One Day University at Fairfield University

On Sunday, April 6, an all-new One Day University comes to Fairfield University. This daylong educational opportunity is offered through University College. The event is held at the Quick Center for the Arts from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and includes lunch. The fee is $219.

Here is another opportunity for high-powered learning in only one day. Professors from Columbia, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard will offer some of their most popular classes in Melville and "Moby Dick;" Iraq, Iran and the future of that region; Winston Churchill and modern democracy; and a topic that touches many Americans, depression and how we might understand it.

Dr. Edna F. Wilson, dean of University College, commented on the vitality an ever-increasing audience exudes, "The dedicated audience One Day University engenders dynamically reinforces Fairfield's commitment to provide rich lifetime learning opportunities. Those who attend - and attend regularly, we have noted, become more enthusiastic each time."

That day begins at 9:30 a.m. with the following schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. - American Studies: Melville, Moby Dick and the American Experience. Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University - Professor Delbanco, the author of the acclaimed biography "Melville: His World and Work," will discuss why Melville was unrecognized in his own time and why his genius, recognized over the course of the 20th century, speaks to us so powerfully today. Professor Delbanco is the recipient of the prestigious Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.
  • 10:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m. - International Affairs: Iraq, Iran, and the Future of the Middle East - Paul Bracken, Yale University- Age-old animosities between Arabs and Persians and between Muslim-states and Israel are being recalculated. Adding still more volatility into the mix are oil and nuclear weapons. Professor Bracken examines the future of Iraq, Iran, the Middle East and global security. Professor Bracken is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named #1 Professor, Yale's Executive Education Program.
  • 12:05 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Lunch (included)
  • 1:10 p.m.-2:20 p.m. - History: Winston Churchill and Modern Democracy Jonathan Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania - Churchill captured the world's attention as a soldier, war correspondent, journalist, politician, historian, strategist, orator, prime minister and world figure. He wrote three of the greatest speeches ever delivered in the English language and gave the free world courage to fight and destroy Nazi tyranny. Professor Steinberg looks at the unique career of this rare individual. Professor Steinberg is the Walter Annenberg Professor of Modern European History and served as an expert witness in German war crimes prosecutions.
  • 2:35 a.m.-3:45 p.m. - Psychology: Understanding Depression in America Shelley Carson, Harvard University - From 1950 until today, the rates of depression in the U.S. have climbed every decade. Now, over 20 million Americans suffer from depression and the onset is at younger ages. An experimental psychologist, Shelley Carson's class analyzes the depression epidemic and surveys if there is anything that can be done to "immunize" against it. Carson is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and her research has been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR and Discovery Channel.

To register, please visit The next One Day University day of learning is Sunday, June 1.

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Posted on March 20, 2008

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