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2012 Presidential Debate Event Series at the University of Denver was made possible by a lead sponsorship gift from DaVita

 

The University hosted debate-related lectures, salons, enrichment courses and other events that led up to the debate.

We also presented students with the Presidential Debate Passport Program, which allowed students to have their names thrown into the lottery for debate tickets each time they attended a debate passport-eligible event. See the archive below for those events that qualified (denoted by the golden ticket icon).

See videos, news and stories of the past events within this series.

  • Thursday, Feb. 2
    Bridges to the Future: Undercurrents of the 2012 Election

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Gates Concert Hall inside the Newman Center for the Performing Arts

    This was the second lecture in this 2011-2012 series by Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and professor at Princeton University.


    Monday, Feb. 6
    Dismantling Paradigms: Libya One Year after the Arab Spring, by Professor Tamara Sonn

    Tamara Sonn

    Time: Noon
    Location: Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Tamara Sonn, a professor of religion and humanities at the College of William & Mary, visited DU to discuss Islam from a modern perspective. Sonn is the author of A Brief History of Islam.


    Wednesday, Feb. 8
    Professor Spencer Wellhofer presents "Transplanting Democracy: Hardy Perennial or Artificial Flower?"

    Spencer Wellhofer

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Political science professor Spencer Wellhofer spoke at this Humanities Institute Salon about past successes and failures of exporting democracy.


  • Thursday, March 1
    The Rivalry, a reenactment of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates

    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Gates Concert Hall, inside the Newman Center for the Performing Arts

    The DU community and greater community at large enjoyed this L.A. Theatre Works presentation of The Rivalry, an on-stage depiction of the 1858 series of senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

    The Rivalry offers a glimpse into an era without television, bloggers and other media presenting analysis of a political contest touching on such issues as slavery, freedom, equality and states' rights. The production uses original debate transcripts to bring to life a critical time in America's history.


    Monday, March 5
    Bodies Don't Just Tell Stories; They Tell Histories

    Karina L. Walters
    Photo courtesy the University of Washington

    Time: 11 a.m. - noon
    Location: Craig Hall, 2148 S. High St., in the Boettcher Foundation Community Room

    In her presentation, Bodies Don't Just Tell Stories; They Tell Histories: Embodiment of Historical Trauma and Microaggression Distress, University of Washington professor Karina L. Walters examined emotional and psychological injury from a cataclysmic history of genocide and microaggression—interaction among those of different races, cultures or genders that can be interpreted as non-physical aggression.

    Walters, founder and director of the University of Washington's Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, investigates historical, social and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska natives.


    Saturday, March 24
    Temple Grandin speaks at the University of Denver's National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference

    Temple Grandin

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Temple Grandin—a professor and leader in animal sciences—spoke during the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at the University of Denver.

    Grandin is perhaps best known for the 2010 Emmy-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin, which explores how she found success in the field of animal husbandry despite her struggles with autism as a youth.

    She's the author of several books, including Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals and Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.


    March 29, and April 5, 12 and 19
    Dying of Thirst: The Right to Water in a Globalized World

    Center on Rights Development

    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: Sié Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    The Center on Rights Development's 13th Annual Symposium focused on international water rights.

    The 2012 symposium featured four panels:

    • March 29—Micro water management: Individual access to water and sanitation
    • April 5—Water in the West: Scarcity and management issues in our own backyard
    • April 12—Who owns water: The move toward privatization and corporate responsibility
    • April 19—Rivers of conflict: Water as the source of inter- and intra-state conflict

  • Monday, April 2
    A Conversation with Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Ambassador Christopher Hill

    Condoleezza Rice

    Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
    Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd.

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State under the George W. Bush administration, visited her alma mater for this special discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill—dean of DU's Josef Korbel School for International Studies.


    Wednesday, April 4
    A Peace Corps Panel: How the Peace Corps Changed my Life

    Peace Corps
    Photo courtesy Peace Corps

    Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
    Location: Cyber Cafe, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    The University celebrated the 51st anniversary of President Kennedy's establishment of the Peace Corps with this special panel event.

    A Panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers shared stories about the countries in which they served, the work they performed, challenges they faced and lessons they learned. Other speakers included Christopher Hill, dean of DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq.


    Thursday, April 5Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    TEDxDU Salon

    TEDxDU

    Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Marcus Commons, inside the Daniels College of Business
    Cost: Free

    DU paired live speakers with a broadcast of TEDxChange from Berlin. This TED event focused on the big picture—why we as a society continue to invest in global health and development, and work across borders and political boundaries to make positive change.


    April 5, 12 and 19
    Dying of Thirst: The Right to Water in a Globalized World

    Center on Rights Development

    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: Sié Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    DU's Center on Rights Development's held its 13th Annual Symposium on international water rights. April panels included:

    • April 5—Water in the West: Scarcity and management issues in our own backyard
    • April 12—Who owns water: The move toward privatization and corporate responsibility
    • April 19—Rivers of conflict: Water as the source of inter- and intra-state conflict

    Friday, April 6
    U.S. Policy in Africa and its Intersection with China's Interests, featuring David Bruce Wharton

    David Bruce Wharton
    Photo courtesy U.S.
    State Department

    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Sié Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    DU's Center for China-U.S. Cooperation welcomed to campus David Bruce Wharton, deputy assistant secretary for African Affairs at the State Department.

    Wharton—who spoke about the connection between U.S. policy in Africa and China's interests—has worked at several posts at the State Department, and served at U.S. embassies in Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.


    Tuesday, April 10
    Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa

    Fred M. Ssewamala
    Photo courtesy
    Columbia University

    Time: 11 a.m. - noon
    Location: Boettcher Foundation Community Room, inside Craig Hall, 2148 S. High St.

    Columbia University School of Social Work and International Affairs Professor Fred M. Ssewamala brought his extensive research on sub-Saharan Africa's economic and development challenges to this lecture, "Impact of Economic Empowerment Programs on Health & Educational Outcomes of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa."


