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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. The ULA lecture committee includes Linda Lauff, Jack Kleinheksel, and Ruth Montague.

All meetings take place in the Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 East Evans Avenue, Denver at 1:30 pm – 3 pm. Refreshments provided. Free parking at the DU garage on the southeast corner of High Street and Evans Avenue.

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.

2017-2018 ULA Lectures 

October 12, 2017
Clayton Gonzales presents Streets Can't Stop Potential

Clayton Gonzales is the Assistant Director of Programs for Urban Peak- a Denver non-profit that serves youth ages 15 through 24 who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of becoming homeless. Before his time at Urban Peak Clayton served eight years in the military with the U.S. Army and the Colorado Army National Guard serving stateside and abroad, including time spent in Iraq. His time in the military helped him discover a passion for working with those in crisis and with those who have experienced trauma in their lives, which ultimately led him to his work with youth experiencing homelessness at Urban Peak. His talk will focus on the plight of youth homelessness and how Urban Peak helps support youth in exiting the streets through a trauma-informed convergence of services. Click to RSVP for October lecture

November 9, 2017
Harry MacLean presents The Myth: Fiction vs. Non-fiction
Author Harry MacLean, New York Times bestseller and Edgar award winner, explores the distinction between fiction and nonfiction by referencing two of his books: In Broad Daylight, which won an Edgar award, and his first novel, the Joy of Killing. He will demonstrate that the difference is nowhere as pronounced as is normally thought. Once Upon A Time, a True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law, which was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and my third book, The Past Is Never Dead, which was selected by Stanford University as a finalist for the William Saroyan International Book Award. MacLean graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, worked in Washington, DC for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Peace Corps, and in Denver in private practice, for the Denver Juvenile Court, for the Colorado Department of Law, and teaching at the DU College of Law. The author will sign and sell his books at the conclusion of the talk. Click to RSVP for November lecture

January 11, 2018
Rafael Fajardo presents Towards Humane Games
DU Professor Fajardo will explore why games, and videogames more specifically, are of interest for serious academic study and artistic practice, and how we might work to create an environment where humane games can be made. The importance cannot be understated with just a casual look at the statistics: 63% of US households having at least one videogame player and an economic impact of 23.5 billion US dollars total domestic expenditure in 2015 which is easily twice the gross revenue of the US film industry in the same year. Fajardo's approach is at once both playful and serious. Click to RSVP for January lecture

February 8, 2018
Don Frei presents Latest Advancements in the Treatment and Prevention of Stroke

Dr. Donald Frei specializes in diagnostic radiology and interventional neuroradiology , including neurointerventional surgery. He has extensive experience in the treatment of stroke, providing rapid and safe care to patients suffering from aneurysm, AVMS, and stenosis. He participates in clinical trials to provide the most advanced treatment options. Click to RSVP for February lecture

March 8, 2018
Maria Klemenc presents Copland, Cowboys, and Creating an American Sound

Maria Arko Klemenc has a doctorate in music from the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in ethnomusicology. She has taught at Berkeley, the University of New Mexico, and currently gives music appreciation lectures in the Denver area through Active Minds. She has done extensive research on folk music and its use in creating styles of national art music, including American classical traditions. In that regard, Aaron Copland's music stands among the most iconic American classical works, recognized for its distinctly "American" sound. This program will focus on Copland's Western inspired ballets Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942), exploring how and why he achieved such success, his sources of inspiration and musical style. We'll listen to some of the cowboy songs and other folk tunes that were incorporated into these two scores, and discuss what it means to create an "American music." Click to RSVP for March lecture

April 12, 2018
Michael Henry presents Getting Acquainted with Contemporary Poetry

Michael J. Henry, MFA, Executive Director of Lighthouse, where he also teaches poetry and memoir and essay workshops, received a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and a PlatteForum Fellowship. He says it's okay to admit some of us are a little afraid of contemporary poetry. We may consider it elusive, cordoned off, and perhaps even incomprehensible. But that's not necessarily true—there's much to love about the poetry being written today. We'll share some poems by reading them aloud, hoping to get a clearer sense of their magic as well as a sense of the incredible diversity of voices and ideas out there, at work and in play. Michael's work has been published widely, and since 2008, he's collaborated with Garrett Ammon of Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) to create three narrative poetry performances. Michael grew up in Buffalo, New York, received a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. In 1997, he co-founded Lighthouse with Andrea Dupree, who serves as program director. He's published two full-length collections of poetry, No Stranger Than My Own and Active Gods, both with Conundrum Press. Click to RSVP for April lecture