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Bridges to the Future

Bridges to the Future

Bringing new perspectives to Denver about the world's most pressing issues

Bridges to the Future is DU's premier program for generating local discussions about pressing global issues and how they might impact the future.

Each year, DU chooses a theme and schedules a series of lectures and community events that address that topic. All the events are free and open to the community. 

2013 – 2014 theme: Changing Realities in Higher Education

For academic year 2013 – 2014, Bridges to the Future is exploring higher education through a series of panel discussions, lectures and events on what the future holds for higher education institutions, students, faculty, and staff members.

Upcoming Events


Unsettling Times: Higher Education in an Era of Change - May 12, 2014

Higher education is facing a period of great change. Technology, demographic changes, costs that consistently outstrip inflation, growing price resistance from parents and students, competition from non-traditional schools, the potential for increased governmental involvement and other forces are challenging the pedagogy, economic models, traditions and viability of higher education institutions. The impact of disruptive changes that lie on the educational horizon is likely to be profound. If the experience of other industries is any guide, procedural inertia, organizational sclerosis and limited resources will lead to institutional retrenchment, downsizings, consolidations and a general thinning of the ranks of traditional schools.

For colleges and universities, the coming years promise to be challenging indeed. With this in mind, the 2013/2014 University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel examined the changes impacting higher education, the forces driving change and the characteristics of organizations in other industries that have survived and even prospered in times of great change.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. James Griesemer, Strategic Issues Program Director
Jim Griesemer is professor and dean emeritus of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He directs the university's Strategic Issues Program, a non-partisan center that develops strategy to address significant public policy issues. Before becoming dean, Dr. Griesemer served as chief financial officer of the University of Denver, where he helped lead the financial turnaround of the University.

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts
University of Denver Campus
2344 E. Iliff Ave.
Denver, CO 80208

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP online or call 303-871-2357.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact
Special Community Programs at 303-871-2360 or


Look back at previous Bridges events

Visit our news and video pages to read about and watch videos of past Bridges events.