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Faculty Lecture Series


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. 

Lectures are held the first Thursday of the month
Reception starts at 4:00 p.m.; lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.
Free. Light refreshments provided.

Register below (scroll to the bottom for full lecture descriptions)

University of Denver
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
2150 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Need assistance? Call 303-871-2425


Enter the number of people attending each event, including yourself.

The Resurgence of Abortion Politics & What it Says About Contemporary American Politics

Presented by Joshua Wilson, associate professor, political science
Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.

Why is abortion politics once again the regular subject of news coverage? The forums where it takes place, the players that wage the fights, and, in some ways, the stakes are different from the last time abortion garnered as much public attention. Recognizing and understanding these changes helps us to not only better understand the evolution and possible future of abortion politics and policy, but also it gives insight into larger political changes that effect American politics beyond this one issue.

Archeological Adventures in Northern Kenya:  In Search of the Ancient Turkana People

Presented by Lawrence Conyers, professor, anthropology
Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.

Unusual standing stone circle monuments, reminiscent of small “Stonehenges,” were discovered in the vast desert of northern Kenya. An integration of excavations and ground-penetrating radar mapping showed that these circles were the locations of thousands of human burials, people whose wealth and power was based on the acquisition of large herds of cattle.  Find out how and why this took place about 5,000 years ago in what is today an extraordinarily hot and dry desert. At this lecture you’ll gain an understanding of both ancient human behavior as well as the reconstruction of the ancient landscape and environment, which was much different than we experience today.

Virginia Woolf’s Disparaged Spinster Cousins: Plumbing the Archive

Presented by Eleanor McNees, professor, English
Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Though Virginia Woolf cruelly ridiculed her three Stephen cousins throughout her diaries and letters, the lives of Katharine, Rosamond and Dorothea Stephen exemplify the struggles of late-Victorian middle class women to pursue the few vocations open to single women. At this lecture, you’ll explore the sources of Woolf’s antipathy while also attempting to recuperate the Stephen sisters’ forgotten legacies: Katharine’s many years as librarian and then principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Rosamond’s thirty-year work with the Guild of Witness in Ireland; and Dorothea’s missionary teaching in southern India.

Tales of a Modern Guru: Understanding Indian Classical Dance through the Life of an Extraordinary Artist

Presented by Sarah Morelli, associate professor of ethnomusicology, Lamont School of Music
Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy this lecture on Pandit Chitresh Das, one of India’s most dynamic, outspoken, and captivating artists. Das, a master of North Indian classical kathak dance, moved to the United States in 1970 and over the course of 45 years profoundly influenced the course of the dance form through teaching and performance informed by delving deep into his own yogic practice. This lecture will include excerpts from Morelli’s forthcoming book, Tales of a Modern Guru, as well as images, video and a live performance. 

Surrealism: Four Ways

Panel discussion with M.E. Warlick (professor, art history); Jennifer Pap (associate professor, French); Javier Torre (associate professor, Spanish); and Diane Waldman (associate professor, film studies)
Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Q: How many Surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: A fish.
Professors Pap, Torre, Waldman and Warlick all teach Surrealism in their classes. Discover the various ways in which they approach the literature, art and films of this mid-20th century European movement with its artistic collaborations, explorations of dreams, the unconscious, Freudian psychoanalysis, sexuality and the occult. 

The HeA/R/T Projects: Using Art, Research and Teaching to Empower Families and Educate Communities about Baby Loss

Presented by Erin Willer, associate professor, communication studies
Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Learn about two community-based research and service-learning projects that use creative means to understand and heal those experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death. Hear from Willer about The Scraps of the Heart Project, a collective of parents, healthcare providers and researchers working together to help families grieve and educate about baby loss through scrapbooking. She’ll also share her work with Drawings From the Heart, a program that uses art as a means of coping for children who have experienced the death of a baby.

Fifty Years in Five : The Legacy of National Development in Brazil’s Postwar Era

Presented by Rafael Ioris, assistant professor, history
Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALS)
Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

Why has Brazil increasingly been seen as an emergent economy and society in recent years? At this lecture you’ll find out how the past five decades will likely influence the next five years. Looking back at one of the country's most promising times – in the first decades after World War II – sheds light on the country's growing potential and continued challenges today.