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Theater: This Beautiful City: "This Beautiful City" is a provocative musical about the growth of the evangelical movement in Colorado Springs, created by the New York-based investigative theater company The Civilians and is the culmination of their residency in Colorado Springs in 2006. While conducting interviews with residents involved with or affected by the mega-church movement, scandal broke about New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, providing the playís creators and the people of Colorado Springs with an unprecedented opportunity as those events unfolded.
6 Dec 2009 listen | download
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Opening Convocation Welcome: Aaron Shure '88 transcript

Notable Lecture: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time: Greg Mortenson, author of the New York Times best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea," will discuss his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since 1997, Mortenson's Central Asia Institute has raised funds to build 64 schools in remote tribal areas of the two countries. Mortenson puts a fresh -- and effective -- face on international security and the potential of one person as a force of positive influence.
15 Jan 2008 listen | download | presentation
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Notable Lecture: Re-Designing Humans: Human Re-Evolution in 2050 and Beyond : Joseph Rosen is a plastic surgeon who specializes in polytrauma cases featuring patients suffering from multiple devastating injuries. He often collaborates with other medical specialists to repair extensive physical injuries or congenital conditions. His work ranges from treating war veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center to advising national disaster response teams to reshaping the lives and futures of children with congenital defects in less developed nations. His talk will focus on the broad social implications of technological advances in health care.
13 Dec 2007 listen | download | presentation
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Opening Convocation Welcome: Sierra Fleenor '08, CCCA president. transcript

From Colorado College to Wall Street: Opening Convocation Address: David R. Malpass '76 transcript

Notable Lecture: Restoring Global Health: A Revolutionary Pathway for the Next Generation: Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management International, will discuss how global health is profoundly affected by the complex interactions among all living systems and how holistic decision-making provides a revolutionary way forward for the next generation. HMI is a proven, whole-farm/whole-systems approach to resource management that simultaneously considers economic, social and environmental realities to find sustainable solutions. HMI aims to improve land in a productive but environmentally healthy manner by promoting empowerment and participatory planning in Africa, Australia and North and South America.
29 Mar 2007 listen | download | presentation

Notable Lecture: Making Sense of 2006/2008 National Elections: Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter will speak on his coverage of recent and pending elections. Since 1991, Alter has written a widely acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. Alter is an originator and author of the weekly “Conventional Wisdom Watch,” which uses up, down and sideways arrows to measure and lampoon the news. As an editor, he helps shape the magazine’s overall news coverage. Alter has covered the last six presidential campaigns for Newsweek. He frequently interviews American presidents and other world leaders and has authored more than 50 Newsweek cover stories. Over the years, he has written extensively about party politics, patriotism, anti-Semitism, weapons of mass destruction and at-risk children.
6 Mar 2007 listen | download | news release

Notable Lecture: Adjusting to the End of Cheap Oil: What Should the U.S. and the Rockies Do?: Matthew R. Simmons, chair and chief executive officer of Simmons and Co. International, presents the fourth in the lecture series "Energizing the Rockies: Energy Challenges in Global, National and Regional Perspectives." Simmons is the author of "Twilight in the Desert."
5 Mar 2007 listen | download | news release

Notable Lecture: Why the United States Needs a New Constitution: The author of more than 250 articles and book reviews in professional and popular journals, Sandy Levinson also is the author of four books: "Constitutional Faith" (1988, winner of the Scribes Award); "Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies" (1998); "Wrestling With Diversity" (2003); and, most recently, "Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)" (2006). Levinson joined the University of Texas Law School in 1980.
5 Mar 2007 listen | download | news release

Notable Lecture: Renewable Energy Possibilities: Offsets to Traditional Sources: Randy Udall, director of the Aspen-based Community Office for Resource Efficiency, presents the third in the lecture series "Energizing the Rockies: Energy Challenges in Global, National and Regional Perspectives." CORE works with government officials at the local, state and federal levels to promote forward-thinking energy and green building policy.
27 Feb 2007 listen | download | news release

Notable Lecture: Competing and Thriving in the New Global Economy: Todd Buchholz is known for lighting up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit. He turns that wit and forecasting prowess on the specter of a rapidly-changing global economy, especially in light of China's emergence as an economic powerhouse, and discusses what this will mean for American workers and investors, both immediately and in the future. A former director of economic policy at the White House and a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, Buchholz is a frequent commentator on ABC News, PBS and CBS, and recently hosted his own special on CNBC. From 1989 to 1992 he served at the White House as a director for economic policy. Buchholz won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard and holds advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge and Harvard.
26 Feb 2007 listen | download | news release | presentation

Notable Lecture: A Geologist's View on Global Change: How Does it Impact Colorado? Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science associate researcher, places Colorado in the context of worldwide geological changes. While a long way away from sea level, and in a setting where slightly warmer winters might be welcomed by many, Colorado already has been dramatically impacted by recent changes that may be tied to global patterns. Raynolds, who has worked and traveled extensively around the world, has been a principal investigator in the Denver Museum's research project to study the geology and groundwater resources of the Denver Basin. One of his specialties is sedimentation in active orogenic areas.
22 Feb 2007 listen | download

