One Day University in Chicago

Date(s) - 04/07/18
9:30 am - 1:15 pm

Northwester University Thorne Auditorium

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One Day University

One Day University in Chicago

April 07, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

9:30 AM – 10:35 AM
What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today? Wendy Schiller / Brown University Over the past eight years, the United States has endured a stark economic crisis, fierce partisan political battles, and historic changes in the global political environment. The president, Congress, and the Supreme Court have taken actions that profoundly affect the scope of federal power and individual rights in our political and economic system. During this time there has been a great deal of debate as to whether these actions are in line with the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who founded our nation.

In this class, we will address these debates with a specific focus on the writings of key founders such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and our first president, George Washington. What would these men say about the federal auto and bank bailouts, Obamacare, the Federal Reserve, illegal immigration, the size of the national debt, same-sex marriage, gun violence, and U.S. involvement in conflicts on foreign soil? We will discuss the nature of federal power in the economic and social lives of citizens at home and abroad; the role of political parties, ideology, and diversity in a democracy; and the expected versus actual power of each of the branches of government vis-a-vis each other. We will also examine the nature of the federal-state relationship, with a focus on what founders believed should be the appropriate boundaries between national and state governments, and whether the reality of 21st century American life makes those boundaries obsolete.

Wendy Schiller / Brown University
Wendy Schiller is a the Chair of the Brown Political Science Department at Brown University. She is an expert in the field of the U.S. Congress and political representation, and the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study party conflict and factionalism in the U.S. Senate. Professor Schiller has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a six-time recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award at Brown.

10:50 AM – 11:55 AM
The Science of Pleasure: Why We Like What We Like Paul Bloom / Yale University The question “What makes people happy?” has been around forever. But in the past few years,Yale Professor Bloom has developed a new approach to the science of pleasure — one that draws on recent work in psychology, philosophy, economics, and emerging fields such as neuroeconomics. His work has led to new ways to explore the emotional value of different experiences, and has produced some surprising insights about the conditions that result in satisfaction. Many researchers now believe, that each of us is a community of competing selves, with the happiness of one often causing the misery of another. This theory might explain certain puzzles of everyday life, such as why addictions and compulsions are so hard to shake off, and why we insist on spending so much of our lives in worlds – like TV shows and novels and virtual-reality experiences – that don’t actually exist. Professor Bloom will present a special in-depth seminar focusing on happiness, desire, memory, and more. He’s created the class especially for One Day U — I promise it will be an amazing peek into the human mind from one of the most popular and acclaimed professors at Yale University.

Paul Bloom / Yale University
Paul Bloom is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University. The Society for Philosophy and Psychology awarded professor Bloom the Stanton Prize for outstanding early-career contributions to interdisciplinary research in Philosophy and Psychology. He received the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences at Yale University.

12:10 PM – 1:15 PM
Rhapsody in Blue: The Musical Masterpiece That Changed America Orin Grossman / Fairfield University Gershwin wrote his first hit songs at the age of 19, and was a successful songwriter from then on. He created concert works out of melodies and rhythms that come out of the popular music of his day – Broadway ballads, ragtime, Latin dance rhythms, and the Blues. Professor Grossman’s lecture will demonstrate the unique way Gershwin composed, including his very first and most popular concert work, Rhapsody in Blue. And yes – Professor Grossman (who is a concert level pianist) will play excerpts from that American masterpiece.

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University
Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, he teaches Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and has served as the University’s Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor’s Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.


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