One Day University Live in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


9:30 am - 10:30 am
Turning Points That Changed American History

Edward O'Donnell / College of the Holy Cross

In the relatively short history of the United States, there have been many turning points and landmark movements that irrevocably altered the direction of the nation and signaled the dramatic start of a new historical reality. Some took the form of groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts; some were dramatic military victories and defeats. Still others were nationwide social and religious movements, or technological and scientific innovations.

What all of these turning points had in common, is that they forever changed the character of America. Sometimes the changes brought about by these events were obvious; sometimes they were more subtle. Sometimes the effects of these turning points were immediate; other times, their aftershocks reverberated for decades. Regardless, these great historical turning points demand to be understood.

Edward O'Donnell / College of the Holy Cross

Edward O’Donnell is a professor of History at College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of several books, including Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age. He frequently contributes op-eds to publications like Newsweek and The Huffington Post. He has been featured on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and C-SPAN. O’Donnell also has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries. He currently hosts a history podcast, “In the Past Lane.”

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Why Some People Are Resilient, and Others Are Not

Andrew Shatté / University of Arizona

In this fast-paced presentation session Dr. Andrew Shatté will lead you on a tour of the big questions in the psychology of resilience. Why does one person overcome adversity while another falls into helplessness? What are the 7 ingredients that make up resilience – and do you have them? Thinking habits have an enormous impact on resilience. In just an hour students will gain insight into their thinking styles and learn about the impact they can have on success, happiness, and health. Dr. Shatté will show you how to boost resilience with case studies from his work in large corporations and the public sector. And in the final moments of the workshop, he’ll even reveal the biggest secret to a life of resilience!

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.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Four Protest Anthems That Changed America

Anna Celenza / Johns Hopkins University

Pete Seeger once said: “The right song at the right time can change history.”  This talk takes that idea to heart and explores the intersections of politics, race, economics and gender in four American songs: Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1962), Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” (1964), Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (1971) and Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” (1972).

Using the roots of American folk music as a key to defining the power of these songs, Prof. Celenza reveals how popular music became synonymous with protest as the Civil Rights era merged with Vietnam.  These were years when sharing the troubles of real people through song found a role in America’s expanding music industry.  And as recent historical events have revealed, the messages of these songs continue to echo across American society.

Anna Celenza / Johns Hopkins University

Anna Celenza is a professor of music at Johns Hopkins 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.”

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