Published: Sept. 18, 2017 By

Hello, Buffs! This week provides you with ample opportunity to educate yourself with new and diverse bodies of knowledge, as well as meet some new people, so take advantage.

We've got a faculty-led panel on Charlottesville, discussion of drug use and myths, an R code workshop, Bollywood/Bhangra dance class, Karaoke Night, an evening of five-minute talks, meditation at the CU Art Museum, discussion of NASA's Cassini mission findings, a fall festival in Estes Park and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

'Charlottesville in Historical Perspective' faculty-led panel

Join CU Boulder faculty members Barbara Demmig-Adams, Ralph Mann and Alphonse Keasley for a panel discussion involving their personal experiences and childhood stories involving Nazism, the KKK and white supremacy. This discussion is put on by the Department of History in the hopes of illuminating recent events in Charlottesville through a historical lens. The event is free and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Duane G1B20.

Rooted presents: "Are Drugs Really Dangerous?"

The question that has been plaguing college students for ages: Are drugs actually dangerous? The Dennis Small Cultural Center, Psychedelic Club, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy will be holding a “Rooted” discussion at UMC 204 for anyone interested in learning more about drug use, policy and common myths. This event is free and open to all.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Introduction to Coding in R

Whether you’re a computer sciences major or a literature major, data analysis and coding are useful skills for everyone in our world, which is evermore dependent on technology. From 10 a.m. to noon at Norlin E206, you can get a free crash course in using RStudio software. All you need do is bring a laptop and sign up online in advance.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Bollywood/Bhangra dance class

The Dennis Small Cultural Center and South Asian Student Association offer you a free Bollywood/Bhangra dance class from 5:20 to 7:30 p.m. at UMC 457. Whether you’re a dance pro or a complete novice, you can come and learn some new steps and enjoy the happiness that is dancing with your friends. All are invited!

Karaoke Night at The Connection

If you’re an incredible singer, an okay singer or even a crappy singer, we want you to come to free Karaoke Night at The Connection! Club 156 has a professional sound system and super groovy lighting, so come and belt out your favorite pop tune for your peers starting at 8 p.m.

Ignite Boulder 33

Ignite is like speed-dating meets TED talks, where a slew of presenters stand up and give five-minute talks about something, anything, they’re truly passionate about. Held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Boulder Theater, this is a great place to get excited and learn about new things. Tickets are $15, so get them before they sell out!

Friday, Sept. 22

Feel Good Fridays

Every Friday, you have the option to swing into the CU Art Museum from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. for a free guided meditation to help soothe your mind and calm your nerves. Meditation can be a powerful natural tool in your mental health arsenal. Bring whatever you need to be comfortable and be sure to arrive on time. All are welcome.

Farewell to Cassini

Join Cassini scientist and CU Boulder alummus Amanda Hendrix at 7 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium for a discussion of the end of NASA’s Cassini mission to orbit Saturn. Arguably the most important NASA mission to date, Cassini was a monumental step forward in space exploration and discovery. Come see the beautiful photographs taken of Saturn and its moons and hear about some of the most important scientific discoveries of the mission, which began in 1997 and came to an end on Sept. 15. The talk will also be given on Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $10.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Autumn Gold Festival

Come see the incredible changing colors of the aspen tree forests in downtown Estes Park and celebrate the incoming autumn season with the much beloved annual Autumn Gold Festival, which features food, drink, dance, live music and activities in a breathtaking setting. From noon Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday, this free fall festival attracts lovely people to one of our favorite nearby mountain towns.

Feast of Fermentation

Join Boulder Food Rescue for a huge dance party and feast by local chefs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe). This incredible meal will feature local fermented foods and live musicians, so don’t miss out on the chance to get involved and engage with the Boulder community. Tickets are $35.