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AARP and The Seattle Times present "One Day University" in Seattle

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On June 17, 2023, AARP and The Seattle Times will present One Day University in Seattle. The day will will include three remarkable talks featuring award-winning professors from across the country.

The event begins at 9:00am at University of Washington's Kane Hall (4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle). Each talk is about 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A session.

Registration is required online or by calling 800-300-3438. Use the AARP promotion code of "ST129" to receive a discounted rate of $129. You do not have to be an AARP member to receive the discount.

When Weather Changed the Course of History
Caroline Winterer, Stanford University
9:00am - 10:05am

Weather and climate have been shaping human history for thousands of years. Blizzards, hurricanes, droughts, dust storms, and floods: all of them have been turning points. Weather disasters seem so much bigger than we are, but they're accurate barometers for telling us about what we value as human beings. This course will examine some of these major turning points (some of them based on controversial evidence!), from the ancient world, to Napoleon's invasion of Russia, to the Dust Bowl, to Hurricane Katrina. How have weather disasters shaped human history, and what can this tell us about how we think about climate change today?

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Caroline Winterer / Stanford University
Caroline Winterer is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, as well as the Department Chair, at Stanford University. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, she also is a recipient of an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin. She is the author of several books, including “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason,” and her latest, entitled “Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to our Digital Era.”

Four Memorable Musicals that Changed Broadway
Sean Hartley, Kaufman Music Center
10:25am - 11:30am

Hamilton made history not long ago by receiving a grand total of 16 nominations for Tony Awards – ultimately winning a total of 11, including Best Musical. The phenomenon is part of a long lineage of musical theater productions that capture the public’s attention and reflect the culture surrounding it. Broadway combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a movie or TV show and, when done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something groundbreaking, and even transform society as we know it.

Join Professor Hartley for a lively session that will cover such greats as Rodgers and Hammerstein. Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more. Plus, a special live musical performance!

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Sean Hartley / Kaufman Music Center
Sean Hartley is the director at the Kaufman Music Center’s Theater Wing,  He is the Producer/Host of Broadway Close Up as well as Broadway Playhouse. Sean is also a playwright, composer, and lyricist.

The Science of Problem-Solving
Catherine Sanderson, Amherst College
11:50am - 12:55am

Even though far more people are killed by cows than sharks, they are not feared nearly as much. Why do we consistently underestimate how long it will take us to finish a project: from cleaning out the garage to filing taxes? Why do we rate foods that are 90% fat-free as healthier than those that are 10% fat? In this class, Professor Sanderson will examine tools we use to make decisions, show how short-cuts in our thinking can lead to errors, and discuss strategies we can all use to overcome common cognitive errors.

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Catherine Sanderson / Amherst College
Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College and is often cited as the school’s most popular professor. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles in addition to three college textbooks. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s “Top 300 Professors” by the Princeton Review.

Registration is required online or by calling 800-300-3438. Use the AARP promotion code "ST129" to receive a discounted rate of $129. You do not have to be an AARP member to receive the discount.

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