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Events Calendar

The Anderson Academic Commons hosts a number of events throughout the year. Some are sponsored by University Libraries, while others are presented by partners all across campus. This combination results in a variety of eclectic, insightful, and inspiring experiences within the Anderson Academic Commons.

All are welcome to attend the upcoming events listed below. Information about upcoming exhibits can be found on the Current and Upcoming Exhibits page.

For more information about events and exhibits in the Anderson Academic Commons, contact:

Andrea Howland
Community Relations Manager
Anderson Academic Commons, Room 370C
Phone: 303-871-3958

February 2016

University Library Association Lecture, Featuring Lawrence Argent
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 1:30PM-3:00PM
AAC Room 290
Free for University Library Association members; $15 for visitors. Parking and refreshments included.
Lawrence Argent is Professor and Head of Sculpture at the University of Denver’s School of Art & Art History. Argent is known for his multi-media sculptures and indoor and outdoor installations, including “I see what you mean,” aka Denver’s Big Blue Bear. His work blurs the distinction between high art and low art. His non-hierarchical strategy pulls from representation, conceptualism, humor and a jolt of mischief, all designed to make people examine their surroundings, their intentions and their lives. “One experiences Public Art around them and probably never questions the idea of how something so impacting evolved into the manifestation before them.” Join us for Argent’s presentation, From Idea to Reality: The Processes and Machinations Involved in Creating Big Art. Register here.

Sarah PessinCreativeMornings: Professor Sarah Pessin on Ethics
Friday, February 12, 2016, 9:00AM-10:00AM
AAC Room 290
CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, heads to the University Libraries for a talk on the theme of "Ethics," featuring Sarah Pessin, professor in the Department of Philosophy at DU. This is a free, public event, but limited tickets available. Get your ticket at the CreativeMornings website starting on Monday, February 8 at 9:00AM.

SafeTalk: An Open Forum with Campus Safety
Friday, February 12, 2016, 2:00PM-4:00PM
AAC Room 290
The Department of Campus Safety is committed to providing excellent service and resources to the DU community. Please join us for this next installment of our quarterly series, SafeTalk. This event provides DU community members with an open forum to interact with Campus Safety and discuss important safety issues affecting our community.

Wednesday, February 17, 5:00PM
AAC Room 290
Sponsored by the AAC Sustainability Committee, with support from the University's Office of Sustainability, THE GREAT DIVIDE is a 2015 documentary about the history of water in Colorado and the demands on our water supply, with beautiful images of the Rocky Mountain West. Refreshments will be available at 5:00PM, and the movie begins at 5:30PM. At its conclusion around 7:00PM, we will have a facilitated discussion with Gregory Hobbs, Jr., recently retired as a justice in the State Supreme Court and co-director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Sturm College of Law, and Kristin Maharg, director of programs at the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. For more information, see this Denver Post review or this clip from 9News. Please RSVP.

Deadly Ever After: A Graduate Student Event
Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00PM-9:00PM
AAC Room 290
Think you know the true story of Romeo and Juliet? Hone your research skills to discover the truth with a twist! Graduate students are invited to join us for appetizers, prizes and intrigue! Find out which iconic literary character has a dark side...could it be James Bond, Red Riding Hood or Effie Trinket? Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite character (not required). Register here.

March 2016

AHSS Faculty Lecture Series, Featuring M.E. Warlick (Professor, Art History), Jennifer Pap (Assoc. Professor, French), Javier Torre (Assoc. Professor, Spanish), & Diane Waldman (Assoc. Professor, Film Studies)
Surrealism: Four Ways
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4:00PM Reception, 4:30PM Lecture
AAC Room 290
Q: How many Surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: A fish. Professors Pap, Torre, Waldman and Warlick all teach Surrealism in their classes. Discover the various ways in which they approach the literature, art and films of this mid-20th century European movement with its artistic collaborations, explorations of dreams, the unconscious, Freudian psychoanalysis, sexuality and the occult. Visit the AHSS event announcement for more information and to RSVP.

