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Join CU-Boulder Faculty for CU on the Weekend, Free Public Programs

Join CU-Boulder Faculty for CU on the Weekend, Free Public Programs

The public is invited to attend free, weekend programs led by some of the University of Colorado Boulder’s most interesting faculty as part of the Saturday series, CU on the Weekend. 

With topics ranging from the sweeping stories behind celebrated musical compositions to the micro-level study of bacteria that uniquely forms each person’s microbiome, CU on the Weekend programs are designed to satisfy the community’s curiosity surrounding some of the intriguing research conducted at CU-Boulder. 

The fall CU on the Weekend Boulder series will include:

Revisiting 1864 — The Civil War Just Became Much More Interesting
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Benson Earth Sciences, Room 180, CU-Boulder Campus
Peter Wood, adjunct professor of history, will explore the wartime election of 1864— held 150 years ago this fall. Through a new generation of research, 1864 emerges as a key year during the nation’s most tumultuous decade, and the greatest confrontation of that fateful year involved ballots, not bullets.

Introduction to Your Human Microbiome
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m., Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, Butcher Auditorium, CU-Boulder Campus
Rob Knight, professor of chemistry and co-founder of the American Gut Project, will discuss techniques scientists are using to find out about microbes across the human body, including the gut, and the ways that microbes contribute to disease.

Stories Behind the Musical Masterpiece
Saturday, November 15, 1-3 p.m., Benson Earth Sciences, Room 180, CU-Boulder Campus
Jeremy Smith, associate professor of musicology, will explain how composers over the centuries— from Byrd to Bach to Beethoven — have told their stories through their music, often with powerful results.

New for fall 2014, CU-Boulder will offer CU on the Weekend programs in Douglas County as part of CU’s South Denver collaboration with The Wildlife Experience. In Parker, CU-Boulder history professors will lead encore presentations of two popular CU on the Weekend programs:

Baseball and the American Dream in History
Saturday, October 4, 1-3 p.m., CU South Denver Liniger Building/The Wildlife Experience, Classroom 204, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, Colo.
Tom Zeiler, professor of history, will explore what many baseball greats have in common— a shared history of baseball and a belief in the American dream that anyone, regardless of birth and hardship, can achieve success, freedom, and happiness.

Nuclear Families, Nuclear Towns: Los Alamos in the Cold War
Saturday, November 1, 1-4 p.m., CU South Denver Liniger Building/The Wildlife Experience, Classroom 204, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, Colo.
In this program, Lee Chambers, professor of history, will discuss her research on Cold War weapons laboratories and the war’s impact on family and community life in the “Atomic City” of Los Alamos.

Doors open 30 minutes before each CU on the Weekend program and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for an emailed event reminder, visit: http://conted.colorado.edu/programs/cu-on-the-weekend/, and for questions, email weekend@colorado.edu or call 303-492-4561.

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