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Racist and Anti-racist Humor: From Brownface to Chicano Political Cartoons

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.—Su Teatro Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Join the Graduate School of Social Work in the launch of The Catalyst Series for Social Justice. This first event will focus on the history of racist humor, as well as the push-back against such humor, which created an opening for anti-racist humor and for non-white comics to enter the mainstream. Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and DU sociology professor Raul Perez will engage in an enriching dialogue on the evolution of racist humor since the civil rights era.

Presentation: "Interbasin water transfers and the size of regions: An economic geography example"

Thursday, Feb. 23, 3:45-5 p.m.—Boettcher Auditorium, room 101
The Department of Geography and the Environment Colloquium series present a lecture by Juan Carlos Lopez, assistant professor in the Department of Economics. In this talk, Lopez develops a two-region spatial general equilibrium model to explore the implications of interregional water transfers on household migration and the intraregional distribution of land between urban and agricultural use when there are agglomeration economies in urban production.


Feb. 23-25 and March 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m.—Newman Center, Byron Theatre
Once upon a time, there was a young man who had everything, lost it, and went on an amazing search. Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of adventure and romance, heartbreak and separation, loss and resurrection, leads us to unexpected magic, discovery and joy. Opening weekend (Feb. 23, 24 and 25) tickets are $5; all other tickets are $10. Purchase tickets

"International Law in a Time of Change"–presented by the Nanda Center

Friday, Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (reception to follow)–Ricketson Law Building, room 165
The Nanda Center invites all interested students, faculty, staff and community members to any and all of the sessions and distinguished lectures being presented at this year's American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) Midwestern Regional Conference. Leading legal scholars and practitioners will speak on a variety of topics, from arbitration to inter-American human rights, to sustainability and the restatement of the U.S. foreign relations law. This program is free and open to the public; lunch is provided. Learn more and RSVP.

Lamont faculty and guest artist recital

Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.—Newman Center, Hamilton Recital Hall
Recital features recent works by Chris Malloy, Lamont associate professor, and Noriyasu Tanaka, Nagoya University of Arts (Japan) composer. Tickets $10; complimentary parking. Info and tickets

Populist movements in Western Europe in the contemporary era

Monday, Feb. 27, 12:15-1:15 p.m.—Sié Complex, room 1150
The Korbel School of International Studies will be hosting a conversation about the rise of populist movements in Western Europe in the post-Brexit era. Ambassador Christopher Hill, dean of the Korbel School, will be moderating the conversation. Dean Hill was ambassador to South Korea, Macedonia, Poland and Iraq. Also participating in the discussion are Alan Blinken, former ambassador to Belgium from 1993-1997; and Gary Grappo, former ambassador to Oman from 2006-2009. Please email Jane Bucher-McCoy to RSVP or if you have questions. Lunch will be served.


Ash Wednesday services

Wednesday, March 1—Evans Chapel
The schedule of services is noon (Roman Catholic), 4:45 p.m. (Ecumenical) and 9 p.m. (Roman Catholic). Volunteers are needed as readers for the 4:45 p.m. service; contact Chaplain Gary ( if interested.

Health and the Aging Brain

Wednesday, March 1, 7–9 p.m.
Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging Executive Director Lotta Granholm and Assistant Research Professor Daniel Paredes share evidence about how brain chemistry changes as we age and how these changes can impact the formation of new memories, motor functions and mood. Also learn how and why diets high in fats' content can be detrimental to our brains and cognitive abilities. On the bright side, hear about promising research related to physical exercise and brain function integrity, and how taking advantage of the scientific and cultural knowledge allows us to grow healthy and age gracefully, resulting in a better—not just longer—life. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEW17 to save 20 percent on registration.

U.S.-Japan-China Relationship after Trump

Friday, March 3, noon-1:30 p.m.—Sié Complex, first floor room 1150
The Center for China–U.S. Cooperation is excited to host Simon Schuchat, retired U.S. Foreign Service officer with three decades of experience in East Asia and the former Soviet Union. Free and open to the public; lunch provided. Please register by Thursday March 2.

