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Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series​

Presented by The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund​ 

Lectures are free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectures focus on subjects to help narrow the widening gap between fast moving advances in knowledge acquisition and their understanding and appreciation by the general public. The individuals selected as lecturers are chosen to fulfill the lectureship’s important public outreach function and contribute to an understanding and appreciation of rapid advancements and important nuances in their fields. Our lecturers are chosen on the basis of their international renown and their ability to speak and interact with a well-informed public audience.

These lectures are presented at CU Denver and are generally given each fall.


Upcoming Lectures


THE RESCHEDULED DATEs are pending and will be posted to this site when confirmed.

Kip Thorne, PhD

Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus at California Institute of Technology

2017 Nobel Laureate, Physics

Executive Producer of Interstellar

The Warped Side of the Universe: 
From Black Holes and Wormholes to Time Travel and Gravitational Waves

Due to the anticipated high attendance of this event, pre-registration and tickets are required.  Seating in the auditorium are first-come, first-served.  Your ticket does not guarantee seating.


Kip Thorne led a research group at Caltech from 1967 to 2009, focusing on relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics, with emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes, the theory of time travel, and gravitational waves.  He was a cofounder of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Project and made the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves arriving at Earth from the distant universe in 2015.  For these contributions, Dr. Thorne shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.  In 2009, he stepped down from his professorship at Caltech to ramp up a new career at the interface of art and science, which included authoring a treatment and serving as executive producer for Christopher Nolan's 2014 blockbuster, Interstellar.  Today, he continues his research and scientific consulting and is working on a new movie project along a forthcoming book: The Warped Side of the Universe.

Please direct all questions to University Events.​

Paul Boulos, PhD

CEO, Digital Water Works

National Academy of Engineering

Building and Sustaining Successful Companies


Paul Boulos is one of the world's foremost experts on water resources and navigation engineering.  He is the recipient of numerous honors from national and international scientific and engineering societies, governments, univerities, and NGO's.  Among them is the U.S. Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate, their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity.  Dr. Boulos is a highly dynamic engineering and technology business leader and philanthropist, with a stalwart commitment to the welfare of young people and a passionate voice for the next generation of engineers. 

Please direct all questions to University Events.​


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