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International Film Series presents 'The Road' Nov. 9

The Road movie poster

The CU International Film Series presents The Road with introduction by Tim Oakes, professor of geography and director of the Center for Asian Studies.

The New Zealand International Film Festival said of the film:

"For almost four years, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Zanbo documented the construction of a massive highway through a rural district in Hunan Province. Organizing his often startling up-close footage into chapters, he reveals a project rife with corruption, violence and cynicism . . . Dislocated peasants see their homes literally dynamited and clamor for compensation. Migrant workers regularly risk their lives for paydays that never seem to arrive . . . Director Zhang has himself suggested that the title might not refer just to the Xu-Huai Highway, but also to the road taken by China."

This event is open to the public. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before showtime. General admission is $8; tickets for CU Boulder students with a Buff OneCard and senior citizens are $7. We give a $1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet, and you can see movies for free on your birthday or if you are assisting someone in a wheelchair. Credit cards are accepted at the door. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, please arrive early. 

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Muenzinger Auditorium

8-ball billiards tournament Oct. 25

8-ball billiards tournament Wednesdays at the UMC

Show your skills at next week's 8-ball billiards tournament at The Connection! 

$5 entry fee. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m at The Connection front desk. Play begins at 7 p.m. Tournaments run in either double elimination or round-robin format. BCA rules apply. Prizes for top finishers!

Upcoming dates:
8-ball: Oct. 25, Nov. 8
9-ball: Dec. 6

CU Boulder affiliates to speak at TEDxMileHigh

TEDxMileHigh: Wonder 11/11/17 Denver, Colorado

TEDxMileHigh: Wonder will feature three live sessions of speakers and an interactive exhibits lounge. The event will spark your imagination and stir your sense of adventure as Colorado's brightest thinkers and doers activate engagement with big ideas, from science and technology to education and design.

The Nov. 11 event will feature two CU Boulder affiliates, selected from an expansive pool of applicants: Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Brian Toon and Growing Up Boulder Program Director Mara Mintzer.

Although speakers are not allowed to divulge the exact content of their speeches, Mintzer said her talk will be related to her current work at Growing Up Boulder, where she helps integrate children and youth voices into Boulder's city planning. Read more.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a self-organized program of local events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Tickets and event details are available at tedxmilehigh.com.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Colorado Convention Center

Getting started with ArcGIS Pro

Earth Sciences & Map Library

Have you given ArcGIS Pro a try? ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s latest full-featured desktop GIS application (and perhaps the eventual replacement to ArcMap). GIS users familiar with ArcMap will find much of the same functionality in ArcGIS Pro with a much needed update to the user interface—it is actually quite intuitive. 

In this workshop, Phil White will introduce participants to the Pro interface, review new features and walk participants through common GIS procedures. Participants must have a CU Boulder ArcGIS Online account to use ArcGIS Pro. Request an account here.

Laptops with requisite software applications will be provided. Participants may also bring a personal laptop with ArcGIS Pro installed (installation instructions available here). Email philip.white@colorado.edu if you need assistance with installation or authorization.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1–2:30 p.m.
Earth Sciences & Map Library, upstairs study room BESC 165G


Fall color tree walk Oct. 25

Old Main building during fall

Enjoy the splendor of Boulder in the fall! Join Facilities Operations Arborist Vince Aquino to learn about the unique history and features of different species of trees located on the CU Boulder campus. 

The tour will meet at the south entrance of the CU Museum of Natural History, rain or shine. 

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History

New this year: Trivia Night at The Connection

Trivia Night Mondays at 7 p.m.

Join The Connection on Mondays for Trivia Night! Test your knowledge of everything from celebrities to sports to history and more.

Sign up for free at 6 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Games begin at 7 p.m., with prizes for top finishers!

Upcoming dates:
Oct. 23
Nov. 6, 27
Dec. 11

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

Feeling depressed, down, sad or blue?