"Of Fire and Water: Making the World and Finding the Human in the Southern Peruvian Andes, AD 1000-1800"

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:45-5 p.m.—Boettcher Auditorium, room 101
The Department of Geography and the Environment Colloquium series present the above lecture by Alex Menaker, PhD candidate at the University of Texas-Austin in the Department of Anthropology.

lamont faculty recital

Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.—Newman Center, Hamilton Recital Hall
Recital features Linda Wang, violin with Stephanie Cheng, piano. Tickets $10; complimentary parking. Info and tickets

Peaceful unification of North and South Korea

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2-5 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor event space
Join Chris Hill, former Korean ambassador and current dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Mike Coffman, U.S. congressman, for a discussion on the peaceful unification of North and South Korea, hosted by the Denver chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council. Learn more and register

"Struggle for the Soul of Iran"—a talk by Laura Secor

Tuesday, Feb. 21, noon-2 p.m.—Sié Complex, room 1020
With more than a decade of experience reporting on, researching and writing about Iran, Laura Secor narrates this unprecedented history as a story of individuals caught up in the slipstream of their time, seizing and wielding ideas powerful enough to shift its course as they wrestle with their country's apparatus of violent repression as well as its rich and often tragic history. Event is free and open to the public; lunch is provided. Learn more

The Muslim Ban: How we got here and where we go next

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium (room 281)
Join the Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Religious Studies for a discussion on the recent executive order banning entry from citizens of seven Muslim-majority states. The implementation of the ban has been riddled with challenges and confusion, resulting in thousands of individuals being caught in a state of limbo regarding their travels to the United States, and in many cases their return to their homes within the U.S. This discussion will feature Assistant Professor Andrea Stanton and CMES Director Nader Hashemi. They'll briefly discuss the political and cultural realities that made the executive order possible, and what we can expect to see next. Event is free and open to the public; learn more.

Nature-deficit Disorder: Get Outdoors!

Monday, Feb. 27, 7–9 p.m.
People are spending more time indoors than at any other point in history and the effects are starting to impact children. Since coining the term Nature-deficit Disorder in 2005, author Richard Louv helped bring awareness to the human costs of our disconnection from nature. Suza Bedient, 25-year senior field instructor with National Outdoor Leadership Schools, discusses the impact of this trend on individuals and society. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEW17 to save 20 percent on registration.

Starving the Beast: Understanding the Decline of State Support and Funding for Higher Education

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-8:30 p.m.—Katherine Ruffatto Hall Commons
The Higher Education Department at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education invites you to engage with higher education leaders regarding the challenges and concerns in the changing landscape of higher education funding, followed by a viewing of the film Starving the Beast. As described by Ellen Wexler at Inside Higher Ed, this film "explores the decline of state funding and the philosophical divide that's caused it: What kind of a good is higher education? What should taxpayers be expected to support?" Light refreshments will be served during the film. Please RSVP

The Center for China–U.S. Cooperation hosts Dr. Aynne Kokas

Tuesday, Feb. 7, noon-1:30 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor, Maglione Hall
Kokas, from the University of Virginia, will speak about her new book Hollywood Made in China. This event is free and open to the public. Food provided. Please register

The Spitfire Grill

Feb. 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.—Newman Center, Byron Studio Theatre
This musical follows a young woman's journey to redemption and how through her perseverance and hope, an entire community can be transformed along with her. Music and book by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley. Tickets are $10; get more information

Lamont Symphony Orchestra concert

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.—Gates Concert Hall
Concert featuring Lawrence Golan, violin, and Matthew Zalkind, cello. Free ticket (required); $5 reserved seating. Complimentary parking. Tickets and more info

Writing Fridays: Weekly writing sessions

10 a.m.-1 p.m.—Anderson Academic Commons 284
IRISE and the Writing Center invite graduate students and faculty to work on–and talk about–articles, dissertations, book chapters, conference proposals, class papers or creative projects. From 10 a.m.-noon: Structured time for writing, conversation and collaboration; noon-1 p.m.: Content will vary from week to week, but will include presentations of works-in-progress; workshops on writing topics facilitated by participants; and time to work individually with Writing Center consultants. Light refreshments will be served, and laptops will be available for use during sessions. Please feel free to bring your own lunch! Let us know you're coming at Walk-ins are also welcome. Email or call 303-871-7431 with questions.

Croquet for a cause

Friday, Feb. 10, 1:30-3:45 p.m.—Centennial Towers Ballroom
No! You don't have to dress up (but you may)! But you can make a difference. Learn to play croquet (more than the backyard variety). Learn, too, about Alzheimer's. And then play croquet with some folks with Alzheimer's! You'll be amazed at the difference you make in their lives, and the difference they will make in yours! No prior croquet experience necessary. All equipment and training provided by Jiminy Wicket. Contact Chaplain Gary for more information.

