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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Faculty Lecture Series


The Faculty Lecture Series showcases the work being pioneered by Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at the University of Denver. Each month, faculty members share their current research or present recently published works. These stimulating lectures are free. We will provide light refreshments.

Lectures are held the first Thursday of the month
Reception starts at 4:00 p.m.; lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.
Free. Light refreshments provided.

Register below (scroll to the bottom for full lecture descriptions)

University of Denver
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
2150 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
Need assistance? Call 303-871-2425

The April 4 lecture presented by Jing Sun has been rescheduled for May 2. The May 2 lecture presented by Elizabeth Escobedo has been cancelled. Please join us on May 16 for the Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture.

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Project DU F.I.L.M.: The Art of Collaborative Filmmaking

Presented by Sheila Schroeder, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

We've known for years that the film and television industries have not been a welcome place for women, people of color, and the queer community but until recently little has been done to change this. Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking Mentors) started in 2014 with a goal to transform the face of filmmaking by bringing together faculty, students and alumni experts to make short films. In this talk, we will examine how this model has evolved using examples from two completed films, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day (2015) and Scary Lucy (2018).

Measuring Inequality: How We Do It Matters, but There Is No Right Way to Do It

Presented by Markus Schneider, associate professor of economics
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

In 2014, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century put inequality back in focus as both a key issue of public debate and academic research. Insights brought to light by the work of Piketty and his collaborators became apparent due to a change in how inequality was being measured. Debates about how to assess inequality in a distribution are not new, however, nor has recent work settled them. This talk will compare different ways of measuring inequality, and what they reveal—or hide—about the evolution of the distribution of income.

On Sex, Class, and Death...

Presented by Frédérique Chevillot, professor of French
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

This talk will concentrate on the works of three contemporary French female authors—Françoise Rey, Annie Ernaux, and Hélène Cixous, all born before 1951, and all still writing today. Each has devoted her literary oeuvre to a very specific aspect of women's life experiences. For Rey, it has been the writing of erotica through humor and compassion. For Ernaux, it is coming to terms with class and gender through literature. For Cixous, it is remaining in dialogue with the dead through writing. This talk will shed light on the ways in which the three authors tell us the stories of our lives, when they are apparently writing about their own.

Fractured Reflections: Synthesizing Art, Science, and Politics

Presented by Laleh Mehran, professor of emergent digital practices, Stapleton Award recipient
Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

We live in an era in which some speech is increasingly censored—often with the most extreme consequences for the speaker. As such, Mehran synthesizes art, science, and politics as a platform to express critical viewpoints. The outcomes of her research are manifest as experiential artworks veiled in metaphors and symbolism.


Panel discussion with Professors Ashley Hamilton (theatre); Juan Carlos Lopez (economics); Dean Saitta (anthropology); and Thomas Nail (philosophy)
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

From rehabilitation through theatre to urban development and economics, a multi-disciplinary panel of faculty experts will draw from their areas of expertise to discuss concepts, ideas, and practical solutions for how society or individuals go about "rebuilding" after environmental, political, financial, social or economic disasters.

RESCHEDULED - Getting China Wrong: Xi Jinping's Rise and Future of China-West Relations

Presented by Jing Sun, associate professor of political science
CANCELLED: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

RESCHEDULED FOR: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

With China's national legislature lifting presidential term limit, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has already been viewed by many as the most powerful man in the world, is set to rule the country indefinitely. This lecture will examine China's democratic backsliding, and what this means to the West as it navigates a proper strategy in dealing with this forthcoming superpower.

CANCELLED - "Las WACs": Puerto Rican Women and the World War II U.S. Military

Presented by Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor of history
CANCELLED: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

This event has been cancelled. Please join us for our Livingston Lecture and Alumni Reception on Thursday, May 16, 2019.