Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 9:30a -
Tanglewood: Seiji Ozawa Hall
297 West Street
Lenox, MA 01240
< 21, Art, Film, Lectures & Conferences, Music, Performing Arts, University
One Day University, the acclaimed lifelong learning series, returns to Tanglewood for the ninth year! Join these award-winning professors from three renowned schools, each presenting their best lecture in Ozawa Hall.
American Immigration: What's Fact and What's Fiction?
Jeffrey Engel, Founding Director of the Center for Presidential History at 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. Professor Engel will explore current debates over immigration reform and what does it actually mean to hold out a beacon to the world's "tired, poor, huddled masses"?
Three Remarkable Books That Changed America
Joseph Luzzi, Professor of Literature and Italian at Bard College
What three books are a must for every lover of literature? And how did each of these groundbreaking works, in its unique way, "change America"? Award-winning scholar and teacher Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question with participants in a presentation devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss world-renowned works including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and Joseph Heller's Catch 22.Participants will be encouraged to develop their own list of "essential reading," as Professor Luzzi helps them acquire the skills necessary for enriching their encounters with books of all kinds in our ever-changing society.
Three Musical Masterpieces
Anna Celenza, Professor of Music at Georgetown University
Music permeates our lives. Thanks to technology, it is always with us… via the radio, our smart phones, TV commercials, film music, even the streamed music at our local malls and favorite restaurants. Technology has made it easy for us to put music in the background. The goal of this lecture is to bring it front and center again. As Professor Celenza will demonstrate, music does not simply reflect culture…it changes it. To demonstrate just how such changes come about, she will highlight three musical masterpieces that changed America. These include: a bawdy 18th-century drinking tune that eventually defined American patriotism, a 1980s pop album that changed American foreign policy, and a hit Broadway musical that redefined the way many of us think about the founding of America and it's earliest years as an independent country.