One Day University: 10 Professors with the Dallas Morning News
May 10, 2014
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
One Day University and The Dallas Morning News have partnered to bring you a fascinating day of learning. Our adult "students-for-a-day" will choose the five presentations they want to attend from the list of classes and professors below.
Schedule of Classes and Professors
You Choose the 5 You Want
Living and Dying in America: The Politics of Healthcare
Michael Sparer / Columbia University
×Michael Sparer – Michael Sparer is a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Professor Sparer is also the Chair of Health Policy & Management. He is a two-time winner of the Mailman School's Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department.
The nation is engaged in a bitter and partisan debate over the future of our health care system. How is it that we spend more on health care than any other nation (roughly $2.7 trillion, or 17% of our gross domestic product) and still have more than 50 million uninsured? How can we improve the quality and efficiency of the health delivery system? Should the government be more involved or less involved in efforts to reform the system? The Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) was designed to be a comprehensive effort to help the uninsured, improve the quality of the health delivery system, and slow the rising cost of medical care. But is it really that? In this lecture, Professor Michael Sparer describes the impact of the law to date, and reviews the key questions still unanswered. Professor Sparer also summarizes the ten most important trends in the healthcare marketplace, and how they already are affecting every one of us.
China and Russia: The Rise of the Rest
Stephen Kotkin / Princeton University
×Stephen Kotkin – Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton. Professor Kotkin established the department's Global History workshop. He serves on the core editorial committee of the journal, World Politics. He founded and edits a book series on Northeast Asia. From 2003 until 2007, he was a member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press, and is a regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section.
Think back to the 1970s: the end of the Vietnam War, inflation, America's rust-belt factories going bust, disco, a stagnant Soviet Union under Leonid Brezhnev, intense global poverty in populous places like Communist China, where additionally Mao had imposed the bloodbath of the Cultural Revolution. Now look around today, 40 years later: the Soviet Union is long gone and Russia has a large middle class. China is the world's great economic dynamo. What happened? How should we understand these changes? How might things look another 40 years hence? Does the apparent "rise of the rest" portend a decline in American power and influence? Is America's place in the world, in fact, changing? Should it change? Or, is the "rise of the rest" just a temporary phenomenon, overhyped, a marketing slogan? Might China instead crash? Is Russia set for reversals, too? What are the real strengths and weaknesses of China and Russia? More broadly, what lessons can we draw from these cases about global geopolitics and the world in which our children and grandchildren might live?
The Global Economy: Where Are We Headed?
Paul Bracken / Yale University School of Management
×Paul Bracken – Paul Bracken is a leading expert in global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense. Professor Bracken is consistently rated as one of the top executive education teachers in the world, bringing together practical as well as academic perspectives. He is a consultant to private equity funds, accounting, and insurance companies as well as several arms of the U.S. Government. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, and co-chairs the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.
It probably comes as little shock to anyone to state that the global economy is far from healthy. Between the European Union’s unemployment problem, global worries over “competitive devaluation,” debt monetization, and uneasy political alliances, economic analysts the world over will tell you the same thing. This raises a basic question. How do we analyze the global economy, as its "chunks" (Europe, China, US, Japan, the BRICs) and heads in a variety of different political and economic directions? This talk will organize the big picture and answer the question. Paul Bracken developed and teaches the Yale Problem Framing course required of all first year MBA students, and also teaches in Yale College.
The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What's Fact and What's Fiction?
Louis Masur / Rutgers University
×Louis Masur – Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Trinity College and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. He is the author of many books including "Lincoln's Last Speech," which was inspired by a talk he presented at One Day University. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and Chicago Tribune. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians' Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest President and one of the most controversial. People have debated various aspects of his personality and politics. Was he depressed? Why did he tell so many stories? Was he truly opposed to slavery? Did he free the slaves? Did the Union prevail because of his leadership or despite him? This class aims to uncover the man and not the myth. In 1922, the historian W.E.B. DuBois proclaimed that Lincoln was “big enough to be inconsistent.” To be sure, there were tensions in Lincoln’s character and ideology: he could be happy and melancholy, could promote democracy and suspend civil liberties, could oppose slavery yet have doubts about the place of blacks in American society.
Some of what DuBois saw as inconsistency had more to do with political reality, especially in regard to the issue of the abolition of slavery. Lincoln had to contend with various pressures knowing that any misstep could very well lead to the destruction of the Union. Here is where his temperament becomes so important. As we shall see, Lincoln’s storytelling had a purpose, as did his gradual approach to decision making. But once he made up his mind, he seldom looked back. In the end, it is not that he was inconsistent, but that he was thoughtful and deliberate and was not afraid to change his mind and grow in the process.
