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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.

Visual Trips: The Psychedelic Poster Movement in San Francisco

This Wes Wilson poster for a 1967 Jefferson Airplane/ Quicksilver Messenger Service concert is among the pieces on display in the “Visual Trips” exhibit. Collection of David Tippit; photo by William O’ConnorExhibit runs through Nov. 16, 2014

Vicki Myhren Gallery

Over 200 original drawings, photographs, mechanical drawings, acetate sheets and posters will be feature in a rich visual array chronicling the artistic technique behind the psychedelic imagery. The exhibition is curated by the University of Denver’s own Dr. Scott Montgomery and showcases his recent research illustrating how artists defined the visual component of the psychedelic scene as it unfolded. Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson and Lee Conklin are among the leading artists featured.




Anne Evans: An Early Leader in the Cultural History of Colorado

Tuesday, Oct. 21, noon – The Loft, Anderson Academic Commons

From 1893 to 1940, Anne Evans was an influential and effective leader in Colorado's major cultural institutions: the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library, the creation of Mayor Speer's new Civic Center, the restoration of Central City's Opera House and the initiation of its summer festival.


Juvenile Justice in the Americas

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. – Ricketson Law Building, room 165

Please join the Sturm College of Law in welcoming Ms. Rosa Maria Ortiz, IACHR commissioner and special rapporteur on the Right of the Child, for a lecture and public hearing on juvenile justice in Colorado and the Americas.


Sesquicentennial Conversations: A Conversation about Sand Creek

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. – Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

This is the sesquicentennial year not just of DU’s founding, but also of the Sand Creek Massacre, the bloodiest chapter in Colorado’s history. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Ari Kelman, author of the award-winning book A Misplaced Massacre.


AHSS Salon
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific: WWII, the Quest for Social Justice, and the American Musical

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the descendants of Jewish immigrants, wrote some of the most enduring and beautiful songs in American theater. But their musicals also opened a new door that revealed that Broadway shows could take on serious issues that were related to social and political themes. When South Pacific opened in 1948, there were very emotional feelings about WWII, and minorities in America were still subject to discrimination. Learn about the story behind the musical and its impact on American society.


Fall Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3-6 p.m. – Gates Field House

Network with employers and alumni, learn more about local and national companies and industry hiring trends, and find internship and job opportunities at our career and internship fairs.


Coping with Change in Higher Education: The Growing Strategic Role of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Friday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – Ruffatto Hall Commons

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) is pleased to present this campus talk presented by Barbara Holland, co-sponsored by Morgridge College of Education. Holland is a professor, researcher and consultant recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a focus on the institutionalization of community engagement.


Counterpoints: Hydraulic Fracturing

fracturingThursday, Oct. 23, 4-5:30 p.m. – Craig Hall community room

Join the Institute for Public Policy Studies for a panel discussion on balancing responsible policy, the environment and local control regarding hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.


Coping with Change in Higher Education: The Growing Strategic Role of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Friday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – Ruffatto Hall Commons

Barbara Holland is a professor, researcher and consultant recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a focus on the institutionalization of community engagement.


Voices: A Night of Community, Love and Empowerment

Saturday, Oct. 25, 4-9 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room

Featuring workshops, performances, artwork and music inspired by survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Department of Theatre:  Ghost Radio and Ashes

Sunday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. – Black Box Theatre, Johnson-McFarlane Hall

Ashes & Ghost Radio

A staged reading of two new plays, Ghost Radio and Ashes. In Ghost Radio, two years after the loss of his wife, Allen Tate isolates himself in the attic where he toys with an amateur radio. When he begins to talk to the voice of a mysterious woman, his daughter Freddie starts to question his motivations. In Ashes, Evelyn treats only the rarest types of animals: those that do not exist. Now, her reality is starting to fall apart at the seams.
Free Admission.  No reservations required.  

OUTPOST: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
A Memoir by Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Outpost book coverMonday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons

Ambassador Hill will reflect on his 33-year career in the State Department and how this experience has influenced his role as dean of the Josef Korbel School. Dean Hill will sign copies of his book at the conclusion of his talk. To facilitate the signing process, the DU Bookstore will sell books at the event beginning at 5 p.m. and will extend a 10 percent discount on the purchase price.


Enrichment course
The Biology of Aging

David PattersonMonday, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m.

Increased age is the most significant risk factor for many health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, frailty, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Biologist David Patterson discusses the consequences of aging for human health and whether it’s possible to delay aging and extend “healthspan,” as well as lifespan.

Faculty and staff use code EPZone to save 20 percent on registration.


Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. – Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Marke Mothersbaugh has been making art since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s. Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia opens Oct. 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver; join us for a conversation with Mothersbaug and Adam Lerner, director and chief animator for MCA. No registration required.

Creative Writing program Coffee & Conversation series with TC Tolbert

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 479

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), Conditions/Conditioning, I: Not He: Not I, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, spirare and territories of folding, his favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive).

Improving the Life Chances of Low-Income Mothers and Children with Prenatal and Infant Home Visiting by Nurses

Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. – Craig Hall Community Room

Join us for a lecture by David L. Olds, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Nursing and Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health at the University of Colorado – Denver.


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

Half the Sky Fair

Half the Sky fair logo Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Colorado Women’s College

Just in time to kick off the gift-giving season, the fifth annual Half the Sky Fair offers food, entertainment and the opportunity to "shop 'til you drop" as you learn about and support organizations focused on the empowerment of women around the world. The Fair will feature philanthropic exhibitors and fair trade vendors in the International Market. The Silent Auction will feature unique and valuable gifts and services generously donated by both individuals and businesses committed to the advancement of women and girls. Entry to The Fair is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit


Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll Green

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at PioneerFest, DU’s free afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from the Lamont Alumni Jazz Jam and DJ West, and local fare from Denver’s popular food truck community. Be sure to wear your crimson and gold and show off your Pioneer pride! 

The Freud/Ferenczi Letters: A Staged Reading of Selected Letters

Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-6 p.m. – Community Room, Craig Hall

Four prominent clinicians will enact a staged reading of selected letters from a remarkable correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi. This dramatic reading highlights the history of the founders of "the talking cure.” After the staged reading and a discussion led by a moderator, there will be a social hour with food and drink.


Bridges to the Future
Smart Publishing: Newspapers Learn to Adapt and Coexist in the Digital Age

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

In academic year 2014-15, Bridges to the Future is exploring the cultural shift of the digital revolution on multiple facets of our daily lives. Everything from where we get our news to our sense of community is evolving. Are we directing technology or is it directing us?


The United States and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: a talk by John Noyes

Thursday, Nov. 6, noon – Ricketson Law Building, room 125

Republican and Democratic Presidents, the U.S. military, leaders of industry and environmentalists have pushed for U.S. acceptance of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. Yet the United States remains a non-party. Please join the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law as we welcome Professor John Noyes of the California Western School of Law as he explores the current legal position of the United States with respect to Law of the Sea Convention provisions and discusses historical trends that help explain why U.S. acceptance of the Convention remains controversial.


Save the Date: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Sunday, Nov. 16  – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m.
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St. at 4 p.m.

An appetizer buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. A registration link will be sent out on Oct. 28 along with additional information about the event. Hosted by Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation. Please call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.

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.