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Kimberly Kindy receives Anvil of Freedom Award from Lynn Schofield Clark and members of the Ed Estlow family.

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BlacKkKlansman Screening and Q&A with Screenwriter Kevin Willmott

Spike Lee's Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman (2018) tells the real-life story of Ron Stallworth who was the Colorado Springs police department's first African-American detective in the 1970s.

Professor Kevin Willmott, one of the screenwriters for BlacKkKlansman and Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, will host a special screening of BlacKkKlansman, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

What: A Special Film Screening and Q&A with Screenwriter Kevin Willmott
Where: Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
            2000 E. Asbury Ave.
            Denver, CO 80210
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception
          6:00 p.m. Screening, followed by Q&A

This is a Marsico-funded event.

Click here to RSVP . Contact Emily Kintigh with questions at [email protected] or 303-871-2166.

Planning the Denver Migrahack

Join the Departments of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Emergent Digital Practices, and Sociology & Criminology for the kickoff to Migrahack Denver, coming in Fall 2019.

This April we will collect minds from across campus to begin the planning process for Denver's Migrahack in the hopes of creating a truly collaborative event later this fall.

We are proud to feature Dr. Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, organizer of the Arizona Migrahack, who will participate in our planning sessions and lead several talks about her work on the Arizona effort.

Learn more by attending one of our open events:

What: Planning the Denver Migrahack: a Lunch and Learn 
Where: ECS 510
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

What: Planning the Denver Migrahack: Data Science Seminar 
Where: ECS TBD
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

What: Planning the Denver Migrahack: A Master Class with Dr. Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante
Where: SH 453
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This is a Marsico-funded event. 

Click here to RSVP to any of the Planning the Denver Migrahack events. Contact Emily Kintigh with questions at [email protected] or 303-871-2166. 

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.