The Atlantic launched a partnership with One Day University, a collaboration that brought renowned professors from the country's leading universities to present their best lectures LIVE on December 7. One Day University hosts events around the country, but this marked the first extension of the series in Washington, D.C. The event allowed attendees to participate in a community of like-minded people who believe that education does not end the day you are handed your diploma.
- Marvin Chun, Professor of Psychology at Yale University on “How The Brain Works: Why We Do What We Do”
- Thomas Kelly, Professor of Music at Harvard University on “Why Beethoven's Ninth: The Story Behind the Masterpiece”
- Joseph Luzzi, Professor of Italian at Bard College on “Four Books Every Book Lover Should Read”
- Louis Masur, American Studies Professor at Rutgers University on “Abraham Lincoln: What We Know Now”
- Catherine Sanderson, Psychology Professor at Amherst College on “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness”
- Wendy Schiller, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University on “What Would the Founding Fathers Think of America Today?”
- Ori Soltes, Department of Theology at Georgetown University on “Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always Has Been”
- William Burke White, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania on “Why Politicians View the World the Way They Do”
Aspen Ideas Festival 2017
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