    Tuesday, April 10
    Cultural Encounters in the Modern World—An African Perspective

    Abiola Irele
    Photo courtesy Kwara
    State University

    Time: 4:30 p.m. wine reception, followed by the lecture at 5 p.m.
    Location: Room 251 of Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Kwara State University Professor Abiola Irele presented his talk, "Cultural Encounters in the Modern World: An African Perspective" at this public event. Irele, provost of Kwara State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, discussed how human interaction and cultural convergences define the history and experience of Africans.


    Tuesday, April 10
    Dean Baker presents "The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive"

    Dean Baker

    Time: 7 - 8:45 p.m.
    Location: The dining room in the Joy Burns Center, 2044 E. Evans Ave.

    Dean Baker, founder and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., presented this lecture based on his 2011 book, The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive.


    Wednesday, April 11
    Sharon Welch on professional responsibility in a democratic society

    Sharon Welch

    Time: Noon
    Location: Sié Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Sharon Welch led an audience in exploring the nature of professional responsibility in a democratic society. Welch, provost and professor of religion and society at the University of Chicago's Meadville Lombard Theological School, spoke about what happens when professionals become responsive to continually emerging and evolving political critiques and aspirations of social movements.


    Friday, April 13Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Madeleine Albright presents a Conversation on U.S. Diplomacy

    Madeleine Albright
    Photo courtesy Albright
    Stonebridge Group

    Time: 2:30 p.m.
    Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd.

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright returned to the University of Denver campus for this discussion with Ambassador and DU Dean Christopher Hill on U.S. diplomacy. Daughter of Josef Korbel—onetime dean and namesake of DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies—Albright was the first woman to be named U.S. Secretary of State.


    Monday, April 16
    Politics, Religion and the 2012 Election: An Oxymoron?

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Room 286 of Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Investigative journalist Chip Berlet visited DU for this discussion of hot topics in the upcoming 2012 election.

    An award-winning journalist and photographer, Berlet has written for such publications as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times and Columbia Journalism Review. He's also the co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort.


    Tuesday, April 17
    An Updated Strategic Rationale for U.S.-China Relations

    Daniel B. Wright

    Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Sié Cheou-Kang Center, Room 150, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    The DU community learned about U.S.-China relations from the perspective of Dr. Daniel B. Wright, former U.S. Treasury Department managing director for China and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED).

    Wright's talk focused on the strategic rationale for the countries' relationship, from Washington to Iowa to Beijing to Chengdu.


    Tuesday, April 17
    "Stories I Steer By," a Lecture by Julia Alvarez, Author, Activist & Middlebury Professor

    Author Julia Alvarez
    Photo courtesy Bill
    Eichner

    Time: Reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the speech at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Julia Alvarez, author of such books as In the Time of Butterflies, kicked off this inaugural speaker series through DU's Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.


    Thursday, April 19
    Is Consensus Possible?: A Conversation on Health Care Policy

    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Location: The Garden Room in the Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, aka the Women's College, 1901 E. Asbury Ave.

    Panelists for this discussion on U.S. health care and the ongoing debate around the most effective means of providing it included:
    • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of Kaiser Permanente
    • Debbie Welle-Powell, Exempla Healthcare
    • Anne Warhover, president and CEO, Colorado Health Foundation
    • Joan Henneberry, principal, Health Management Associates

    Friday, April 20
    Women's Voices: The Textures of Our Lives
    Dafna Michaelson

    Time: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, aka the Women's College, 1901 E. Asbury Ave., and the Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd.

    We held our 17th Annual DU Women's Conference, "Women's Voices: The Textures of Our Lives," which featured DU alumna and keynote speaker Dafna Michaelson sharing stories of civic engagement and agricultural entrepreneurship she encountered after visiting all 50 states in 2009.


    Friday, April 20Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    DU Earth Day Summit

    DU's Sustainability Council works toward making DU a greener campus.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; post-summit meet and greet from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Joy Burns Center, 2044 E. Evans Ave.

    In this annual celebration of Mother Earth and DU's continuing efforts toward greater sustainable practices, we welcomed to campus such speakers as DU energy engineer Tom McGee, Professor Michael Kerwin and Mike Harris, the DU Sustainability Council's social sustainability co-chair.

    Other guests included renowned Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder and Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company.


    Friday, April 20
    PeaceJam 2012 featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi

    Shirin Ebadi
    Photo courtesy PeaceJam

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Machebeuf Hall at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver

    During this annual event, Dr. Shirin Ebadi—2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work toward increased peace, democracy and human rights in Iran and the Middle East—discussed how removing religious and cultural barriers can aid in creating peace and social justice.


    Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21
    American Society of Microbiology Rocky Mountain Branch Spring 2012 Meeting

    Professor Todd Blankenship presents at the 2011 TEDxDU event.

    Time: 7 - 9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
    Location: Olin Hall, 2190 E. Iliff Ave., Denver.

    DU's Dr. Todd Blankenship (Friday) and Dr. Yousif Shamoo of Rice University (Saturday) spoke at this two-day event.

    Blankenship discussed cell dynamics that drive organismal shape while Shamoo looked at using experimental evolution to complete the link among genomics, biochemistry and prediction in antibiotic resistance.


    Sunday, April 22Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    What is Wrong with Congress & How Do We Fix It?

    Senator Hank Brown Senator Chris Dodd
    Photos courtesy Vail Symposium

    Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Boettcher Foundation Community Room, inside Craig Hall, 2148 S. High St.

    DU hosted this special evening with U.S. Senators Chris Dodd and Hank Brown. They discussed the future of the U.S. Congress by looking at its function and dysfunction.


    Tuesday, April 24Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    The Holy Vote, by Ray Suarez of PBS' NewsHour

    Ray Suarez
    Photo courtesy PBS

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Gates Concert Hall, in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.

    Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS' NewsHour, discussed key themes from his 2006 book, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.

    Suarez's book and presentation explored the role of organized religion in American politics and how faith in government may transform our country in the future.


    Wednesday, April 25
    Diplomatic Lessons Learned: From Honduras to Rwanda by way of North Korea

    W. Stuart Symington

    Time: Noon
    Location: Cyber Cafe, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda W. Stuart Symington discussed his diplomatic experiences in this lecture.

    Symington's career has included service as ambassador to Dijbouti (2006-2008) and Rwanda (2008-2011), and helping U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte in Iraq's election process (2004-2005).


    Thursday, April 26Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    CounterPoints: The New Energy Economy

    Lee Boughey K.K. DuVivier Richard Lamm

    Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m., post-event reception from 5:30 - 6 p.m.
    Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.

    This panel debate focused on the connection between renewable and traditional energy sources, and their impact on the economy. Panelists included former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm; Lee Boughey, co-chair of the Colorado Energy Coalition; K.K. DuVivier, professor at DU's Sturm College of Law; Alice Madden, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Boulder; and Christopher Votoupal, deputy director of Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.


    Saturday, April 28
    The United Nations: Myth and Reality

    Timothy Wirth

    Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Location: Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Timothy E. Wirth—former Colorado senator and president of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund—led this day of discussions and workshops about the myths and realities surrounding the United Nations.

    Local nonprofits and UN experts held workshops and discussed the misperceptions cast around the United Nations.


    Monday, April 30
    Making Sense of the World of Corporate Mergers

    Don Bergh

    Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
    Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Ave.
    Register: This event is full.

    Enjoy this provost's luncheon with featured speaker Don Bergh, a professor in the Daniels College of Business.

    Bergh's talk, "Making Sense of the World of Corporate Mergers," will explore the successes and failures seen in mergers and acquisitions.


    Monday, April 30
    Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro, kicks off International Celebration Week

    Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: No registration necessary

    We're hosting a series of events and speakers—including Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro—for our annual International Celebration Week.

    Fernandez's speech helps kick off this week-long event, which ends with the University's Festival of Nations celebration.


  • Tuesday, May 1
    Author & journalist Greg Campbell speaks at the 6th Annual Penrose Library Author's Lecture

    Blood Diamonds

    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones—the inspiration for the 2006 Leonardo DiCaprio film Blood Diamond, spoke at the 6th Annual Penrose Library Author's Lecture.


    Thursday, May 3
    Dr. David Ellerman on Knowledge and Ignorance in the Post-Socialist Transition Debates

    Dr. David Ellerman

    Time: Noon
    Location: Room 301 of Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Dr. David Ellerman of the University of California, Riverside, presented this 20-year retrospective on the debate on how best way to transition socialist economies to market ones.


    Thursday, May 3
    Not Your Father's Crisis: Productive Incoherence, Developmental Policy Space and the Global South

    Ilene Grabel

    Time: 5 p.m.
    Location: The Center Theater inside The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Ave.

    As the U.S. financial crisis offers opportunities and challenges, Ilene Grabel—a professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School—looked back at how other nations responded to similar crises—and how we might emerge stronger.


    Friday, May 4Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Jeffrey Johnson speaks at DU's 11th Annual Diversity Summit

    Diversity Summit logo

    Time: 9 - 10 a.m.; daylong panels, lunches and breakouts run from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Jeff Johnson, an award-winning Washington, D.C.-based journalist, will speak at the University's 11th Annual Diversity Summit—which will focus on inclusive excellence.

    Johnson has worn many hats throughout his career, including those of investigative journalist, activist and social entrepreneur.


    Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5
    Beyond History: Reconciliation and Sources of Conflict between China and its Asian Neighbors

    Time: 12:30 - 9 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. on Saturday
    Location: Daniels College of Business, 2101 S. University Blvd.
    Cost:

    • Students
      $65—Conference and dinner
      $20—Conference only
      $50—Reception and dinner only
    • General public
      $75—Conference and dinner
      $30—Conference only
      $50—Reception and dinner only

    Register: RSVP (PDF)

    James Keith— former U.S. ambassador to Malaysia—will lead a series of speakers (PDF) in this 10th Annual International Symposium.

    Event speakers represent such countries as South Korea, Japan, China and India.


    Friday, May 4
    Changing Education for the Better, by Sal Khan

    Sal Khan

    Time: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
    Location: Magness Arena, inside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.

    Acclaimed educator Sal Khan visited DU for his lecture, "Changing Education for the Better: Providing Free, World-Class Education to Enhance Learning in the Classroom."


    Saturday, May 5
    Morgridge Family Foundation 2012 Share Fair

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.

    Featured speaker Sal Khan—renowned educator and founder of the online education platform Khan Academy—joined a group of fellow educators during this day-long event.


    Saturday, May 5
    Festival of Nations

    Festival of Nations

    Time: 2 - 7 p.m.
    Location: Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness

    During this 29th annual event, University students and the community celebrated the richness of diversity. The Festival of Nations brings to campus a variety of music, dance, food, games and other activities that immerse participants in numerous cultural traditions.


    Tuesday, May 8
    Undergraduate & Graduate Research Symposium

    Time: 3 - 7 p.m.
    Location: Joy Burns Center, 2044 E. Evans Ave.

    Our best and brightest presented their research and creative projects through demonstrations, exhibitions and live performances at this annual event.


    Tuesday, May 8
    The Arab Spring Reconsidered: A Question of Freedom

    Nader Hashemi

    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Cyber Cafe, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    Event panelists—including University of Denver Josef Korbel School Professor Dr. Nader Hashemi and Dr. Wael Farouq, professor of Islamic Studies at Egypt's Copto-Catholic Faculty of Theology—discussed the Arab Spring in Egypt through its social, political, and economic determinants and its consequences.


