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August 22, 2018

Lectures & More!

The UWC 2018-19 Lecture Luncheon Series*

*and some dinners

  • The five lectures for the 2018-2019 UWC academic year will cover a variety of subjects. Each lecture is preceded by a buffet lunch, dinner or reception.
  • The cost for each Lecture Luncheon is $22. The location and exact time for each event is noted below.
  • The Lecture Luncheon registration form can be accessed HERE. Check the UWC newsletter, MESSAGES, and email announcements for any changes.

Please be advised that all reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Room capacity is limited so these events can and do sell out. Get your reservation in early to ensure seating. Guests of UWC members are always welcome for the same cost.

All Lecture Luncheon reservations, payment, or cancellations are due 14 days prior to the event date. If you need to cancel a reservation, your refund will be donated to the UWC scholarship fund and acknowledged in MESSAGES. For questions about Lecture Luncheon reservations or cancellations contact Isabelle Henderson (720-755-1333, For all other UWC activities, contact the corresponding Board chair.

October 9, 2018

Dinner and Lecture: UMC Ballroom, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Helping People with Different Kinds of Minds to Be Successful
Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple GrandinProfessor Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. She invented the “hug box” device to calm those on the autism spectrum. In the 2010 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, she was named in the “Heroes” category. She was the subject of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning semi-biographical film Temple Grandin.

November 13, 2018

Cocktail Reception and Lecture: Fiske Planetarium, 5:30-7:30 pm

Juno: Revealing Jupiter’s Interior Dr. Fran Bagenal

Fran BagenalDr. Fran Bagenal was born and raised in England. In 1976, inspired by NASA’s missions to Mars and the prospect of the Voyager mission, she came to the U.S. for graduate study at MIT. Her 1981 PhD thesis involved analysis of data from the Voyager Plasma Science experiment in Jupiter’s giant magnetosphere. She spent 1982-1987 as a post-doctoral researcher in space physics at Imperial College, London. Voyager flybys of Uranus and Neptune brought her back to the U.S. where she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1989. She is professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics. In addition to the Voyager mission, Dr. Bagenal has been on the science teams of the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Deep Space 1 mission to Comet Borrelly. She edited Jupiter: Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere (Cambridge University Press, 2004). She heads the plasma teams on the first two New Frontiers missions: NewHorizons mission that flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 (after a 9.5-year flight) and Juno that went into orbit over the poles of Jupiter in 2016.

 January 15, 2019

Lunch and Lecture: UMC 235, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cannabis for Seniors
Danielle Fixen, Ph.D.

Dr. Fixen serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Seniors Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital. This clinic is a primary care site for patients older than 65 years of age. She was recently involved in the first study to characterize marijuana use of older adults in a state in which it is legal for medical and recreational use. Marijuana was used for several common geriatric conditions, and respondents reported few side effects.

Dr. Fixen will  provide a background on the cannabis plant, review details of specific cannabinoids (THC and CBD) including their potential side effects and long-term effects, and review evidence for use of cannabis in different disease states that Seniors face.

 February 12, 2019

Lunch and Lecture: Avalon Ballroom, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mending Colorado’s Mental Health
Andrew Romanoff

Andrew RomanoffAndrew Romanoff is President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to that he served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He earned bipartisan acclaim as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America. Andrew authored the Colorado Economic Recovery Act (Referendum C) and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), the largest investment in school construction in state history. He also sponsored laws to improve access to mental health care, expand the supply of affordable housing, and protect the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

March 12, 2019

Lunch and Lecture: UMC 235, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Bob Dylan: The Times They Aren’t a-Changin
Dr. Adam Bradley

Adam BradleyDr. Adam Bradley is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he directs the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab). His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and in numerous other publications. Bradley is the author or editor of five books, including Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop; The Anthology of Rap; and the New York Times bestseller One Day It’ll All Make Sense, a memoir he wrote for the rapper and actor Common. He has also written extensively on the literature and legacy of the novelist Ralph Ellison. Bradley’s forthcoming book, The Poetry of Pop, unlocks the mysteries of word, image, and sound in popular music across genres, featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and beyond. Dr. Bradley was recently elected as a member of the board of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies.