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Fall blood drive

Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Driscoll ballroom

By donating at this blood drive, you will be eligible to take part in all the donor perks offered at Drive for Life on Oct. 13 with the Denver Broncos. Just ask your donor tech for details! To reserve an appointment time contact Bonfils at 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.

Peacebuilding: The global local challenge

Tuesday, Sept. 29, noon – Sie Center, room 150

Join the Josef Korbel School of International Studies for a presentation from John Paul Lederach, prominent international mediator and distinguished scholar. No registration necessary.

Herbert Howe Lecture Series: The life, times and legacy of DU’s Professor Herbert Alonso Howe (1858–1926)

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. – Olin Hall, room 105

In 1880, Dr. Howe was one of the six original faculty members at the University of Denver. His prior astronomy studies were completed at Cincinnati Observatory, which prepared him for the opportunity to teach math, astronomy and surveying at DU, and eventually to build and utilize DU’s Chamberlin Observatory (1894) for the study of the orbits of comets and of nebulae. Speaker Robert Stencel will review his life and times, and how his efforts influenced the future of mathematics and astronomy at DU, along with the dramatic changes in both fields since then.


Claudia Paz y Paz: Revolution of Justice

Thursday, Oct. 1, noon –Joy Burns Center, Tuscan Ballroom

As Guatemala’s first female attorney general, Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey prosecuted organized criminals and perpetrators of mass human rights abuses despite threats to her own safety. She was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Paz y Paz is visiting the Josef Korbel School as a practitioner-in-residence, co-sponsored by the Sié Center and the Latin America Center. Please register

Voices of Experience: Jarl Mohn, president and CEO, National Public Radio

Thursday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Jarl Mohn is president and CEO of NPR, one of the nation's most trusted sources of news and cultural content. In this capacity, Mohn oversees NPR's strategy to continue NPR's mission to create a more informed public by working in partnership with member stations across the country. This event will sell out, so register today.

DU Master Scholar: U.S. Senator Mike Enzi

Friday, Oct. 2, 3-4 p.m. – Ruffatto Hall

Join us for a Q&A discussion with Senator Mike Enzi and Brent Chrite, dean of the Daniels College of Business. Light refreshments and a networking reception to follow.

Please register

Global march for elephants and rhinos on World Animal Day

Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon – Denver Capitol Building west steps

Please join the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at a worldwide, peaceful demonstration for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on World Animal Day. Speakers, petition-signing, poster-making, kids’ activities and live demonstrations of drones used to protect wildlife with Wildlife Protection Solutions. Please join us in solidarity for the animals!


China town hall: Local connections, national reflections

Monday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. – Ben Cherrington Hall, room 141

Co-sponsored by DU’s Center for China-U.S. Cooperation and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, this event features a live webcast from Washington, D.C., with Robert Rubin, Sheldon Day and Daniel Rosen. Following the webcast, there will be a presentation by our on-site speaker Dr. Tom Gold.

Please register

Women’s empowerment and leadership: The global fight against human trafficking

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium

Join the Global Livingston Institute, Colorado Women’s College and the Human Trafficking Center for an interactive conversation about women’s empowerment and its impact on human trafficking with Agnes Igoye, deputy national chair for the Prevention of Trafficking Persons in Uganda. More 

Risk assessments for “dangerousness:” Sound science or tea leaf reading?

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Is it possible to identify poten­tially dangerous persons before they commit a violent crime? What if a risk assessment results in a false positive or a false negative? Get insight into how risk of violence is assessed with police psychologist John Nicoletti, who has responded to numerous critical incidents including the Columbine and Platte Canyon High School shootings and the Aurora Theater shooting. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF15 to save 20 percent on registration.

Colorado Symphony: $15 faculty and staff tickets

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

The University of Denver has the best concert hall in this time zone! Come hear it for yourself when the Colorado Symphony under its new associate conductor, Christopher Dragon, performs Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3, featuring Colorado Symphony principal horn player Michael Thornton as soloist. Then we will go “inside” Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. Tickets for DU faculty and staff members are only $15, just show your Pioneer ID at the Newman Center box office (discount not available online or phone). Learn more about the program, and stop by the box office today!

Denver Dialogues on Peace and Security
Christian Davenport: So you want to stop state repression: An examination of spells, 1976-2000

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12 p.m. – Ritchie Center, Gottesfeld Room

While a great deal has been written and said about the desire to never again allow governments to kill large numbers of their citizens, there is actually very little rigorous work on the topic. Dr. Davenport explores this topic explicitly juxtaposing diverse international vs. domestic interventions revealing that only one has an impact on stopping ongoing state repression. Please register

Exhibit reception for Histories Beyond Homeland: Melanie Yazzie

Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. –Museum of Anthropology (Sturm Hall, room 102)

Printmaker, painter and sculptor Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Dine (Navajo) cultural heritage. Through her art, Melanie works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena that shape the contemporary lives of Native people in the United States and beyond. Ms. Yazzie will give a talk at 6 pm. The exhibit is presented as part of the 12th annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival and will be on view through Nov. 24, 2015.

Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson film screening

Friday, Oct. 9, 6-8:30 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsey Auditorium

Born in 1924, Myron “Pinky” Thompson grew up in a Hawai’i that discriminated against Hawaiians. His fight to change public systems in Hawai’I helped restore the dignity, confidence and social engagement of Hawaiians. Pinky helped steer a course for the people and the place that did so much to shape who he was. This film is presented as part of the 12th annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival.

Homecoming and Family Weekend – registration now open

Oct. 16-17, 2015

The University of Denver’s Homecoming and Family Weekend will awaken your playful side, your intellectual curiosity and your sense of pride for our great university.


Half the Sky Fair

Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Colorado Women’s College

Just in time to kick off the gift-giving season, the sixth annual Half the Sky Fair offers food, entertainment and the opportunity to shop as you learn about and support organizations focused on the empowerment of women around the world. In addition to food and fun, the fair will feature philanthropic exhibitors and fair trade vendors committed to the advancement of women and girls.


Crimson Cup golf tournament

Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – Highlands Ranch Golf Club

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to play in this year’s Crimson Cup golf tournament at Highlands Ranch Golf Club! This event is open to DU alumni, staff, faculty and community members. Choose from individual, twosome or foursome registration options. Registration fee includes green fees, cart fees, practice range balls, food and prizes. Tournament registration ends Wednesday, Oct. 14, so register today! Please contact Andy Benson at or 303-471-0000, or Matthew Seems at with any tournament questions.