This last week of February is full of events that will expand your horizons — virtually, at least. While you're checking to see if any vaccine appointments have opened up, you can also study U2 spy plane photos, celebrate democracy around the world...or just get nice with Colorado's poet laureate.
Keep reading for ten free events in Denver (and all online) this week.
Denver Democracy Summit
Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies, is presenting the first annual Denver Democracy Summit, a virtual event that's a companion to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit
, which will bring together people from across the political spectrum dedicated to protecting and promoting democratic ideals. Headlining the DDS are former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, as well as former NATO Secretary-General and former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Academics alongside speakers from government, civil society and the media will also appear, including Senator Michael Bennet; Congressman Jason Crow; Governor Jared Polis; Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang; Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House; Sarah Lenti, former executive director of the Lincoln Project; Dan Twining, president of the International Republican Institute; Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute; Susan Glasser, staff writer at the New Yorker;
and Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark
. Find the full Summit agenda and sign up at korbel.du.edu/DDS
Conscious Leadership With John Mackey
Thursday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Join John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, for a special Compass Coffee Talk. He'll discuss his latest book, Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business
, a followup to his bestseller Conscious Capitalism
— revealing what it takes to lead a purpose-driven, sustainable business. The virtual program is free; register here
In Conversation With Adam Milner
Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m.
Former Denver artist Adam Milner has been visiting the Clyfford Still Museum for two years to determine how to share the story of Still’s second wife, Patricia Still, who was instrumental in bringing the museum to Denver. During that period Milner performed physical interventions within the museum’s walls and in the archives, including viewing Still’s work in the darkness of night, releasing vintage perfume (assumed to be Mrs. Still’s) in the galleries and, most significantly, wandering the museum and grounds wearing a pink pantsuit resembling one that belonged to Mrs. Still. Milner’s culminating project, a book called Museum of the Invisible Woman
, is now the focus of an online interview, including images and video clips. To join in, register for the free Zoom conversation here
The Lost City of Sikyon
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.
The University of Colorado's Sarah James will take you through the lost city of Sikyon, the most important ancient Greek city that you’ve never heard of. Known for centuries only from brief mentions in classical literature, intensive archaeological work began there in the late 1990s by Greek and Danish teams. Thanks to their efforts, the secrets of this large and prosperous city have been slowly revealed and enable Sikyon and its ancient past to be reconstructed in surprising and impressive ways. Sign up for the free program here
U2 Spy Plane Photos and Archaeology in the Middle East
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.
Historic imagery sources, especially the large archives generated by the U.S. during the Cold War, are better than Google Earth for providing archaeologists with a window into the past, before development and intensive agriculture took hold in many rural parts of western Asia. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the archaeology of arid regions in Eurasia was revolutionized by the declassification of CORONA “spy satellite” photographs showing large swaths of the region in high resolution, as they appeared from 1967 through 1972; now there is a new source of even older high-resolution historical imagery: photos from U2 spy planes captured between1958 and 1960. In this online lecture, Emily Hammer will present case studies showing how U2 photos can be used to shape archaeological and historical conclusions about early southwest Asia. Sign up here
Holding Space: An Evening With Bobby LeFebre
Expect kind words from Colorado's poet laureate.
Friday, February 26, 6 to 7 p.m.
U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo says that “poetry is made to hold that which is too heavy for humans to hold.” During this free online program, Colorado poet laureate Bobby LeFebre will hold space through poetry. Following a performance by LeFebre, there will be a conversation exploring the nuance and complexities of kindness, social justice, love and collective consciousness. The free program is part of Anythink's One Kind Word Project, aimed at spreading compassion throughout the community. Find out more at anythinklibraries.org
Friday, February 26, 7 p.m.
The avant-garde Playground Ensemble is holding fast to its mission of supporting aspiring composers and presenting new music — pandemic or not — by going virtual and turning RemoteLab 2.0 into an interactive event. Join ensemble members as they perform commissioned works by five composers from various locations, and be prepared to contribute to the process by sounding off on the works. RemoteLab 2.0 is free; tune in to Facebook
Purim Drag Story Hour
Starting Saturday, February 27
The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with a family-friendly Drag Story Hour and Hamentashen baking demo with Denver’s Laura Menorah, who'll also read "Sammy Spider’s First Purim," by Sylvia A. Rouss. Starting February 27, the event will be free to access here
. And until February 25, in honor of the holiday, the JCC Denver will be collecting canned goods to support the Bluff Lake Apartments food pantry at 350 South Dahlia Street.
Press Freedom & Julian Assange
Sunday, February 28, noon
Denver Action to Free Assange will sponsor a free, online panel discussion of the U.S. case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and its ramifications for journalism and freedom of speech. The event will be hosted by Dr. Deepa Govindarajan Driver, activist and lecturer in Governance, Regulation and Risk at the University of Reading in the U.K.; Ray McGovern, a CIA analyst for 27 years and co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; and Mohamed Elmaazi, an investigative journalist based in London and the only journalist to cover every hearing during the U.K. extradition proceedings. Register here
Dr. Justina Ford's 150th Birthday
The Black American West Museum celebrated Dr. Justina Ford's contribution to the state with a two-hour livestreamed tribute on January 22, officially Dr. Justina Ford Day in Colorado. The program includes interviews with some of her remaining patients, as well as a re-enactment of Ford's only known interview and the first public display of her handwritten letter to the Colorado Medical Society that documents her delivery of 7,000 babies in her fifty-year career. Watch it here
Know of a great event around town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send event information to [email protected]