What Darwin Got Right, What Darwin Got Wrong
Susan Lindee / University of Pennsylvania
×Susan Lindee – Susan Lindee is a Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lindee has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund 40th Anniversary Award, as well as support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Charles Darwin's Origin of Species presented one of the most important ideas in the history of human thought. Darwin's impact over the last 150 years cannot be overstated: his ideas have provided the central organizing core for modern evolutionary science. But DNA had not been discovered, and therefore Darwin could not have foreseen the complexities of modern genetics. He did not understand that certain situations that occur in nature could confer advantages upon organisms that worked as a group instead of as selfish individuals. This fascinating class will bring us up to date on Darwin's remarkable theory which has survived a century and a half of rigorous scientific skepticism and scrutiny.
The Psychology of Money
Jeffrey Hancock / Cornell University
×Jeffrey Hancock – Jeffrey Hancock is a Professor in the Communications and Information Science departments at Cornell University, is the Chair of the Information Science Department, and is co-Director of Cognitive Science. He is interested in social interactions mediated by information and communication technology, with an emphasis on how people produce and understand language in these contexts. His TED Talk on deception has been seen over 1 million times and he has been featured as a guest on "CBS This Morning" for his expertise on social media.
A wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife's sister's husband. It turns out that H.L. Mencken's "definition" is more true than we might imagine, and it has implications for how we should think about money, wealth and even what kind of country we want to live in. In this class we'll dig into some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. today: wealth, inequality, and what the psychology of money has to say about it. We'll start by asking whether there actually is wealth inequality in America, with the answer coming from you, the audience! We'll then discover whether it matters if there is inequality, and if it does, why? Lastly, we'll look at some of the key psychological factors that lead us to feel wealthy, or not.
Four Books Every Book Lover Should Read
Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
×Joseph Luzzi – 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 Italian Studies. He is the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi has also taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.
What four books are a must for every lover of literature? Award-winning scholar and teacher, Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question with participants in an intimate seminar devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss such world-renowned classics as Dante's Divine Comedy (1319) and Shakespeare's Othello (1604), and also cover more recent works including F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925), and Philip Roth's American Pastoral (1997). Prof. Luzzi will show how these fascinating works help us understand some of the most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of "essential reading," as Professor Luzzi helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds.
What We Know About the Universe (and What We Don't Know)
David Helfand / Columbia University
×David Helfand – David Helfand is a professor at Columbia University, a U.S. astronomer, and the president of Quest University. He has also served as chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University and co-director of the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory. His stated research interests include radio surveys, the origin and evolution of neutron stars and supernova remnants, and active galactic nuclei.
Astronomy is unlike other sciences in that there are no experiments we can perform or expeditions we can mount. We are reduced to passively observing the light the Universe sends us, some of which has traveled billions of years before falling on our telescopes. In this light, however, we can read the life cycles of stars and recount the entire history of the cosmos. Replete with colliding galaxies and a fly-through of the Universe set to the Blue Danube waltz, this lecture provides one-stop shopping for a comprehensive tour of all the space, time, matter and energy that comprise the Universe (excepting the 96% we don't have a clue about).
4 Films That Changed America
Marc Lapadula / Yale University
×Marc Lapadula – Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University's Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Historical Society.
While most movies are mass-produced entertainment and escapism, there are some that have had a profound impact on culture. Whether intentionally or not, some films have brought social issues to light, affected laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and generally changed the course of history through their impact on society. Renowned Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula will discuss four films that, for better or worse, made their mark.
The Jazz Singer
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
How to Listen to and Appreciate Great Music
Michael Alec Rose / Vanderbilt University
×Michael Alec Rose – Michael Alec Rose is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. His many awards and commissions include the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's chamber music commission, 27 consecutive annual awards in composition from ASCAP, and three works for the Nashville Symphony. He co-directs an ongoing International Exchange Program between the Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM) and the Blair School. Professor Rose has won several major teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including the prestigious Chair of Teaching Excellence.
What makes great music great? The answers to this question are as diverse as the repertoire of masterworks itself. Every great composer reinvents himself or herself countless times, coming up with new solutions to a vast range of expressive problems. The common thread for all such greatness is the idea that there is a problem worth solving. How do you keep a brilliant insomniac occupied through all the hours of his sleeplessness? How can you combine the most refined classical grace with the most willful mischief? How can you make something wonderful out of nothing very promising? That’s a question for life itself, answered again and again, by every musical spirit from Handel, Beethoven, and Brahms to Duke Ellington, the Beatles, and Joni Mitchell. Join Professor Rose on this grand tour of breathtaking musical moments.