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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 2021-2022 season will be held virtually on zoom and in person. Lectures take place on Thursdays in September, October, November, January, February, March, and April.

In a typical 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. 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.

We look forward to resuming typical lecture events in the 2022-2023 season.

2021-2022 ULA Lectures 

September 9, 2021
Stewart Vanderwilt, Colorado Public Radio

Fritz Knobel School of Hospitality, room TBD
Stewart joined Colorado Public Radio in July 2018 after leading other public radio organizations for over three decades. Previously, he was the director and general manager of Austin’s KUT and KUTX radio stations where he spent 18 years and worked to transform the organization into one of the highest-rated public radio stations in a market of its size. He also spent 15 years at Indiana Public Radio serving in various positions. At Colorado Public Radio, Stewart works closely with the Board of Directors, Senior Staff and Leadership Team to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision. He has previously served on the boards of Public Radio International, Greater Public and the Station Resource Group.

October 12, 2021
Lucha Martinez de Luna, The History of Chicano Murals in Denver
Virtual over Zoom
Lucha Martinez de Luna is the director of the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, a grass roots organization that advocates to preserve the visual heritage of Chicana/o public art in Colorado. The project collaborates with artists, scholars, and cultural and academic institutions to develop programs and exhibitions designed to celebrate and protect this threatened form of public art due to rapid gentrification and displacement.
RSVP for the October lecture

November 11, 2021
Lindsay Andrews and Bruce Hines, Leaving and Recovering from Cults 

Virtual over Zoom
Lindsey Andrews and Bruce Hines have first hand experience with the Druids and Scientology organizations. Some call these organizations a manipulative cult while others describe a well-established religion that helps people reach their potential. In this lecture we’ll hear from two survivors of extreme belief organizations who will share how anyone can become a victim of mind control tactics and the long-lasting effects of being a mind control victim. 
RSVP for the November lecture

January 14, 2022
Theresa Conley Ph.D, Discussing Difficult Conversations
Location TBD
Theresa Meier Conley joined the Department of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business as a faculty member in 2001. Her business and scholarly interests include product development, design-thinking, innovation, positioning, brand development, nonprofit marketing and international marketing. She has led DU students through seminars on discussing difficult topics. She applies her professional corporate experience and academic background as a marketing consultant for a variety of business ventures. Conley came to Daniels after a lengthy career as a corporate marketing executive, including positions at AT&T, TCI Internet Services (now Comcast) and US WEST/Qwest (now CenturyLink).
RSVP for the January lecture

February 10, 2022
Jenny Thompson, Bias in the Canon: An Exploration into Whitewashing in America’s Classical Music and Its Forgotten African-American Past
Location TBD
Jenny Thompson is a MM in Vocal Performance Candidate in 2021 at University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. She presented "Bias in the Canon: An Exploration into Whitewashing in America’s Classical Music and Its Forgotten African-American Past" at last Spring Quarter's Lamont Colloquium, and also presented the same paper at the regional Music Library Association chapter meeting. Her paper was voted "Best of Chapter," and the MLA Best of Chapters Committee chose her work along with one other for presentation at the national MLA meeting. 
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March 10, 2022
Todd Rinehart The Shifting Landscape of College Admission 
Location TBD
Todd Rinehart is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment at the University of Denver. In his 24 years at DU, Rinehart has helped elevate the University’s undergraduate reputation with unprecedented growth in enrollment, academic quality, and diversity. He will discuss the Shifting Landscape of College Admission, covering rising college costs, questions regarding the value of college, increased competition from colleges and universities, and declining birth rates. At today’s session, we’ll more closely examine some of these challenges and how DU is responding and thriving in this environment.
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April 14, 2022
The Honorable Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov, Constitutional Foundation, Structure and Work of the Federal Courts
Location TBD
Honorable Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov has served on the Colorado Court of Appeals since January 2019. Judge Lipinsky was previously a partner at Dentons US LLP, where he chaired the firm's Denver litigation department. This session will help us understand the federal court system. Courts in the federal system work differently in many ways than state courts. There are 94 district courts, 13 circuit courts, and one Supreme Court throughout the country.
RSVP for the April lecture