Soledad O’Brien to Speak at Macky Auditorium on Tuesday November 4, 2014

OBrien S-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2014) (1)The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its first event of the year. Soledad O’Brien, former CNN anchor for Weekend Today and founder of Starfish Media Group, will be speaking on Tuesday, November 4th at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert hall. Doors will open at 6:45pm and O’Brien will begin at 7:30pm.

O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America series on CNN. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce Black in America and Latino in America and other programming for CNN. Also, in June 2013, O’Brien joined HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent, and joined the Harvard University Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. O’Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she anchored the network’s Weekend Today. Soledad O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.

In the wake of several media scandals, the media has an even tougher job establishing credibility and trust among a public who is becoming ever more skeptical. With many years of experience as a journalist, Soledad O’Brien discusses our scandalous times, what may have caused them, and how the general public can reacquaint itself with the ‘truth in the media’. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the speech.

Tickets for the event will be free for CU Students with a valid BuffOne card and $8 for the community. Tickets will be available starting October 20th on the first floor of the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the Distinguished Speakers Board Table, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm. Limited community tickets will be available online at macky.colorado.edu starting October 13th.

For information about the event or event accommodations, contact the Distinguished Speakers Board at DSBchair@gmail.com or visit http://facebook.com/CUdsb.

 

Distinguished Speakers Board, Office: UMC 452

Irfan Nadiadi, Chair – dsbchair@gmail.com
Mark Haselmaier, Public Relations Director – mark.haselmaier@colorado.edu
Colin Spaulding, Advisor, Office: UMC 456 – colin.spaulding@colorado.edu

Looking for New Members for the Distinguished Speakers Board!

Thank you to everyone who has followed our student group this far. We really appreciate your support. If you have always been interested in joining the Distinguished Speakers Board, then this is your opportunity to work with a talented group of students on bringing some of the world’s most esteemed people to our campus to inspire students and provoke thought.

As a member of the board you will be directly involved with the speaker selection process as well as planning the logistics surrounding such large-scale events. It’s an excellent opportunity to get involved on campus and make many new friends along the way!

The only requirements we have for members is that you are a current University of Colorado Boulder student, you can attend our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6pm, and that you’re passionate about working on impactful campus events!

To apply for a position, we ask that you email your resume to dsbchair@gmail.com and in the email body, include your response to the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in joining the Distinguished Speakers Board?

2. What unique attributes can you bring to the board?

3. If you could choose one person, who would you bring to speak on campus?

4. What is your graduation date?

The deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10th at 5pm

If selected, we will be holding brief follow-up interviews over the next few weeks. Interviews will take place on Wednesdays between 5pm and 7pm.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Irfan Nadiadi, Chair
Ryan Breuer, Vice Chair
Liza Romanov, Chief Financial Officer
Mark Haselmaier, Public Relations Director

Jon Huntsman, Jr. to Speak at Macky Auditorium on April 15, 2014

Huntsman-J-Photo-(High-Res-HEADSHOT-2014)The Distinguished Speakers Board at the University of Colorado is pleased to announce its third and final spring event. Jon Huntsman, who served as an Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah will be speaking on Tuesday, April 15th, at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will be opened at 6:45 pm and Mr. Huntsman will begin his speech at 7:30 pm.

Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia makes him one of the most knowledgeable American politicians on the region. Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, investment framework agreements, and other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States. Prior to serving as Ambassador to China, Huntsman was twice elected Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percentage of the vote and a majority in all 29 counties. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, increasing the state’s economic competitiveness, and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system.

Huntsman will be giving a speech entitled “China: Opportunities and Challenges”. Using his years of experience working closely with American business owners to facilitate commerce in the growing Asian market, Huntsman outlines ways to bring jobs and capital back to America, engage China from a position of strength and level the economic playing field in order to protect the U.S. economy.
Tickets to the event will go on sale Tuesday, April 1st and are $2 for CU-Boulder students with a valid student ID and $12 for community members. Student tickets can be purchased from the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at http://macky.colorado.edu. Please email dsbchair@gmail.com for hearing-impaired tickets and other accommodation needs.

