2012-2013 Season News
Two strong female voices open 11th Bridges season
Martha Raddatz, correspondent for ABC News, will open the 2012-2013 Bridges to the Future season. Her speech will be followed by a May engagement with former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R.-Maine), another strong female speaker who will enhance and expand upon this season's theme, "Impact of the 2012 Election."
2011-2012 Season News
Journalist chronicles faith's impact on elections in Bridges to the Future lecture
In his Bridges to the Future lecture, PBS correspondent Ray Suarez noted the differences between a generation of Americans seemingly disinterested in its president's religious leanings and the prevalent role faith plays in modern political elections.
United States can't afford to ignore influential global relationships, policy expert says
American leaders must form solid relationships with increasingly influential non-government forces and key international powers, according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the State Department and a Princeton University professor.
Former Chief of Staff: We must manage the U.S. deficit with individual fiscal responsibility
Oct. 10, 2011: In his season-opening speech, "American Politics and Issues: The Economic Outlook," Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, urged a crowd at DU's Magness Arena to put politics aside and be fiscally responsible.
2010-2011 Season News
Griswold shares stories from her travel along the 10th parallel
March 22, 2011: Eliza Griswold, an award-winning American journalist and poet, gave a talk about her latest book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam, at the Bridges to the Future lecture series on March 22 at DU's Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Gerges says U.S. is worse off 10 years after 9/11
Jan. 13, 2011: Fawaz Gerges, Middle East expert, told the Bridges to the Future audience January 10 that America's response to the attack on 9/11 has backfired, putting the country in a more dangerous situation than it was 10 years ago.
Spring Speaker is Eliza Griswold
Jan. 10, 2011: Eliza Griswold, award-winning American journalist and poet, will be the Spring 2011 Bridges to the Future speaker. She will speak at Gates Concert Hall Tuesday, March 22.
Richard Clarke first Bridges to the Future speaker for 2010-2011 season
Aug. 10, 2010: Richard Clarke will kick off the 2010-2011 Bridges to the Future year Thursday, Nov. 4. The Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC and Former White House Counter-Terrorism Czar will explore how society has changed since 9/11.
2009-2010 Season News
Chinese scholar sees a nation in flux, rooted in history with an eye to the future
April 29, 2010: While China is becoming an increasingly important player on the world stage and Western nations strive to understand their new global partner, the nation is struggling to find its cultural identity, a leading China scholar explained.
China environmental expert speaks to Bridges to the Future audience
Feb. 10, 2010: China faces environmental challenges on every front, Elizabeth Economy, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), told a crowd of 660 gathered Feb. 9th for the second Bridges to the Future event of the 2009-10 academic year.
2008-2009 Season News
Popular science author says all types of media have their place
March 31, 2009: Steven Berlin Johnson, popular science author and contributing editor to Wired magazine, said every type of media—from video games to television—has learning value.
Local educators discuss challenges in education at Bridges to the Future event
Feb. 9, 2009: A panel of educators spoke about the challenges and successes in K-12 education to an audience of about 350 at the University of Denver Bridges to the Future program Feb. 9.
Bridges to the Future education events shown on Rocky Mountain PBS
Dec. 11, 2008: The University of Denver partnered with Rocky Mountain PBS to offer the 2008-09 Bridges to the Future events to a wider audience. The one-hour specials focused on the theme, "A Nation Still at Risk: The Future of Education."
Speaker challenges educators to trust and embrace the heart
Sept. 23, 2008: Parker Palmer told educators not to factor out the heart when it comes to teaching.The author, educator and activist spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,400 people at the Ritchie Center Sept. 23 as part of the University's Bridges to the Future lecture series. This year?s theme is "A Nation Still at Risk: The Future of Education."
2007-2008 Season News
Bridges speaker says connecting with others key to happiness
April 23, 2008: Religious expert José Casanova told a DU crowd of about 450 on April 22 that people can no longer isolate themselves for their own individual pursuit of happiness.
Author says meaningful life begins with passion
Jan. 17, 2008: Architect and author Sarah Susanka shared her life story to demonstrate how others can pursue a happier and more meaningful life at her Bridges to the Future speech in Gates Concert Hall Jan. 15.
Political theorist tells DU audience happiness is not for sale
Oct. 24, 2007: Political theorist Benjamin Barber says Americans pursue material objects rather than happiness.
2006-2007 Season News
Bridges lecture series closes year with message of peace
May 10, 2007: Citizens of every culture and religion must act locally to support the paradigm shift necessary to mitigate global conflict, according to Marc Gopin, author of Holy War, Holy Peace.
U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs addresses peace in Africa
- Feb. 19, 2007: For the U.S., the key to mitigating conflict in Africa is "transformational diplomacy," said Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, during her Feb. 16 Bridges to the Future lecture.
Former Sen. George Mitchell discusses peacemaking strategies in DU address
- Oct. 11, 2006: In a free public address at DU on Oct. 10, former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, spoke of the unique challenges to peace in the 21st century and how America could play a role in addressing those challenges.
University of Denver Bridges to the Future program is dedicated to "The Pursuit of Peace"
- Sept. 14, 2006: The 2006-2007 University of Denver Bridges to the Future program is dedicated to "The Pursuit of Peace"?a concept that has both enticed and eluded global society. For millennia, wars have been fought over land, religion, people and politics. Movements for peace surface sporadically, some as response to the latest conflict, others in an effort to chart a new course for human interaction.
2005-2006 Season News
Bridges panel explores dilemmas of death and dying
March 1, 2006: With respirators, feeding tubes and advancements in drug treatments, dying in America can be prolonged, expensive, confusing and complicated.
To address these challenges, Bridges to the Future hosted "Ethical Dilemmas and End of Life Decisions: Extending Life, Accepting Death" on Feb. 21 at the Newman Center.
Bridges to the Future: Debating the value of embryos
Jan. 30, 2006: Jane Maienschein opened with a number of attention-getting claims about stem cell research when she kicked off the winter quarter's first Bridges to the Future event on Jan. 25 at the University of Denver. Among them: the debate over stem cells is neither new, nor an issue of morality versus science.
Bridges to the Future session focuses on protecting security and privacy
Nov. 14, 2005: The political process, not the court system, is the best way to reach a reasonable and sensible balance between safety and privacy concerns, said Jeffrey Rosen at the Bridges to the Future event on Nov. 11.
Bridges to the Future presents Jeffrey Rosen on "The Naked Crowd: How to Protect Security and Privacy in the Age of Terror"
Nov. 11, 2005: The final Bridges to the Future event for the fall quarter is Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and will feature Jeffrey Rosen, legal affairs editor at The New Republic. The title of Rosen's address is "The Naked Crowd: How to Protect Security and Privacy in the Age of Terror."
Bridges forum trackles privacy and technology
Oct. 1, 2005: Technology can enslave or liberate, depending on how it's used, panelists pointed out at a University of Denver Bridges to the Future forum on Sept. 14 at the Newman Center.
Bridges to the Future at DU returns with a focus on science, technology and values
Sept. 1, 2005: DENVER--Science, Technology and Values has been selected as the overall theme for Bridges to the Future 2005-2006, now in its fourth year, at the University of Denver. Each quarter a different sub-theme will be examined through lectures, forums and discussion groups that are open to the community. Privacy and security issues is the sub-theme for the fall quarter and will kick off programming in September.