    Wednesday, May 9
    Re-envisioning Rosie: Mexican American Women and the Wartime State

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Humanities Institute Room, room 286 of Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    History Professor Elizabeth Escobedo led this look back at a time when Mexican American women labored to defend the nation and strategically drew upon federal institutions and ideologies to challenge their treatment as second-class citizens.


    Wednesday, May 9
    Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Misrepresentations of Women in the Media

    Jennifer Siebel Newsom

    Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m. screening of Newsom's film Miss Representation; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. discussion with Newsom
    Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd.

    Jennifer Siebel Newsom—writer, director and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation—spoke at The Women's College Leadership Salon about how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of political power and influence.


    Thursday, May 10
    The Private Sector & Sustainable Development in Africa

    Logo for the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace

    Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location: The Garden Room inside the Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, 1901 E. Asbury Ave.

    This day-long symposium featured keynote speaker David Abdulai, president and CEO of the African Graduate School of Management and Leadership, discussing topics such as enabling private sector growth, and governance, conflict and political risk.


    Friday, May 11
    New Media Influence on Campaign Politics

    Brent Blackaby Jay Newton-Small
    David Weigel Dorian Warren

    Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: RSVP

    During this panel, four political and media experts discussed how the age of online media is changing and shaping the political landscape and elections. The speakers were: Brent Blackaby, online political consultant, Trilogy Interactive; Jay Newton-Small, congressional correspondent, TIME Magazine; Dorian Warren, assistant professor of political science, Columbia University; and David Weigel, political reporter, Slate magazine and MSNBC.


    Wednesday, May 16Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Students Share their Experiences Studying Abroad in South Africa

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Cyber Cafe, inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    A group of University of Denver students discussed their experiences during their travels and studies abroad in South Africa.


    Saturday, May 19
    2nd Annual New Beginnings Spring Powwow

    Native Student Alliance logo

    Time: 3 - 9 p.m.
    Location: (UPDATED) Gates Field House, 2201 Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: No registration necessary
    More information: Parking will be available in the Evans Garage, on the southeast corner of Evans Avenue and High Street.

    The University's Native Student Alliance hosted this second annual powwow to honor the cultural traditions of Native Americans.


    Monday, May 21Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Get Schooled: The State of Education Reform in Colorado

    DU's Get Schooled panel

    Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Joy Burns Center, 2044 E. Evans Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Email studentsfored.du@gmail.com to RSVP.
    More information: Parking will be available at 2130 High St.—just behind the Joy Burns Center.

    Education reform organizations across Denver gathered at the University for this panel exploring the current landscape of education reform initiatives in Colorado.

    Moderator Andrew Freeman—chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia—will lead the panel, which will feature:

    • Colorado Sen. Michael Johnston (D-Dist. 33)
    • Sean VanBerschot, executive director of Teach for America Colorado
    • Kayla McGannon, advocacy director at Stand for Children Colorado
    • Jeani Frickey Saito of JFS Public Affairs Group

    Tuesday, May 22
    Metro Vision 2040 Listening Tour & Sustainability Roundtable

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
    Location: The Commons inside Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.
    Cost: $7 donation suggested
    Register: RSVP
    More information: Contact Jill Locantore at 303-480-6752 or by email at jlocantore@drcog.org.

    During this listening tour, the Denver Regional Council of Governments presented its Metro Vision 2040 Plan, which aims to identify common values and regional priorities, highlight challenges and opportunities, guide decisions, present a call to action, and much more.


    Thursday, May 24
    The China Factor in Taiwan's Foreign Relations

    Dr. Kwei-Bo Huang

    Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Room 150 in Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Email ccusc@du.edu
    More information: Visit the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation online.

    The University welcomed National Chengchi University Associate Professor Dr. Kwei-Bo Huang for this lecture.

    A member of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s recent campaign team, Dr. Huang researches international conflict management, U.S. foreign policy and decisionmaking, public diplomacy and politico-military relations of Southeast Asia.


    Thursday, May 31
    What does it mean to be an English language learner in the 21st century?

    Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Registration: No registration necessary

    Join us for this panel discussion with high school juniors and seniors, and recent graduates who identify as English language learners (ELL).

    These students will explore what it means to be an ELL in the 21st century and provide insight into what every teacher should know about these learners in the classroom.


  • Friday, June 1
    Did the Party decide? What the 2012 Republican presidential nomination tells us about American politics

    Marty Cohen David Karol
    Hans Noel John Zaller

    Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Attendees explored the Republican Party's road to the White House—and the impact of the average voter—with this panel of experts:

    • Marty Cohen, James Madison University
    • David Karol, University of Maryland
    • Hans Noel, Georgetown University
    • John Zaller, University of California, Los Angeles

    Friday, June 1 - Sunday, July 29
    Off the beaten path: Violence, women and art

    Learn more about the photos in this exhibition.

    Time: Exhibit runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m on weekends through Sunday, July 29
    Location: RedLine art gallery, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver

    The Women's College sponsors this international contemporary art exhibition during its Denver showing at RedLine gallery.

    Come view art that explores five dynamics of gender violence—the individual; the family; the community; culture; and politics.

    See more information about the Women's College's July Leadership Salon at the gallery.


    Tuesday, June 12
    Healing the Heart of Democracy

    Parker Palmer

    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Location: Lunch: Boettcher Community Room, inside Craig Hall, 2148 High St.
                          Presentation viewing: Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.

    During this interactive video conference, Dr. Parker Palmer discussed his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.

    The video conference explored the role of religion in society—including how we can better create community, a sense of personal voice and agency, and understand our collective role in healing our democracy.


    Monday, June 25
    The Continuing Significance of Race: Education in a "Post-Racial" Obama Era

    Dr. Frank Tuitt
    Dr. Frank Tuitt is one
    of the featured speakers
    at this panel discussion.

