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ULA Lecture Series

The University Library Association lectures are free to all dues-paying ULA members.  Guests and potential members are welcome free one time, $15 per subsequent event includes lecture, refreshments and parking.

Lectures take place in the Anderson Academic Commons on Thursdays in October, November, January, February, March and April.  Tea starts at 1:30 pm; lectures conclude by 3 pm.  The lecture series features University of Denver faculty and local authors, historians and others.

Parking is included with membership and is located nearby, with a student-driven golf cart providing rides between the parking location and the lecture location. Handicap accessible parking is located immediately adjacent to the Anderson Academic Commons; you must display a handicap placard.

RSVP at least one week prior to each tea and lecture by contacting Andrea Howland, 303-871-3958.

2016-2017 ULA Lectures 

September 15, 2016 
Celebrate the Library Association's 60th Birthday! 
To kick-off the new year and give returning and new members a chance to sign-up in person, we will gather for a birthday party in the Anderson Academic Commons at 1:30 - 3 pm.  Free. Potential new members encouraged to attend.

October 13, 2016
David Cornish presents Refugee Reality
David Cornish spent 11 years working internationally, including in Southeast Asia, and Brazil. He ran a small, grass roots NGO that served rural areas of Cambodia. David was the first foreign journalist granted permission by the Vietnamese government to work for a Vietnamese newspaper. After seeing the results of conflict first hand, his work in the U.S. focused on advocating for refugees. David is the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for Lutheran Family Services Refugee and Asylee Programs.  This talk focuses on the realities of the refugee situation internationally, the process of becoming a refugee, and the journey for refugees coming to Colorado. He discusses how to connect with newly arrived families to help them in the resettlement process.  Register here.

November 10, 2016
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. RSVP for John Fielder.

January 12, 2017
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 9, 2017
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 9, 2017
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 13, 2017
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.