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Estlow Family and 2020 Anvil of Freedom Honoree

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University Update Regarding Events on Campus

The CDC has recommended that all events with 50 or more participants should be cancelled for a period of at least eight weeks, resuming no earlier than May 10.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are implementing new event restrictions in accordance with CDC guidance.

  • No new events should be planned and events with 50 or more participants should be cancelled.
  • Advancement has cancelled all planned events through April 10.
  • Undergraduate and graduate admissions will not be hosting large events for the foreseeable future. In addition, all admission visit programs will be cancelled until at least April 10.
  • Lamont concerts and events have been cancelled through April 30.
  • Newman Center events are cancelled or postponed through April 30.
  • The NCAA has cancelled the rest of the winter and spring seasons.
  • We have cancelled club and intramural sports as well.
  • Inauguration has been postponed until the fall.
  • Decisions regarding Commencement to come.
  • Alumni Weekend activities from May 14-16 have been postponed.

Events Calendar

We regularly provide events, seminars, workshops and lectures for our students, faculty, alumni and the broader DU community. 


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

2019 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.