One Day University makes annual Tanglewood visit Sunday


LENOX >> One Day University makes its annual visit to Tanglewood Sunday morning at Ozawa Hall.

The program of presentations by professors from Harvard University, Union College and the University of Texas begins at 9:30 a.m. in Ozawa Hall and runs through 1 p.m.

Registration includes all three presentations and one free lawn admission to Sunday afternoon's BSO season-ending concert.

This year's program is "The American Presidency, Intuition, and Beethoven in Depth."

• After an introduction at 9:30 a.m. Jeremi Suri of the University of Texas begins the program at 9:35 with "The Rise and Decline of the American Presidency," This session focuses on how the presidency has changed since the days of George Washington and why contemporary presidents feel constrained in their ability to pursue their goals and agendas, including the nature of government bureaucracy, the range of American challenges and commitments, and the media.

• At 10:45, after a short break, Union College's Christopher Chabris discusses our reliance on intuition and the ways intuitions deceive us in a presentation entitled "When Intuition Fails Us: Why We're Often Wrong When We Think We're Right."

• At noon, Thomas Forest Kelly of Harvard University discusses Beethoven's symphonies, especially the Ninth, which is being performed Sunday afternoon, in a session entitled "Beethoven's Symphonies: Cycles, Pairs and Ghosts."

Since launching in 2006, One Day University has grown from a single half-day event in New York City to a series of 90 full- and half-day programs in 48 cities around the country.

Founder and president Steven Schragis calls what One Day University offers "edutainment," a kind of highly accessible yet intellectually stimulating "performance art "that invites scholars to unleash the entertainer within and listeners to sit back, relax, and open their minds."

To find presenters, Schragis and One Day U managing director Kevin Brennan look for professors across the country whose lectures are standing-room-only and whose student ratings are the highest possible. They then invite the speakers to present one-session, highlights-reel versions of their most oversubscribed courses.

Registration and complete One Day University information is available by phone at 888-266-1600 or online at


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