Patricia Roberts-Miller: "Democracy and the Rhetoric of Demagoguery"

Friday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
The University Writing Program is hosting Patricia Roberts-Miller, University of Texas-Austin, who will present a lecture on her current research, "Democracy and the Rhetoric of Demagoguery." At Texas, Roberts-Miller is professor of rhetoric and writing and director of the University Writing Center. She is the author of numerous articles and three books, most recently Fanatical Schemes: Proslavery Rhetoric and the Tragedy of Consensus and Voices in the Wilderness: The Paradox of the Puritan Public Sphere. The talk is open to members of the DU community; a reception will follow. Please RSVP

soul and role

Thursday, Feb. 16, noon-1 p.m.—Driscoll Student Center North, Fireside Room
Consider joining a circle of faculty and staff interested in exploring the ways that our work can sometimes force a disconnect between who we are at the core of our being (our call to serve others in higher education) and our roles as professionals in academia. We will also share stories of strategies we've learned to foster productive relationships between soul and role in academia. The sessions will be co-led by Chaplain Gary Brower and Professor Paul Michalec (Morgridge College of Education). For more information visit the Soul & Role website or contact Chaplain Gary.

The Center for China–U.S. Cooperation hosts John Pomfret

Friday, Feb. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor, Maglione Hall
John Pomfret, author and Washington Post correspondent, will speak on "The U.S. and China in the Era of Donald Trump." This event is free and open to the public. Food provided. Please register

Chaplain's book discussion: Eboo Patel's Interfaith Leadership: A Primer

Tuesday, Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m.—Driscoll Student Center North, Fireside Room
In this book, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel offers a clear, detailed and practical guide to interfaith leadership, illustrated with compelling examples. Patel explains what interfaith leadership is and explores the core competencies and skills of interfaith leadership, before turning to the issues interfaith leaders face and how they can prepare to solve them.

du off-campus housing fair

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.—Driscoll Bridge
Struggling to find housing? Faculty and staff, in addition to students, can stop by the Off-campus Housing Fair, sponsored by the Office of Housing & Residential Education, to explore rental options, get housing tips and advice, connect with housing resources and enjoy coffee and cookies. Learn more

RSECS lunch & learn series

Thursday, Feb. 2, noon-1 p.m.—Engineering & Computer Science Building, room 410
Please join us for the first in our weekly lunch and learn series. Nathan Sturtevant, associate professor of computer science, will give a lecture on Bidirectional or Unidirectional Search: An Optimal Unifying Algorithm. All lectures are open to the full DU community. Contact for more information or to submit a lecture idea.

Para-Place: An Exploration of the Spaces Betwixt and Between

Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m.—Museum of Anthropology, Sturm Hall 102 (exhibit opening reception)
Para-Place is a collaboration between contemporary artist JD Sell and students from Abraham Lincoln High School. The exhibition serves as a creative platform for important conversations concerning the accelerating social, economic and demographic changes taking place in the city of Denver. Para-Place will feature Polaroid photography and screen-printed infused paintings that explore the in-between spaces of our urban environment, from the unique perspective of Denver teens. More info


Tuesday, Feb. 7, noon-1:30 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor, Maglione Hall
Kokas, from the University of Virginia, will speak about her new book Hollywood Made in China. This event is free and open to the public. Food provided. Please register

Rebel Radio and Historical Memory in El Salvador

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.—Sturm Hall 248
The founder of Radio Venceremos and the current museum director of Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen in San Salvador, El Salvador—Comandante Santiago—will discuss the founding of the underground radio station during the Salvadoran Civil War and his current work on documenting and preserving El Salvador's cultural heritage. A Q&A session with Santiago and DU faculty will immediately follow the lecture. Presented by the Museum of Anthropology.

A Cancer Survivorship Roundtable: Current Issues in the Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients

Thursday, Feb. 9, 6–8 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor, Maglione Hall
Join COPE, the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence, for a conversation about the psychosocial issues that commonly affect cancer survivors as well as their families and caregivers. Hear from a panel of national and local experts in psychosocial oncology, and patients coping with survivorship issues. Among the panelists will be CBS News' correspondent Barry Petersen, four-time Emmy Award winner and author of "Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's." Julia H. Rowland, PhD, director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute, will offer comments. Drinks and appetizers will be served; free parking available. RSVP

Project X-ITE Future of the Professions Summit

Feb. 21-22—Cable Center
The traditional notion of a profession is summarily challenged by the advances and reach of technology. From law and business, to education and engineering, to platforms that have yet to be invented, technology will transform the work of all professionals and reframe the way that expertise is shared and disseminated in society. Join us for an opening keynote on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and continue the dynamic conversation on Feb. 22. Registration, speaker information and more details available here.


Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7–9 p.m.
Denver's growth-related challenges and pressures include population growth, planning for cultural diversity, provision of affordable housing and access to public space. Gather different perspectives on the issues from Professor and Urban Studies Program Director Dean Saitta; Licensed Professional Engineer and recently retired Development Manager for Centre Communities, Steve Prokopiak; and real estate redevelopment consultant and Burns School of Real Estate adjunct faculty, Kyle Cascioli. Generous Q&A time is included. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEW17 to save 20 percent on registration.