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2013-2014 Season
The changing realities of higher education
  • 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. A panel of higher education leaders discusses the impact of these changes.
Professor Susan Schulten talks about the University of Denver's founding during a historical crisis
  • Feb. 25, 2014: Susan Schulten, professor of history at the University of Denver, and contributor to the "Disunion" series in The New York Times, discusses the creation of the University during a grave national secession crisis, in a unstable town dwindling after the end of the Gold Rush.
2012-2013 Season
Olympia Snowe speaks about political challenges
  • May 6, 2013: Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe discusses how politicians in recent history have been able to overcome political differences.
Raddatz shares behind-the-scenes stories of journalism here and abroad
  • Feb. 25, 2013: ABC News Correspondent Martha Raddatz discussed her thorough preparations for moderating the 2012 vice presidential debate, her pride in becoming a role model for American youths, and the amazing challenges she's faced reporting from such places as Iran.
2011-2012 Season
Faith's influence on politics surprises longtime journalist Ray Suarez
  • April 24, 2012: Ray Suarez, correspondent for PBS' NewsHour, told the Bridges to the Future crowd that he took for granted the strong influence religion and faith have on American elections.
    Suarez's lecture, largely based on his book, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, explored how candidates' personal values and beliefs have increasingly impacted American political history.
U.S. leaders must form global bonds to maintain power, says Slaughter
  • Feb. 2, 2012: While the United States is the most powerful nation in the world, it can't ignore the importance of cultivating strong international relationships—including those with increasingly influential non-governmental organizations and entities. That was the message from Bridges to the Future speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning and professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.
Americans must focus on improving U.S. economic health, former Clinton staffer says
  • 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.
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