Published: July 6, 2020


Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano is launching a new weekly virtual outreach series to highlight an array of topics from women who run with Ralphie to creative climate communications.

Chancellor DiStefano

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

The lunch-hour series, called CU Boulder Where You Are: An Online Series Highlighting Teaching, Research and Innovation, takes the place of the chancellor’s annual visits to communities across Colorado with coaches or academic experts. The in-person state outreach tour was cancelled this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This year’s format allows alumni, friends, students and parents to join in an engaging discussion and learn more about the state’s flagship campus and the breadth and depth of its many academic disciplines, along with arts, culture and athletics.

Each series segment will be produced in a talk show format with various experts. Some will be pre-recorded, but there will be ample time for real-time audience engagement around the topic. The series is free and open to the public. 

“We are excited to embark on this series and connect with our constituents across Colorado and the world,” DiStefano said. “The global pandemic renders our research and educational mission that much more critical. Our researchers continue tackling pressing global issues, our athletes are training, and our educators are eager to engage with students in new ways. We look forward to sharing what we’re up to.”

All events begin at noon.

Register for a virtual tour event

Event schedule

  • July 16: CU Dance: The Bridge, the Break and Belonging with Theatre & Dance Chair and Associate Professor Erika Randall; Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair of Dance Helanius Wilkins; and Dance Instructor Larry Southall 
  • July 21: Stand Up for Climate Change: Using the Power of Humor to Start the Conversation with Environmental Studies Professor and climate communicator Max Boykoff and Beth Osnes, associate professor of theatre and associate of the Environmental Studies faculty
  • July 28: Falling in Love with a Landscape at the Bottom of the World with Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Cassandra Brooks
  • Aug. 4: Collegiate Sports in 2020: What’s Next for the Buffs with Athletic Director Rick George and Football Coach Karl Dorrell
  • Aug. 13: Promoting Social Justice through Communication Research with communication Professor Larry Frey 
  • Aug. 20: The Women Who Run with Ralphie with AD George and Taylor Stratton, manager of CU’s Ralphie Live Mascot Program

For those who register, additional reading suggestions and more supplemental materials related to the topic will be shared via email. Watch previous episodes here.