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Guest artist—Dan Goble, saxophone

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.—Hamilton Recital Hall
Dr. Goble is director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University, and performed with the New York Philharmonic for more than 16 years. Purchase tickets for $10; parking is free. More

New exhibition at Vicki Myhren Gallery Sept. 29-Nov. 13

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m.—opening event
The Vicki Myhren Gallery fall exhibition "The Wall/La Pared: Immigration and Identity," explores "the wall" as a contested metaphor, redefining its meaning in the context of our current political climate. The gallery offers a space for artists with direct links to immigration to explore their identities, to react to the wall, or leave it behind. Curated by Jeffrey Keith in partnership with Maruca Salazar and Museo De Las Americas, it features work by Jack Avila, Mario Zoots, Josiah Lopez, Alicia Cardenas, Leo Rivera, Miguel Tarango, Antonia Fernandez, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Daniel Salazar, and Mark Bueno.

Community Organizing Institute

Friday, Sept. 30 –noon-6 p.m.—Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
Join the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning for this workshop that will equip participants with tools to effectively bring about social change. Community organizing topics covered include: privilege and oppression, identities, self-interest, collective self-interest, power, one-to-one interviews, and planning and implementing a public action plan. The institute features innovative, small-group activities as well as large-group discussion. The event is free to all DU faculty, staff and students. Lunch provided. Contact for more information. Register

Meydan: Middle East Film Series at DU–screening of Winter of Discontent and discussion led by Joel Gordon

Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater
The screening and discussion are free and open to the public. View the film trailer, and get more information. The event is sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies.

Turkey After the Coup Attempt: Costly Domestic Consequences and International Challenges

Tuesday, Oct. 4, noon—Maglione Hall, Sie International Relations Complex
Hear a lecture given by Turkish scholar Henri Barkey and a response from Joseph Szyliowicz. Lunch will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and WorldDenver, and is free and open to the public. More

Rise of the Rest—Celebrating American Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3-8 p.m.—Denver City Hall, 1144 Broadway
Everyone is invited to join Dean JB Holston and Project X-ITE Executive Director Erik Mitisek at Rise of the Rest. Project X-ITE is the community sponsor for this event, featuring Steve Case, founder of AOL and co-founder of Revolution. Case will be in Denver visiting entrepreneurs and hosting a pitch competition. The event is free and open to the public, and include an open bar and a special performance by the Gin Doctors, Denver's favorite 90s cover band. Please be sure to RSVP and spread the word.

One Lecture One DU—Native American Artistic Irony

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
All students, faculty and staff are invited to join in an evening with Dr. Gerald Vizenor devoted to the oral narrative themes set forth in the 2016 One Book, The Truth About Stories. Native American earthdiver stories are communal scenes, a creative totemic union of stories, totems, participants and readers, and rightly the stories are never the same. The trickster conceives a new world on the back of a turtle, and the creation is artistic irony. More

Visiting scholar Dr. Jack Halberstam speaks on Trans*: Bodies and Power in the Age of Transgenderism

Thursday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
Jack Halberstam–whose books on queer theory and pop culture include Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal; Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters; and The Queer Art of Failure–will be giving a campuswide talk on his current research. This talk investigates desires, orientations, experiences of the gendered body that are nestled within the elliptical modes of address that stretch between what can be said, what can be thought and what feels possible if not probable. The entire DU community is invited to attend this event.

Talking About Torture: U.S. Politics and the Debate about "Enhanced Interrogation"

Thursday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. (reception); 4:30 p.m. (lecture presented by Jared Del Rosso, assistant professor of sociology)—Anderson Academic Commons, special events room 290
Nearly all U.S. politicians agree that the country should not torture. And yet, "enhanced interrogation" techniques such as waterboarding remain hotly contested in U.S. politics. At this lecture, we'll explore how historical views of torture shape the contemporary debate about enhanced interrogation. We'll also scrutinize the arguments for and against enhanced techniques in order to understand ongoing controversies about these practices. Light refreshments provided. Register