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Room 151 of the Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Since Americans elected Barack Obama as their first African American president, the media has helped perpetuate the idea that the United States has reached a post-racial era. This panel explored whether race does, in fact, matter and have a place in public discourse.

    Panelists included:

    • Dr. Gregory Anderson, dean of the Morgridge College of Education
    • Dr. Tom Romero, associate professor of law at the Sturm College of Law
    • Dr. Maria Salazar, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction
    • Dr. Frank Tuitt, associate provost of inclusive excellence

    Thursday, June 28
    Centenary Symposium 2012: Discovery of Cosmic Rays

    Pierre Sokolsky

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of cosmic rays with this historical review of developments since this important scientific breakthrough.

    Symposium speakers included Pierre Sokolsky, dean of the University of Utah's College of Science.


  • Tuesday, July 17Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Democracy Betrayed? Women and Violence

    Logo for the Women's College at the University of Denver

    Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: RedLine art gallery, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver

    "Democracy Betrayed?: Women and Violence" featured a panel of local women leaders, who explored how violence against women and girls continues in a modern-day democratic society.

    Moderated by Dr. Lynn M. Gangone, dean of the Women's College, this panel featured Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele (coordinator of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Laura Merage (artist and founder of the RedLine art gallery), artist Sarah Wallace Scott and 2012 Women's College graduate Rebecca Handley.


    Tuesday, July 24
    TBD Colorado

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined the TBD Colorado Advisory Group at the University of Denver to hear project highlights and consider next steps.

    TBD Colorado is a nonpartisan, collaborative effort to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state.

    In April and May, TBD Colorado hosted more than 60 community meetings with 1,000-plus participants throughout Colorado and held six multi-region summits in June.

    No state dollars are being spent on TBD Colorado.


  • Saturday, Aug. 4
    Framing critical responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the African American Community

    Pernessa Seele will speak about the work of her nonprofit on Aug. 4 at the University.

    Time: public talk 6 - 7 p.m.; reception 7 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Ruffatto Hall Commons, inside Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.

    Dr. Pernessa Seele—founder and CEO of the Africa-based health care nonprofit The Balm in Gilead—discussed the alarming rate at which HIV/AIDS is affecting African Americans, and the large-scale response necessary—from the African American church and society at large—to address this pandemic.


    Monday, Aug. 20
    Spotlight Colorado: A Conversation about the Political State of Play

    Local experts in the major issues facing Colorado this election season will gather in Washington, D.C., for this panel event.

    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Washington, D.C., offices of The Glover Park Group

    The University of Denver hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., to explore the current political state of play in Colorado.

    Panelists—including faculty experts from the University of Denver as well as Colorado political experts—discussed the state's shifting political landscape, its diverse electorate (including the growing Hispanic population and increasing number of independent voters), and other issues that are making news in Colorado.

    Moderator Dee Dee Myers—former White House secretary and currently managing director at The Glover Park Group—led the following panelists:

    • Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and former chief of staff for Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
    • Dick Wadhams, Republican political strategist and former chair of the Colorado Republican Party
    • Seth Masket, associate professor of political science, University of Denver
    • Lisa Martinez, associate professor of sociology, University of Denver
    • Sam Kamin, professor of law, University of Denver
    • Robert McGowan, professor of management, University of Denver

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    All-Campus Lecture

    Watch this panel in DU's first All-Campus Lecture.

    Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Open to first-year DU students only

    Experts in a variety of issues relevant to the upcoming presidential election spoke during the University's All-Campus Lecture series—a set of talks that encouraged members of the community to stop, take time and listen to faculty members as they share their research and scholarship.

    Speakers and topics included:

    • Former Colo. Gov. Richard Lamm, co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies, "The brave new world of health care"
    • Associate Provost of Inclusive Excellence Frank Tuitt, Higher Education Program, Morgridge College of Education, "Education for social and political change: The continued search for education as the practice of freedom"
    • Professor Seth Masket, Department of Political Science, "Myth-busting presidential elections: What matters and what doesn't"
    • Associate Professor Jennifer Reich, Department of Sociology & Criminology, "Mis-conceptions about unintended pregnancy: Contraception and the politics of preventative care"
    • Professor Susan Schulten, Department of History, "Lincoln, Douglas, and the fate of the nation"

    Tuesday, Sept. 11Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    LLC Teach-in Tuesday: Religion and U.S. Politics

    Time:7 - 8:15 p.m.
    Location: Cyber Cafe inside Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    This discussion focused on trends in public discourse about religion leading up to the presidential election. Featured panelists included:

    • Andrea Stanton, assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies
    • Arthur Jones, clinical professor, the Women's College
    • Linda Hansen, instructor, Department of Religious Studies

    Wednesday, Sept. 12
    To form a more perfect union: Revitalizing the citizen voice by looking at our roots

    Hamilton vs. Jefferson

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    President Thomas Jefferson and statesman Alexander Hamilton returned to life and continued their heated debates over decisions integral to the founding of this country at this reenactment.

    Attendees viewed a debate of issues similar to those we're facing today, as brought to life by actors Clay Jenkinson (Jefferson) and Hal Bidlack (Hamilton).


    Thursday, Sept. 13
    How the West Will Be Won: Issues That Will Swing a Swing State

    Time: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
    Location: The auditorium inside The Denver Post building, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

    Former Colorado governors Bill Owens and Richard Lamm led this discussion of election-relevant topics such as immigration, fiscal accountability in government, land and water use, and energy extraction.

    Panelists included:

    • Michael Cortes, clinical assistant professor at DU's Graduate School of Social Work
    • Susan Daggett, interim director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute within DU's Sturm College of Law
    • Sharon Lassar, director of the Daniels College of Business Accountancy Program at DU
    • Josh Penry, former member of the Colorado House and former Colorado Senate minority leader

    Thursday, Sept. 13Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Science and antiscience in the U.S. elections

    Shawn Otto

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: Lindsay Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Award-winning author and science advocate Shawn Otto discussed the impact science and antiscience have on American elections during this Debate Event Series lecture.

