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The last date listed for One Day University was Saturday April 21, 2012 / 10:00am (FDR and the Path to WWII).
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Cover more than 300 years of Philadelphia history in a one hour and 45 minute cruise aboard the Patriot, a reproduction of a classic 1920s commuter yacht. As you sail down the Schuylkill River, enjoying a drink from the cash bar or your own picnic you brought on board, you can take in sights like Grey's Ferry Crescent, the Navy Yard, Penn's Landing and more. Learn about William Penn's original City of Brotherly Love, the growth of the city during the industrial age and its decline in the 1950s, as well as the future of Philadelphia's waterfronts in this lightly narrated tour. But don't worry, this isn't a full-on history lecture, but rather a chance to kick back and get a glimpse at many of the sites that define the history of Philly. Learn More
April 21, 2012 at 10:00am: FDR and the Path to World War II* — What We Know Now that We Didn’t Know Then*
Professor Richard M. Pious – Columbia University
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; four days later Germany and Italy also declared war on the U.S. Yet America’s involvement in World War II had been predetermined as early as May of 1940 when FDR circumvented an isolationist Congress by making a secret deal with Winston Churchill and the British.
May 5, 2012 at 10:00am: Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision*
Professor Louis Masur situates Springsteen’s music in a broader cultural context. Springsteen is working in a long tradition of American songwriters who have given thought to the meanings of America, and his work connects to some of the most fundamental issues in the culture: the question of community, the place of faith in our lives, the nature of work, the dream of escape, the search for love. We will examine how Springsteen delivers on these themes both lyrically and musically, how his vision has shifted over time, and the role of rock ‘n’ roll as an agent of change
Louis Masur is Chair of the American Studies program at Trinity College and is the author of_ Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision_ (2009). He has also written about Springsteen for Slate, Salon, Backstreets, and other publications.