College Freedom Forum at CU Boulder March 11, 2014!

CFF_Posters_11 x 17.indd  The CU Distinguished Speakers Board (DSB) and the Cultural Events Board (CEB), in conjunction with University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG), are proud to announce the College Freedom Forum will come to the University of Colorado Boulder’s University Memorial Center Glenn Miller Ballroom on March 11. Park Sang Hak, Karsha Jacqueline, Chen Guangcheng and Maryam al-Khawaja will be the speakers.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 P.M.; the speeches, which will be presented independently, will begin at 7:00 P.M. and followed by a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public. Seating priority is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The College Freedom Forum (CFF) is a joint initiative of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), with DSB, CEB, and CUSG. CFF is a one-evening event that brings the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) to the University of Colorado Boulder. OFF is an annual summit of activists, business leaders, media, technologists, artists, world leaders and policymakers who gather each spring to exchange ideas on how to better promote and protect human rights globally.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

Park Sang Hak defected from North Korea in 1999 and is now a democracy activist. He is the chairman of Fighters for a Free North Korea, an organization that launches balloons containing human rights and pro-democracy literature into North Korea. He is also a member of the Democracy Network Against the North Korean Gulag and the Exile Committee for North Korean Democracy.

Kasha N. Jacqueline, a Ugandan lesbian and LGBTI activist, is the founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), an organization that offers refuge to the persecuted LGBTI community. Kasha describes the horrifying witch-hunt presently occurring in her country – a movement that threatens anyone labeled as a homosexual with imprisonment, exile or death.

Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese civil rights activist and self-taught legal worker. After bringing a lawsuit against Chinese authorities for excessive enforcement of the country’s one-child policy, Chen was sentenced to house arrest. In 2012, he escaped and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He now lives with his family in the U.S. and is a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law.

Maryam Al-Khawaja relates the stories of the individuals who, in their desire for freedom, have been targeted by the Bahraini government as terrorists. Maryam describes the mistreatment of protestors such as her own father, Abdulhadi, who has been in detention for over a month and has suffered brutal torture. Maryam in featured in the film, We Are the Giant, which is part of the Sundance Film Festival.

An Evening with Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian HeadshotAlexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media site Reddit and author of “Without Their Permission” will speak on Saturday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Duane Physics G1B30. After a speech given by Ohanian, a “fireside chat” with Teju Ravilochan will commence, a CU alum and co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute. The Unreasonable Institute is an organization based in Boulder, Colorado dedicated to providing entrepreneurs the resources and connections needed to create meaningful and impactful ventures.

The evening will end with a Q&A session and a book signing open to the public for Ohanian’s recent book “Without Their Permission”. Books will be available for $27.00 plus tax at the event. Cash, credit cards and personal checks will all be acceptable forms of payment.

Doors to the event will open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until seating is fully occupied or the event begins. Tickets will be free at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event will be run by the CU Distinguished Speakers Board.

Alex Ohanian currently advises and invests in over seventy tech startups. He has spoken at conferences such as TED and the Clinton Global Initiative and spoken to companies such as Google and Betaworks. He was named on Forbes 30 under 30 list for two years in a row, before he actually turned 30. His new book, “Without Their Permission”, shares “ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good” and along the way share his experiences and philosophies with young entrepreneurs.

An Evening With Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku
The Distinguished Speakers Board at the University of Colorado is thrilled to announce their first fall event. Michio Kaku, a prominent theoretical physicist and two-time New York Times best selling author will be speaking on Thursday, October 3rd, at CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will be opened at 6:45 pm and Dr. Kaku will begin his speech at 7:30 pm.

Kaku will be delivering a visionary lecture entitled “The Next 20 years: How science will revolutionize business, medicine, jobs, and our way of life”, which will inform the audience about the future of science and society. The hour-long lecture will be followed by a half-hour Q&A session with members of the audience.

