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Boulder Programs


September 6, 9 am – 12 pm


Revisiting 1864 — The Civil War Just Became Much More Interesting
Adjunct Professor Peter Wood, History
Location: CU-Boulder, Benson Earth Sciences – Room 180

The wartime election of 1864—150 years ago this fall—has rightly been called the most remarkable and significant presidential contest in American history, and 1864 emerges as a key year during the nation’s most tumultuous decade.

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November 15, 1-3 pm


Stories Behind the Musical Masterpiece
Associate Professor Jeremy Smith, Musicology
Location: CU-Boulder, Benson Earth Sciences – Room 180

Explore how composers over the centuries— from Byrd to Bach to Beethoven — have told their stories through their music, often with powerful results.

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October 18, 1-4 pm


Introduction to Your Human Microbiome
Professor Rob Knight, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Location: CU-Boulder, Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium – Room A115

In many ways we are more microbial than human. CU-Boulder scientists are using techniques to find out about microbes across the human body, including the gut, and the ways that microbes contribute to disease.

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CU South Denver Programs


New for fall 2014, CU-Boulder will offer CU on the Weekend programs in Parker as part of CU’s South Denver collaboration with The Wildlife Experience. CU-Boulder faculty will lead encore presentations of two popular CU on the Weekend programs:


October 4, 1-3 pm


Baseball and the American Dream in History
Professor Tom Zeiler, History
Location: CU South Denver/The Wildlife Experience, Room 204, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker

What do baseball greats have in common? A shared history of baseball and a belief in the American dream that anyone — regardless of birth — can achieve success, freedom, and happiness.

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November 1, 1-4 pm


Nuclear Families, Nuclear Towns: Los Alamos in the Cold War
Professor Lee Chamber, History
Location: CU South Denver/The Wildlife Experience, Room 204,10035 S. Peoria St., Parker

The Cold War atmosphere of fear of Communism and mission urgency projected beyond the secret weapons laboratories and into family and community life in the “Atomic City.”

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Free and Open to the Public


Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis. Classrooms open 30 minutes before start time.



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Cancellation Policy


All programs are subject to change. Those who sign up for email reminders will receive email notification if a program is cancelled or rescheduled. Also we will do our best to maintain up-to-date information on this webpage, the primary source for program information. Please check the website the day of your event.

For questions, please send an e-mail to weekend@colorado.edu or call 303-492-4561.