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Past Programs & Events: Fall 08 - Spring 09

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Oct 2: From Lincoln-Douglas to Obama-McCain: 150 Years of American Political Rhetoric

See the media response for this event!
• Gillian Silverman's op-ed in the LA Times, date: 10/14
• Past holds lessons for future of presidential debates, International Herald Tribune
       (Global edition of the New York Times), date: 10/8

• Video Clip, Today’s debaters not as fiery as those in the past, KUSA-TV CH 9 (NBC) date: 10/2 (Archived, unavailable)
• History of Debate: Lincoln-Douglas vs. Obama-McCain, Calendar, date: 9/29 (Archived, unavailable)

Noon-1:30 pm Tivoli 320

“From Lincoln-Douglas to Obama-McCain: 150 Years of American Political Rhetoric,” sponsored by the Colorado Center for Public Humanities, brings together theatrical performance and political discussion and analysis.



The event will begin with a reenactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. Stephen Hartnett (Communication) and Gillian Silverman (English) will provide a frame for understanding the cultural world in which Lincoln and Douglas were performing. Following the reenactment, David Hildebrand (Philosophy) will lead a discussion about how political rhetoric and campaigning have evolved over the past 150 years, using clips from the recent Obama-McCain debate. We invite all members of the CLAS and UCD communities to participate, as well any interested parties from outside the university.
The event will take place on October 2, the week following the first Obama-McCain debate at the University of Mississippi.

Oct 14: Amendment 46, A Forum: Anti-Affirmative Action or Civil Rights Initiative?

Media response for the Amendment 46 Event
• Video Clip, Channel 2 coverage, date: 10/14
• Video Clip, KCEC 101 coverage, date: 10/14
• Marianne Goodland, Silver and Gold Record, date: 10/16

Noon-1:30 pm Tivoli Commons

Colorado Center for Public Humanities staged a debate on Amendment 46, the ballot initiative that would ban state government and public Universities like UCD from looking at race or gender in hiring, admissions or awarding contracts.



Our “Forum on Amendment 46” featured Jessica Peck Corry, who is Executive Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, presenting the pro-46 side of the argument; and Melissa Hart, who is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, presenting the anti-46 side.The event took place in the Tivoli Commons, one of the most highly public venues on the Auraria campus. The co-sponsors—the Center for Public Humanities and the Faculty Assembly Minority Affairs—plan to follow this event with a larger panel discussion in mid February 2009 on “The Crisis of Inclusion in Higher Education.”

Fall 2008 Series: Bad Religion

Oct. 23: Transcendence Gospel Choir: Pride and Love in Song

Noon-1:30 pm King Center Recital Hall
6:30-8:00 pm The Laboratory of Art and Ideas, 404 S. Upham St., Lakewood, CO

The world’s first transgendered choir comes to us from San Francisco to bring you “spirit-filled, funkified, and affirming gospel music.” The choir’s performance will be coupled with an award-winning film on the choir, and a discussion with group members about the choir’s history and mission.

Oct. 30: Native American Sacred Space in the National Parks

6:30-8:00 pm The Laboratory of Art and Ideas, 404 S. Upham St., Lakewood, CO

Lloyd Burton, author of Worship and Wilderness and Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, discusses the significance of land in Native American religion and the impact of sacred space on environmental policy. Native American representatives will present a slide show on specific areas within the national parks that have been designated as sacred.

Nov. 6: Jewish Survival, Jewish Renewal

6:30-8:00 pm The Laboratory of Art and Ideas, 404 S. Upham St., Lakewood, CO

The discussion will focus on new forms of Jewish identity in America. Is America too Jewish? Or are Jews an endangered species? Daniel Itzkovitz, associate professor of English and Jewish Studies at Stonehill College in Boston, and Shawna Friedman of the Rose Community Foundation in Denver, explore how popular Jewish comedians like Larry David, Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler are raising new questions of Jewish identity in American culture.

Spring 2009 Special Events:

February 12: The Crisis of Inclusion in Higher Education

Time and Place: 11:30 - 3:30
2nd Floor Terrace Atrium
Lawrence Street Center, 1380 Lawrence Street



Keynote Speaker: Paul Lingenfelter, Executive Director, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO). Respondent: Christine Johnson, Special Assistant to the Provost, University of Colorado Denver.
Together with the UC Denver Faculty Assembly Minority Affairs Committee, the Center for Public Humanities is organizing a discussion on "The Crisis of Inclusion in Higher Education." The impetus for the event comes from two developments: First, we would like to recognize as a university-wide problem (not just an admissions problem) the issue of the university‘s increasing inaccessibility as a result of feverish competition for prestige, decreases in state spending, and the tightening of the student loan market amid the current economic turmoil. Second, in the aftermath of the Amendment 46 defeat, we‘d like to revisit the strategies that universities have been using for recruiting students and faculty from underrepresented groups. The goals of the event are 1) to articulate and compare models of inclusiveness for the urban university, taking into consideration both the current economic conditions and the need to be inclusive along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability; and 2) to evaluate current practices for achieving our vision of an inclusive urban university.

March 11 and 12: Eyes Wide Open

Channel 4, coverage of our Eyes Wide Open Event.
• Video Clip, Denver Post coverage, date: 3/11/2009



This 2-part event marks the 6th anniversary of the Iraq invasion by commemorating those who have fallen in the war and by encouraging dialogue about the future of “the war on terrorism.” On both days, an exhibit of shoes representing the dead will be shown in the quad in front of St. Cajetan‘s.

Wednesday, March 11, 10:00am-2:00pm, quad in front of St. Cajetan‘s

The Colorado Center for Public Humanities at UCD will be commemorating the 6th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with two events aimed at marking the cost of the Iraq war and evaluating the future of the U.S.-led “war against terrorism.” Together with the American Friends Service Committee, we will be hosting the Eyes Wide Open exhibit on Wednesday, March 11, on the main quad in front of St. Cajetan‘s Cathedral. This exhibit includes a pair of boots for every Colorado soldier killed during the war, hence marking the human cost of war. The boots are surrounded by informational placards and signs to help viewers make sense of the exhibit. We will also feature Iraq War veterans reading personal statements about their experiences with the war.

Thursday, March 12, 11:30am-1pm, Room 320 Tivoli Student Union

On Thursday, March 12, from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, in room 320 of the UCD Tivoli Student Union, we will be hosting a discussion focusing on “Lessons from Iraq and The War on Terror.” This discussion will feature Steve Recca, director of Center for Homeland Security in Colorado Springs, and Michael Schwartz, author of " War Without End," . The moderator for the event is State Representative Joe Rice (House District 38). Representative Rice is an Iraq War Veteran and an alumnus from the School of Public Affairs. Mr. Rice will frame the discussion and provide questions for the panelists. Following the exchange between Recca and Schwartz, ample time will be reserved for dialogue with the audience, so come with your questions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan and other failing states, rogue agents, black-market nuclear weapons, or other questions about the War on Terror.