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Calendar of Events & Exhibits

Ribbon CuttingVisitors are welcome to attend the following events and exhibits in the Anderson Academic Commons and/or benefiting University Libraries.  


University Library Association tea and lecture featuring Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt, Thursday, September 11, 1:30 pm

The Real Monuments Men and Women: Who were the curators, architects and other art experts who joined Allied forces during World War II and rescued art that had been looted by the Nazis? Prof. Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt will shed light on the real men and women who inspired George Clooney's recent film, The Monuments Men, helping you distinguish actual events from fictionalized Hollywood entertainment. Come away with a better understanding of these courageous individuals and their work, while gaining a broader perspective of restitution successes in the early postwar years, and the ongoing challenge of returning Nazi-era art to rightful owners.  More info and rsvp.

Dance Library's Glenn Giffin Memorial Lecture, Sunday, September 14, 2 pm

The Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library presents Sharyn Udall, "Anna Pavlova in America: Classical Ballet meets Popular Culture."  Sharyn Udall is an art historian, author, and independent curator who has written, taught and lectured on 19th and 20th century American and European art. She has written seven books and edited many catalogs and scholarly articles. Her scholarly interests include women in the visual arts, American modernism, and the creative connections among visual artists, performing artists and writers. She earned her BA at the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College, her MA from Arizona State University and her PhD from the University of New Mexico.  More info.

University Library Association tea and lecture featuring 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.

University Library Association tea and lecture featuring 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Book Sale

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 or 303-871-3958.