Dr. Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, a cutting-edge branch of physics, that continues Albert Einstein’s search for a “theory of everything” to derive an equation that summarizes all the physical laws of the universe. A popularizer of science, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as an author and television personality. He is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Physics of the Future (2011), which was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Books of 2011, and Physics of the Impossible (2008). He has appeared on television numerous times, with appearances on the Larry King Show, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, and CNN to name a few, been featured in documentaries and hosted many of his own, and runs a national weekly radio program called Science Fantastic. Furthermore, he will be prominently featured in the Science Channel’s new series ‘Futurescape”, premiering in November.

“The Distinguished Speakers Board is incredibly excited to be hosting Michio Kaku here at the University of Colorado”, said Kelsey Berlinberg, chair of the board. “Given the university’s reputation as a leading institution in physics and science research, Dr. Kaku’s immense knowledge in those fields is sure to inspire our students, researchers, and community members.” Another board member, Reed Chervin, feels that “Dr. Kaku will expose the audience to science’s integral role in human progress.”

Thanks for a great year!

We’d like to thank the students of CU Boulder and all of the community members who made our past year such a success. We’re currently in the process of selecting our speakers for the coming school year. Stay tuned for updates, and like us on facebook for the latest updates on upcoming events. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from our sold out Neil deGrasse Tyson event.

Stay distinguished folks. And see you next year!

~ University of Colorado Distinguished Speakers Board

Sam Harris to speak at CU Boulder

The CU Distinguished Speakers Board is excited to announce that neuroscientist and New York Times Best Selling author Sam Harris will be speaking at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on March 5th, 2012. Dr. Harris will be speaking on the illusion of free will and the moral and scientific implications of recent discoveries that many of the mechanisms that govern human behavior are random. The talk will be followed by a half hour question and answer session with members of the audience.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:45pm, and the speech will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $2 for CU students with valid student ID and $10 dollars for community members. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 20th at noon. After that, student tickets will be available at the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at macky.colorado.edu. Please contact cudsb@colorado.edu for hearing impaired tickets. Food and beverages, as well as backpacks, skateboards, cameras, and video recording equipment are prohibited from being brought into the auditorium.Dr. Harris has enjoyed a distinguished career as an author, with his 2004 novel The End of Faith appearing on the New York Times best seller list for 33 consecutive weeks. Dr. Harris is also the founder and CEO of Project Reason, a non profit foundation aimed at the promotion of scientific knowledge and secular values within society. Dr. Harris has previously spoken at a number of prominent campuses including Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard University, and has made numerous media appearances including The O’Reilly Factor, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and various TED conferences.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at CU Boulder

The CU Distinguished Speakers Board is proud to announce that renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be speaking at the University of Colorado’s Macky Concert Hall Auditorium on February 15th, 2012. Dr. Tyson will be speaking on the collective expectations of humanity’s progress in space exploration and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic obstacles that must be overcome to achieve them. The talk will be followed by a half hour question and answer session with members of the audience.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:45pm, and the speech will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $2 for CU students with valid student ID and $15 dollars for community members. Student tickets can be purchased from the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at macky.colorado.edu. Please contact cudsb@colorado.edu for hearing impaired tickets. Food and beverages, as well as backpacks, skateboards, cameras, and video recording equipment are prohibited from being brought into the auditorium.

Dr. Tyson is the current Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, as well as a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Tyson is the host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and will also be featured on the sequel to Carl Sagan’s award-winning television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Dr. Tyson earned his BA in Physics from Harvard University and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University. A regular on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Mahr, Dr. Tyson is well regarded in both the scientific community and popular culture for both his distinguished research career and his efforts to make science more interesting and accessible to the American public.

Make sure you check out the facebook page for an opportunity to win two VIP tickets, two passes to the official reception, and a photo opportunity with Dr. Tyson: https://www.facebook.com/events/283192638401847/

New Members!

The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to welcome Kelsey Berlinberg, Noraly Cazares, and Nicholas Kanner as its newest board members. We look forward to working with them to bring even more great speakers to the University of Colorado in the near future.

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