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  • 2022 Initiation and Graduate Celebration was held Thursday evening, June 9th.
    • If you were unable to participate, we typically coordinate a make-up group initiation in later summer. Accept your membership per emailed instructions, and contact Chapter president to explore alternative initiation options.
  • Alpha Association of Colorado annual meeting: We're happy to host the state association for its annual member lunch and meeting, Saturday, 17 September. Details shared soon via
  • Visiting Scholar: With cosponsors, we'll welcome Vanderbilt Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman on October 27-28th, for class visits, office hours, member breakfast, and Thursday evening public lecture. Additional details TBD.

Be sure to check the Alpha Association of Colorado site for their upcoming, regional events.

Past Events

  • Poems as Pots, Circles, Orbits, and Origins poetry reading & discussion (2/24) with DU alumn and CSU creative writing professor, Dr Dan Beachy-Quick.
  • Fall 2021 Chapter meeting (10/21) with guest lecture by University Provost and Law faculty, Mary Clark: The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention: “Outgrowing the Compact of our Fathers”
  • 2021 Initiation and Graduate Celebration (6/9). Access a recording of the event on the DU Mediaspace site.
  • 2020 initiation and graduate celebration (6/11). View a recording on the DU Mediaspace site.
  • Spring 2020 Chapter meeting, including new member election, 23 April via Zoom.
  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholars Showcase (2 March), where undergraduate student members from a variety of disciplines gave brief presentations about their current research or creative work.
  • Winter 2020 Chapter meeting (1/28), with senior Reanna Magruder and Dr Ashley Hamilton, who shared about their work with the DU Prison Arts Initiative.
  • Fall 2019 Chapter meeting on 30 October
  • Fall 2019 member mixer on 4 October, at Vicki Myhren Gallery (Schwayder Art Bldg). Preceded by new member initiation (carryover from spring).
  • 2019 initiation and welcome banquet, on 13 June, at Newman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Contesting Hate: A Critical Response to Christchurch --faculty roundtable on 30 May 2019. Sponsored with the departments of Languages & Literatures, Religious Studies, History, and Political Science; the Office of the Dean (CAHSS); the Center for Middle East Studies; the Center for Judaic Studies; the Center on American Politics; and the Office of Information Technology.
  • Member mixer at Vicki Myhren Gallery (Schwayder Art Bldg), 18 April 2019
  • Hosted Colorado's CO ΦBK chapter executives meeting, 9 March 2019
  • Student member research showcase, 8 March 2019
  • Member mixer at Vicki Myhren Gallery, 1 February 2019
  • Freedom of Expression on campus lecture by Frederick M Lawrence, ΦBK Secretary and CEO, 10 May 2018 (ref American Council on Education 10/31/2018 piece based on same lecture)

Visiting Scholars

The national ΦBK Visiting Scholars program enriches the intellectual life of host campuses by offering chapters the opportunity to compete each year for a visit from a panel of twenty of the nation's most distinguished scholars. The DU chapter has welcomed multiple scholars in the past decade, including:

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