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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.

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, local authors, historians, and others. The ULA lecture committee selects speakers.

All meetings 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.

2018-2019 ULA Lectures 

October 18, 2018
Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill presents World Affairs

Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three Presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.  Click to RSVP for October lecture

November 8, 2018
Greg Dobbs presents Life in the Wrong Lane... Why Journalists Go in When Everyone Else Wants Out!
Greg Dobbs is a speaker, author, and veteran television journalist. For ABC News, he was an international correspondent based in London and Paris. Dobbs's book Life in the Wrong Lane, published in 2008, is a vivid telling of all the weird and wacky things that happen to journalists even before they report the stories they've traveled to cover. Experiences that possibly are even more interesting that the stories being covered, but which never become part of the stories they report to their audiences. Click to RSVP for November lecture

January 10, 2019
Richard D. Lamm presents The Ten Commandments of Community
What social glue holds diverse people together? Why has America been so successful at assimilation when other countries end up in civil war and strife?

Richard D. Lamm is the recently retired Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, and the former three-term Governor of Colorado. (1975-1987) He is both a lawyer (Berkeley, 1961) and a Certified Public Accountant. He joined the faculty of the University of Denver in 1969 and has, except for his years as Governor, been associated with the University ever since. Click to RSVP for January lecture

February 14, 2019 
Denise Mickelsen presents Dining in Denver

Denise Mickelsen is responsible for overseeing all of 5280's food and drink coverage, which encompasses everything delicious that's grown, crafted, and cooked in Colorado. She holds a culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, and cooked in two renowned Manhattan restaurants, Blue Hill NYC and Fleur de Sel, before entering food media. Mickelsen was an editor in the test kitchens at Saveur and Martha Stewart Living magazines before transitioning to a story editor role at Fine Cooking magazine. Click to RSVP for February lecture

March 14, 2019
Professor Ved P. Nanda presents Experiences in International Law

Ved P. Nanda is a Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972 and now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. He has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundelkh University, Jhansi, India, and has taught and lectured at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is also an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Delhi, India.  Click to RSVP for March lecture

April 11, 2019
Professor Sam Kamin presents Lessons Learned From Colorado's Marijuana Regulations

Professor Sam Kamin discusses Lessons Learned from Colorado's Marijuana Regulations. Professor Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999 and is currently the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Holding both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a BA, summa cum laude, from Amherst College. He has become one of the nation's leading experts on the regulation of marijuana; in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper's Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California's blue-ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.  Click to RSVP for April lecture