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Faculty Lecture Series


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The Faculty Lecture Series showcases the work being pioneered by Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at the University of Denver. Each month, faculty members share their current research or present recently published works. These stimulating lectures are free. We will provide light refreshments.

Lectures are held at 4:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, on campus at:
University of Denver
Lindsay Auditorium
Sturm Hall, room 281
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

[Please note: the location has changed from the Anderson Academic Commons to the Lindsay Auditorium in Sturm Hall]

Parking, including handicap spaces, is available on the street and in the hourly lot just west of Sturm Hall (316) at the corner of Asbury and Race Street. Click here for a map of campus and parking.

The Rhetoric of Captivity in the Age of Perpetual Terror

Co-sponsored by the DU Indigenous Alumni Affinity Group
Presented by Billy Stratton, assistant professor, English
Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

This lecture explores the broader implications of Stratton’s 2013 book, Buried in Shades of Night, concerning the ongoing relevance of the motif of captivity on the way we conceive modern warfare. Framing this presentation within the historical context of King Philip’s War—fought between the Puritans of the Massachusetts colony against a confederacy of New England Indians led by the Wampanoag sachem Metacomet— Stratton will show the complex ways in which the systems of representation established in the aftermath of this conflict have continued to shape the contours of American identity and its relationship to the non-Western world.  

National Security and Civil Rights: Do We Have to Choose?

Presented by Derigan Silver, associate professor, media, film and journalism studies
Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

Conflicts between national security and civil rights are frequently presented as an all or nothing choice. You can have either national security or civil rights, but you can’t have both. In the United States, federal judges are frequently called upon to be the arbiters in battles between these two necessary yet sometimes contradictory goals of a democratic society. Drawing on his work examining cases dealing with national security information and the First Amendment, Silver will explain how judges decide these cases (or elect not to decide them), and the tools they have at their disposal to shape both national security law and the First Amendment.

Rocky Road: Reading the Landscape of Colorado’s Interstate 70

Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALs)
Presented by William Philpott, associate professor, history

Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

There’s little glamour to Interstate 70 west of Denver, but a surprising amount of history. In this talk, Philpott will trace how the highway helped trigger the explosion of outdoor recreation in Colorado’s high country in the decades after World War II —and how the promotional schemes, political controversies and environmental changes of those years reveal themselves in the twists and turns of I-70 today.

Hopeful Pessimism: Can Public Health Practice Address Social Exclusion in Guatemala?

Presented by Alejandro Ceron Valdes, assistant professor, anthropology
Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

Professor Ceron Valdes has spent many years doing public health work and anthropological research in Guatemala, trying to support efforts at building "the right to health.” At this lecture, he will share his research findings and personal insights on what it would take for public health (and other development-related) practitioners to help improve one of the most unequal societies in the Western hemisphere.

From Communist Amazons to Sexy Sirens?  Women, Media and Cultural Change in the Post-communist World

Presented by Nadia Kaneva, associate professor, media, film and journalism studies
Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall —an event that came to symbolize the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the communist system.  At this lecture, Kaneva will discuss what the post-communist period meant for women and women’s rights in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and how post-communist media influenced changing cultural ideals of femininity and of women’s role in society.

How Poverty Gets Into the Brain for Both Children and Parents

Presented by Pilyoung Kim, assistant professor, psychology
Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

Childhood poverty has been consistently linked to suboptimal physiological and emotional health outcomes in children and adults. At this lecture, Kim will review how poverty influences the brain particularly from two perspectives: emotion regulation in children and parental love toward children in parents.

Sweet Words, Bitter Truths: Demands for Liberty, Respect, and Gender Equality in the Recent Poetry of Indigenous Ecuadorian Women

Co-sponsored by the DU Latino Alumni Affinity Group (DULAA)
Presented by Alison Krogel, associate professor, languages and literatures
Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.

Beginning in 2011 a growing number of female indigenous poets began to publish their Kichwa-language poems in Ecuador. Through an analysis of the concepts of amawta warmi ('wise woman'), chakana ('Andean cross' or 'staircase'), and quishpi ('liberty'), this presentation explores several of the key aesthetic, political and sociolinguistic approaches present within the work of three contemporary Kichwa poets.