    A regular speaker at science-related events, Otto is the author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. He also coordinated a national science debate between former presidential rivals Barack Obama and John McCain.


    Thursday, Sept. 13
    Debate Film Festival presents Being There

    Being There is the first film in DU's Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival.
    Photo courtesy
    the Denver Film Society

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    DU kicked off its Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival with this screening of Being There.

    About the film: Starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, this 1979 film focuses on Chance, is a simple-minded man who has been isolated his whole life, living in a man's house and tending his garden. When the benefactor of the home dies, Chance is thrust into the cruel world, and by acts of fate, becomes a prominent and influential celebrity. While his opinion is highly regarded, he's oblivious to anything important. Starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.


    Wednesday, Sept. 19
    The Art of Education: an interview with Colo. Sen. Michael Johnston

    Colorado Senator Michael Johnston

    Time: 6 p.m. reception; 6:45 p.m. interview with Johnston
    Location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, 1999 E. Evans Ave.

    Colorado Sen. Michael Johnston (D-Denver) discussed the state of education from his personal perspective as a student, teacher, administrator, author and member of the state senate.

    An alumnus of DU's Morgridge College of Education, Johnston was a member of the transition team on education policy for Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign.

    Earlier in his career, he was principal of Denver's Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, the Joan Farley Academy and the Marvin Foote Detention Center.


    Wednesday, Sept. 19Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Is money a form of political expression?

    Watch DU students debate whether money is a form of political expression.

    Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Lindsay Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Students from DU's debate team paired up with high school debaters from the Denver Urban Debate League to debate whether Citizens United should be abolished.

    The debaters answered questions from the audience, and a panel of DU and area experts judged the responses.


    Wednesday, Sept. 19Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Israel and the U.S. Presidential Election

    Time: 7:45 - 9:30 p.m.
    Location: Room 451 of Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Jonathan Sciarcon—assistant professor of Jewish history—presented this lecture, "Israel and the U.S. Presidential Election," followed by a question-and-answer session.


    Thursday, Sept. 20Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    The Affordable Care Act: If Not This, What?

    Hear Zeke Emanuel speak at DU.
    Photo courtesy
    Samuel Masinter

    Time: 7:15 - 9 a.m. Continental breakfast 7:15 - 7:40 a.m.
    Location: The Denver Post auditorium, inside the Denver Post building, 101 W. Colfax Ave.

    Dr. Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel—a major architect of the Affordable Care Act—debated Linda Gorman of the Independence Institute about the ACA during this event.

    Event moderators were Michael Booth of The Denver Post and Richard Lamm, former three-term Colorado governor and co-director of the University of Denver Institute for Public Policy Studies.


    Thursday, Sept. 20Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    David Sanger, The New York Times White House correspondent
    See David Sanger speak at the University of Denver.

    THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY.
    Time: 6 p.m. reception, followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will speak as part of the University's Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series.

    Best-selling author of the book The Inheritance, Sanger will speak on the heels of his latest book, An Age of Reckoning: Obama's Surprising Use of American Power.

    Sanger has spent more than two decades covering and analyzing news from the White House, including foreign policy, national security and the politics of polarization.


    Thursday, Sept. 20Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Fight for Your Rights: Tackling the Achievement Gap

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Craig Hall Community Room, 2148 S. High St.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Register online.

    This collaborative dialogue on education inequity in Colorado will feature 5 panelists representing multiple viewpoints from individuals with diverse backgrounds and positions in the field of education. Panelists will include DPS students, Public Achievement DU student coaches, teachers, DU alumni and representatives from higher education.

    Panelists will include:

    • James Cryan, executive director at Rocky Mountain Prep
    • Bill Jaeger, policy director, Stand for Children
    • Damion LeeNatali, chief of staff for Colorado Senator Mike Johnston
    • Juan Levario, senior at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
    • LeAnna Roaf, public achievement coach and DU senior
    • Moderator Kimberly Hartnett-Edwards, PhD, assistant professor at the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver

    Participating DU students, staff, faculty, and community members will engage in small group discussion, learn about the implications of educational inequality, hear from and interact with panelists, and explore reforms needed to eradicate the education achievement gap.


    Friday, Sept. 21Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Restoring fiscal responsibility

    Christina Romer will discuss getting the country's finances back in order at this event.
    David Walker will bring his perspective working with the White House to this discussion about fiscal responsibility.

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: RSVP

    A former financial adviser to the Obama Administration and the onetime U.S. comptroller general will lead this special discussion on restoring fiscal sanity to the federal government.

    The speakers—Christina Romer (professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and former chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers) and David Walker (CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, and U.S. comptroller general during the Clinton and Bush presidencies)—also will discuss the role ethics must play in solving America's financial crisis.


    Monday, Sept. 24Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Kids and the 2012 Election

    Michael Petit, president of Every Child Matters Education Fund

    Time: 8:30 a.m. check in and registration; event runs from 9 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Register online (form is at the bottom of the page)

    Michael Petit, president of Every Child Matters Education Fund, will lead this town hall discussion with "Year of the Student" nonprofit executive directors and community leaders concerned for Colorado’s children.

    Learn why they have chosen to get involved and what you need to know about P-20 education reform, the Colorado School Finance Partnership Report and Recommendations, and Colorado's children’s budget. Get the facts on how how federal budget cuts and sequestration will impact programs serving Colorado's children.


    Monday, Sept. 24Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    CounterPoints: Colorado's influence on the national conversation

    Call and Palacio

    This event is near capacity, and online registration has closed. We'll permit walk-in guests as space allows.
    Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Location: 1st floor, the Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building, 2255 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free

    Join three-term Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm as he moderates a debate between Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, and Rick Palacio, chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party.

