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Lovely & Amazing: Books and boxes by Alicia Bailey exhibit

Lovely & Amazing exhibitThrough March 30 – Anderson Academic Commons, main level

Lovely and Amazing, begun in 2006, is a tribute to artist Alicia Bailey’s great-aunt, Ruth Wheeler: a beloved biology teacher, naturalist, youth advocate and feminist who lived and worked in north Denver for 70 years. Ruth found the natural world a place of endless delight. She left behind a collection of biological specimens, notes and photographs, which Bailey has incorporated into a series of three-dimensional collages, boxes and book works.

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Students for Africa welcome Ambassador Amina Salum Ali

Tuesday, March 24, noon-1:30 – SIE 150

Join us for an informative Q&A session with Dean Christopher Hill and Ambassador Ali. Ambassador Ali will also specifically address higher education, gender and development in Africa. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at  

One-night lecture with Kim Gorgens - The Care and Feeding of Brains: From Cognitive Rehabilitation to Fish Oil to Ukuleles

Tuesday, March 24, 7-9 p.m.

Last year, U.S. health care revenues topped $1 trillion. One product alone, boasting a boost in brain power, accounted for nearly $30 million. Some interventions bear strong scientific support; others offer little benefit. Still others may be harmful. Clinical Associate Professor of psychophysiology and neuropsychology Kim Gorgens helps you separate the snake oil from the sound science. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEW15 to save 20 percent on registration.

Football Supporters, Youth Subcultures and Politics; Notes from the Field in Croatia

Wednesday, March 25, 3-4 p.m. – Ammi Hyde Building, room 127

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology, along with colleagues from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), is co-hosting two distinguished professors from Croatia: Ben Perasović and Marko Mustapić. This presentation focuses on football supporters in Croatia. It begins with an explanation of recent changes in Croatian society and then provides an overview of changes in modern football (soccer). After explaining the theoretical and methodological framework used in past research and outlining the theory and methods used by Perasović and his colleagues, there is a discussion of their ongoing ethnographic study of youth, politics and civic engagement in contemporary Croatia.

2015 International Law Gala Reception and Silent Auction

Wednesday, March 25, 5-7:30 p.m. – Ricketson Law Building

Please join the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law (the Nanda Center), the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (DJILP) and the International Law Society –Denver Chapter (ILS) for the 2015 International Law Gala Reception and Silent Auction. The Gala honors an international law professional with the DJILP Distinguished Alumni Award. And, for the second time in the history of this event, the Gala will feature a silent auction to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving students wishing to complete an externship abroad.


If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Teresa Milligan at

20th Annual University of Denver Women’s Conference 

Friday, March 27

This year’s theme, “Inspiring the Power of Possibility: Defining the Meaning of Success and Recognizing our Value,” seeks to connect students, staff, faculty women and men allies to learn and share in the spirit of unity to advance the success of women at DU. Conference registration and information, including a full list of planned presentations and workshops, can be found online. Registration closes on March 20.

Market Reform, Party System Alignments and the Crisis of Representation in Latin America

Monday, March 30, noon-1:30 p.m. – Ben Cherrington Hall, room 301 

The Korbel Latin America Center welcomes Ken Roberts from the Department of Government at Cornell University. Roberts teaches comparative and Latin American politics, with an emphasis on political economic development and the politics of inequality. His research explores the intersection between political parties, populism and labor and social movements in the Andean region and the Southern Cone of Latin America. His most recent work, Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era, studies the transformation of party systems and political representation during the critical juncture of market liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s. 


Voices of Experience: Doug Jackson, CEO of Project C.U.R.E.

Monday, March 30, 6 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Douglas Jackson serves as the president/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truckloads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America. Register online

Teaching and Learning Week: Teaching and Inspiring Excellence

March 30-April 3

Do you have a new teaching idea or approach that you’d like to try? Looking to find some resources or connect with colleagues to share teaching ideas and strategies? Stop by the kickoff session of Teaching and Learning Week, the Office of Teaching and Learning Open House/Meet-and-Greet, to learn more about our upcoming “OneNewThing Mini-Grants” and “Peer Classroom Visit” programs. Don’t miss the sessions offered by invited speaker James Lang, and the many other workshops and discussions at the inaugural Teaching and Learning Week!

See the full program and register for individual sessions.

Workplace Bullying: What is it and what can we do about it?

Thursday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

The Staff Advisory Council is proud to welcome S.L. Young to the University of Denver to introduce the topic of workplace bullying. S. L. Young is an author, blogger, project/program leader, business professor and inspirational speaker who writes and speaks about dealing with life and business topics. Young's books and blog provide solution-oriented guidance to address challenges such as: belief, educational struggles, depression/suicide, ethics, workplace bullying and more. Lunch provided; please RSVP

Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s

Thursday, April 2, noon-1 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 286

Don't miss "Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s." IRISE welcomes Amy Villarejo, chair and professor of Cornell University's Department of Performing and Media, as a part of their Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series. Reception to follow. Questions? Email

Why is North Korea so perpetually furious at the U.S.?

Friday, April 3, noon-1:30 p.m. – Ben Cherrington Hall, room 301

Featuring Blaine Harden, former East Asia bureau chief of the Washington Post, New York bureau chief national correspondent and writer for New York Times Magazine. More

Good Friday service

Friday, April 3, noon – Evans Chapel

This is an ecumenical Good Friday service. Contact Chaplain Gary Brower,, for more information.

