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Debt and Deficits: Old Debate, New Urgency

Monday, Oct. 24, 7–9 p.m.
America's debt now nearly equals its GDP and its off-budget debt could be twice the formal national debt. What is the real burden to our children? Can a democracy that freely distributes its nation's bounties make the hard but necessary budgetary decisions to prevent an economic crisis? How is this relevant to the elections? Richard Lamm, co-director of DU's Institute for Public Policy Studies and former Colorado governor, discusses implications and alternatives. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Project X-ITE Speaker Series: Entrepreneurial Impact

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5–8 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater (discussion begins promptly at 5:15 p.m.)
Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo, will join Chancellor Chopp for a riveting discussion on Entrepreneurial Impact. Over the past decades, entrepreneurs and the companies they have founded have generated significant new wealth. Who are the most influential players and institutions? What impact are they having on wealth/income inequality? On society overall? This discussion will frame the global, national and local issues and discuss how Colorado continues to cultivate so many successful entrepreneurs. Please register

Event for parents of teenagers: Beyond Mama Bear

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7-8 p.m.—Sie International Relations Complex, suite 1150
If your life is being disrupted by a teenager (or almost-teenager), have hope! Educator, parent and teen-whisperer Lisa Lane Filholm dispenses frank and funny advice for parents of adolescents. Teenagers are awful—and also vulnerable—but parents who KNOW, PROTECT and HONOR can make a difference (and maybe keep our sanity intact). For more information, call 303-506-0133. More information

International Disaster Psychology–summer internship presentations

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m.—Craig Hall, Community Room
Hear from International Disaster Psychology students who engaged in an eight-week international internship over the summer. Students worked in Bosnia, Nepal, Cambodia, Chile, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Johannesburg, Malawi and the Philippines. Posters and panel presentations will cover the cross-cultural experience of working abroad, professional impact, growth in personal and global awareness and the re-entry process. The event is hosted by the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Register online

The Role of Spirituals in Resistance and Resilience

Thursday, Oct. 27, 4-5:30 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
To commemorate the 185th anniversary of Turner's Rebellion and the United Nations' International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the University Libraries invite you to a community-building event offering a presentation with musical illustrations provided by Art Jones, teaching professor at the Lamont School of Music, and founder of the Spirituals Project. Jones will address the ongoing fight for freedom and the positive energy around collective resistance in our efforts to thwart oppression. Food provided by Kirk's Soul Kitchen. Sponsored by Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the University Libraries. Space is limited, but event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Oct. 23.

Powering Forward: America's Energy Revolution

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7–9 p.m.
Wind, sunlight and other sustainable resources are now the fastest growing energy sources in the U.S. and worldwide, due to the urgent need to prevent climate change. Bill Ritter, director of CSU's Center for the New Energy Economy and former Colorado governor, discusses the future of fossil and renewable fuels and the new ways our planet must think about energy, including U.S. energy-climate policies and politics. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

Finance Forum—The Impact of the Presidential Election on Financial Markets, Investments and Long-Term Investment Planning

Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m.—Joy Burns Center, Tuscan Ballroom
On Nov. 8, we will know who the president will be for the next four years. We will also know the makeup and political mix of the new Congress. While we don't yet know the result of the election, the two choices for president suggest potentially very different policies and consequences for the world of finance and our economy. What can we expect for our financial markets and institutions? What should individuals do with respect to their investments and their long-term investment planning? Join us for a discussion with panelists who have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us understand what might happen next. Register

W.A.N.D. autumn social-cupcakes and coffee

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.—Korbel School, first floor forum
Join the Women's Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (W.A.N.D.) for cupcakes and coffee as we kick off the academic year. Enjoy a break, network with fellow DU staff women and learn more about our group and the work that we do. Please RSVP

Marsico Visiting Scholar presentation: "China's Regional Transformation by High-Speed Rail"

Thursday, Oct. 13, 3:45-5 p.m.—Boettcher Auditorium, room 101
The Department of Geography and the Environment Colloquium series present a lecture by Dr. Anthony Perl, professor of urban studies and political science, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada. High-speed rail (HSR) is transforming China by enabling new forms of urban and regional development. This presentation explores the effects of three approaches to HSR operation on regional economic development changes in China's eastern cities.

