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2018-2019 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture

Join us in October for the 2018-2019 Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media Anvil of Freedom Lecture. This year the Estlow Center honors Alexander Heffner, journalist, civic educator, author, and host of PBS's "The Open Mind." 

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship
When: Monday, October 1, 2018
Where: The Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290
            The University of Denver
            2150 E. Evans Ave. 
            Denver, CO 80208
Lecture: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, September 24, 2018 at: 2018-2019 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture.

Can't make it to the event? Our partners at Rocky Mountain PBS will host a video of the lecture afterward at

Other Upcoming events

Media That Matters Open House
Monday, Sept. 17
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Foothills Art Gallery, 809 15th Street, Golden
Meet Colorado Independent reporter Tina Griego and Indy publisher Laurie Zeller to learn of the coverage they've got planned for the upcoming election season. Ask questions, give them input on what's worth covering, and join department chair Lynn Schofield Clark for hors d'ouervres and the occasional trivia question for a fun fall evening.

Denver Press Club Ethics Panel
Thursday, Sept. 20
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Metro State University, Tivoli 444

When it comes to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, how much "life" should a journalist share? Should we cleanse our social media accounts when we get a job? Can we march? The panel will feature Lee Peck from the CSU journalism faculty; Susan Greene, editor of the Colorado Independent; and Metro State professor Kip Wotkyns. Contact Professor Shaun Schafer at [email protected] for details.

DU Grand Challenges Kick Off
Thursday, Sept. 20
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
AAC 290

Enjoy light refreshments while networking and explore aspirations for increasing economic opportunities in our communities, jump into actions to improve daily living in our communities, and discover programming and funding opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members. Find out more about DU Grand Challenges at

Colorado Media Project: Community Report Out
Monday, Sept. 24
4:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Maglione Hall, Sie Center 5th Floor

What will the future of local news look like in Colorado? Come hear the results of research on which news sources, topics, and formats Coloradans are most interested in - and willing to pay for. Explore prototypes of news delivery innovations designed for and tested in Colorado. Join the discussion on where to go from here.

Project DU F.I.L.M.: The Art of Collaborative Filmmaking –Faculty Lecture by Dr. Sheila Schroeder
Thursday, Oct. 4
4:00 p.m. reception, 4:30 p.m. lecture
AAC 290
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). Register for free at

Events Calendar

We regularly provide events, seminars, workshops and lectures for our students, faculty, alumni and the broader DU community. Check the events page to see what's happening.


Regular Events

Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Award

Each year, the department's Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow Lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award. The honoree is invited to serve as a keynote lecturer at a University-wide event which recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and democracy and also speaks with classes and student groups during his or her visit to campus, thus providing opportunities for deepened learning among students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. The event forges interdisciplinary and cross-institutional connections and enables the University of Denver to serve as host for a fulsome exploration of the state of journalism and its evolving relationship to the democratic self-governance so central to U.S. identity.

The Estlow Lecture began in 1993 and the Anvil of Freedom award was first presented in 1997. The award is given to the Estlow Lecturer in recognition of his or her superior leadership and commitment to ethics, integrity, and democratic freedoms, especially the protection of the First Amendment. In some years, it is also given in conjunction with the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture.

Find out more about this year's honoree

Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer

Beginning in 2015, the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture has been given each year in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine that he co-founded, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His series of news stories exposing controversial U.S. reclamation projects in the Riverton, Wyo., area in 1952 won him that nomination.

Prior to the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Denver School of Communication and the Denver College of Business presented the prestigious Morton Margolin Prize recognizing Distinguished Business Reporting in Colorado from 1980 until 2008. A group of Margolin's friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

Find out about this year's honoree. 

InShort DU Film/Video Showcase

Every spring we showcase the final projects of students in our experimental or documentary film sequences. These screenings are free and open to the public and are a great chance to see the creative work of our film studies and production students

2016 InShort DU Film/Video Showcase (and past productions)

Marsico Visiting Scholars Program

Throughout the year, faculty coordinate special lectures and workshops in cooperation with the University's Marsico Visiting Scholars Program. This program allows MFJS faculty to bring to campus guests with specialized background in topics of interest to our students. Watch the Upcoming Departmental Events page for details.