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Bridges to the Future at DU returns with a focus on Science, Technology and Values

September 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.

"Science, Technology and Values is a wonderful theme to explore because each touches our lives every day," says University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe. "Privacy and security is an appropriate topic to examine first since both have been discussed in great detail in the wake of 9/11 and the war in Iraq."

The first panel discussion for this academic year, "Geoslavery or Cyber-Liberation: Freedom and Privacy in the Information Age," will be held on Wed., Sept. 14 in Gates Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. The panel will feature Prof. Jerome E. Dobson from the University of Kansas who is also President of the American Geographical Society; Prof. Stephen Haag, associate dean of Graduate Programs at the Daniels College of Business who has expertise in Information Technology; Stephen Keating, business editor at The Denver Post; and Phillip Zimmerman, creator, Pretty Good Privacy and chairman, Open PGP Alliance. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Susan Sterett, chair of the Department of Political Science at DU.

The next program ? "Rights and Responsibilities in the Age of Terrorism" ? will be held on Thurs., Oct. 27 and features Amitai Etzioni, director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University. The final event for the fall quarter ? "The Naked Crowd: How to Protect Security and Privacy in the Age of Terror" ? is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11. The keynote address will be given by Assoc. Prof. Jeff Rosen of George Washington University who is also Legal Affairs Editor at The New Republic.

All Bridges to the Future events are free and open to the public but RSVP's are required and can be made by calling 303-871-2357 or by e-mail at

The University of Denver and Colorado State University partnered in 2002 to create Bridges to the Future, a series of public events designed to engage Coloradans in an exploration of American history, values and expectations in a post-9/11 world. Last year, Bridges to the Future focused on money, examining issues related to the economy in Colorado and the United States.

More information about Bridges to the Future is available at