Anders Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO, speaking at DU

Monday, Oct. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.—Sie Complex, Maglione Hall (book signing at 1:10 p.m.)
Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark in addition to his role with NATO, will speak on "The Will to Lead: America's Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom." Please register. There is also a dinner, talk and book signing the evening of Oct. 17 at the University Club in downtown Denver. Purchase tickets

Dinner Topics to (Stop) Avoid(ing): "Race, Religion and American Politics These Days"

Monday, Oct. 17, 7–9 p.m.
In order to make sense of the wild political moment we've been witnessing in 2016, we need to understand both changing American demographics and the deeply intersectional aspects of religion, race and class in the U.S., historically and today. Gather insight from Associate Professor of Political Science Nancy Wadsworth, co-editor of Faith and Race in American Political Life. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections-hosted by Center for China-U.S. Cooperation

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5-7:30 p.m.—SIE Complex, 5th floor
Presented in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, this event features a live webcast from Washington, D.C., with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former national security advisor and secretary of state. Presentation by on-site speaker Henry Levine, a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, follows the webcast. More info; please RSVP by Oct. 13.

Film screening: "Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado"

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. (additional time added-bring your lunch); 6:30 p.m. (followed by discussion with filmmakers); 8:30 p.m.—Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
Colorado Women's College and DU Feminist Student Alliance present this documentary film screening featuring a compilation of oral histories from past and current female elected officials. Free but tickets required. More

Informational session on student-faculty partnerships

Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon-1 p.m.—AAC 345
In student-faculty partnerships, students and faculty members work together to study, design, and/or improve some aspect of the learning environment. This year, the OTL will be piloting a program in which faculty members and students form quarter-long partnerships to address the question of how we can create learning environments that engage all students. In addition, we hope to create a learning community of faculty members who are already engaging in different forms of student-faculty partnership work so that we might learn more about how to make these partnerships successful. If you think you might be interested in participating in the pilot or the learning community, or would simply like to learn more about these partnerships in general, please come to the informational session on Oct. 19 at noon (register here). If you are not able to attend but would still like to learn more, please contact

Museum of Anthropology open house

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m.–Museum of Anthropology, Sturm Hall 102
Find out how you can use the collections, gallery and resources of the museum for teaching, research and community projects. You can also see the exhibit Tsitsistas: Our Cheyenne Family, presented in conjunction with the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival and view ethnography and archaeology museum collections. If you cannot attend the open house and want to learn more about the Museum of Anthropology, please contact Dr. Christina Kreps. More info and to confirm gallery hours

Unlocking the Cage film screening with special guest Steven Wise

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.—Ricketson Law Building, room 165
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Register and get more information

Community spotlight: Hope Kids

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.—CCESL suite 18 (Driscoll South)
Join CCESL on as we welcome representatives from Hope Kids for a conversation about their organization and potential collaborations for DU students. The organization supports families who have a child with cancer or a life-threatening medical condition, and collaborations may include research or service-learning opportunities. Following the event, folks are encouraged to join Hope Kids families at the DU Men's Soccer game vs. New Mexico. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to

Soul and Role

Thursday, Oct. 20, noon—Nagel 102
The Soul/Role conversations hosted by DU Campus Chaplain Gary Brower and Morgridge College of Education Professor Paul Michalec are open to all faculty (of any rank) and staff (of any title). The conversations are an invitation to come together as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day-to-day actions. Review the agenda and journaling prompts for the coming month's discussion. For more information, contact Gary Brower.

Register for the Crimson Cup golf tournament

Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.—Highlands Ranch Golf Club
This event is open to DU alumni, staff and faculty and promises to be a great afternoon of golf with members of the DU community. Choose from one of the following options: $80 per individual; $150 per twosome; $300 per foursome. Registration fee includes green fees, cart fees, practice range balls, food and prizes. Online tournament registration ends Wednesday, Oct. 19. Contact Director of Golf Andy Benson ( or 303-471-0000) or Director of Sales Matthew Seems ( with questions.

Japanese Public Opinion and Policy Responses to the Rise of China

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m.—SIE Complex, 1st floor forum room 1020
The Center for China–U.S. Cooperation is pleased to host Dr. Paul Midford. Free and open to the public; please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. 

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.

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

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.