Notable Lecture: The Omnivore's Dilemma: Searching for the Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World: All creatures are defined ecologically by how they fit into a food chain. For humans, food industrialization has obscured this once-plain fact; most Americans are only dimly aware that their food represents their most profound engagement with the natural world. Michael Pollan, author of "The Botany of Desire" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," both New York Times best sellers, conducted a series of personal explorations of the food chain: growing a genetically modified potato, tracing an organic TV dinner from grocery freezer to farm and buying and following a steer from insemination to steak. Pollan will tell these stories to tease out conclusions about what's gone wrong with the industrial food system and its implications for our health. He'll also explore healthier alternatives to industrial food.
6 Feb 2007 listen | download | news release
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Notable Lecture: Religion and the Arts in America: Camille Paglia, the electrifying critic whose books include "Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson"; "Sex, Art, and American Culture"; "Vamps & Tramps: New Essays" and "Break, Blow, Burn," presents the 2007 Colorado College Cornerstone Arts Lecture. Paglia is professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She also has written "The Birds," a study of Alfred Hitchcock.
6 Feb 2007
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Notable Lecture: Science & Spirituality: Breaking Common Cognitive Ground: Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics from Amherst College, is internationally prominent in research on atomic physics and quantum mechanics, and is the author and editor of several books, including "The Quantum Challenge: Modern Research on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics" and "Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind." Long interested in bridging the disciplines of the sciences and the humanities, Zajonc has been integrally involved in the Mind and Life Dialogues that have brought together Western specialists in various sciences with the Dalai Lama and other contemplatives. Books he has co-edited that emerged from these dialogues are "The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama" and "The Dalai Lama at MIT."
6 Feb 2007
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Notable Lecture: Managing Front Range Ponderosa Pine Forests: Forest ecosystems in the Colorado Front Range have evolved to thrive in the unique climatic conditions of the region and natural disturbance regimes that existed prior to European settlement. Knowledge of how forests were structured in the past and the factors that affect their establishment and growth is essential to their management. Dr. Wayne D. Shepperd is a research silviculturist at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins. He holds degrees in outdoor recreation and silviculture. He has been with the Forest Service since 1969. The author of more than 100 research publications, he is a recognized expert on the ecology, growth and management of Rocky Mountain forests.
30 Jan 2007
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Notable Lecture: The U.S. View of Human Rights: My Way or the Highway: Colorado College President Dick Celeste speaks at an American Civil Liberties Union forum. Celeste is a former U.S. ambassador to India and Peace Corps director. His talk is followed by an open discussion about human rights in the world.
30 Jan 2007
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Notable Lecture: Genius, Visionary, Icon: The Culture of Celebrity in the Contemporary Art World: Why do some artists become famous, while others labor in obscurity? In this presentation, art historian Erika Doss will trace the construction of art world celebrity from Jackson Pollock's feature spread in Life magazine in 1949 through Andy Warhol's Factory fame, to the present art world infatuation with Matthew Barney. Doss is professor of art history at the University of Colorado, where she specializes in American, modern and contemporary art, visual culture studies, and cultural history.
1 Dec 2006
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Notable Lecture: Academic Freedom: Fragile as Ever: Michael Berube, author of "Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities" and the newly published book, "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and 'Bias' in Education" argues against the common notion that higher education is a bastion of the left. Berube has written for The New Yorker and Village Voice. He is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University.
3 Nov 2006
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Religion and Public Life: Why Be Afraid? October 18-21. See symposium webpage for audio recordings. news release icon

Notable Lecture: Laurie Marker, co-founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa; she was named Time magazine's 2000 "Hero for the Planet." She has more than 30 years of experience working with cheetah conservation. Marker and the CCF staff work with local farmers, schools, governments, and non-government organizations to help increase the understanding of, and appreciation for, the cheetah. Cheetah Conservation Fund activities include numerous innovative conservation and management strategies designed to reduce the conflict between humans and cheetahs.
"Cheetah Conservation Fund and Innovative Non-Profit Management",
May 3, 2006 listen | download | news release

Notable Lecture: Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the New York Times best seller "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything," will discuss his book. Levitt's lecture will show how basic economic principles apply to the behavior of a diverse range of groups, from sumo wrestlers to the Klu Klux Klan, from drug dealers to schoolteachers to unwed mothers. Levitt is a professor at the University of Chicago.
May 2, 2006 listen | download | news release

Reading: Chris Bachelder, Colorado College faculty member Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels "U.S.!," "Bear v. Shark" and "Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography."
April 17, 2006 listen | download | news release

Clay Jenkinson, Part of the annual State of the Rockies Conference. Clay Jenkinson, the cultural commentator, author, and first-person impersonator, appears in character as John Wesley Powell and offers contemporary comments on Powell's reactions to the challenges facing the Rocky Mountain region today. Jenkinson is the scholar behind the Thomas Jefferson of public radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour and winner of the Charles Frankel Prize.
"Rockies' History Comes Alive",
April 13, 2006 listen | download | news release

