One Day University with the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
October 13, 2018 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
The Presidency: The Changing Role of America’s Highest OfficeJeremi Suri / University of Texas
“The American presidency is the most powerful political office in the world. Surprisingly, most contemporary presidents have found themselves severely constrained in their ability to pursue their chosen agendas for domestic and foreign policy change. This lecture will explain why, focusing on the nature of government bureaucracy, the range of American challenges and commitments, and the development of the modern media.
We will begin with the founding vision of the U.S. presidency and the actions of its first occupant, George Washington. Then, we’ll examine the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and the most recent office-holders. We will focus on how the power of the presidency has changed over time and what that has meant for American society. The lecture will close with reflections for how we can improve presidential leadership in future years.
Jeremi Suri / University of Texas
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author of six books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His research and teaching have received numerous prizes, and in 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences.
Three Musical Masterpieces That Every Music Lover Should Listen ToOrin Grossman / Fairfield University
Ezra Pound famously wrote, “Literature is news that stays news.” We might say the same for the great masterpieces of music. There are works from the great composers who speak to us with the freshness and excitement of anything seemingly more contemporary and relevant. As long as we bring an open mind, or open ears, we can discover beauty, meaning, and emotional depth undimmed by the passage of time.
In this class, Professor Grossman will present three remarkable musical works from the same period, by musicians young and old, at the peak of their composing careers. All three share energy and passion of youth, and the excitement of ushering in or extending a new musical era. And yet these compositions could not be more different than if they had been written hundreds of years apart. Individually, they each speak to us about the power of musical expression; together they illustrate how many ways music can excite the imagination. The three compositions are: 1) Ludwig van Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, 2) Frederic Chopin, Ballade #1 for Piano, and 3) Professor Grossman’s acclaimed finale (which he has performed all around the world!) George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue.
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.
The Psychology of PersuasionCarolyn Cavanaugh Toft / Arizona State University
How do salespeople get us to part with our money? How do politicians induce us to vote in particular ways? How do our significant others make us engage in certain activities? While we think that we always make decisions after carefully collecting all the pertinent data and exercising rational problem-solving, social psychologists have found that there are a handful of short-cuts that can lead people to say, “yes” to requests that they may not normally agree to.
In this class, Professor Carolyn Cavanaugh Toft will describe several of these tactics of persuasion such as Reciprocity, Commitment and Consistency, Social Proof, Authority, Liking, and Scarcity, as well as the cutting-edge research that demonstrates how these tactics can be used for good–or not-so-good–means. She will also give tips on how to disarm unethical users of these principles.
Carolyn Cavanaugh Toft / Arizona State University
Carolyn Cavanaugh Toft teaches Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University. She is a licensed psychologist who has worked in different clinical settings and supervised doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program. Dr. Cavanaugh Toft has receieved several teaching awards, including the Sun Devil Athlete Most Influential Professor Award, and the Devils Advocates Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently, she receieved the Outstanding Lecturer Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. Additionally, she heads up the Early Start program for incoming psychology students.”