Affordable psychotherapy is available at the Raimy Clinic in the Muenzinger Psychology Building on Main Campus. Special low rates are available for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.

Raimy Clinic therapists can provide help coping with depression, sadness, isolation, feeling down and other difficulties, as well as helping you meet your goals for improving your mood and increasing healthy behaviors.

Oct. 24 lecture to explore ecology of plague in Western U.S.

Prairie dog in Utah

Join the CU Museum of Natural History Oct. 24 for a free lecture, "Combating the Black Death: Mitigating Sylvatic Plague in the Western United States."

The word plague is used to describe a multitude of biological events with negative consequences for humans. Speaking strictly, however, there is one plague–-the zoonotic disease caused by Yersinia pestis, a flea-borne bacterium that infects mammal hosts, including humans. Plague is arguably best known for causing the Black Death in Europe, the greatest public health disaster in history. However, plague persists mostly in wildlife and can infect mammals of at least 73 genera and more than 200 species globally. 

This presentation will summarize research on the ecology of plague in the Western U.S. Controlled experiments demonstrate that plague is causing chronic problems in populations of many mammals, including threatened and endangered species. Moreover, several lines of evidence suggest plague is disrupting ecosystem functions, for instance when the disease suppresses populations of keystone or foundation species. Case examples will be presented, and a proposal will be extended for a greater emphasis on the conservation ramifications of plague.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History

Education Abroad interest meeting: Ireland

University College Dublin, River Liffey

Writing in Ireland Global Seminar

Complete your A&S Core upper-division written communication requirement abroad in Ireland next June! You'll create your own Irish Odyssey digital story and explore both Dublin and the Irish countryside, including taking part in the exciting Bloomsday Festival. 

Learn more at an interest meeting with the director Catherine Kunce.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m.
Center for Community, room S435

International Education Week photo contest deadline extended

Photo of children in Tanzania

The deadline to submit photos has been extended to Friday, Oct. 27. First place gets a $75 gift card!

In honor of the upcoming International Education Week, Nov.13-17, Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services is excited to announce a photo contest open to recent study abroad returnees and current international students and scholars.

Entrants are encouraged to submit a photo that reflects International Education Week’s mission of promoting international and intercultural understanding.

Three winners will be selected from Education Abroad Alumni photo submissions, and three winners will be selected from the International Student and Scholar photo submissions. Winners will be honored at a reception Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Submit your photo online now. Please read the rules and eligibility requirements carefully before submitting your photo.

Stay tuned for more details on International Education Week and all the great events to look forward to in November. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Professor to provide insight on feminist legal theory, equality

43rd annual Austin W. Scott, Jr. Lecture "Essentially a Mother"

Join the University of Colorado Law School Dec. 1 for this year's Austin W. Scott, Jr. Lecture featuring Professor Jennifer S. Hendricks.

When employer-provided health insurance covers contraception, is that sex equality, special benefits for women, or something else? What about workplace accommodations for breastfeeding? 

Historically, U.S. courts would have called these sorts of benefits "special rights," not required—and perhaps even suspect—under legal guarantors of equality. In recent years, however, public debates and court decisions have shifted toward treating "women's unique biology" as something that must be accommodated in order to attain sex equality. Is this progress, or does it stereotype women as mothers and hinder their advancement?

In her talk, Hendricks will discuss these questions and more and provide insight on how the law and feminist legal theory have struggled to reconcile biological sex differences with principles of equality.

A reception for registered guests will follow the lecture. Please visit the event page for more information and to register. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

Watch Buffs football via ESPN this Saturday

The Colorado at Washington State football game on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Pullman will kick off at 8:45 p.m. MDT and will be televised nationally by ESPN. Other Pac-12 selections this Saturday follow in MDT.

Arizona State at Utah
1:30 p.m., FS1

Oregon at UCLA
2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

USC at Notre Dame
5:30 p.m., NBC

Arizona at California
6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

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.