University Library Association Lecture, Featuring Thomas “Dr. Colorado” Noel
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 1:30PM-3:00PM
AAC Room 290
Free for University Library Association members; $15 for visitors. Parking and refreshments included.
Thomas J. Noel is Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation, and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado, Denver. He appears regularly on Denver's Channel 9 as "Dr. Colorado," writes a Sunday Denver Post column, and is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, and his most recent Colorado: A Historical Atlas. Join us for his presentation, Color-oddities, Strangest Things about the Highest State. Register here.

College Local Food Challenge
Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:30AM-5:00PM
Multiple Locations, including AAC Room 290
The Colorado Local Food Challenge, hosted by the DU Center for Sustainability and the Office for Economic Development, is a 1-day confluence of undergraduate and graduate students from Colorado colleges coming together to discuss challenges and opportunities in our food systems. The day will be divided into two parts: Ignite Presentations and a Group Challenge. View the event announcement to discover more and register online.

April 2016

AHSS Faculty Lecture Series, Featuring Erin Willer (Assoc. Professor, Communication Studies)
The HeA/R/T Projects: Using Art, Research and Teaching to Empower Families and Educate Communities about Baby Loss
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:00PM Reception, 4:30PM Lecture
AAC Room 290
Learn about two community-based research and service-learning projects that use creative means to understand and heal those experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death. Hear from Willer about The Scraps of the Heart Project, a collective of parents, healthcare providers and researchers working together to help families grieve and educate about baby loss through scrapbooking. She’ll also share her work with Drawings From the Heart, a program that uses art as a means of coping for children who have experienced the death of a baby. Visit the AHSS event announcement for more information and to RSVP.

Eugenia Cheng2016 University Libraries Author Lecture, Featuring Eugenia Cheng
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 1:00PM-2:00PM
AAC Room 290
The University Libraries is excited to announce that its annual author lecture will feature Eugenia Cheng, author of How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics.  Eugenia is Senior Lecturer of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and is currently on sabbatical in the USA, where she is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her YouTube lectures, beginning in 2007, have been viewed over a million times to date. Eugenia’s ambition is to rid the world of ‘maths phobia’. She likes to bring personality, fun and hilarity to maths. At the University of Sheffield she is known for her fun and wacky maths lectures. She likes baking, and uses food to explain maths whenever possible. Please register.

University Library Association Lecture, Featuring Andrea Stanton
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:30PM-3:00PM
AAC Room 290
Free for University Library Association members; $15 for visitors. Parking and refreshments included.
Andrea L. Stanton is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Denver, focusing on 20th and 21st century Islam in the Middle East. More than five years after popular protests in Tunisia launched the “Arab Spring,” with dictators ousted across the Middle East, the eruption of chaos and extremism has threatened to turn a story of success into one of failure and discouragement, for civil society activists within countries like Egypt and Syria and for international observers. What do the latest events in the Middle East mean for people of these countries? What do they mean for humanitarian involvement? What do they mean for US and European foreign policy? Register here for Stanton’s lecture, Events in the Middle East: Recent Developments.

May 2016

AHSS Faculty Lecture Series, Featuring Rafael Ioris (Asst. Professor, History)
Fifty Years in Five: The Legacy of National Development in Brazil’s Postwar Era
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 4:00PM Reception, 4:30PM Lecture
AAC Room 290
Why has Brazil increasingly been seen as an emergent economy and society in recent years? At this lecture you’ll find out how the past five decades will likely influence the next five years. Looking back at one of the country's most promising times – in the first decades after World War II – sheds light on the country's growing potential and continued challenges today. Visit the AHSS event announcement for more information and to RSVP.



Book Sale
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Book Stack, Mary Reed Building
Used book sale benefiting University Libraries. Over 40,000 quality books for sale at the Book Stack, a used book store run by volunteers, located on the main level of the Mary Reed Building.