Do you love to learn? Are you interested in the arts and humanities, science or music? Brush up on your knowledge through free public lectures offered through our office. The series runs during the fall and spring semesters and features some of CU Boulder's most dynamic faculty.
Spring 2023 lectures will be in a hybrid format. You will be able to choose between attending in person or virtually. Both formats will include audience participation.
Attend in person: Registration will not be required to attend in person, but seats will be strictly limited to 200 people. Please click below on the individual lecture boxes for location and parking information.
Attend virtually: A live-stream of the in-person lecture will be hosted in a Zoom Webinar format. Registration to attend virtually is required for each lecture and is available by clicking on the individual lecture boxes below. Registration is not available over the phone. Note that the Zoom Room will open shortly before each lecture. You do not need to download Zoom to your computer to join the webinar once you are registered.
Spring 2023 Lectures
A Study of Inequity in Sport
Nicholas Villanueva, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of Critical Sports Studies
Saturday, February 4, 2023 • 1-2:30 p.m. • CASE 4th Floor Auditorium
Music of the “Long” ‘70s: Black Power, Punk, Jambands, and Jewish Soul
Jay Keister, Associate Professor, College of Music
Reiland Rabaka, Founder & Director, Center for African & African American Studies
Micheal Sebulsky, Lecturer, College of Music
Jeremy L. Smith, Professor, College of Music
Keith Waters, Professor, College of Music
Saturday, March 4, 2023 •
1- 2:30 p.m. • CASE 4th Floor Auditorium
How GPS Changed Everything
Penina Axelrad, Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Saturday, April 15, 2023 •
1- 2:30 p.m. • Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Building Room 120
Guided and self-guided tours of the building will be possible Noon -12:45 and 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
If You Go
A Mission to Touch the Sun
Compromise in an Era of Party Polarization
Reflections on Musical Time
Learning to Live with Megafires
Jan. 26, 1–3 p.m.
Pop Music Video and the Cuban Nation
Feb. 23, 1–3 p.m.
Ancient Aliens and Contemporary Archaeology
March 16, 1–3 p.m.
Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
April 21, 1–3 p.m.
Bernstein as Teacher: Exploring the Language of Music
Sept. 8, 1–3 p.m.
Building for Eternity: The Romans Conquer the Sea
Oct. 13, 1–3 p.m.
The Knowledge Illusion
Nov. 3, 1–3 p.m.
CU Rockets: The Heroes of Future NASA Missions
Dec. 1, 1–3 p.m.
The Dark Side of Government Speech
Jan. 27, 1–3 p.m.
Plants That Unmask Criminals
Feb. 24, 1–4 p.m.
The Wild Lives of Asteroids
March 17, 1–3 p.m.
Environmental History of the High Rockies
April 21, 1–3 p.m.
What do you Hear? Listening to Modernist Music
Sept. 30, 1–3 p.m.
Balancing Oil, Gas, Air and Water Resources
Oct. 14, 1–4 p.m.
Keeping Politics From Derailing Critical Climate Action
Nov. 4, 1–3 p.m.
How Renewable Technologies can Transform Energy
Dec. 9, 1–4 p.m.
What Darwin Didn't Know About Animal Evolution
Feb. 11, 1–3 p.m.
Korey Wise and Other Wrongful Convictions
Feb. 25, 1–4 p.m.
Mayan Commoners and Their Uncommon Lives
March 11, 1–4 p.m.
Chinese and American Views on the Media's Role
April 22, 1–3 p.m.
CU in the Great War
Sept. 24, 1–3 p.m.
The Undertold Story of how Latinos Shaped Boulder County
Oct. 22, 9–11 a.m.
Justice in a Warming World
Nov. 5, 9–11 a.m.
A Musical Exploration of Grief Beyond Words
Nov. 12, 1–3 p.m.
Shattering and Steaming Mars a Recipe for Life?
Dec. 3, 1–4 p.m.