- February 28th. 5:00-5:45 (online): What is Happiness? A Panel Discussion with Denver Public Schools GT program (all students are welcome to join). Panelists include Profs. Elizabeth Goodnick, Brian Hutchinson and Adam Graves. Please email [email protected] for event link.
- March 3rd (2:00 p.m) Jordan Student Success Building, Room 400: Young Adult Fiction: Reading and Discussion with Authors. Moderated by Jill Adams; Panelists include Samantha Cohoe and other authors.
A conversation with authors Jenny Elder Moke and Samantha Cohoe about the craft and business of writing, from that shiny new idea to seeing your book on shelves for the first time. The authors will discuss their recent novels, and will share key steps in their process that are essential to starting the journey, staying on the path through the murky middle, and celebrating hard-earned publishing victories.
Jenny is the author of CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN, a gender-bent Indiana Jones-style YA historical adventure, it’s sequel RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS (forthcoming 6/22) and HOOD, A Robin Hood retelling about the Prince of Theives’s daughter (Disney/HYPERION). Samantha is the author of BRIGHT RUINED THINGS, a YA historical fantasy about a rich magical family with secrets their young ward uncovers one dangerous night, and A GOLDEN FURY, about a teenaged alchemist fleeing the French Revolution on the verge of creating the Philosopher’s Stone. (Wednesday Books/Macmillan)
Thursday, February 17th
5:30pm – Panel:
1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204 (in room Studio 1 on the third floor)
7:00pm – Performance:
Singleton Theater, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts
“Albee, Absurdism, and Adaptation in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”: Performance and Panel Discussion at the Denver Center for Performing Arts
Panelists include Profs. Rebecca Gorman, Cristina Bejan, and Tish Richard, as well as Sam Wood from DCPA.
This show is currently sold out! If you have already reserved a ticket, it will only be available for pickup at the beginning of the panel discussion. However, if you have not reserved a ticket, there’s still a good chance that we will have one available for you. We will be distributing unclaimed tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the panel discussion.
Note: Please see the DCPA vaccination and mask requirements here. These apply both to the panel discussion and the performance.
February 3rd, 10-11:30AM (online)
Aristotle’s On the Soul
Professor Caleb Cohoe will discuss Aristotle’s psychology and philosophy of mind with a panel of international experts who have contributed to his newly released book, Aristotle’s On the Soul: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, January 2022). In this work Aristotle aims to uncover the principle of life, what Aristotle calls psuchē (soul). For Aristotle, soul is the form which gives life to a body and causes all its living activities, from breathing to thinking. Aristotle develops a general account of all types of living through examining soul’s causal powers. The thirteen new essays in this Critical Guide demonstrate the profound influence of Aristotle’s inquiry on biology, psychology and philosophy of mind from antiquity to the present. Panelists will share their insights on key Aristotelian topics such as form, reason, capacity, and activity and situate Aristotle in his intellectual and scientific context.
Jason W. Carter (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
Christopher Frey (University of South Carolina)
Katerina Ierodiakonou (University of Geneva and University of Athens)
Mark Johnstone (McMaster University)
Jessica Moss (New York University)
Krisanna Scheiter (Union College)
Politics, Alienation and the Uncanny: A Michael Haneke Film Retrospective
Michael Haneke has been called “one of contemporary cinema’s most provocative and incisive filmmakers” (MoMA). His work reveals aspects of alienation and the uncanny in modern European life, shining a light on the marginalized and exposing the contradicts and self-deceptions of bourgeois society. Haneke raises persistent questions about the nature of evil, innocence, and collective guilt. But he is bold enough to leave those questions wholly unanswered and to leave his audience feeling unsettled and out-of-joint. Ultimately, these films disclose uncomfortable truths—challenging us to see ourselves as we really are, rather than as we take ourselves to be.
This retrospective presents some of Haneke’s most highly acclaimed and thought-provoking films. Each film will be introduced and contextualized by scholars from a variety of MSU Denver departments—including philosophy, political science, film studies, modern language, and literature.
Special guests include:
Jean-François (Associate Professor of French Literature)
Sheila Rucki (Professor of Political Science)
Vincent Piturro (Professor of Film and Media Studies)
Craig Svonkin (Professor of English Literature)
Hosted by Adam J. Graves (Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry at MSU Denver)
April 4: CODE UNKNOWN
April 11: CACHE
April 18: WHITE RIBBON
April 25: THE PIANO TEACHER
All shows begin at 7:00pm
SIE Film Center – 2510 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Free tickets for members of the MSU Denver Community! No need to reserve tickets, just show up 15 minutes before the event and we’ll purchase one for you!
Fermi’s Paradox and Human Nature
Monday April 25, 2022, 3:30 pm
Jordan Student Success Building room 420
In 1950, Enrico Fermi initiated a series of informal discussions among his Los Alamos colleagues as to the ubiquity of extra-terrestrial life and the probabilities of contact with alien civilizations. He famously asked, “Where are they?” citing the lack of any physical evidence for extra-terrestrial life, and hence the scientific paradox which still carries his name.
“Are we alone in the Universe?” is arguably one of the oldest and perhaps most universal questions ever asked. Join us and a panel of interdisciplinary experts as they dissect the question of where the extraterrestrial intelligence is and the philosophic and scientific implications the answers to that question have for human life on earth. Experts from CU Boulder, MSU Denver, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be here with us.
You will not want to miss this discussion it is sure to be out of this world!
Expert Guests include:
Carol E. Cleland Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy, CU Boulder) Professor of Philosophy Director, Center for the Study of Origins; SETI Institute Affiliate
Research interests and expertise lie in the areas of Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Logic, Metaphysics, philosophy of biology, causation, and space and time.
Ka Chun Yu Ph.D. (Denver Museum of Nature and Science) Assistant Curator of Space Science Research focus and expertise in observational star formation, outflows from protostars, properties of young stellar clusters, and creating planetarium and data visualizations of the known universe.
Kamran Sahami Ph.D. (Physics Department, MSU Denver) Professor of Physics; Planetary and Space Science
Research interests and expertise include Non-Linear Systems, General Relativity, Electro-optics and Physics, and Astronomy Education.
Roger Green Ph.D. (English Department, MSU Denver) Senior Lecturer of English; Film and Media Studies; Literature; Music; Rhetoric
Roger finished his second Ph.D. in Religious Studies & Theology. Areas of research and expertise dive into Political Theology, Literature, Literary Theory, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Composition.