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One Day University
Caroline Winterer, Jeffrey Engel, and Marc Lapadula

Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:30 AM - 1:15 PM

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9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

When Weather Changed the Course of History

Caroline Winterer / Stanford University

Weather and climate have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Blizzards, hurricanes, droughts, dust storms, and floods: all of them have been turning points. Weather disasters seem so much bigger than we are, but they're accurate barometers for telling us about what we value as human beings. This course will examine some of these major turning points (some of them based on controversial evidence!), from the ancient world, to Napoleon's invasion of Russia, to the Dust Bowl, to Hurricane Katrina. How have weather disasters shaped human history, and what can this tell us about how we think about climate change today?

Caroline Winterer is Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. Her latest book is, "American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason." She is a recipient of an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin, and is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

American Immigration: Fear, Myth, and Reality

Jeffrey Engel / Southern Methodist University

The United States is a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope and liberty peoples around the world have struggled to reach. Yet Americans have not always welcomed new arrivals with open arms. From colonial days to the present, debates over immigration help define whom Americans are, what they believe their country has and should be, and reveal most of all each generation’s politics and priorities.Do our the debates over immigration reform indicate the welcome mat has worn thin? What does it mean to hold out a beacon to the world's "tired, poor, huddled masses"? Do we welcome immigrants in because of or despite their economic impact on the United States?

Jeffrey Engel is the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and taught history and public policy at Texas A&M University. He has authored/edited eight books on American foreign policy, most recently, "When the World Seemed New: George H.Bush and the Surprisingly Peaceful End of the Cold War."

The Story of America in Film

Marc Lapadula / Yale University

The Story of America is a complex narrative, weaving together the fabric of a diverse nation. This presentation will use the power of cinema to reflect a variety of complex themes that frame our country. We will see how talented filmmakers have given us a composite sketch that outlines where we've been, where we are now, and perhaps where America might be heading in the future with regard to The American Dream, Social Justice, Coming of Age, War, and ending with The Underdog.Films include The Godfather, To Kill a Mockingbird, Saving Private Ryan, Easy Rider, Rocky, and more!

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, The Commonwealth Club and The New York Historical Society. 

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Location: Charles W. Eisemann Center - Bank of America Hall
(2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082)
Fees: $109 Members; $159 Non-Members
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