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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.

Department of Theatre presents: Cleansed, a staged reading

Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. – Byron Theatre, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Written by Sarah Kane, this provocative play probes the nightmarish world of twenty-somethings coming to grips with sexuality, social ostracism and the effects of drugs. Free admission, no tickets required.

Colorado Avalanche Burgundy/White Game returns to Magness Arena

Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. – Magness Arena 

DU’s Division of Athletics and Recreation and the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club have announced that the professional hockey team will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game at Magness Arena. Tickets are now on sale to the general public through DU's official athletic department website. The Burgundy/White Game is returning to the University of Denver for the first time since 2006.


Annual Korbel Dinner

korbel dinner banner Monday, Sept. 22 – Sheraton Denver Downtown

The Josef Korbel School is excited to announce that the Annual Korbel Dinner will serve as the school's 50th anniversary celebration. Notable alumna, 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (PhD '81, BA '74), will serve as the keynote speaker. Additional special guests include Anna and John J. Sie, and Jeff Tarr. To purchase a table or individual ticket, please visit (select faculty/staff under DU affinity to receive preferential DU faculty/staff rates). If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jane Bucher-McCoy at 303-871-2882 or

“Breaking Ground on the Future” – Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. – Cherrington Hall

Please join Korbel School of International Studies Dean Christopher R. Hill and the University of Denver community as we usher in a new era with the groundbreaking for the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex. Speakers include members of the University of Denver community and special guest 66th U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice. For more information, visit

Fall blood drive

Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom

Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus for the fall blood drive. You can reserve an appointment time by contacting Bonfils at 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.  

Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning Open House

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4-6 p.m. – Driscoll South, suites 18 and 22

To launch an exciting year of community-engaged activities, we invite you to CCESL’s Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Join community-engaged students, staff and faculty to learn about community-engagement opportunities (including funding), see our newly reconfigured space and share in some light refreshments.


Human Trafficking Legislative Town Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists will elaborate on how the recent passage of Colorado House Bill 14-1273 is projected to impact various entities involved in anti-trafficking work as well as the victims/survivors of trafficking. This event is free, but RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served.

More information and registration

University of Denver Faculty Reading Series featuring Brian Kiteley and Graham Foust

Friday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. – Sturm Hall room 451

Brian KiteleyBrian Kiteley, professor of English, is the author of three novels, most recently The River Gods. His first novel, Still Life with Insects, will be rereleased by Pharos Editions with a new introduction by Leah Hager Cohen. He has also published two books of fiction exercises, The 3 A.M. Epiphany and The 4 A.M. Breakthrough. He has recently finished a talky thriller set on Crete, a CIA beach and sex novel, with cameos by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Kiteley has taught at DU for 20 years, long enough to remember when the Wellness Center was a gym.


Graham FoustGraham Foust, assistant professor of Engligh, is the author of five books of poems, including Leave the Room to Itself, winner of the 2003 Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Necessary Stranger, a finalist for the 2007 Northern California Book Award; and To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems, a finalist for the 2014 Believer Poetry Award. His poems, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Nation, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Boston Review, American Letters and Commentary, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, Verse, and Fence. With Samuel Frederick, he has translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister: In Time’s Rift (Wave Books, 2012), Walless Space (Wave Books, 2014), and Of Entirety Say the Sentence (Wave Books, forthcoming 2015). He works at the University of Denver.


Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - Ruffatto Hall, Ritchie Center

The University of Denver is proud to announce that it is hosting Share Fair Nation—a STEM-focused education event that has two parts, Classroom Intensives – FREE professional development classes for teachers and STEMosphere – a FREE hands-on, brains-on expo open to students, families, and the community. The Classroom Intensives will be hosted in the Morgridge College of Education. STEMosphere will take place in the Ritchie Center and will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Challenging Racial Disparities in School Discipline Outcomes: Best practices for educating parents and the community

Monday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m. – Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall

This lecture is presented by Pedro Noguera, PhD, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

More information and registration

The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border

Monday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.

Peter Eichstaedt’s new book, The Dangerous Divide, examines the issues surrounding America’s strained frontier with Mexico. He discusses how we got to this point, how our militarized border affects people on both sides, and proposes that rational immigration reform is essential to ending this crisis.


To Russia, With Straight Talk: Media, Culture, and Contemporary Crises

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. – Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium 

Join us for a lecture and reception with Julia Ioffe, Senior Editor of The New Republic. Julia reports on a diverse range of interests – from Russian issues to American politics to journalism – and brings a fresh perspective to media and the multicultural dialogue. She previously served as a Moscow-based correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker.

More information and registration

State of the Wild

Friday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-noon – Colorado State Capitol Building

The sixth mass extinction is underway. One species is the cause. Their suffering and decimation seems to fall on deaf ears. We must start listening. Join DU’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection for a one-day symposium and half-day peaceful demonstration.


Lessons Learned: Leadership Mistakes and Triumphs of a Garage Philanthropist

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

Douglas Jackson is President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., the world’s largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment. With a team of 15,000 yearly volunteers, they have changed lives in 132 countries. Learn more about the challenges of building and sustaining such a huge and impactful operation.


Humanitarian Crisis in Immigration

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m. - Sie Cheou-Kang Center, room 150

Join us for a timely discussion regarding the large number of children detained at the U.S. border and threatened with deportation after the dangerous journey fleeing their countries. Six panelists from multiple DU academic departments will share their expertise on the driving factors behind the influx of children, and the ongoing work to address the issue of immigrant rights within academic, legal and social justice realms. Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Galemba, International Studies
  • Lisa Graybill, Sturm College of Law
  • Lynn Holland, International Studies
  • Christopher Lasch, Sturm College of Law
  • Zulema Lopez, Language & Literatures
  • Michelle Moran-Taylor, Geography & the Environment

Sponsored by the Korbel Latin American Center, Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and Latino Law Association (LLSA)

Registration is open for 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!


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 ho 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

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.