One Day University returns to University College

One Day University, a selection of serious and stimulating learning opportunities returns to University College at Fairfield University on Sunday, June 1 with a back-by-popular-demand bonus course in George Gershwin and his masterpiece, "Rhapsody in Blue" as well as four new lectures focusing on the fascinating and heated topics audiences have come to expect.

The daylong program is held at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield campus and begins at 9:30 a.m. The fourth lecture, traditionally the final one of a day that ends at 3:45 p.m., will be followed by Fairfield University's Orin Grossman, academic vice president and acclaimed pianist who will cap the day with a lecture and recital, "The Genius of George Gershwin and His Remarkable Masterpiece," which runs from 4-4:50 p.m.

Steven Schragis, co-founder and director of One Day University, described in enthusiastic terms the audience's spontaneous and unanimous reaction to Professor Grossman's original lecture delivered earlier in the season. "The talk included more than just fascinating information - Professor Grossman, who is a concert level pianist, even played a few portions of Gershwin's masterpiece for the audience. And the day ended with a standing ovation!" Schragis confided that this is the only lecture out of hundreds that have been given since One Day University began two years ago that has received such an effusive response. "We are thrilled to reprise Professor Grossman's lecture for the benefit of those who might have missed it the first time."

In addition to Gershwin, One Day University presents lectures on China and the United States; a look at two disparate American groups in the 1930s and how they joined together to fight the Nazi threat to America and the indigenous White Supremacist movement; the crisis of celebrity politics; and the genius of Alfred Hitchcock. The faculty includes Professor John Orman, also of Fairfield University, as well as Professors Alan Wachman of Tufts, Glenda Gilmore of Yale and Annette Insdorf of Columbia. Detailed descriptions of the topics follow.

The fee is $219 and includes lunch. To register for this special June 1 event, visit the website at or call 1-800-811-8821.

One Day University - Sunday, June 1, 2008

  • 9:30-10:40 a.m. - Foreign Affairs: China and the U.S.- Wary Coexistence or Dangerous Rivalry? - Alan M. Wachman, Tufts University. A population of 1.3 billion people, a surging economy that has put it in the top five of world economies, an increase of military power and growing influence throughout the world. Professor Wachman examines the questions surrounding China's impact on the future of the world and the United States in terms of vast benefits and grave challenges.
  • 10:55-12:05 p.m. - History: Who Spoke up in America about the Nazis? A Troubling Look Back - Glenda Gilmore of Yale University - The Great Depression took focus for most Americans during the 1930s, but two disparate groups joined together seeing similarities between the dangerous Nazi movement in Germany and the White Supremacist movement in the United States and warned the nation about the Nazi's rise to power and the threat to America. Professor Gilmore is a Guggenheim Foundation fellow. Her focus is on gender and race in the New South.
  • 12:05-1:10 p.m. Lunch (included)
  • 1:10-2:20 p.m. - Political Science: The Crisis of Celebrity Politics - John Orman, Fairfield University - With celebrities such as Bono acting as the leading voice on aid to Africa and former Vice President Al Gore as an Academy Award winner, Orman sees a big problem. American politics, like the movies, has become something to watch instead of participate in. And, ironically, some of the most insightful analysis of current events now comes, not from network news, but from entertainment-based shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." Professor Orman comments and regularly expresses his views on American politics on ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN and in The New York Times.
  • 2:35-3:45 p.m. - Film Studies: The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock - Annette Insdorf, director of undergraduate film studies at Columbia University, provides an overview of Hitchcock's amazing career including relevant biographical details and examines such classics as "Strangers on a Train" and "Psycho" showing how deftly Hitchcock utilized camera placement and movement, montage, sound design, imagery and comic relief as narrative elements. Professor Insdorf is the creator and host of the popular Reel Pieces series at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post.
  • 4:00-4:50 p.m. - ** Special Bonus Course-Back By Popular Demand** Music: The Genius of George Gershwin and His Remarkable Masterpiece
    A high-school drop-out, George Gershwin's special contribution to American music was his singular ability to create concert works with the melodies and rhythms from the popular music of his day-ragtime, Latin dance rhythms and the blues. Using his masterwork "Rhapsody in Blue," this lecture demonstrates just how Gershwin melded the classical and the contemporary. Orin Grossman, academic vice president and professor of visual and performing arts at Fairfield University, has centered his research and performance on the music of George Gershwin. He has lectured on and performed Gershwin's concert pieces, and popular songs to critical praise around the world.

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Posted on May 7, 2008

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