Indigenous Film and Arts Festival film screening

Friday, Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m.—Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall 248
The Museum of Anthropology presents "Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution," directed by Inuk Silis Høegh. From 1973 to 1976, the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums and changed the history of Greenland. The group's political songs were the first to be recorded in the Greenlandic language–a language that prior to Sumé did not have words for "revolution" or "oppression." (Ánorâk Film, 2014, 73 min.) For more information or to make special accommodations, please call 303-871-2687 or email

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Conversation with Former Ambassador Gary Grappo

Monday, Oct. 10, 7–9 p.m.
The Obama administration's policy in the Middle East has been both roundly condemned and praised simultaneously for action and inaction. What should the next U.S. administration do amidst such apparent breakdown and chaos? What are America's interests? And how should Americans view the challenges of the Middle East along with other major foreign policy challenges, including the future of Europe and NATO, China's rise, and transnational problems such as refugees, climate change and human trafficking? Discuss the issues with former Ambassador Gary Grappo, a distinguished fellow at the Center for Middle East Studies at DU's Korbel School of International Studies. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

World premiere of Ode to Nature, a dance oratorio performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra

Monday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.—Gates Concert Hall
Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.—Gates Concert Hall
The Lamont Symphony Orchestra performs the world premiere of Ode to Nature–a first-of-its-kind dance oratorio composed by Beijing's Jiaojiao Zhou–ombining the symphony with dancers, instrumental and vocal soloists, extravagant costumes, theatrical art direction and video projection. Purchase tickets or get more information.

From Healthcare to Marijuana: The Highly Political Legislative Process

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7–9 p.m.
The passing of Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana use in Colorado, prompted a complicated and unprecedented legislative process. Controversial health care legislation continues to evolve. With an emphasis on health care and marijuana regulations, examine the legislative process with Maureen West, former 15-year Colorado assistant attorney general. Who drives legislation? Why is it so political? How can you as a citizen exert an impact? Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Save the Date: Crimson Cup golf tournament

Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.—Highlands Ranch Golf Club
Save the date for the Crimson Cup golf tournament. The event is open to DU alumni, staff and faculty and promises to be a great afternoon of golf with members of the DU community.


Project X-ITE Speaker Series: Funding for Startups

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater
Please join us for an informative panel discussion on the ins and outs, success and failures of venture capital funding for startups. Featuring Will Ford, president and co-founder of LaunchBoom; Sue Heilbronner, CEO and co-founder of MergeLane; Kirk Holland, managing director, Access Venture Partners; Ryan Kirkpatrick, partner, Colorado Impact Fund; moderated by Michael Myers, teaching assistant professor, Daniels College of Business and founder of CRUCES. A reception will immediately follow. Space is limited; registration is recommended. RSVP

Democracy, Civility, and the Elections of 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.
With reference back to the presidential election of 1800—perhaps the meanest, most uncivil election in American history—professor of ethics Buie Seawell addresses the political season of 2016. Now is a time to be reminded that the ship of state has weathered a similar tempest and found safe harbor when most feared all was lost. After all, the president elected in 1800 was Thomas Jefferson. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Sunday on the Rocks, a staged reading (written by Theresa Rebeck)

Friday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.–Byron Theatre (inside Newman Center for the Performing Arts)
A stressful Sunday morning and a bottle of scotch have four roommates laughing, arguing, crying and bonding. Each of the women is in the midst of some sort of crisis or confusion that has them in desperate need of each other's companionship. Free admission; more info

RSECS & NSM STEM Distinguished Lecture with Laurie Leshin

Monday, Sept. 26, 2:30-4 p.m.—new RSECS building, 2155 E. Wesley Ave., 5th floor
Please join Deans JB Holston and Andre Kutateladze at a lecture by Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's 16th president. Leshin has over 20 years of experience as a leader in academia and government service, and an accomplished record as a space scientist. The STEM Distinguished Lecture Series is a new initiative supported by The Daniel F. Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Please RSVP

Author event-Dr. Bruce Dickson-hosted by Center for China-U.S. Cooperation

Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon-1 p.m.—SIE Complex-5th floor
Dickson, George Washington University, will be speaking about his book The Dictator's Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival. More info; please RSVP by Sept. 26.

