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All programs begin at 10 a.m. at the National Constitution Center.
September 8, 2012 Lecturer: Orin Grossman – Fairfield University
A high-school drop-out, George Gershwin wrote his first major hit song, “Swanee,” at the age of 19. At the age of 25, he composed his first and perhaps most popular concert piece, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Using this masterwork as a point of reference, this lecture will demonstrate just how Gershwin melded the classical and the contemporary. By examining the musical influences of this American music icon, we gain insight into the multicultural nature of American musical traditions and the genius of one of our greatest composers.
October 6, 2012 Lecturer: Marc Lapadula – Yale University
While most movies are mass-produced entertainment and escapism, there are some that have had a profound impact on culture. Renowned Yale film professor Marc Lapadula will discuss and show clips from 10 films that truly made their mark: The Jazz Singer, The Graduate, Wild Bunch, Easy Rider, French Connection, The Exorcist, Jaws, Annie Hall, Fugitive, From a Chain Gang, and The China Syndrome. Whether intentionally or not, these films have brought social issues to light, affected laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and generally changed the course of American history through their impact on society.
November 17, 2012 Lecturer: Akhil Amar – Yale University
Join Professor Akhil Amar for a fascinating perspective on the presidency. Did you know:
Explore these and other topics with one of the nation’s foremost constitutional experts.
December 8, 2012 Lecturer: Louis Masur – Rutgers University
Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest president. He is also one of the most controversial. From the time he was elected down to this day, people have debated various aspects of his personality and politics. Was he depressed? Why did he tell so many stories? Was he truly opposed to slavery? Did he free the slaves? Did the Union prevail because of his leadership or despite of it? In this course, we will take a close look at Lincoln, assessing his political style and temperament, and focusing on the question of Lincoln and slavery. In the end, we will hope to uncover the man and not the myth.
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