Climate Change -- What Happens in a Warmer Rockies? Part of the annual State of the Rockies Conference. Greg Zimmerman with the State of the Rockies Project discusses the results of the climate report card. Discussing "Climate Change in the Rockies: In Theory and On the Ground" are Roger A. Pielke, Sr., a state climatologist and professor in the department of atmospheric science at Colorado State University; Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor in the environmental studies department and fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado; and Auden Schendler, director of environmental affairs at the Aspen Skiing Company.
April 13, 2006 listen | download | news release

Ranching in the Rockies -- Threats and Signs of Hope, Part of the annual State of the Rockies Conference. Dan Dagget, environmentalist and author of "Beyond the Rangeland Conflict," discusses "The New Ranch: A Means Toward Equal Protection for the Land." Student researcher Andrew Yarbrough presents the results of the 2006 ranching report card, and a panel consisting of ranchers Doc and Connie Hatfield, of Country Natural Beef; rancher Dale Lasater, of Lasater Grasslands Beef; Brian Rohter, chief executive officer of New Seasons Market; and rancher John Schiffer, Wyoming state senator, discuss the threats and signs of hope in ranching in the Rockies.
April 11, 2006 listen | download | news release

Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to the United States discusses issues relating to Syria’s position on Iraqi and Lebanese affairs. Prior to becoming the Syrian ambassador to the U.S., Moustapha was dean of the faculty of information technology at the University of Damascus, and secretary general of the Arab School on Science and Technology.
"Syria: Challenges and Crises
," April 7, 2006 listen | download | news release

Eric Popkin and Hector Suarez, Popkin, associate professor of sociology and director of the Partnership for Civic Engagement at Colorado College and Suarez, CC '04 and program coordinator of the Pikes Peak Immigrant and Refugee Collaborative
"Drawing the Line on the American Dream: U.S. Immigration Policy in 2006," March 14, 2006 listen | download | news release

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award poet
Reading, March 9, 2006 listen | download | news release

Kathy Kelly, activist, author of "Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison," teacher at Chicago area colleges, and current founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence
"Ending Sanctions in Iraq," March 8, 2006 listen | download | news release

Mary Doak, professor of theology at Notre Dame University
"The End Times," March 7, 2006 listen | download | news release

Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College
"The Gift of New Eyes," keynote speech at the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers annual conference, February 17, 2006transcript


Neal Baer, M.D., 1978 alumnus, executive producer of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and, formerly, "ER"
"Tell Me a Story," May 23, 2005 commencement address transcript | listen | download

Ryan Segal '05
May 23, 2005 senior address listen | download

Susannah Heschel, chair of the Jewish Studies program at Dartmouth College
May 23, 2005 baccalaureate address transcript | listen | download | news release

Wes Jackson, renowned sustainability expert and director of the Land Institute
"The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure," April 27, 2005 listen | download

Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor
"A New West, A New Energy Policy," keynote speech from the State of the Rockies conference, April 6, 2005 transcript | news release


Richard Florida, Innovative creativity economist
"The Rise of the Creative Class and What it Means to Economic Development," November 10, 2004 transcript | listen | download | news release

Thomas D. Shanker, alumnus '78 and New York Times Pentagon correspondent
"Dateline: The Edge of the World," September 6, 2004 transcript | news release

Several recordings of speakers from the Sondermann Symposium 2004-05 "Year of the Presidency" are available online.

Transcripts of remarks by journalist and author Eric Schlosser, Zen master Joan Sutherland Roshi, and 2004 Class President Sally Gasper are available on a page of links devoted to Commencement 2004.


Carol Annette Petsonk, who currently is international counsel for Environmental Defense in Washington, D.C., addressed the college community in a talk, "Time, Precious Time," as part of CC's 2003-04 opening convocation. Student body president Matthew Synenberg also spoke.

Andrew Shue — actor, activist, athlete, and entrepreneur — encouraged the Class of 2003 to “reach out beyond yourself and build the bonds of community” during his speech in May 2003 to the graduating class in Armstrong Quad. Remarks from Senior Class President Quana Rochelle are also available online.

CC President Richard F. Celeste discussed the college's economic role in the community on December 11, 2002 -- read a transcript of his remarks. Several transcripts and a few audio recordings from the college's fall 2002 symposium "September 11 -- One Year Later: Responding to Global Challenges"-- including keynotes by Hanan Ashrawi and Gideon Doron -- are available online as well.

Read Professor Emeritus Doug Fox's remarks at the 2000 baccalaureate ceremony.  Transcripts from CC alumna Diana DeGette's 1998 convocation speech and 2000 commencement address are available online, as well the transcripts of speeches by a few of the other prominent individuals who have visited campus in recent years -- Nobel-Prize-winning economist Franco Modigliani, Adam Werbach, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Ann Richards -- and, from 1999's commencement, U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.

Transcripts are available of the 2001 opening convocation speech by Craig Werner '73 and the 2000 convocation speech by Jay Engeln '74 .

Marian Wright Edelman, civil rights activist and founder of the Children's Defense Fund in the 1970s, gave the baccalaureate address on May 16, 1999. The 125th anniversary symposium in February 1999 featured 16 guest speakers discussing cultures in the 21st century. Transcripts are available online.