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Learning on the move, a Nov. 9 lecture

Learning in Informal Settings graphic

Learning in Informal Settings: "Understanding people's 'learning on the move' in a museum"
Learning in Informal Settings is an innovative seminar series covering a variety of topics, including learning through making, interactional studies and contemplative studies of the natural world. The Nov. 9 lecture will feature Vanderbilt University's Rogers Hall, professor and chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning, and Ben Rydal Shapiro, PhD candidate.

All lectures are free and open to faculty, alumni, students, educators and the public. Seating is limited.
The CU Museum of Natural History is located in the Henderson Building, open every day. For more information and upcoming seminars programs visit the museum online or call 303-492-6892.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall

Education Abroad interest meeting: Chile

Student squats by the water in Chile

Sustainable Potable Water Supply Systems Global Seminar (Santiago, Chile)

Calling all engineering students! Earn 3 credits in Chile this summer studying the application of rural water supply systems. 

Travel to local communities and learn about these systems directly from the community members who run them. This program includes excursions, museum visits, architectural tours through Santiago, a cooking class and more! Learn more at an informational meeting with the director Karl Linden. 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.
Engineering Center, classroom 155

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.

Nov. 15 talk to assess the impact of ancient urbanism

"Oppidum cadavera: Assessing the Impact of Ancient Urbanism on Modern Europe and Beyond" by John W. Hanson, CU Boulder Research Associate

We know that cities were a hallmark of the ancient world and had a fundamental impact on the development of urbanism in Europe and beyond, but it is still not clear the exact nature of the relationship between ancient and modern urban systems. 

In this talk, Hanson will use new data and innovative methods to explore to what extent ancient urbanism acted as a template for the modern world and what this can tell us about the survival, destruction or resilience of urban systems. 

This lecture is presented by the CU Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 
CU Museum of Natural History

Education Abroad interest meeting: Literary London

London buildings

Literary London: Virginia Woolf On-Site Global Seminar

Spend 3 weeks studying Virginia Woolf’s work on site in London! 

Experience the life and work of Woolf first-hand as you visit important literary sites such as Monk’s House, Charleston, Kew Gardens and Sissinghurst. This program, directed by Jane Garrity, examines the ways that London and its environs impacted Woolf’s vision of the English nation. Learn more at the interest meeting.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.
Center for Community, room S341

Ann Axtell Morris: Breaking new ground

Ann Axtell Morris

Join us Nov. 1 at the CU Museum of Natural History for a free lecture! 

Writer, artist and archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris inspired young people to study archaeology through the publication of two popular field autobiographies, "Digging in Yucatan" and "Digging in the Southwest." 

Her books recounted the excitement of discovery and the meticulous care employed by those seeking meaning from ancient artifacts and architecture. Although overshadowed by her more-famous husband Earl Morris and early 20th-century academics who tended to devalue the contributions of women, this lecture re-examines the significant contributions made by this pioneer archaeologist.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
CU Museum of Natural History

Education Abroad interest meeting: Indonesia

Indonesia Global Seminar

Cultural Transformations in Indonesia Global Seminar

Spend your Maymester in Indonesia studying the incredible cultural diversity of a country that consists of more than 16,000 islands! Trek in the jungles of Sumatra to visit indigenous people. Enjoy the beaches of Bali while learning about Hindu-Buddhism and religious politics. Marvel at vibrant and global urban centers in a predominantly Muslim country. 

This program is great for students in anthropology, the social sciences, humanities and CMCI or anyone with an interest in culture, religion and politics in Asia. It's also great for students with an interest in field-based research and documentary video production. The program is led by Christian Hammons, an instructor in anthropology and critical media practices. Learn more at the interesting meeting.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11:15 a.m. 
University Memorial Center, room 404

Explore graduate programs at School of Education open house Nov. 4.

Graduate Studies Open House

The School of Education offers a supportive community dedicated to preparing educators and leaders who share our passions for democracy, diversity, equity and justice. We offer teacher licensure and master's and doctoral degree programs. Explore the graduate programs at the CU Boulder School of Education Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4.

  • Connect with current students and faculty.
  • Take a tour of the beautiful CU Boulder campus.
  • Learn about financial aid, admissions, flexible course schedules and more.

Want to learn more? Sign up here to receive directions and a free parking code.

Explore symbiosis at 'Curious Connections in Nature'

Curious Connections in Nature graphic with illustrations of animals

In the wild world around us, everything is connected. Curious Connections in Nature is a new exhibition at the CU Museum of Natural History that delves into these connections through hands-on activities, multimedia displays and specimens from the museum’s collection.

The exhibition highlights symbiosis in our bodies, our backyards and beyond.
Discover the role of the prairie dog in Colorado’s grasslands. Learn about the microbes we host in our bodies. Explore the amazing world of lichens, diatoms and much more. The scientists who study these animals are profiled in the exhibit, and you can learn about their work.
Now open in the Changing Gallery. The CU Museum of Natural History is located in the Henderson Building, open every day. For more information and upcoming programs call 303-492-6892 or visit the museum online.

Free Texas Hold’em Poker tournament at The Connection

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

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:
Oct. 31
Nov. 14, 28  
Dec. 12: Grand Championship (winners playoff)

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

What is life? Professor to discuss searching for alien life forms

Think! Talk: "How to Search for Extraterrestrial Life"

The Center for Values and Social Policy in the CU Boulder Philosophy Department invites you to a public talk by Carol Cleland Thursday, Oct. 26.

The question "what is life?" is foundational to biology and especially important to astrobiologists, who may one day encounter utterly alien life, and scientists trying to understand how life arises from nonliving chemicals under natural conditions.

The most popular approach to answering this question is to provide a “definition” of life. Cleland will explain why this approach is mistaken and sketch a strategy for searching for alien forms of life without the guidance of a definition or universal theory of life, closing with an application to NASA’s fledgling search for extraterrestrial life.

Cleland is a full professor of philosophy at CU Boulder. She has written on the nature and origins of life in several manuscripts and a book, The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life: Searching for life as we don’t know it. She also is affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is a member of CU’s Center for Astrobiology. Most recently, she was named director of the new Center for the Study of Origins.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hellems Arts and Sciences, room 199

Anti-plagiarism presentation for international students

Anti-Plagiarism: Practical Strategies & Resources

“Anti-Plagiarism: Practical Strategies & Resources” by Young Kyung Min

This year, the Writing Center is offering a new series of events to support international students' academic needs. We cordially invite you to our first presentation about proper citation and avoiding plagiarism:

Writing conventions differ from culture to culture. Many international students find it challenging to use sources responsibly and effectively for their writing assignments. This workshop discusses practical strategies that students can use to avoid plagiarism and to improve their ability to write with sources for U.S. academic writing.

Snacks will be served. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m.
University Memorial Center, room 384

Exhibit spotlights groundbreaking cannabis research at CU Boulder

Cannabis illustrations

Cannabis: A Visual Perspective features a juried selection of botanical illustrations presented by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists rendered in watercolor, colored pencil, print and mixed media. The exhibit examines three species and seven subspecies of the genus Cannabis and spotlights the groundbreaking research conducted at CU Boulder. 
The CU Museum of Natural History is located in the Henderson Building at 15th Street and Broadway, open every day. Admission is free. For more information and upcoming programs call 303-492-6892 or visit the website.
Photo: Botanical illustration, Cannabis sativa by Ida Pemberton, circa 1940. Courtesy of the CU Museum of Natural History.