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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver Eighteenth Annual Korbel Dinner


University of Denver Josef Korbel School Hosts 18th Annual Korbel Dinner

Chuck Hagel receives University of Denver Global Security Award 

DENVER—Sept. 8, 2015—The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies tonight honored three individuals who embody the School’s mission of meeting global challenges through practical knowledge and innovative thinking.

The 18th annual Korbel Dinner program opened with remarks by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp presented Secretary Hagel, the evening’s special guest and keynote speaker, with the University of Denver Global Security Award. Speaking of the Korbel School, Hagel said, “Now more than ever, the world needs more practitioners of peace, who are prepared to tackle threats to global security which are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The Korbel School is in the business of training people who will take on the toughest security challenges and make the world a better place.” 

The audience enjoyed the evening’s keynote conversation, an on-stage discussion between Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and Hagel, in which they discussed international policy topics including the Middle East and other current issues.

Hill also presented awards to two community leaders. Jacqueline Hinman, Chairman and CEO of CH2M, received the University of Denver’s International Bridge Builders Award. “Under Jacque’s energetic and visionary leadership, CH2M continues to turn global infrastructure challenges into opportunities for positive change,” said Hill. “The result is a more connected international community.” Hinman commented, “The Korbel School builds global bridges based on mutual respect and understanding. Through teaching tomorrow’s leaders and conducting research dedicated to practical problem-solving, your institution and your people are making a positive and lasting difference in the world.”   

Grant Wilkins, past director of Rotary International and a DU alum (BA '47), received the Korbel School's Humanitarian Award. Hill said, “There is no greater exemplar of humanitarian work than Grant Wilkins. He has devoted his life to improving the human condition.” Wilkins commented, “Advancing world peace and understanding comes from united action and innovative thinking. The Korbel School shares our commitment to finding solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating meaningful and lasting change.”

The annual Korbel Dinner honors Josef Korbel, the first dean and founder of the Josef Korbel School, and is the School's principal fundraising event. The funds raised benefit the School's programs, scholarships and centers, which are designed to serve the School's students and the community at large. Each year, the dinner's program includes an internationally prominent keynote speaker and local honorees who have made a global impact.


Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. The University of Denver ranks among the country's top 100 national universities, and the Institute of International Education ranks it No. 1 among national doctoral and research institutions in the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs. For additional information, visit the University’s Media Relations website, or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.