Published: Sept. 19, 2016
Old Main CU Boulder campus

Hello, everyone! Get outside this week—we’ve got some lovely autumn weather coming in, featuring plentiful sunshine and crisp, clean air. I am Sarah Ellsworth: IPHY major, Boulder native, and event connoisseur, writing to you from the comfort of beautiful CU Boulder on all of your weekly opportunities for community involvement, educational whatnot and supreme fun. Enjoy the week, Buffs! 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

CWA Lecture: James F. Brooks Mesa of Sorrows: "Archaeology, History, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi." The Conference on World Affairs presents distinguished lecturer, James F. Brooks, author and scholar of history and anthropology in Hellems 225 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Brooks will discuss the incredibly interesting and detailed Awat’ovi Massacre and the native culture and colonial history of the American Southwest in this free lecture, open to all. James Brooks lecture

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Nutrition Forum: Plant Powered! If you’ve ever considered being vegetarian, or just eating less meat, then come by the C4C Dining Center Treehouse Room from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for some tips on cooking and eating more plants and a discussion of the benefits. Registered Dietician Allison Smith and Chef Carl Solomon will be your instructors for the evening, and will even provide you with some delicious plant-based dishes to snack on.

Crafternoon: Bath bombs and sugar scrubs. Get crafty with the CU Women's Resource Center and make bath bombs and sugar scrubs during the first Crafternoon session of the semester 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in UMC 382. Crafternoon

Thursday, Sept. 22

Comics and Culture: Islam in Graphic Novels. Project Nur and the Cultural Events Board present an animated discussion of Muslim women in comics by G. Willow Wilson, author of Ms. Marvel comics, which feature a female Muslim main character. This event is free and open to everyone, so bring your thinking cap and get down to the Glenn Miller Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. Islam in Graphic Novels

Live Free Weekend. This weekend is CU Boulder’s annual Live Free Weekend, where you are challenged to embrace sobriety all weekend. It all gets started this afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UMC Fountain, where you will receive a free lunch if you commit to a substance free weekend. There will be lots of free and fun events all weekend for you all, including sports classes at the Rec and movies. Take the challenge and rise above! Live Free Weekend

Friday, Sept. 23

44 Plays for 44 Presidents. If you love American history, then be sure you get tickets ($20) for the Neo-Fututists’ drama which dedicates 2 minutes to each of the 44 American Presidents. Explore the long ago past with Washington, then move through time until Obama and the present time in which we all play a part. This play runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the University Theater. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents

NASA's Mission to Europa lecture: "Exploring a Potentially Habitable World." If you love the idea of space exploration (which you should because it’s awesome), then come by Benson Earth Sciences room 180 from 5 to 6 p.m. for a distinguished lecture by Robert Pappalardo, a project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in which the NASA mission to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa will be discussed in detail. We are alive at a very exciting time in the course of space exploration, where our knowledge and technology allow us to learn more and more about the universe we inhabit, so don’t miss this great event! Europa lecture

Pedal-powered movie. Looking for something fun and social to do on your Friday night? Pedal down to the Folsom Bike Station to catch the sustainably pedal-powered movie, Old School, starring Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson, which starts at dusk. The movie will run solely on the mechanical power generated by stationary bicycling, which is totally environmentally friendly. There will be a party beforehand, featuring free food! Pedal powered movie

Jaipur Literature Festival. Running from today through Sunday, the Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the world’s biggest and most celebrated literature extravaganzas. You can attend a plethora of events, featuring speakers, artists, writers and musicians in every genre and medium of literature. About 100 sessions will take place at a variety of locations, including the CU Boulder campus, so be sure to take part in this grand tradition! Jaipur Literature Festival

Sunday, Sept. 25

Free yoga for mental health. So much of mental health is intertwined with the physical wellness of you bodies, so if you’re feeling stressed this semester, don’t overlook yoga as an option for relieving some of that physically. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Mind Body Studio at the Rec Center, you can drop in on a free yoga lesson- no need to register in advance!