explores two simple questions. Are we headed for a new period of great power rivalry? And who will lead? We will explore the growth of China's economic interests and its global reach through its economic investments. We will also look at Russia's return to great power status and the security challenges it presents to the rest of the world. Finally, even with Brexit, the EU remains a formidable group of 27 countries that is refocusing it's attention on a more purposeful foreign and defense policy strategy.

For the western powers whose order has prevailed since the end of WW2, both China and Russia present existential challenges. With a nationalist in the White House, not interested in foreign policy and dismissive of international cooperation and institutions, the EU may have to save what is left of the liberal international order. What does this uncertainty about the future of world order mean for all us?

Steven Lamy / University of Southern California

Steven Lamy is a professor of international relations and a Vice Dean at the University of Southern California. He has been named professor of the year four times. Professor Lamy was the director of USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and its Center for Public Education in International Affairs. He is also the co-Principal Investigator in a Luce Foundation Grant on Religion Identity and Global Governance.

10:25 am - 11:30 am
Understanding Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it

Thad Polk / University of Michigan

Human beings store away huge quantities of information in memory. We remember countless facts about the world (e.g., birds have wings, 2+2=4, there are 26 letters in the alphabet) as well specific information about our own lives (e.g., what we had for lunch, where we went for our last vacation, our first kiss). We remember how to tie our shoes, how to ride a bike, and how to write our signature. Most of the time we retrieve information from this enormous database of memory so efficiently and effectively that we don't even give it a second thought. But how does that work? How do we store information away into memory and then retrieve exactly the information we need minutes, days, or even years later? Conversely, why do we so often forget someone's name or where we put our keys? And perhaps most importantly, is there anything we can do to improve our memory and keep it sharp?

This course will address all those questions and many more. We'll dive into the psychological and neural mechanisms that underlie our amazing ability to remember. We'll discover that we're actually equipped with multiple different memory systems that are specialized for remembering different types of information. We'll learn about factors that can have a dramatic impact on memory, such as motivation, emotion, and aging. And we'll also discuss ways to maximize our memory by applying techniques that have been scientifically demonstrated to improve retention. After taking this course, you'll have a new appreciation for the extremely powerful memory mechanisms in your own brain and a better understanding of how to use them most effectively.

Thad Polk / University of Michigan

Thad Polk is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research combines functional imaging of the human brain with computational modeling and behavioral methods to investigate the neural architecture underlying cognition. Professor Polk regularly collaborates with scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where he is a frequent visiting scientist. His teaching has been recognized by numerous awards, and he was listed as one of The Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Professors in the United States.”

11:50 am - 12:55 pm
Celebrating Jazz: America's Greatest Original Art Form

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

Jazz is a genre broad in scope with the power to cross multiple borders: geographical, political, economic, racial, and religious. In this lecture, designed for jazz fans and newcomers alike, the power of jazz and its impact on global culture is explored in detail. One of the keys to understanding the evolution of jazz is placing it in context with the history of recorded sound. Jazz was the first musical genre shaped by modern technology – the first world-wide music phenomenon.

As Professor Celenza demonstrates in this multi-media lecture featuring film clips, dance steps, historic photos, and recordings, jazz has never stopped changing. From the Blues and Dixieland to Swing, BeBop, Cool Jazz, and Fusion, jazz offers something for everyone.

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.”