    The discussion will include topics relevant to the upcoming presidential race, including potential effects of the election on the U.S. Supreme Court, the economy and Colorado energy issues.


    Monday, Sept. 24
    Voices of Experience, featuring Michael Long

    Michael Long

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Register online.

    Gather with members of the business community and general public as Arrow Electronics Chairman, President and CEO Michael Long speaks at this regular series, featuring prominent business professionals.

    Long has worked at Englewood, Colo.-based Arrow Electronics since 1991. This year, Fortune magazine recognized Arrow as one of its most admired companies.


    Tuesday, Sept. 25Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Science & policy: Building innovative societies and 21st century diplomacy

    William Colglazier

    Time: 4 p.m.
    Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Register online.

    Dr. William Colglazier will share his insights as science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State during this special event. The mission of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary is to provide scientific and technical expertise and advice in support of the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

    Since taking his current role in July 2011, Colglazier has used his post to support the United States' global scientific engagement in advancing science, solving global problems and advancing diplomacy.


    Tuesday, Sept. 25Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Campaign finance in a post-Citizens United era

    Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m. panel; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. reception
    Location: Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building, 2255 E. Evans Ave.
    Cost: Free; complimentary parking will be available in Lot L.
    Register: While online registration is now closed, walk-in guests are welcome to attend.

    Join us for this panel discussion of the campaign finance landscape leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

    Our expert panelists will include:

    • Mark Grueskin, Heizer Paul Grueskin, LLP
    • Lawrence Noble, Americans for Campaign Reform
    • Trevor Potter, Caplin & Drysdale

    Wednesday, Sept. 26Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    You've Earned a Say

    Kelli Fritts, AARP advocacy director, will moderate this conversation.

    Time:5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Ruffatto Hall Commons, 1999 E. Evans Ave. (event parking available in Lot E)
    Cost: Free, with refreshments provided (Students will receive free pizza coupons.)
    Register: Call 1-877-926-8300 to reserve your seat.

    Get the pros and cons on the major options that are on the table in Washington, D.C. —and learn what's being considered as Medicare and Social Security face long-term financial changes.

    Moderated by AARP Advocacy Director Kelli Fritts, You’ve Earned a Say—a national AARP campaign that engages people in conversation—offers voters balanced information about Medicare and Social Security proposals being debated on the campaign trail.


    Wednesday, Sept. 26Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Can war with Iran be averted?

    Join Tom Farer, Christopher Hill, Richard Lamm and Trita Parsi for this discussion.

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Hamilton Recital Hall inside the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.
    Cost: Free, though seating is limited
    Register: RSVP via email at mec@du.edu.

    Attend this open forum about our relationship with Iran and whether we can avoid full-blown war with the country.

    Speakers at this event include:

    • Tom Farer, a professor in the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    • Christopher Hill, dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    • Richard Lamm, co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver
    • Trita Parsi, author of the book Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran

    Thursday, Sept. 27
    The Myth of Religious Violence: Lecture and panel discussion

    Watch these panelists discuss religious violence.

    Time:12:30 p.m.
    Location: Arthur N. Gilbert Cyber Cafe, Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.
    Cost: Free
    Register: No registration required

    William Cavanaugh, Catholic studies and research fellow at DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, kicks off the first event in our speaker series on religion and violence—cosponsored by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Iliff School of Theology.

    Cavanaugh, author of the book The Myth of Religious Violence, will be the featured speaker in this event, which will include panelists such as:

    • Richard Lamm, former Colorado governor and codirector of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver
    • Carl Raschke, professor of religious studies at the University of Denver
    • Erica Chenoweth, professor of international studies at the University of Denver

    Thursday, Sept. 27Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Leadership Lessons From George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt

    Watch this fictional discussion between presidents George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Craig Hall Community Room, 2148 S. High St.
    Cost: Free
    Register: No registration required.

    Presidents George Washington (played by historian/actor Kevin Grantz) and Theodore Roosevelt (played by historian/actor Gib Young) offer leadership lessons from their own days in office to future generations.


    Thursday, Sept. 27Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Politics, Finance and Economics at a New Crossroads: Do We Need Different Models or a Different Vision?

    Anujeet Sareen, Currency Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management Company

    Time: 6:45 p.m.
    Location: Marcus Commons at the Daniels College of Business, 2101 S. University Blvd.
    Cost: Free
    Register: Register online.

    Come learn about key financial and economic issues at stake in the next presidential election from the perspective of Anujeet Sareen, currency portfolio manager at Boston-based Wellington Management Company.

    The discussion will address some of the key issues at stake in the next presidential election, including the national debt, distributive justice, unemployment and the trade deficit. Sareen will draw on his own experience with politics, finance and economics and discuss why the left and right are both wrong.


    Thursday, Sept. 27Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Debate Film Festival presents The Kennedy/Nixon Debate

    Join us for the DU Debate Film Festival movie The Kennedy/Nixon Debate.
    Photo courtesy Denver Film Society.

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    We celebrated the University's Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival with this special screening of The Kennedy/Nixon Debate.

    About the film: The Great Debates marked the first time voters could see their candidates in competition on television. Seventy million U.S. viewers tuned in to watch Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon in the first of three face-to-face presidential debates.

    People watching the debate on television generally believed that Kennedy won while those listening on the radio believed that Nixon had prevailed.


    Saturday, Sept. 29Presidential Debate Passport Program event
    Invisible Fences? Women, Race and Politics

    Join us for the Women's College Leadership Salon Series.

    Time:

    • 11 a.m. - noon—welcome and conversation
    • noon - 1:15 p.m.—lunch
    • 1:30 - 3:45 p.m.—viewing of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts play Fences
    • 4 - 4:30 p.m. talk back post-play discussion


    Location: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver

    We held this conversation about how gender and race have influenced and impacted the political landscape, followed by the August Wilson play Fences.

