Published: Dec. 1, 2017

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February marks the debut of CU Boulder Next, a nine-stop, seven-state tour for a dynamic cast of CU Boulder’s most captivating faculty, staff and students, offering alumni and friends the chance to experience the latest and best of CU Boulder.

The large-scale tour opens in Los Angeles Feb. 24 and concludes in Boulder in April 2021, with intermediate stops in seven major cities.

Initiated by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, CU Boulder Next is the first event of its kind for CU. It aims to showcase and share the bright minds and cutting-edge research that are the university’s lifeblood and hallmark.

A series of brief TED-style microlectures — Buff Talks — forms the heart of the half-day event, followed by breakout sessions that provide a forum for conversation with the experts. Aerospace engineering, athletics and other campus units will stage exhibits, allowing attendees to experience extraordinary elements of the campus atmosphere.

“This exciting program showcases the phenomenal breadth of academic achievement that makes CU Boulder a top university for innovation,” said DiStefano. “We look forward to interacting with alumni, donors, parents and prospective students in cities across the U.S. beginning in Los Angeles in February 2018.”

Presenters will delve into biosciences, humanities, the arts, engineering, politics and more.

The kickoff in Los Angeles takes place at the J.W. Marriott L.A. Live on Saturday, Feb. 24. Following the series of 10-minute expert lectures, nine faculty will lead discussion sessions, including Marie Banich, an expert on the teenage brain, and English professor Adam Bradley, an entertaining authority on the poetry of pop songs.

The tour resumes in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 21, at the Washington Marriott Marquis. San Francisco, Francisco, Seattle and Denver will follow in 2019.

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