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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

October 2016

October 27, 2016 at 4 pm - 5:30 pm in AAC 290

The Role of Spirituals in Resistance and Resilience

Dr. Art Jones, Teaching Professor, Lamont School of Music, and Founder, The Spirituals Project with welcoming remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp: 
To commemorate the 185th Anniversary of Turner's Rebellion and the United Nations' International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the University Libraries invite you to this community-building event offering a presentation with musical illustrations provided by Dr. Jones who will address the ongoing fight for freedom and the positive energy around collective resistance
in our efforts to thwart oppression.  Food provided by Kirk's Soul Kitchen.
Space is limited. Sponsored by Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the University Libraries. RSVP by October 23. 


November 2016

November 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm in AAC 290
University Library Association lecture
John Fielder presents Celebrating 100 Years of Colorado's National Parks & Monuments: Rivers, Ruins, and Mountains
2016 is the 100th anniversary of America's National Park Service. Colorado's preeminent nature photographer has photographed the state's most sublime federal lands for over 40 years. In this presentation, he guides us on foot and boat through its National Parks & Monuments. By raft you will negotiate thousand-foot deep canyons of the Colorado, Yampa, Green, Arkansas, and Gunnison Rivers. On foot you will step inside the cliff dwellings and castles of early Native Americans. And with backpack and tent, you will visit the most remote parts of the granddaddy of mountain parks, Rocky Mountain. Enjoy John's commentary about his life in the wilderness, the challenges and techniques of wilderness photography, and beautiful music behind the images. John will sell and sign his popular Colorado coffee table and guide books.

January 2017

January 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm in AAC 290
University Library Association lecture
Jeff Miller presents Heroism and Humanity Behind the Lines During World War I
DU alum Jeff Miller has been a Denver-based writer, magazine editor, and author for more than 40 years. He's the author of Stapleton International Airport: The First Fifty Years; and co-author of Facing Your Fifties: Every Man's Reference to Mid-life Health, which was included in Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2002. Behind the Lines: WWI's little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation was included in Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014. Miller will speak on the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) and its Belgian counterpart, the Comité National, that fed nearly 10 million Belgians and northern French trapped behind German lines during WWI. It's one of America's finest hours, but is little known to most Americans. Miller tells it through the eyes of individuals caught up in the whirlwind of that historic undertaking.

February 2017

February 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm in AAC 290
University Library Association lecture
Anne Gross presents How Disability and Silence Shape a Family
Anne K. Gross holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Duke University and is the author of the award-winning book The Polio Journals: Lessons from My Mother. Gross was raised from birth by a paraplegic mother, yet the two never discussed her disability. It wasn't until after her mother died, when she read her diaries, that Gross gained an understanding that growing up disabled in the first part of the twentieth century was cloaked in silence, secrecy, and shame. Interweaving information about the early treatment of polio, her mother's journal entries, and her own childhood silently defined by her mother's paralysis, her talk provides a unique personal glimpse into the impact of disability on family relationships.

March 2017

March 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm in AAC 290
University Library Association lecture
Claude d'Estree presents The Tragedy of Human Trafficking
DU professor Claude d'Estrée began working on issues of human trafficking in 1999 in his role as Supervisor of Asset Forfeiture at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. In 2002, he joined the faculty of DU's Sturm College of Law and created the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The Human Trafficking Center provides professional research, writing, and educational outreach on human trafficking and all forms of modern day slavery. It is the only two-year graduate level training program in forced labour, human trafficking, and international labour migration issues in the U.S.

April 2017

April 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm in AAC 290
University Library Association lecture
Laird Hunt presents On Writing Neverhome and Other Adventures in Fiction and History
Laird Hunt is the author, most recently, of Neverhome, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection, winner of the Bridge Book Award, winner of the inaugural Grand Prix de Literature Américaine, as well as a finalist for the Prix Femina. His previous novel, Kind One, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. The Evening Road, a new novel, will be published in early 2017. He teaches in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Denver.


Book Sale
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:00AM-1:00PM

Book Stack, Mary Reed Building, 2199 S University Blvd
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.