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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 Opening Reception

Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-8 p.m. – Vicki Myhren Gallery

Please join the staff of the Vicki Myhren Gallery to kick off the final exhibition celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the University of Denver in style. Psychedelic music will be provided by Bill Pohl and colorful drinks and light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to everyone.

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.

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.


Department of Creative Writing hosts Fred Moten

Public talk and Q&A: Monday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 454

Reading: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 451

Fred Moten, recently shortlisted for the National Book Award for THE FEEL TRIO (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), is a professor of English at the University of California—Riverside and the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. Moten was recognized as one of ten “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America. 

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)

Sesquicentennial Conversations: The Centennial State and Two American Revolutions

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

Join us for the first of this two-part lecture series presented by the Department of History and the Office of the Provost, featuring Elliott West. Coloradoans will think of their state as born from two great revolutions. The American Revolution we usually remember and celebrate was in the East. In it we declared our independence from England and created a new nation. But there was another American Revolution during those years. It unfolded in the West, among Indian peoples on the Great Plains and in the Rocky Mountains. Like the one we know so well, it led its peoples into lives of new hopes and grand possibilites. Colorado was born when those revolutions converged and collided with a mixed legacy for those who live in the Centennial State.


An Evening with Bestselling Author Garth Stein

Sunday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Presentation by Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, followed by audience Q&A and book signing. Registration is required and includes Stein’s latest novel, A Sudden Light.

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Voices of Experience: Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Kip Tindell will be discussing topics from his new book,Uncontainable – How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives. The Container Store is repeatedly awarded one of the best places to work so he will also be discussing culture and talent development. 


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.

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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.