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November 10, 2019
One Day University with the Hartford Courant
Kingswood Oxford School

Turning Points that Changed American History: In the relatively short history of the United States, there have been many turning points and landmark movements that 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.

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness: Happiness has been in the news quite a bit lately. The UN released a "Happiness Report" rating nearly 200 countries, which found that the world’s happiest people live in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands). The US ranked 11th. The report's conclusion affirmatively states that happiness has predictable causes and is correlated specifically to various measures that governments can regulate and encourage. And there's more.

Four Books that Changed the World: What are the books that can change your life, the ones you would want to take to your proverbial "desert island?" Award-winning scholar and teacher, Professor Joseph Luzzi will explore this question with participants in an intimate seminar devoted to exploring the riches of literary expression. We will discuss such renowned classics as Dante's Divine Comedy, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Joseph Heller's Catch 22.

 

March 15, 2020
One Day University with the Hartford Courant
Kingswood Oxford School

 

Three Paintings Every Art Lover Should See: Could you name the three most important paintings in Western art? That is, the ones that most influenced the course of art, or history, or both? (Perhaps you're thinking about Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling, or Leonardo's Last Supper?) While a fun exercise, there is no definitive list of the "most important" paintings—or the most beautiful, or the most famous, or the most valuable.

WWII: Surprising Stories You Never Learned in History Class: World War II is arguably the most tragic episode in human history. The six year war began in Europe but soon spread to all corners of the globe with countless men, women, and children affected by the struggle. Millions were killed on the battlefield, in the air, and on the sea. And as everyone knows, an estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi's in accordance with Hitler's master plan to exterminate their entire race. The chronology is well known, but during a war this complex and lengthy, there are many surprising and sometimes shocking incidents that occurred that are less well known.

The Art of Aging: What Everyone Should Know About Getting Older: No matter how old you are, you're aging. You started aging from the moment you were born, and you'll continue aging until the moment you die. That's the brutal, universal fact. But people age differently, as you’ve noticed if you've looked around and compared yourself to your peers. Are you aging better than they are? Worse than they are? In what ways and for what reasons?