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Pandemics Across the Ages

Coronavirus in Historical Context - A Streamed Panel Discussion




Time and again we are told that we are experiencing something entirely new with Covid-19, and it certainly feels that way. Yet for nearly the entirety of human history, up until the last century, infectious diseases were our primary killers. Epidemics regularly ravaged populations, and the sickness, death, grief and dislocation they bring are nothing new. Our panel of scholars will discuss how societies around the world—and close to home—were affected by and coped with the sudden onset of devastating diseases, ranging from Bubonic plague to HIV. Join us and bring your questions for the panel at this first virtual D-phi event!

Moderated by Kimberly Klimek

Panelists (in order of presentation):

Dr. Stephen Leonard (History)
"The 1918-19 Flu Pandemic in Denver and Colorado"

Dr. Adriana Nieto (Chicana/o Studies)
“Pandemic and Its Impact Across US-Mexico Borderlands: A family History”

Dr. Matthew Makley (History)
“The Speckled Monster in North America: Smallpox and Demographic Disaster Among Native Populations”

Dr. Brian Weiser (History)
“Science, Religion, and Social Distancing in 17th Century Europe”

Dr. Katherine Miller (Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies)
“The HIV Pandemic in India: A Gendered Examination.”

May 14, 4:00-6:00pm

The live stream is free and open to the public. Viewers will be encouraged to submit questions before the event, and in real time via text message for the Q&A following the panel. QUESTION LINE - 314-INQUIRY (314-467-8479)


Arc of Justice

Panel Discussions and Documentary Screening

This event will be a combined panel discussion and documentary screening. The documentary, Arc of Justice, is approximately 25 minutes long. There will be two panels- one to speak before the documentary, and one after. The first panel consists of experts who will speak to the history of housing discrimination and displacement in the Denver area and its subsequent effects on the current market. The CLT model will then be briefly introduced, providing a transition to the documentary screening. The second panel will consist of representatives from Denver-area CLTs to give an overview of current efforts.

Ferurary 26th
CAVEA, Student Success Building
Room 420 
890 Auraria Pkwy Denver CO 80204
This event is free and open to the public. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by clicking on This LinkYou are still welcome to attend without an RSVP, but the count ahead of time would really help us out!

The Evolution of Pixar

Film Screenings and Discussion

Pixar Theory: The best Pixar movie order

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view Pixar shorts from the last 30 years on the big screen, from Luxo Jr. (1986) to Bao (2018). Explore the evolution of Pixar films with Dr. Craig Svonkin, associate professor of English, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Svonkin will look at the technological advances and social and cultural changes that have shaped these innovative films. 

March 3rd
7:00 - 8:30pm
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Phipps IMAX Theater 
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205
This event is free for free for students, faculty and staff. RSVP by email to Tickets available at the Phipps IMAX Theater • $12 member, $15 nonmember $8 Students.

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Reflections on the Art of Living


James Reid, Professor of Philosophy, MSU Denver
Paul Blaschko, Assistant Director at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Sarah Pessin, Interfaith Chair and Professor of Philosophy & Jewish Thought, University of Denver

Caleb Cohoe, Associate Professor of Philosophy, MSU Denver and Lead Faculty Advisor, Mellon Philosophy as a Way of Life Project

January 30th
Tivoli Building - 900 Auraria Pkwy - Room 442 
This event is free and open to the public.

Simon Critchley - CANCELED

Lecture and Discussion on Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us

We regret that Prof. Critchley’s lecture has been canceled due to illness.  We are working to reschedule his talk, so please stay tuned.  Our sincere apologies for any inconveniences.. 

The Thin Red Line

Introduction by Local Philosophers and Film Screening

Due to illness, this screening will be introduced by local philosophers, rather than Dr. Critchley.

The Thin Red Line follows the events surrounding the battle for Guadalcanal in November 1942, as the US Army fought its bloody way north across the islands of the South Pacific against ferocious Japanese resistance. It is war film. “But,” Critchley says “it is a war film in the same way that Homer's Iliad is a war poem. The viewer seeking verisimilitude and documentation of historical fact will be disappointed. Rather, Malick's movie is a story of what we might call 'heroic fact': of death, of fate, of pointed and pointless sacrifice. Finally, it is a tale of love, both erotic love and, more importantly, the love of compassion whose cradle is military combat and whose greatest fear is dishonor […] The ambition of The Thin Red Line is unapologetically epic, the scale is not historical but mythical, and the language is lyrical, even at times metaphysical."

Februrary 13th

SIE Film Center 
2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
This event is free for free for students, faculty and staff. RSVP by email to Tickets can be purchased here.

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