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Education Abroad interest meeting: Senegal

Photo from Global Seminar in Dakar, Senegal

Cultures of Activism in Dakar, Senegal

Spend Maymester differently this year and travel to Dakar, Senegal, for a 3-week, 3-credit course. Explore social justice and global development in the context of Senegal's rich cultural heritage while collaborating with a Senegalese activist theater troupe.

No language background required! Learn more at the interest meeting with faculty director Brian Quinn.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m.
Center for Community, room N215

Lecture on cannabis, cannabinoids and health after legalization

Cannabis illustrations

Join the CU Museum of Natural History for a free lecture Nov. 29. 

Given the increasing prevalence of recreational and medicinal marijuana and changing legal policies, understanding the effects of different forms of cannabis is an increasingly important topic. 

Cinnamon Bidwell will provide an overview of the current state of human cannabis research and important barriers to conducting cannabis research due to federal regulations and propose a path forward for collecting data on the abuse liability and potential therapeutic effects of legal market cannabis products.

Bidwell’s primary research focus is translational studies investigating the effects of abused drugs and how these effects impact psychological and physical health acutely and chronically. Her research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the state of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Cannabis: A Visual Perspective, currently on display in the BioLounge. 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History

Fool for a Day Award to be presented to Simpson family Dec. 7

Alan and Pete Simpson

The Center of the American West is proud to present the Wallace Stegner and the Humor Initiative’s Fool for a Day Award to Senator Alan Simpson, his wife Ann Schroll Simpson, Pete Simpson and his wife Lynne Simpson. Please join us for this once in a lifetime event.

Each year, the center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual or group of individuals who have made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore or an understanding of the West. The center also presents a Fool for a Day Award annually to celebrate those individuals whose skills and temperaments support the central conviction of the Center of the American West: A dose of good humor is essential to constructive public discussion and, not coincidentally, to public health.

The Center has combined the Stegner Award with the Humor Initiative to celebrate their contributions to our understanding of the West and to celebrate the opportunity to laugh as we do so. 

Alan Simpson, former U.S. senator from Wyoming, spent a career in public service. From Wyoming Assistant Attorney General to City Attorney, he was very active in all civic, community and state activities. As an author, teacher and visiting lecturer, he continues to serve on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and travels the country giving speeches. 

Ann Schroll Simpson’s career varied from teaching, grass-roots campaigning, real estate, constituent activities and social responsibilities. She served as co-chairman of the Congressional Wives Mental Health Committee, as a board member and president of the University of Wyoming Art Museum Board and as an active fundraiser for the Art Mobile, which was her brain child.  

Pete Simpson, a distinguished and award-winning academic, was twice elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives. He served as dean of instruction at Sheridan College and was appointed UW vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the University of Wyoming Foundation. Since retirement, he continues to participate in cultural and civic affairs and hosts the “Pete Simpson Forum” in the online newspaper WyoFile. 

Lynne Simpson’s career spans public administration, public affairs, community theater, the arts and social services. She helped establish the Eppson Center for Seniors in Laramie, co-founded the Laramie Summer Institute for Children, directed the University of Wyoming Renaissance Faire and taught in UW’s Trial Lawyer Institute. She served on the Wyoming Council for the Arts, the National Community Theater Association Board and was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Washington, D.C., and the Governor’s Arts Award. 

Visit the Center of the American West for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Village Center, Multipurpose Room

Free Texas Hold'em Poker tournament

Poker Texas Hold'em Tournaments, 7-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Put on your poker face, see if Lady Luck is with you and win prizes! Sign up 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk; cards fly at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome—all skill levels.

Upcoming dates:
Nov. 28  
Dec. 12, Grand Championship (winners playoff)

Check out all of The Connection’s weekly events | The Connection Bowling, Billiards & Games, UMC first floor

Spring internships at The Nature Conservancy and History Colorado

If you are a CU Boulder junior or senior interested in an internship at History Colorado or The Nature Conservancy next semester, Center of the American West may be able to help you make that happen.  

Our current openings include working as a research assistant or a school groups tour guide at History Colorado; and assisting with conservation science projects at The Nature Conservancy. Most of your time will be spent working at these organizations, and there will also be some academic activities under the guidance of a faculty advisor. 

Please see our website for more details and application instructions.

Public auction at CU Boulder Saturday, Dec. 16

CU Boulder Distribution Center

CU Boulder Property Services will hold a public auction of surplus property and equipment on Saturday, Dec. 16. Items will be available for preview beginning at 8 a.m., and the auction will begin at 9 a.m.

Auctions are held on the east side of the CU Boulder Distribution Center at 3300 Walnut St, Unit B.

Thursday, Dec. 14, is set aside specifically for CU Boulder departmental viewing only. To best serve our campus, we want to give CU departments a chance to acquire surplus items before they go on sale to the public. Preview times are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15, is set aside for a public preview of items from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Items may not be purchased at this time.

McClanahan Lecture to explore classical rhetoric in 'Julius Caesar'

Statue of Antony Brando

McClanahan Lecture: "Classical Rhetoric in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar" by Tyler Lansford

Among Shakespeare’s Roman plays, Julius Caesar is arguably the most Roman in both substance and form: Not only is the title character Rome’s premier imperialist, the very language breathes a uniquely authentic Roman atmosphere. A characteristic aspect of this Romanitas or ‘Roman-ness’ is the central importance of public eloquence: In true Roman fashion, it is persuasive speech that carries the day ("Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"). 

This talk explores the manner in which the ars rhetorica of Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian pervades and animates Shakespeare’s searching meditation on the justice of tyrannicide.

Lansford (PhD, University of Washington) is an instructor in the Department of Classics. Rhetorical demonstrations will be provided by Andy Walker, who played Decius Brutus/Pindarus in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Julius Caesar.

Sponsored by Mary E.V. McClanahan and the Department of Classics. Parking is available just north of Eaton Humanities at 1610 Pleasant St.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Eaton Humanities, room 150

Dec. 6 lecture to analyze Western Mexico shaft tomb figures

Shaft tomb figure of Western Mexico

"A Question of Life or Death: Renewing the Inquiry into the Shaft Tomb Figures of Western Mexico" by Professor Chris Beekman, CU Denver

The ceramic effigies found in shaft tombs of West Mexico have been used as evidence of shamanistic obsession with the underworld, but Beekman will be discussing how recent excavations and analysis of museum collections have called this interpretation into question. 

This free, public lecture is presented in partnership with the Archaeological Institute of America. Seating is limited. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall

Introduction to QGIS workshop Nov. 21

Earth Sciences & Map Library

If you’re curious about the world of free and open-source GIS software, it’s time to give QGIS a try. 

QGIS is a premier GIS desktop software application that works on PC, Mac and Linux (not to mention Android). In this workshop we will introduce the QGIS interface and guide you through common GIS procedures. 

Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Participants may also bring a personal laptop with QGIS installed prior to the workshop (visit QGIS.org to install for free). Email philip.white@colorado.edu if you need assistance installing the software.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
Earth Sciences & Map Library Conference Room (Benson 165G)

Fun research projects for kids

Junior Scientists

The Cognitive Development Center in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is looking for children age birth to 12 years old who are interested in playing games that will help teach us about self-control, language and cognitive strategies. 

A visit, scheduled at your convenience, lasts about 60 minutes. Babysitting is available for siblings. Parents are compensated for travel, and kids receive a fun prize.

To sign up, please visit our website; email cogdevctr@colorado.edu with your child’s name, gender, date of birth and parent contact information (address/phone number/email address); or call us at 303-492-6389.

For more information, feel free to check out our Facebook page.