The Ved Nanda Center honors M. Cherif Bassiouni with the 2016 Cox Price Award for Human Rights

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.—Ricketson Law Building
Join the Nanda Center at the Sturm College of Law for the 2016 Cox Price Lecture by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni on "Challenges Facing International Criminal Law," with an award reception to follow. Register

The college affordability crisis: What does it all mean?

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m.
Is free tuition possible? Has student debt become insurmountable? Is lack of affordability cutting off access and opportunity to higher education? What are the obligations of state and federal government? Discern the politics from the reality with DU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, John Gudvangen, a 30-year veteran of higher education, including Colorado College and Connecticut's Wesleyan University. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Community Organizing Institute

Friday, Sept. 30 –noon-6 p.m.—Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
Join the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning for this workshop that will equip participants with tools to effectively bring about social change. Community organizing topics covered include: privilege and oppression, identities, self-interest, collective self-interest, power, one-to-one interviews, and planning and implementing a public action plan. The institute features innovative, small-group activities as well as large-group discussion. The event is free to all DU faculty, staff and students. Lunch provided. Contact for more information. Register

Income and wealth inequality, and the 2016 presidential race

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m.
Growing economic inequality has become an important topic in U.S. politics. What does the data actually say? Who's winning, who's losing and why? Assistant Professor of economics Markus Schneider reviews the distributions of U.S. (and global) income and wealth based on the most current research, including his own, and relates it to the proposed policies of the main presidential candidates. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Museum of Anthropology exhibit: Tsitsistas: Our Cheyenne Family

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (opening reception)—Sturm hall 102
Southern Cheyenne artist George Curtis Levi will present a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Levi's ledger drawing, beadwork and parfleche tell stories of where the Cheyenne come from, where they are today and where they are going in the future. This exhibit is presented as part of the 13th annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival, and runs Oct. 6 through Nov. 23. More info and to confirm gallery hours

Join DU's team on the Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:15 a.m.—Denver City Park
The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA) at DU is proud to announce our first team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's disease. Every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the USA, which results in more than 15 million caregivers losing work time, free time, and eventually their loved one. We hope that you will register to join the DU Pioneer Team to walk and/or raise money for families affected by this terrible disease.

Guest artist on campus: Guy Mendilow Ensemble (two events)

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater (One Book, One DU community lecture)
Friday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.—Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center (Tales from a Forgotten Kingdom performance)
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble, an award-winning sextet of world-class musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S., come to campus to participate in a community lecture (open to the public) on "Myths, Lies and Truths: Romanticizing Traditional Culture," followed the next day by a performance free to DU students, faculty and staff. Get tickets required for Sept. 23; complimentary parking. More

putin's russia: the erosion of civil society

Wednesday, Sept. 7, noon-1 p.m.—Ricketson Law Building, LAW 165
Nanda Center Lunchtime Lecture Series presents Dr. Mark G. Pomar, internationally-recognized authority in civil society, higher education and the impact of rule-of-law in the Russian Federation (USRF). More information

Health Disparities in Denver project

Sept. 8-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.—2467 S. Vine (former DU Central Receiving building)
Free event for DU students, faculty and staff to learn about the social determinants of health and how these obstacles can lead to health disparities and compromised health outcomes. Details and registration. Lunch will be provided.

Soul and Role dialogue

Thursday, Sept. 15, noon-1 p.m.—Nagel Hall, room 102
Join a circle of DU faculty and staff to explore ways that our work can sometimes force a disconnect between who we are at our core and our roles in academia. More information

4.48 psychosis play presented by pipedream productions

Now-Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.--JMAC Studios Black Box

A group of DU theatre alumni and current students have created a theatre company, Pipedream Productions. They are currently putting on the show "4.48 PSYCHOSIS," written by Sarah Kane, which deals with themes of depression and mental health awareness. They hope to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and are taking donations for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado at each performance. Purchase tickets and get more information

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East—Lessons for the Next President

