One Day University

One Day University

One Day University gives you the chance to sit in on fascinating lectures delivered by highly rated professors from the world's top colleges and universities. Look for a new episode every Wednesday.


August 24, 2022 23 min

One of the remarkable myths of the American Revolution is that it was an all male affair. Really? An eight year home front war and American women didn't notice it? In fact, women played vital roles throughout the war — from enforcing the boycotts of British imports to writing and publishing propaganda, from nursing the soldiers at Valley Forge to scavenging active battle fields for usable clothing and weapons.

Carol Berkin disp...

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While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound influence on our culture. Whether intentionally or not, some movies have brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society.

Renowned Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula is a playwright, screenwriter...

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August 10, 2022 21 min

Did you know the best thing you can do for your brain is take a nap? If you ever thought sleep was just downtime between one task and the next, think again. The fact is, your brain pulls an all-nighter when you hit the hay. Many regions of the brain — especially those involved in learning, processing information, and emotion — are actually more active during sleep than when you're awake. These regions work together to sort and ...

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They say the personal is political. But the rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton may be the most political of any relationship in history.

Hamilton is experiencing a well-deserved revival in recent years. His vision of America as an economic powerhouse with an aggressive government as its engine has found many followers. He helped get the Constitution ratified, found the Federalist Party, and served as the first ...

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Can science and religion truly coexist, or are they forever locked in conflict? Kenneth Miller approaches this question from a unique perspective. In focusing on a few of today's most contentious issues, he explores if science can be understood in a religious context, or have we finally reached the end of faith?

Modern science has its roots in western religious thought, was nurtured in universities established for religious rea...

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July 20, 2022 19 min

Professor Anna Celenza shows how music doesn't simply reflect culture, it can change it. She highlights three musical masterpieces that, each in their own way, changed America for the better: A ballad that fueled the need for the Civil Rights movement; an album that influenced American foreign policy; and a musical that that forced us to reassess history. 

Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown...

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July 13, 2022 21 min

What role do money, IQ, marriage, friends, children, weather, and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? Professor Catherine Sanderson describes cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness. She provides practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase your own psychological well-being.

Catherine Sa...

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July 6, 2022 22 min

In the relatively short history of the United States, certain events irrevocably altered the direction of the nation and signaled the dramatic start of a new historical reality. Some took the form of groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts; some were dramatic military victories and defeats. What all of these turning points had in common is that they forever changed the character of America.

Edward O’Donnell is a profess...

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June 29, 2022 22 min

Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest president — and one of the most controversial. People have debated various aspects of his personality and politics. Was he depressed? Was he truly opposed to slavery? Did the Union prevail because of his leadership, or despite him? This episode, led by noted Lincoln scholar Louis Masur, aims to uncover the man and not the myth.

Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies a...

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June 29, 2022 23 min

In today’s episode, Professor Joseph Luzzi highlights eight books that can change your life. These fascinating works can help us understand our most pressing concerns today, including the nature of religious faith, questions of personal identity, even the quest for the American Dream.

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, and he taught previously at th...

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June 21, 2022 2 min

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