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April 26, 2018

Lectures & More!

The UWC 2017-18 Lecture Luncheon Series

There will be five lectures during the academic year on a variety of subjects.
After members enjoy a buffet lunch, guest speakers will present information about and discuss the topic.

  • Lecture Luncheon prices include lecture and a buffet lunch. The cost for each Lecture Luncheon is $22.
  • Lecture Luncheons for the rest of 2018 be 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, either in the Glenn Miller Ballroom or Room #235 in the UMC.
  • 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 respective luncheon date. For Lecture Luncheon cancellations, the refund will be donated to the UWC scholarship fund and acknowledged in MESSAGES.

For Lecture Luncheon reservations or cancellations contact Mary Pierce (303-360-0817; For all other UWC activities, contact the corresponding Board chair.

Dr. Daphne Low

“Ever Seen A Ghost? – Influence of Culture and Religion on Haunting as Related to the Writing of One Short Sleep Past”

February 13, 2018,  11:30 a.m. (Payment due January 30, 2018.)
UMC Room 235

Biographer Dr. Daphne Low is an author/publisher. She holds a Ph.D. in social/clinical psychology. She had practiced as a clinician in Chicago, and had taught social & cross-cultural psychology at the U of Montana, U Sains Malaysia, & Nanyang U, Singapore. Her research in social psychology was supported by grants from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Singapore and the Regional Institute of Higher Education & Development (RIHED), Singapore. She then transitioned to be a full-time mom, to travel, to build her Boulder home, while always agitating to write. One Short Sleep Past is her debut novel. She is a Chinese American, a Boulder resident since 1981. Title of talk (February 13, 2018) Ever seen a ghost? – Influence of culture and religion on haunting as related to the writing of One Short Sleep Past. Abstract One Short Sleep Past is introduced with an overview of how culture and religion influence the perception of ghost haunting. In Christianity, the theme is usually the struggle between good vs. evil, God vs. Satan. It celebrates the immortal soul. In Buddhism, the religion centers on reincarnation and exhorts harmony, morality and wisdom as a way of life. The aspiration to be reborn as human is particularly poignant among those who die violently. The push to avenge their deaths and to return to life is at once desperate and unforgiving. Within cultural context, there are psychological projections which speak of personal grievances, yearnings, and the strivings for redemption on the part of the living as well as the departed. The story is set in Leadville and Denver in the 1890’s and spans to the present. It tells of an undying spirit whose haunting is based on a transplanted Chinese folklore: She who died wearing red, a restless ghost shall be.

Kim Mooney

“Life and Death – Can’t Have One Without the Other”

March 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. (Payment due February 27, 2018.)
UMC Room 235

As a Certified Thanatologist and founder of Practically Dying, Kim Mooney offers private consultations and workshops to help individuals explore how to live based on their highest values throughout their lives and into their deaths. Through workshops, presentations and consultations, she works with individuals, families and organizations to provide the resources they need to successfully navigate a journey from wellness in life to wellness in death.

Prior to founding Practically Dying in 2014, Kim worked for more than two decades with TRU Community Care / HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, first as Director of Grief Services, and then as the Director of Community Education. During those years, she cultivated a broad set of skills, recognizing that deaths of all kinds in all communities require different kinds of emotional, spiritual and mental support and understanding.

Her regional and national professional projects have focused on advocacy for the integrity of the dying and bereavement experience. She trained in crisis intervention with the National Organization of Victim Assistance and in Critical Incident Stress Management, and helped found the first Boulder County-wide crisis intervention team, which helped provide support for communities following tragedies such as the Columbine massacre.

As an independent consultant for faith communities, educational institutions, civic and community groups, medical and health care agencies, and mental health organizations, Kim has developed grief and crisis support programs for school districts, corporations and other community groups

A published author and in-demand public speaker, Kim has won awards for innovative approaches to death support, served as adjunct faculty in college death and dying courses, and hosts a quarterly radio show on death and dying on KGNU 88.5 FM/1390 AM Community Radio.

Kim has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a professional international organization dedicated to the advancement of grief and death education. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Living Bridges, serves on the Board of the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, and is President of the Board of Directors of Conversations on Death in Boulder County. Kim also works with the Colorado Advance Directives Consortium and the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) initiative to educate the medical and public community about complex advance care planning choices through the MOST document.

Today, as a Certified Thanatologist and founder of Practically Dying in Boulder County, Colorado, Kim lives her life committed to changing our cultural and personal perceptions of death as an insulting tragedy into one of respectful recognition of its rightful and inevitable part in our lives.

Other Upcoming Events through summer, 2018

  • March 18, 2018 – OPERA BRUNCH: SWEENEY TODD (Brunch and lecture: UMC Aspen Room, 11:30 a.m.; Opera: CU Macky Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.) – more information and registration HERE
  • April 17, 2018; 11:00 a.m. – Scholarship Luncheon, Boulder Country Club
  • May 8, 2018 – 3:00 p.m.; Honors Reception, UMC Aspen Room

Past Events 2017-2018

University Women’s Club Annual Fall Membership Tea

The Fall Membership Tea was held September 12, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Aspen Room at the University Memorial Center

Attended by current, new and potential members, the event provided a pleasant opportunity to meet and greet friends, investigate and sign up for interest groups, hear about the UWC scholarship and award programs, and renew membership or join.

Lecture Luncheon Talks 2017-18 Series

Dr. Abbott

“A Brief Geologic History of Colorado: How Did the Flatirons Form?”
Dr. Lon Abbott
October 10, 2017, 5:30 p.m., UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom –

Dr. Done

“Climate: What is It? Where is It Going? And Why is It Such a Big Deal?”
Dr. James Done
November 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. 

Dr. Feldman

Dr. Da Silva

“Non-surgical Treatments for Musculoskeletal Pain”
Dr. Alicia Feldman and Dr. Arnaldo Da Silva
January 9, 2018,  11:30 a.m.
UMC Room 235