    The play—which follows the story of a man whose baseball career and life are blunted by racism—gave attendees the chance to reflect on the storyline's impact on the production's characters and their own lives.


  • Monday Oct. 1
    Our partisan gridlock: Let's talk about solutions

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Location: Gates Concert Hall inside the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.

    This evening kicked off with a screening of the documentary Patriocracy, followed by a high-level panel discussion about such important topics as campaign finance reform, redistricting, open primaries and transparency.

    Released in 2011, Patriocracy explores the extreme partisan polarization in America and its impact on our ability to address the nation's most pressing concerns.


    Monday, Oct. 1
    Debate Film Festival presents Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Join us for the DU Debate Film Festival movie Dr. Strangelove.
    Photo courtesy Denver Film Society.

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: the Denver Film Society's Colfax Theater, 2510 E. Colfax Ave.


    Attendees enjoyed this screening of Dr. Strangelove, part of the University of Denver's Presidential Debate Event Series Film Festival.

    About the film: Stanley Kubrick's Cold War classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age. Dr. Strangelove is a perfect spoof of political and military insanity, beginning when General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), a maniacal warrior obsessed with "the purity of precious bodily fluids," mounts his singular campaign against Communism by ordering a squadron of B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. The Soviets counter the threat with a so-called "Doomsday Device," and the world hangs in the balance while the U.S. president (Peter Sellers) engages in hilarious hot-line negotiations with his Soviet counterpart.


    Tuesday, Oct. 2
    Spotlight Colorado: A conversation about the political state of play

    Watch panelists in this conversation about the political state of play in Colorado.

    Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    This event examined Colorado's shifting political landscape and diverse electorate. It featured University of Denver faculty and representatives from the two major parties in Colorado.

    Moderator Dee Dee Myers, former White House press secretary, led this discussion, featuring:

    • Ryan Call, chairman, Colorado Republican Party
    • Rick Palacio, chairman, Colorado Democratic Party
    • Seth Masket, associate professor, DU's Department of Political Science
    • Lisa Martinez, associate professor, DU's Department of Sociology
    • Sam Kamin, professor, DU's Sturm College of Law
    • Sharon Lassar, director of the Daniel College of Business' School of Accountancy at DU

    Wednesday, Oct 3
    2012 Presidential Debate at the University of Denver

    The University of Denver's official presidential debate 2012 logo

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Magness Arena, inside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd.


    Thursday, Oct. 4
    Campaign 2012: Why Is This Happening to Us?

    David Von Drehle is a DU alumnus and editor-at-large for Time magazine.

    Time: 6:30 p.m. pre-event slideshow; 7 p.m. lecture
    Location: Davis Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free
    Register: RSVP

    University of Denver alumnus and TIME magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle returns to campus to discuss the changing presidential campaign process, and how it affects and is influenced by the media.

    Join Von Drehle for this special event and a question-and-answer session after the lecture.

    Please arrive early for a special slideshow of historic photographs of past presidential visits to campus, presented by University historian Steve Fisher.


    Friday, Oct. 5
    The 2012 Presidential Debate: Conflict Resolution on Violence and Politics

    Join us for this post-debate discussion of conflict resolution themes.

    Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Room 301 of Ben M. Cherrington Hall, 2201 S. Gaylord St.

    This post-debate conversation featured participants analyzing themes of conflict resolution, public safety, insecurity, bullying, mass violence and other topics discussed during the the Oct. 3 debate.

    Participants included:

    • Karen Feste, director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    • Cindy Fukami, core faculty member, Daniels College of Business
    • Darrin Hicks, core faculty member, Department of Communication Studies

    Saturday, Oct. 6
    The Capitol Steps: Political Satire On Stage

    The Capitol Steps is a group of U.S. Senate staffers turned Senate satirists.

    Time: 6:30 p.m. Behind the Curtain lecture; 7:30 p.m. performance
    Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.

    Attendees were entertained by this group of onetime U.S. Senate staffers as they satirized their former bosses in their 31-year-old act.


    Tuesday, Oct. 9
    Backwater to battleground: Have Colorado voters benefitted?

    Floyd Ciruli is a political analyst and pollster.

    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Lindsay Auditorium, inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Floyd Ciruli, political analyst and pollster, visited campus to discuss the implications of Colorado's role as a battleground state in the 2012 election.


    Wednesday, Oct. 24
    Strategists & Journalists: How the Media and the Parties Shape Political Messages in Colorado

    Panelists for this event include political strategists and journalists.

    Time: noon - 3 p.m.
    Location: Lindsay Auditorium in Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.
    Cost: Free, but registration required

    As a swing state, Colorado has been and will continue to be inundated with political campaign messages in the form of advertisements and speeches. This lively discussion between journalists and political strategists revealed how political messages are produced and subsequently mediated by journalists.

    Panel participants:

    • Karen Crummy, investigative/political reporter, Denver Post
    • Mike Melanson, senior partner, OnSight Public Affairs
    • Eli Stokols, political reporter, KDVR Fox 31
    • Dick Wadhams, Republican political consultant

    Tuesday, Oct. 30
    The More You Know: Financial Literacy and the Value of Education

    Chris Farrell, photo courtesy Marketplace.org
    Photo courtesy
    Marketplace.org.

    Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
    Location: Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Award-winning journalist Chris Farrell (senior economics contributor, American Public Media's Marketplace) presented information about financial literacy as it relates to higher education, public policy and personal finances.


  • Friday, Nov. 9
    The 2012 election: What happened?

    Panelists for the Nov. 9 discussion about the 2012 presidential election

    Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
    Location: The Community Room inside Craig Hall, 2148 S. High St.

    Panelists for this post-election recap included:

    • Matt Barreto (University of Washington)
    • Sunshine Hillygus (Duke University)
    • John Sides (George Washington University)
    • Lynn Vavreck (UCLA)

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