Calendar of Events & Exhibits
Visitors are welcome to attend the following events and exhibits in the Anderson Academic Commons and/or benefiting University Libraries.
Chaplain's Book Discussion, Tuesday, September 23 at noon, AAC 313
Lord of the Flies by William Golding remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic. It seemed appropriate, too to read and discuss this important book during 'Banned Books Week" — it being #8 of the most frequently banned books according to the American Library Association.
University Library Association tea and lecture featuring professor Bonnie Clark, Thursday, October 9, 1:30 pm
Digging Amache: The Archaeology of a Community in Confinement: Archaeology is often associated with ancient remains, but the discipline can shed new light on any site of human activity. It can be a particularly valuable tool for better understanding conflicted histories, like the interment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Since 2006, the University of Denver Amache Project has been engaged in archaeological research at the Colorado internment camp of Amache, which was Colorado's tenth largest city during WWII. This talk will highlight the process and the product of research on the landscape and objects of Amache. More info and rsvp.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Billy Stratton, assistant professor of English, Thursday, October 9, 4:30 pm
The Rhetoric of Captivity in the Age of Perpetual Terror, Co-sponsored by the DU Indigenous Alumni Affinity Group: This lecture explores the broader implications of Stratton’s 2013 book, Buried in Shades of Night, concerning the ongoing relevance of the motif of captivity on the way we conceive modern warfare. Framing this presentation within the historical context of King Philip’s War—fought between the Puritans of the Massachusetts colony against a confederacy of New England Indians led by the Wampanoag sachem Metacomet— Stratton will show the complex ways in which the systems of representation established in the aftermath of this conflict have continued to shape the contours of American identity and its relationship to the non-Western world. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
Chaplain's Book Discussion, Tuesday, October 21 at noon, AAC 313
In FAITH IN THE FACE OF EMPIRE by MITRI RAHEB, a Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict. "VERDICT: Raheb's voice is important and should be heard by decision makers in our country and abroad."--Library Journal Pastor Don Hinchey, a long-time friend of Raheb's will help with the conversation.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Derigan Silver, associate professor, media, film and journalism studies, Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
National Security and Civil Rights: Do We Have to Choose? Conflicts between national security and civil rights are frequently presented as an all or nothing choice. You can have either national security or civil rights, but you can’t have both. In the United States, federal judges are frequently called upon to be the arbiters in battles between these two necessary yet sometimes contradictory goals of a democratic society. Drawing on his work examining cases dealing with national security information and the First Amendment, Silver will explain how judges decide these cases (or elect not to decide them), and the tools they have at their disposal to shape both national security law and the First Amendment. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
Chaplain's Book Discussion, Tuesday, November 11 at noon, AAC 313
Thirty years since its original publication, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power.
University Library Association tea and lecture featuring professor Ann Dobyns, Thursday, January 8, 2015, 1:30 pm
The Rhetoric of Tango: Born in the late 19th Century immigrant city of Buenos Aires, tango quickly became an international phenomenon, a rage in early 20th Century Europe and US as well as in its home. In Buenos Aires it remained popular until the military era only to be revived with the return of democracy in the 1980s and 90s. Today, a tango addict can find places to dance in any major city in the world. As a student of human communication and a tango dancer, Ann Dobyns studies why a dance so closely linked to a culture appeals so intensely to people with such different cultural identities? And how the relationship between the dancers—often complete strangers—compels them to dance together? More info and rsvp.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by William Philpott, associate professor, history
Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Rocky Road: Reading the Landscape of Colorado’s Interstate 70: There’s little glamour to Interstate 70 west of Denver, but a surprising amount of history. In this talk, Philpott will trace how the highway helped trigger the explosion of outdoor recreation in Colorado’s high country in the decades after World War II —and how the promotional schemes, political controversies and environmental changes of those years reveal themselves in the twists and turns of I-70 today. Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Alumni Legends (PALs). Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
University Library Association tea and lecture featuring Barbara Neal, Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:30 pm
Public Art: More Than Meets the Eye: An anecdotal tour of public art in Colorado and how it came to be in our public spaces. Barbara Neal will share images of both notable and lesser known examples of public art with the stories of how the artwork was selected, sited and its ongoing dialogue with its environment. The public art collection at Denver University will be included. More info and rsvp.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Alejandro Ceron Valdes, assistant professor, anthropology,
Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Hopeful Pessimism: Can Public Health Practice Address Social Exclusion in Guatemala? Professor Ceron Valdes has spent many years doing public health work and anthropological research in Guatemala, trying to support efforts at building "the right to health.” At this lecture, he will share his research findings and personal insights on what it would take for public health (and other development-related) practitioners to help improve one of the most unequal societies in the Western hemisphere. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
University Library Association tea and lecture featuring Paula Burger, Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:30 pm
Paula's Window: The Bielski Partisans and a Life Unexpected; a Story of Hope Regained. "Hi, my name is Paula Burger." This is not merely an introduction, but a declaration of survival. Whether she's addressing Jews or non-Jews, students or seniors, Burger's supreme goal is Holocaust education. She briefly describes her painful Holocaust narrative and then encourages questions from the audience. These animated exchanges, like fertile soil, yield the fruit of her message: to prevent another Holocaust, human beings must understand and accept the stranger in their midst. Prejudice, bullying and intimidation are prohibited. Burger learned these lessons in the Holocaust. If she can get from there to here, so can we. More info and rsvp.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Nadia Kaneva, associate professor, media, film and journalism studies,
Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
From Communist Amazons to Sexy Robots? Women, Media and Cultural Change in the Post-communist World; The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall —an event that came to symbolize the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the communist system. At this lecture, Kaneva will discuss what the post-communist period meant for women and women’s rights in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and how post-communist media influenced changing cultural ideals of femininity and of women’s role in society. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
University Library Association tea and lecture featuring Annette Stott, Thursday, April, 9 2015, 1:30 pm
Alexander Ross, the Second Coming, and the Ross Monument Scottish Immigrant Alexander Ross erected a monument in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery containing four beautiful marble portraits. An Adventist and Chronologist, until Easter of 1898 he had been certain that he would not die, for that was his predicted date of Jesus Christ's return to earth. This is the story of his reaction to the disappointment of that day as he turned to the cemetery and sculpture for consolation. More info and rsvp.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Pilyoung Kim, assistant professor, psychology, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
How Poverty Gets Into the Brain for Both Children and Parents: Childhood poverty has been consistently linked to suboptimal physiological and emotional health outcomes in children and adults. At this lecture, Kim will review how poverty influences the brain particularly from two perspectives: emotion regulation in children and parental love toward children in parents. Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
AHSS Faculty Lecture presented by Alison Krogel, associate professor, languages and literatures,
Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Sweet Words, Bitter Truths: Demands for Liberty, Respect, and Gender Equality in the Recent Poetry of Indigenous Ecuadorian Women: Beginning in 2011 a growing number of female indigenous poets began to publish their Kichwa-language poems in Ecuador. Through an analysis of the concepts of amawta warmi ('wise woman'), chakana ('Andean cross' or 'staircase'), and quishpi ('liberty'), this presentation explores several of the key aesthetic, political and sociolinguistic approaches present within the work of three contemporary Kichwa poets. Co-sponsored by the DU Latino Alumni Affinity Group (DULAA) Register online to reserve your seat, or call 303-871-2425.
Mapping Denver and University Park, August 15, 2014 – June 15, 2015
Many people see a city map as a tool for getting around, often guides for tourists to developers. But they also answer many more questions than simply "how does one get there?" City maps project varying and competing ideas about a place: where it is, what it is, and what it means. This exhibition of maps from Special Collections and Archives invites visitors to explore these representations of our changing local landscapes while also formulating their own interpretations of the places presented.
ANNE EVANS: Colorado's Cultural Visionary, August 26 – December 7, 2014
Created by the Byers-Evans House, this exhibit tells the story of Anne Evans (1871-1941), one of the most influential leaders in the cultural development of Denver and Colorado. The primary exhibit focuses on Anne's family, both in Denver and at the Evans Ranch in the mountains near Evergreen. An additional display of objects from Special Collections & Archives highlights Anne's strategic fundraising efforts to help restore the Central City Opera house.
BOOKS THAT MATTER: Mining Our Faculty's Personal Libraries, September 8 – December 14, 2014
Personal libraries are an important resource for faculty, and may include everything from standard reference books to unexpected or unique titles. These works may have informed faculty's research or creative process or inspired them towards the academic path. Faculty members of the Library Liaison Advisory Group, which represent disciplines across campus, have carefully chosen books from their collections that they want students to discover and explore.
MARILYN LANDE: Expressing Jewish History in Miniature, September 9 – December 10, 2014
This folk art exhibit reflects the cultural and sociological story of the Jewish people from the 10th century to the mid-20th century. The handcrafted miniatures were created by Marilyn Lande over a 40 year period. Highlights of this exhibit include Jewish life in Islamic Spain, a movie set designed by Sonia Delaunay, c. 1930s., and Marc Chagall's studio in Venice, c. 1960.
The University of Denver at 150: History and Traditions Exhibit, through December 1, 2014, throughout the Academic Commons
In honor of the University of Denver's sesquicentennial, this interactive exhibit introduces some of the people, programs and traditions that have made our campus community exceptional. Mixing artifacts and video clips with text and archival photographs, "Tradition and Legacy" shows how inspiration and vision came to animate the DU experience. Individual display stations focus on everything from Athletics and Recreation to campus life, from Homecoming festivities to Commencement traditions.
From Haven To Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life, Ongoing, Lower Level
The exhibition examines the Jewish experience in the United States through the prisms of "Haven" and "Home." "Haven" opens with a selection of pivotal documents expressing the ideals of freedom that have come to represent the promise of America. This section also explores the formative experiences of Jewish immigrants as they struggled to become American. The "Home" section focuses on the opportunities and challenges inherent in a free society and the uniquely American Jewish religious movements, institutions, and associations created in response. In telling the story of diverse groups of Jewish immigrants who made the United States their home, the exhibition examines the intertwined themes, and sometimes conflicting aims, of accommodation, assertion, adaptation, and acculturation that have characterized the American Jewish experience from its beginnings in 1654 to the present day.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm Used book sale benefiting University of Denver libraries. Over 40,000 quality books are for sale at the Book Stack, a used book store run by volunteers, on the main level of Mary Reed.
For more information about events and exhibits, contact Andrea.Howland@du.edu or 303-871-3958.