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One Day University with the Chicago Tribune
October 08, 2016 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us in Chicago as we present One Day University with the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, October 8th. Spend a fascinating day with four award-winning professors. You’ll experience four thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas – all in one day. And don’t worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!

Students will have a 1 hour and 20 minute lunch break. You may bring your own or purchase it at a nearby restaurant.



9:30 AM – 10:40 PM
The Art of Aging Brian Carpenter / Washington University in St. Louis

No matter how old you are, you’re aging. You started aging from the moment you were born, and you’ll continue aging until the moment you die. That’s the brutal, universal fact. But people age differently, as you’ve noticed if you’ve looked around and compared yourself to your peers. Are you aging better than they are? Worse than they are? In what ways and for what reasons?


In this class we’ll review what biological, psychological, and social research has taught us about growing older. Along the way, we’ll discuss what’s common with aging (everybody shrinks a little), what’s not normal (Alzheimer’s is a disease not everyone gets), and key components of successful aging (friends and family are important, but perhaps in different ways). The trajectory of aging gets shaped very early in life, but there are powerful forces that guide it along the way, and steps you can take to maximize your later years.

Brian Carpenter / Washington University in St. Louis
Brian Carpenter is a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research interests focus on relationships among older adults, their family members, and their health care providers. In particular, he studies communication among those three parties, with an eye toward developing interventions to improve knowledge and enhance health literacy. Dr. Carpenter teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address the psychological needs of older adults, with a particular emphasis on end-of-life care and dementia.

10:55 AM – 12:05 PM
The Rise of the Ultra Wealthy Rachel Friedberg / Brown University

The gap between rich and poor in the United States is wider than it has been in almost a century. Indeed, the growth in inequality has arguably been the most important change in American society since the 1970s. Where has all this inequality come from, and can we expect the trend to continue? Most of the increase has occurred because the rich have been getting richer, particularly those at the very top of the income distribution.


What are the implications of this kind of inequality for the American economy, political system, and society? Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said “We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Do you agree?

Rachel Friedberg / Brown University
Rachel Friedberg a Senior Lecturer at Brown University. Professor Friedberg focuses her research on the labor market performance and assimilation of immigrants in the United States and Israel, the transferability of human capital, the impact of immigration on native labor market outcomes, and internal migration.

12:05 PM – 1:25 PM
Lunch Break 1 Hour and 20 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have 1 hour and 20 minute lunch break. You may bring your own or purchase it at a nearby restaurant.

1:25 PM – 2:35 PM
Learning to Appreciate, Understand, and Enjoy Great Music Thomas Kelly / Harvard University

Music, the most abstract and sublime of all the arts, is capable of transmitting an unbelievable amount of expressive, historical, and even philosophical information to us, provided that our antennas are up and pointed in the right direction. The skills one brings to listening to music—imagination; abstract, nonconcrete thinking; intuition; and instinctive reaction and trusting those instincts—have gone uncultivated in our educational system and culture for too long. A little education goes a long way!
     As a universal, nonverbal language, music allows us to tap into the social, cultural, and aesthetic traditions of different cultures and historical eras. We become more aware of our shared humanity and the wisdom and vision of others. Music allows us to transcend our own world and partake in utterly different realities.  Last, but certainly not least, good music is fun to listen to!

Thomas Kelly / Harvard University
Thomas Kelly is a Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University. He won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for “The Beneventan Chant.” 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.

2:50 PM – 4:00 PM
Untangling the Web: Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always Has Been Ori Soltes / Georgetown University

The problems of the Middle East are usually considered from far too narrow a viewpoint. There are experts and authorities who understand the ins and outs of one or two aspects of it, but rarely does one encounter a discussion that encompasses the extraordinary array of complications that make this region so difficult. The intention of this lecture is to make that array of complications more accessible. The goal is not to propose a specific solution, but to explore and explain the problem as a starting point for thinking about solutions, and to present different issues evenhandedly, from different perspectives, which is also too rare in discussions of the region.


The Middle East is a web in which threads interweave in a snarling tangle: religion, ethnicity, politics, nationality and economics. This class will attempt to unravel—to isolate and elucidate—the threads that make up the web, as opposed to re-organizing them into a nice, neat tapestry. Neatness is hardly possible, but clarity is. To ignore any one of the threads is to ignore what to some group is important. The audience will not walk away imagining that the region may be easily disentangled or that it is a problem easily solved—but that it may be understood.

Ori Soltes / Georgetown University
Ori Soltes teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University. For seven years, Dr. Soltes was Director and Chief Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, where he created over 80 exhibitions focusing on aspects of history, ethnography and contemporary art. He has also curated diverse contemporary and historical art exhibits at other sites, nationally and internationally. As Director of the National Jewish Museum, he co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project and has spent ten years researching and consulting on the issue of Nazi-plundered art.



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