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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.




Department of Theatre presents: The Nina Variations

Nina VariationsOct. 15-18, 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 19, 2 p.m. – White Box Theatre, Johnson-McFarlane Hall

A funny, haunting and beautifully-crafted tribute to Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Two young lovers in a room are forced to say what they really feel about each other, over and over again. Nina, an actress, and Treplev, a writer, experiment with adoring, delighting, betraying and rejecting each other throughout 44 scenes. $10 tickets; visit or call 303-871-7720.  

Enrichment Course
An Evening with Award-Winning Author Gary Shteyngart

Friday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

Lecture by Gary Shteyngart, critically acclaimed and bestselling author, followed by audience Q&A and book signing.  Registration is required and includes the new edition of Shteyngart’s memoir, Little Failure.

More information and registration

Enrichment Course
The true-crime story of Neveah Gallegos

Monday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.

Harlan Abrahams, author of Neveah and the Angel of Death: One City’s Quest to Bring a Child Killer to Justice, discusses this Denver-based, true-crime story and the efforts of Denver’s justice community to combat child abuse and domestic violence. Faculty and staff use code EPZone to save 20 percent on registration.


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. More

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. More

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.


Enrichment course
The Biology of Aging

Monday, 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.

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

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? More

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.