The Benson Center seeks to broaden the sphere of conversation at the University of Colorado, exposing students and the larger community to the full range of intellectual discourse that takes place in our country today. We take as our foundation the Western intellectual tradition and seek to showcase the possibility of respectful, intelligent debate over the issues that matter most to our society. We offer public events on the major issues of our time throughout the academic year.

There are four ways to stay abreast of our events and activities:

In compliance with university direction regarding public health and safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benson Center fall 2020 events are virtual.

Live captioning and ASL available upon request. Please submit an ASL and Real-time Captioning Request to the ADA Compliance Office. The Office attempts to fulfill all requests for interpreting and real-time captioning; however, requests received less than 2 business days prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. For more information, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance website, send an email to or call 303-492-9725.

Some events are livestreamed on Youtube at For these events, no registration is necessary to view. To participate in the Q&A, however, you must be signed into a non-CU Boulder Gmail account and use the chat function. For those who cannot use the chat function, please email your questions to and we will post them.