Colorado Black Student Leadership Conference

April 3-4

The registration deadline for the Colorado Black Student Leadership Conference (CBSLC) is approaching: sign up by March 27. The 2015 CBSLC is open to everyone and features Dr. Boyce Watkins, Representative Rhonda Fields and community animator Anthony Grimes as keynote speakers. Also new this year is our first talk-back with the Denver Police Department, Black Professional Panel and Career Fair. For more information please visit

SpringFest featuring the 23rd annual Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4 – Humanities Garden

The Staff Advisory Council invites the DU community and friends to celebrate the beginning of spring and one of the University’s favorite community traditions. The festivities will include breakfast foods and coffee, Qigong/Tai Chi, yoga for the whole family, fun tours of campus, flower planting to take home and the 23rd annual Easter egg hunt! All activities are free of charge. More information and registration

Do you like baby elephants?

Wednesday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium

Join the Institute for Human-Animal Connection for this free event to learn more about the conservation work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. At the heart of their work is the Orphans' Project, an elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program that has cared for over 150 wild-born baby elephants and released them back into wild herds at Tsavo East National Park. This project offers hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. 

More information and registration

Appreciative Living Circle

Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Location TBD             

Are you interested in having a more positive outlook? Have you heard about Appreciative Inquiry and want to know more? Participating in an Appreciative Living Circle may be the ticket! Appreciative Living is not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. It is about taking responsibility for the life we have created and for the one we desire. An Appreciative Living Circle is a four-week program, and will be offered at no cost to participants. (Note: It is not a religiously- or faith-based program, but is easily adaptable to anyone’s belief system.) Space is limited, so, if you are interested in learning more, please contact Chaplain Gary Brower at 303-871-4488 or

AHSS Faculty Lecture – How Poverty Gets Into the Brain for Both Children and Parents

Thursday, April 9, 4:30-6 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium

Presented by Pilyoung Kim, assistant professor, psychology. Childhood poverty has been consistently linked to suboptimal physiological and emotional health outcomes in children and adults. At this lecture, Kim will review how poverty influences the brain particularly from two perspectives: emotion regulation in children and parental love toward children in parents. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.

Oh, the places we'll go! 10th annual DU LGBTIQ&A Gala

Thursday, April 9, 5-7 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

Join us for this free annual soiree, this year celebrating a decade of individual and collective achievements in making DU a more inclusive, excellent and fabulous place for LGBTIQ affiliates, Allies and, in fact, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We recognize particular successes of the past year, and get fired up to create an even brighter future. Nominate  yourself or others for an award, or volunteer  to help with plans, or on the night. More information and RSVP

Second annual Internationalization Summit

April 9-10 – Ruffatto Hall and Driscoll Student Center

The Internationalization Summit is a daylong gathering to celebrate internationalization efforts at the University with specific focus on internationalization at home, or efforts taking place on the DU campus. Held primarily in Ruffatto Hall, and comprising over 30 sessions, workshops, research presentations and roundtables, the summit promises stimulating and engaging conversation about what internationalization means in the context of the home campus. The keynote speaker is David Fearn of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, a target strategic partner.


Culture is…something to celebrate! CultureFest 2015

Friday, April 10, 4-7 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Join us for CultureFest 2015 (formerly Festival of Nations)! CultureFest is a DU tradition that celebrates the cultural diversity at the University of Denver through performances, food and interactive booths! CultureFest is free and open to the public, and is a fun event for all ages. More

AHSS Distinguished Speaker Van Jones, CNN Political Correspondent

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-8 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium

"Imagine a new economy, where the founding principle of our country — liberty and justice for all — is deeply rooted in our economic philosophy and design, where businesses can profit alongside flourishing communities. To achieve this prosperity, we need to transform our ideas and understanding around ownership and wealth — transcending consumerism, transforming corporations and revitalizing communities,”- Van Jones. At this lecture, Jones will argue that we need to build institutions that expand and unite these seemingly small and disparate strategies. He will discuss how the new economy is not a revolution — it's an evolution, a long-term plan that reimagines capitalism with intent and creates businesses with a conscious design that respects communities and the environment.


The Rise of China and the Return of Alliance Politics:  Prospects for US-China Relations

Friday, April 17, noon-1:30 p.m. – Cyber Café, Ben Cherrington Hall

Featuring Robert Ross, professor, Boston College, associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, and senior advisor of the Security Studies Program, MIT.


Star Jam Concert

Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m. – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center

The University of Denver and Concerts Colorado are excited to announce Star Jam 2015; get your tickets before they sell out! Star Jam features headliners Jeffrey Osborne and Sheila E, with special guests Evelyn “Champagne” King and the Mary Louise Lee Band. Ticket proceeds will support the Wounded Warriors Impacting Neighbors project that helps injured, post-9/11 veterans and U.S. military.

it gets better Journey

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall Commons

Join us for the it gets better Journey at the Morgridge College of Education. Take a multimedia journey through the history of it gets better and engage in a dialogue about helping young people who are confronted with bullying and other challenges in their adolescent years. This event is open to the community; please RSVP to attend.

Fifth Annual “Choose Your Own ADDventure” Conference

Saturday, April 25

Since 2009, the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) has partnered with other DU departments as well as community resources to host "Choose Your Own ADDventure" for LD/ADHD families and professionals. It's a free, all-day conference that explores and increases the understanding of the many nuances of ADHD and LD. More information and registration

The Raising of America Signature Hour: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation    

Tuesday, April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Morgridge College of Education Commons

Join the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, Qualistar Colorado and Rocky Mountain PBS for a no cost screening of The Raising of America. Following the 60-minute episode, a panel of early childhood education leaders will talk about how communities can work to provide a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and equitable future to give all children the opportunity to get a strong start. Space is limited; register today!