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ULA Lecture Series

University Library Association lectures are sponsored by the University Library Association (ULA) and the University Libraries. Members of the DU community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, neighbors and friends, are welcome to attend at no charge.

The 2020-2021 season will be held virtually on zoom. Lectures take place on Thursdays in September, October, November, January, February, March and April.

In a normal year, lectures take place in the Anderson Academic Commons. Tea starts at 1:30 pm; lectures conclude by 3 pm. The lecture series features University of Denver faculty, local authors, historians, and others and the ULA lecture committee selects speakers. Meetings usually take place in the Gregg Kvistad Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 East Evans Avenue, Denver at 1:30 pm – 3 pm. Refreshments provided. Parking at the DU garage on the southeast corner of High Street and Evans Avenue is free for ULA dues-paying members. Others pay $1.50 per hour to park. A student-driven golf cart provides 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.

We look forward to resuming normal lecture events in the 2021-2022 season.

2020-2021 Virtual ULA Lectures 

September 10, 2020
University of Denver Chancellor Jeremy Haefner

Without a doubt, the University of Denver and its students face a unique situation going into the fall term. As the world navigates the COVID-19 crisis, our students enter into a college experience that doesn't look quite like the one they had imagined or previously enjoyed. And the pandemic has only served to shine a light on challenges present before its emergence. Our students are looking to higher ed to prepare them for a complex world where they will need a new set of skills to pursue the lives of purpose and meaningful careers they desire. DU must think seriously and creatively about how we serve them across four dimensions—academics, wellbeing, and career and character development. 
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October 8, 2020
Rena Fowler presents Proving Up: A Woman Homesteader in Eastern Colorado
Fellow ULA member and Author Rena Fowler provides a talk on Estelle Siglin, a single woman who homesteaded in Akron, Colorado shared her experiences through letters with her fiancé back in Iowa. Though she got both her man and her land, the couple lost their farm decades later in the hard times after World War I. The presentation will quote from the letters and place her homesteading experience within the broader context of her life.
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November 12, 2020
Brett Mitchell presents Conducting Business: Lessons from the Podium

2020 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and we will learn about how crucial his work was to shaping Brett Mitchell's career. Conductor Brett Mitchell—Music Director of the Colorado Symphony—shares his journey in music and the lessons in leadership he's learned along the way. We will hear about his fascinating journey from growing up in Seattle in the '90s—where the primary musical topic of conversation were "grunge" groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam—to his appointment as Music Director of a major symphony orchestra at the age of 37. Brett will also discuss the Colorado Symphony's unique business model and its day-to-day workings. Brett's approachable, informative, and entertaining presentation is one you do not want to miss.
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January 14, 2021
Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D. presents Young People and the Future of News

Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark, is Professor, Chair & Director of the Estlow Center for Journalism & New Media. Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. Young People and the Future of News traces the practices that are evolving as young people come to see news increasingly as something shared via social networks and social media rather than produced and circulated solely by professional news organizations. Young People and the Future of News sheds light on how young people share news that they think others should know about, express solidarity, and bring into being new publics and counter-publics.
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February 11, 2021
Dr. Deborah Avanti presents Public Action and Global Governance

Dr. Avanti is the Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and teaches courses on global governance, security studies, and civil-military relations, many with attention to human security, human rights, and the roles of non-state actors like companies and civil society groups in generating governance and security. Her research used network and pragmatic theory to understand how security and governance are actually conducted - both historically and in the contemporary world. *this lecture date or time may change due to unknown spring teaching schedules
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March 11, 2021
Xcel Energy presents Xcel Energy's Carbon Free Future
Xcel Energy continues to lead the industry in transitioning to cleaner energy sources. We're the first major U.S. power company to commit to providing customers 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 reliably and cost effectively, with an interim goal to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2030 company-wide. This discussion will explain how Xcel Energy plans to achieve this goal and the steps we are taking now. Attendees will also learn what they can do now through participation in currently available energy efficiency and renewable programs to assist Xcel Energy realize this carbon free future.
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April 19, 2021
Brianna Titone presents A Conversation on Sexual Identity and Politics

Brianna Titone is an American politician and scientist, currently serving as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 27th district. She serves in the 72nd Colorado General Assembly and is the first openly transgender state legislator elected in Colorado and the 4th elected in the United States.
This lecture was originally scheduled for April 8.
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