Tuesday, Sept. 13, noon—Sie Complex, Maglione Hall, 5th floor
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Korbel School panel discussion featuring Korbel Dean Christopher Hill, Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor, Erica Chenoweth, professor and associate dean for research, and Tom Farer, professor and former dean of the Korbel School. More

Distinguished Alumni Lecture with Dr. Lucas Stefan Kumosa

Tuesday Aug. 23, noon—Olin Hall, room 205
DU alum Lucas Kumosa will present a lecture on his current research on Biocompatibility of Long-Term Implantable Biomedical Devices. Kumosa completed his undergraduate training in biological sciences at the University of Denver in 2001. Currently, Kumosa is a postdoctoral scholar at the Neuronano Research Center, Lund University, Sweden, investigating the biocompatibility of novel brain/computer interface materials, designs and implantation techniques. Event is hosted by the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and the National Science Foundation Industry University Cooperative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/High Temperature Materials and Structures.

Project X-ITE Fireside Chat with Dan Caruso, Steven Kaplan and Dean JB Holston

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Please join Project X-ITE for an intimate fireside chat and networking reception. The evening will feature three successful builders of entrepreneurial eco-systems, as they discuss the challenges of growing innovation and explore the unique environments of the Chicago and Colorado startup and scale-up communities. Dan Caruso is chairman and CEO of Zayo Group; Steven Kaplan is Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and JB Holston is dean of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver. Please register (required)

Seventh Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: Ray McLellan

Sunday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.–Williams Carillon (rain or shine)
Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening! For this concert, DU welcomes Ray McLellan, carillonneur from Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich. Concerts continue alternate Sundays through Aug. 28; see the full schedule.

X-ITE Speaker Series: Women of Innovation

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5:15 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater
Join us for happy hour and networking, and stay for a lively panel discussion that will explore the unique challenges and successes of three extraordinary women who exemplify innovation in their fields: Nancy Phillips, CEO—ViaWest, Lucy Sanders, CEO—National Center for Women & Information Technology and Colleen Abdoulah—former president & CEO, WOW Internet & Cable. This discussion will explore what it takes not only to excel, but to thrive in the innovation environment today. The discussion will be hosted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. Register

Seventh Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: Carolyn Bolden

Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m.–Williams Carillon (rain or shine)
Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening! Concerts continue alternate Sundays through Aug. 28; see the full schedule.

Appreciative Living Circle

Are you interested in having a more positive outlook? Come learn more about Appreciative Inquiry and join an Appreciative Living Circle on campus next month. It's not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. It's about taking responsibility for the life we have created and for the one we desire. This is a four-week program beginning Aug. 4 or 5 and ending Aug. 25 or 26, from noon-1:30 p.m. Note that you can sign up for either the Thursday or Friday four-week session; contact Gary Brower with questions or to sign up. No cost to DU participants, although you will need to acquire a textbook. This is not a religiously- or faith-based program, but is easily adaptable to anyone's belief system. Get more information about Appreciative Living here.

Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild exhibit currently on display

The exhibit Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild is on display through November 2016 on the upper level of the Anderson Academic Commons.

This exhibit explores the history and impact of the Denver Civic Ballet, Denver's first semi-professional ballet company, and its support organization, the Denver Civic Ballet Guild. The company hosted world-renowned artistic directors and guest artists from the American Ballet Theatre and other international companies, bringing the sophistication of professional ballet to Denver for the first time. Though the company folded in 1979 after 21 years of performances, it was a launching pad for dance notables who have had a lasting impact on dance, and are profiled in the exhibit. The guild continues today as the Denver Ballet Guild.

Visit the current exhibits site for more information.

Brain Rounds: New monthly lecture series from the Center for Professional Development

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, 12-1 p.m., Ruffatto Hall
Thought leaders in neurology, psychology, biology, neuroscience and more will be delivering interdisciplinary lectures in this monthly series called Brain Rounds. Events are free and open to the public. For psychologists attending, DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology is offering continuing education credit for $20. For registration and questions, please contact or 303-871-4161.