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"TRADITION AND LEGACY" Exhibit - ANderson Academic Commons

Exhibit runs through December, 2014

In honor of the University of Denver's sesquicentennial, this interactive exhibit introduces visitors to some of the people, programs and traditions that have made our campus community exceptional.

Mixing artifacts and video clips with text and archival photographs, "Tradition and Legacy" shows how aspiration and vision came to animate the DU experience. Individual displays focus on everything from Athletics and Recreation to campus life, from Homecoming festivities to Commencement traditions.

This self-paced trip down Memory Lane begins Jan. 13 and runs throughout 2014 in the Anderson Academic Commons, where it spans three floors. Don't miss this opportunity to travel through time and explore the University of Denver's remarkable story.

Visual Trips: The Psychedelic Poster Movement in San Francisco

This Wes Wilson poster for a 1967 Jefferson Airplane/ Quicksilver Messenger Service concert is among the pieces on display in the “Visual Trips” exhibit. Collection of David Tippit; photo by William O’ConnorExhibit runs through Nov. 16, 2014

Vicki Myhren Gallery

Over 200 original drawings, photographs, mechanical drawings, acetate sheets and posters will be feature in a rich visual array chronicling the artistic technique behind the psychedelic imagery. The exhibition is curated by the University of Denver’s own Dr. Scott Montgomery and showcases his recent research illustrating how artists defined the visual component of the psychedelic scene as it unfolded. Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson and Lee Conklin are among the leading artists featured.




Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. – Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Marke Mothersbaugh has been making art since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s. Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia opens Oct. 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver; join us for a conversation with Mothersbaugh and Adam Lerner, director and chief animator for MCA. No registration required.

The Emperor has no clothes: Ebola and its effects on governance in Liberia

Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon – Ben Cherrington Hall, Cyber Café

The Global Health Affairs and Humanitarian Assistance Programs at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies will welcome Sabrina Karim for a discussion on how the weak Liberian governance structure exacerbated the Ebola epidemic in that country.

Creative Writing program Coffee & Conversation series with TC Tolbert

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 479

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), Conditions/Conditioning, I: Not He: Not I, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, spirare and territories of folding, his favorite thing in the world is compositional improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive).

Improving the Life Chances of Low-Income Mothers and Children with Prenatal and Infant Home Visiting by Nurses

Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. – Craig Hall Community Room

Join us for a lecture by David L. Olds, PhD, professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, preventive medicine and nursing and director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health at the University of Colorado – Denver.


Homecoming & Family Weekend

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Thursday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 2

Celebrate the culmination of our sesquicentennial year with an all-class reunion, athletic events, Pioneer Symposium lectures, sessions just for parents, Taste of DU featuring the 15th anniversary of the Athletics Hall of Fame, PioneerFest, campus tours and other special events.

Learn more and register today!

Department of Theatre:  Seagull

Chekhov's SeagullOct. 30-Nov. 1 & Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m. – Byron Theatre, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Seagull is Anton Chekhov's masterpiece about actors, writers, love and desire. The play, a tragicomedy, invites you to experience the human beings caught in craving, getting and losing. It’s set in tenth-century Russia, and our production values access and intimacy. 

$10 tickets; visit or call 303-871-7720.  

Evangelical Ecstasy, Feminist Fury: On Sex Trafficking, Moral Panics and the Brazilian World Cup and Olympic Games

Friday, Oct. 31, noon – Sturm Hall, room 254

This talk by Dr. Gregory Mitchell (Williams College) examines the sexual underbelly of international sporting, by drawing out the connections between sports tourism, prostitution and human trafficking during the Brazilian World Cup and Olympic Games. 


Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. - Joy Burns Center

The inaugural DU Ski Ball supports the Women's and Men's ski program for the 2014-2015 season. Celebrate the pinnacle of college athletics as we honor DU Hall of Fame inductees James Shea and Kurt Smitz along with the presentation of the 2014 NCAA Championship Rings. Tickets are $50 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages (there will be a cash bar). Please register by Wednesday, Oct. 22 by emailing

All-Class Reunion

Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight

Our 150th anniversary calls for a celebration of historic proportions, so we’re gathering alumni from every decade for our first-ever All-Class Reunion during Homecoming & Family Weekend. There will be something for every Pioneer during this extended evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy delicious cuisine and live music, an early-evening kids costume parade and late-night casino games, a photo booth and plenty of great memories. Tables by decade make it easy for you to reconnect with classmates. All we need now is you! 

