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This talk describes cutting edge research on the power that one's mindset - literally meaning the setting of the mind towards a particular set of expectations - on influencing thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
What Would the Founding Fathers Think
In the past four years, the United States has endured a stark economic crisis, fierce partisan political battles, and historic changes in the global political environment. The president, Congress, and the Supreme Court have taken actions that profoundly affect the scope of federal power and individual rights in our political and economic system.
China, Russia, and India: The Rise of the Rest
Professors will discuss what lessons can we draw from these cases about global geopolitics and the world in which our children and grandchildren might live. Think back to the 1970s.
What is the American Sound? Does such a thing exist in the realm of concert music? During the 1920s and 30s, composers, music critics, entertainment executives and audiences believed in the idea of an American Sound, and they worked hard to promote their various points of view in the concert hall, via newspaper articles, through advertising and on film. This course explores the origins of two quintessential American masterpieces George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Duke Ellington's Symphony in Black and their relationship to contemporary American culture. As participants will discover over the course of the presentation, Gershwin and Ellington knew one another, and they each looked to the music of the other when composing.
Morality and the Markets
Morality and markets are commonly thought to be in fundamental tension with each other. "Business ethics," for example, is often thought to be a non sequitur, like "jumbo shrimp," or even a contradiction in terms, like "married bachelor." Others simply take morality to be an unaffordable luxury in the market sphere - nice guys finish last.