One Day University is coming to Fresno on Oct. 22 for a full day of live talks from a number of highly rated professors from around the country.
The event, sponsored by The Bee, begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Fresno City College Theatre. One Day University will consist of four classes each lasting 1 1/4 hours, with a lunch break in between.
“Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America,” will be taught by Louis Masur of Rutgers University. The course is described as a history lesson on Alexander Hamilton’s early life and later accomplishments, and how both Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton would come to shape America. Masur, a distinguished professor of American studies and history at Rutgers, 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.
“Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness,” taught by Emiliana Simon-Thomas of UC Berkeley, will take a look at science-based studies on finding happiness. Strategies for boosting happiness and well-being will be taught, using cross-disciplinary research from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, served as associate director/senior scientist at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, focusing on how compassion benefits health, well-being and psychosocial functioning.
“The New Middle East: Understanding a Complex, Confusing and Explosive Region,” taught by James Gelvin of UCLA, focuses on the chaos in the Middle East, touching on the well-being and challenges residents face, and how Americans currently view the region and their involvement. Gelvin, a professor of history at UCLA, previously taught at MIT, Boston College and Harvard University.
“Four Films that Changed America” delves into the films that Marc Lapadula of Yale University believes made their mark on the nation: “The Jazz Singer,” “Fugitive From a Chain Gang,” “The Graduate” and “Easy Rider.” The course will describe how these films “brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies, and altered the course of American history.” Lapadula, a senior lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale, is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, he has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School and created screenwriting programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University.
One Day University hosts live events across the country and was founded by Steven Schragis in 2006.