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Metro State Skyline Park Series “Countdown to the 2008 Democratic National Convention” Calendar of Events

Posted: July 7, 2008

What: A seven-part lecture series featuring Metro State faculty and honored guests sharing their perspectives on the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. For detail calendar listing, see below or visit www. for a PDF.

Where: Skyline Park (16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street in downtown Denver)

When: Every Wednesday, July 9-Aug. 13, 2008, with a Sept. 10 post-convention wrap-up.
Noon-1 p.m. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 9

“Celebrate the 1908 DNC—Then and Now”
A kick-off musical and theatrical presentation to celebrate Denver’s commitment to historic preservation and commemorate the100th anniversary of the 1908 Democratic National Convention held in Denver. The Denver Municipal Band’s Brass Quintet will perform musical pieces originally composed for the1908 DNC, such as “Democratic Fun,” the “Denver Auditorium March,” and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan’s theme song, “Pickles and Peppers.” Performers from Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage Inc. will reenact speeches heard at the 1908 DNC from Mayor Robert W. Speer and candidate Bryan. Political memorabilia, including reproductions of posters, campaign buttons and books from the 1908 convention will be on display.

Wednesday, July 16
“Images of Women in 1908”: Based on historical research from the Rocky Mountain News, Metro State Professor of History Laura McCall will present images of women from the 1908 Democratic National Convention in Denver, including the first female delegates to participate in a national convention.

Wednesday, July 23
“The Long Road to Freedom: The Issue of Race at the 1908 Democratic National Convention”: Metro State Associate Professor of History and African/African American Studies Jacqueline McLeod and Metro State Chair/Professor of Political Science Robert Hazan will discuss the dynamics of African American freedom beginning with Republican Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, to the commemoration of Juneteenth, and onward to the 2008 Denver Democratic National Convention.

Wednesday, July 30
“Mayor Speer’s Denver—An Historic Walking Tour”: Metro State visiting instructor of history Kevin E. Rucker will lead an hour-long historic walking tour and discuss the 1908 Democratic National Convention, Mayor Robert Speer and the City Beautiful Movement at the turn of the 20th Century. The tour will include the Denver City Auditorium, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and conclude on Larimer Square—the birthplace of that braggart gold camp, Denver City.

Wednesday, Aug. 6
“Coverage of Global Issues and the Group of Eight (G8) at the DNC”: Metro State Chair and Professor of Political Science Robert Hazan will discuss the major global issues that will be covered at the DNC subsequent to the Group of Eight (G8) Summit held July 7-9 in Japan. Topics will include environment and climate change; development and Africa; world economy; political issues, such as non-proliferation; the war in Iraq; and the global war against terror.

Wednesday, Aug.13
“The Not-So-Simple Act of Voting”: Metro State Professor of Political Science Norman Provizer and Metro State Assistant Professor of Political Science Lance S. Denning will lead a panel discussion offering perspectives on “the not-so-simple act of voting” through examination of the role of political parties and the American system of elections, political psychology and political behavior; and leadership and electoral choice.

Wednesday, Sept. 10
“Post-Convention Follow-up and Evaluation—What Comes Next?”: Metro State Political Science Professors Robert Hazan and Norman Provizer, along with Metro State President Stephen Jordan, will moderate a discussion evaluating the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention and what the outcomes mean for the election, now that the nominees are official.

To learn more about the series, contact Angelia McGowan at 303-501-0752.


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