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Race & Justice

With Mayor Hancock & author Claudia Rankine

This fall, the conversation about race and justice across the city will grow broader and deeper...

"Our classroom has actually become a safer space for difficult conversations because of our access to
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. In a group that includes visiting international students, kids from the Detroit
suburbs, from real Detroit and Compton, senior English majors and first-year pre-med students, people
both queer and straight, Christians, Buddhists, and devout atheists, we've managed to come to a place in
which we can really talk to each other. In our little room, at least, with Rankine’s text as a provocation and
a guide, we have found a way to be citizens." — Diane Seuss, Kalamazoo College

• Read the book
• Participate in a community conversation with Mayor Hancock and Claudia Rankine

o Boettcher Concert Hall, Nov. 15
o Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria campus, Nov. 16

Sponsored by: The City of Denver, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, MSU Denver, Denver Public Library, and NEA Big Read

Contact for more information.


Ambition and Guilt in Macbeth

Pre-performance panel discussion featuring philosophical, historical and literary experts, followed by a performance and talkback with the cast & director. 


To get what he wants, Macbeth will let nothing stand in his way – not the lives of others, the people of Scotland or his own well-being. As his obsession takes command of his humanity and his sanity, the death toll rises and his suspicions mount. Shakespeare’s compact, brutal tragedy kicks off the grand reopening of our theatre-in-the-round in a visceral re-imagining from director Robert O’Hara. This ambitious reinvention of the classic tale reminds us that no matter what fate is foretold, the man that chooses the dagger must suffer the consequences.

Known for his audacious artistic vision, Director Robert O’Hara is “shaking up the world, one audience at a time” (The New York Times). He has won the 2010 NAACP Award for Best Director, two Obie Awards, an Oppenheimer Award and the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama. This is his first production at the DCPA. 

September 27th, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Denver Center for Performing Arts

Speaker details TBA

Half-price tickets are available 8/11-9/20 - Visit the DCPA Website and select 9/27 - Use code "DPHI"


Religion and Violence

Where Faith and Violence Coincide

A day-long multi-disciplinary exploration of the relationship between violence and religion, featuring a variety of national and international experts in law, political science, psychology, and religious studies. 

October 18, 2017

St. Cajetan’s Church College Auditorium, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado

Organized by Harvey Milkman, PhD,  Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver


October 18, 2017

St. Cajetan’s Church College Auditorium, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado


One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
-Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate
9:00 am Welcome: Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver Colorado (INVITED)
Opening Remarks: Harvey Milkman, PhD, Colloquium Chair, Professor
Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of

9:30– 10:45 am Keynote Presentation: Sustainable Peace through Inclusive Security
Alaa Murabit, Leading international advocate for inclusive peace processes

11:00am – 12:15pm Panel Presentations (Understanding the Problem)

A Psychological Perspective on How Religion is Used to Promote Violence …
and How to Reverse this Tendency
Thomas A. Pyszczynski, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs
Religion and International Politics: The Apocalyptic Tradition
Arthur N. Gilbert, PhD, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of
International Studies at the University of Denver
The ISIS Crisis and the 'Broken Politics' of the Middle East: A Framework for
Understanding Radical Islamism
Nader Hashemi, PhD, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of
12:30-1:45 pm LUNCH – PROVIDED

2:00-3:15pm Panel Presentations (Steps toward Solution)
Peaceful Development and Women’s Status
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, PhD, Professor, University of Haifa, Israel
U.S. Middle East Policy and Strategic Nonviolent Action
Stephen Zunes, PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the
University of San Francisco; Associate Editor of Peace Review
Ghandi’s Legacy: Strategies of Peacebuilding
Lucy McGuffey, CU Denver, Associate Professor, Department of Political

3:15-4:00pm Plenary Address: What We Know About Recent Hate Crimes in the U.S
Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center, Director, The Intelligence

4:15-5:00pm Plenary Address: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Future of Tolerance
Adam Graves: Professor, Department of Philosophy and Director of
Religions Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver

5:00-6:30pm Closing Reception: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Performance

 Know Thyself
 Spiritual Suite






Denver Film Festival

Selected film talkbacks with directors, writers, and/or producers.

Details coming soon, most recent updates can be found here.

November 2017


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