Fall 2018 Symposium: The Exploration of Life’s Origin from Antiquity to the Present: October 5-6, 2018

The question of how life originated on Earth has fascinated human beings for more than two thousand years. The Center for the Study of Origin’s 2018 Fall Symposium explores the question of the origin of life from a multidisciplinary perspective. Invited speakers include a scholar of biblical studies ( Jacqueline...


Dead Sea Scrolls, May 24, 2018


CSO Speaker March 19, 2018: Catherine Labio

Please join the center of the Study of Origins on March 19, 2018 at 3pm (location TBD) for our next speaker: Prof. Catherine Labio Origins as Fact and Theory Enlightenment thinkers turned obsessively to the question of origins— of languages, societies, the universe, ideas, value, &c. Thinkers defined origins either...


April 5-6, 2018: 48th International Arctic Workshop - Boulder, CO

The 48th International Arctic Workshop: Deciphering the Past, Anticipating the Future: From Ice to Humans, wil be held from April 5-6, 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Arctic Workshop is open to all interested in high-latitude environments, including the past, present, and future


April 26 – 28: New Orleans, Global City (1718 – 2018): The Long Shadow of John Law and the Mississippi Bubble

The regional 18 th - & 19 th Century Studies Network will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference at the University of Colorado Boulder. Scholars from the US, Europe, and French Guyana will gather in Boulder to explore the role played by the first international stock market bubble in the birth...


Volcanoes, the Failures of the Gods, and the Collapses of Empires

February 9-10, 2018 | Free and Open to the Interested Public ‘The Great Day of His Wrath’, John Martin, 1851 One of the two most severe and long cold periods of the past few thousand years began abruptly in 536 CE. The cold lasted for many years, and suppressed evaporation...


Dr. Klymkowsky Inaugural CSO Talk

Dec. 1, 2017

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Michael Klymkowsky from MCDB as a new Center for the Study of Origins Fellow. Please join us for his inaugural talk on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at 2PM in BESC 380.


Live Faculty Talk: The Outer Reaches of Inner Space

Nov. 8, 2017

Most people alive today have spent their entire existence within the Space Age. The more we learn about outer space, the more we understand how our inner space was shaped by it. As such, some ethnologists have proposed that a new mythology is the expected result of that understanding. Which...

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How Ancient Israel Began

October 31, 2017 | 12:30-2:00PM The Religious studies Department colloquium series continues with Dr. David Ilan and his presentation exploring old and new ideas on the origins of ancient Israel.


October 6: Origins Invited Talk: Millie Chen

Sept. 30, 2017

2 PM Friday, October 6, 2017, BESC 380 How are culture, politics, economics and ecology inscribed on an object? How can the interpretation of an object, be it mythologized or banal, challenge our assumptions about history, technology and science? What drives the research and binds together all of the works...