Learn more and register

Half the Sky Fair

Half the Sky fair logo Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Colorado Women’s College

Just in time to kick off the gift-giving season, the fifth annual Half the Sky Fair offers food, entertainment and the opportunity to "shop 'til you drop" as you learn about and support organizations focused on the empowerment of women around the world. The fair will feature philanthropic exhibitors and fair trade vendors in the International Market. The silent auction will feature unique and valuable gifts and services generously donated by both individuals and businesses committed to the advancement of women and girls. Entry to The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit


DU HomecomingSaturday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll Green

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at PioneerFest, DU’s free afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from the Lamont Alumni Jazz Jam and DJ West, and local fare from Denver’s popular food truck community. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride! 

The Freud/Ferenczi Letters: A Staged Reading of Selected Letters

Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-6 p.m. – Community Room, Craig Hall

Four prominent clinicians will enact a staged reading of selected letters from a remarkable correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi. This dramatic reading highlights the history of the founders of "the talking cure.” After the staged reading and a discussion led by a moderator, there will be a social hour with food and drink.


Bridges to the Future
Smart Publishing: Newspapers Learn to Adapt and Coexist in the Digital Age

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

In academic year 2014-15, Bridges to the Future is exploring the cultural shift of the digital revolution on multiple facets of our daily lives. Everything from where we get our news to our sense of community is evolving. Are we directing technology or is it directing us?


The United States and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: a talk by John Noyes

Thursday, Nov. 6, noon – Ricketson Law Building, room 125

Republican and Democratic presidents, the U.S. military, leaders of industry and environmentalists have pushed for U.S. acceptance of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. Yet the United States remains a non-party. Please join the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law as we welcome Professor John Noyes of the California Western School of Law as he explores the current legal position of the United States with respect to Law of the Sea Convention provisions and discusses historical trends that help explain why U.S. acceptance of the convention remains controversial.


A Tsistsistas-Hearted View of Sand Creek

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, The Loft

Dr. Henrietta Mann, founding president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, will lead a presentation that looks at Sand Creek from the perspectives of tradition, history, and the cultural adaptability of the people called Tsistsistas na Hinónóéí, Cheyenne and Arapaho.  It will also explore the nations’ creation of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, which demonstrates an exercise in tribal sovereignty.

Enrichment course
The National Climate Assessment: Where Do We Go From Here?

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m.

Scientists around the world agree that the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing the Earth’s climate. Shannon McNeeley, research scientist in CSU’s North Central Climate Science Center and contributing author to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, discusses the implications and how the nation is preparing for the future. Faculty and staff use code EPZone to save 20 percent on registration.


Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy

Nov. 13-15 – Sturm College of Law

The 47th annual Sutton Colloquium in partnership with the American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) presents Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy—the 2014 Biennial ASIL IEcLIG Research Conference.


Writing the Range Symposium

Friday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons

The University Writing Program will host a day of interaction around writing scholarship and pedagogy, with an emphasis on issues concerning the Front Range writing community. Featured in this daylong symposium are two keynote speakers: Scott Wible of the University of Maryland will present “Local Designs: Teaching Innovative Problem-Solving in the Professional Writing Course” and Jessica Enoch of the University of Maryland will speak about “Teaching Digital Archives.”


Save the Date: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Denver men's basketballSunday, Nov. 16  – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m.
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St. at 4 p.m.

An appetizer buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. A registration link will be sent out on Oct. 28 along with additional information about the event. Hosted by Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation. Please call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.

Save the Date: Perspectives on Human Trafficking Conference

Jan. 8-9, 2015

The University of Denver is slated to host a conference focused on the complexities of human trafficking as members of the University community return to campus for winter quarter. Be on the lookout for more information on programming for this important two-day discussion using a variety of lenses to focus on the issue. The conference will include programming from the perspectives of business, law, international relations, religion and more.