Actor and Activist George Takei to Speak at University of Colorado Boulder, Oct. 26

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The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its first speaker of the year George Takei. Mr. Takei will speak on Oct. 26 at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the event will be $2 for CU Boulder students and $10 for CU Boulder faculty and staff. Both will need a valid Buff OneCard for purchase. Community tickets will be $25. Student and faculty/staff tickets will be available starting October 10 on the first floor of the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the Distinguished Speakers Board Table, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cash only). Community tickets will be available online at macky.colorado.edu starting at 10:30 a.m. on Oct 10. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the event.

Takei first rose to prominence as an actor, starring in the Star Trek television series from 1966 to 1969 as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. Takei’s return to fame in recent times can be attributed to his involvement in social media. With a Facebook page with over 9.7 million likes, Takei has leveraged this platform to support LGBTQ rights, discuss and promote human rights, and support Japanese Americans. Now Takei tours the country discussing all aspects of his life and has become a powerful voice in a wide range of important areas.

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of CU Student Government with the mission to bring the world’s greatest minds to the CU Boulder campus. For more information please visit http://CUdsb.org

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

Edward Snowden to Speak Via Video Chat at Macky Auditorium Feb. 16th

The CU Boulder Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its second event of the year: former National Security Agency system administrator Edward Snowden is coming to the University of Colorado Boulder via video chat on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter, will moderate the event live from the Macky Auditorium. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of Snowden.

“The DSB makes an effort to host speakers who we think will be thought-provoking and intriguing,” said CU student and DSB chair Emma Woodyard. “Edward Snowden was at the top of our list – not because we think he’s right or wrong – but because we think he has the potential to spark conversation and challenge the student body.”

The Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Student Government cost center managed and funded by students, strives to continue the campus tradition of hosting speakers of the highest caliber who will intellectually stimulate and challenge both the student body and the Boulder community. A subject of international controversy, Edward Snowden has simultaneously been labeled a traitor, a whistleblower, a hero and a patriot. In 2013, Snowden began releasing top secret documents centered around the extent of the NSA’s and the CIA’s global surveillance, along with nearly 1 million Department of Defense documents. Within months, major news outlets around the world began to break stories based on the leaked documents, which have sparked international debates over information privacy, mass surveillance and government secrecy.  Snowden is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Stuttgart Peace Prize, and was a key figure in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service earned by The Washington Post and The Guardian.   

Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and a Harvard Center for Ethics Fellow. He has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and previously was a senior national affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Scott Dikkers, Megan Amram, Kevin Avery, and Aasif Mandvi to Speak at Macky Auditorium on Tuesday October 6, 2015

FullSizeRenderThe Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its first event for the year: The State of Satire. Megan Amram, Kevin Avery, Aasif Mandvi, and Scott Dikkers will be speaking in a joint event on Tuesday October 6, at CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will open at 6:15pm and the event will begin at 7:00pm.

Four of today’s most acclaimed satirists come together at Macky Auditorium for a one-of-a-kind discussion on the state of comedy today. The panel will be moderated by Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion. He will be joined by Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show”, “Halal in the Family”, and HBO’s “The Brink”; Kevin Avery, writer for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and co-host of award-winning podcast “Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period”; and Megan Amram, writer for “Parks and Recreation”, “Children’s Hospital”, and ”Silicon Valley” and author of “Science…for Her!”. The discussion centers on how satire shapes public discourse today. The panelists will also evaluate the current impact of social media and offer some insights on the future of comedy.

Tickets for the event will be $2 for CU-Boulder Students with a valid Buff OneCard and $10 for community members. Student tickets will be available starting September 21st on the first floor of the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the Distinguished Speakers Board Table, Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 3:00pm. Community tickets will be available online at macky.colorado.edu starting September 21st. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the event.

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of the CU Student Government with the mission to bring the world’s greatest minds to the CU Boulder campus. For more information please visit http://CUdsb.org.

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

Distinguished Speakers Board, Office: UMC 452

Emma Woodyard, Chair – dsbchair@gmail.com

Mark Haselmaier, Marketing & Public Relations Director – mark.haselmaier@colorado.edu

Brandon C. Meyers, Advisor, 303-492-7109, Office: UMC 231 – brandon.c.meyers@colorado.edu

Robert Ballard to Speak at Glenn Miller Ballroom on Tuesday April 21, 2015

ballard_headshotThe Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its third and final event for the year. Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985, will be speaking on Tuesday, April 21st, at CU-Boulder’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30pm and Ballard will begin speaking at 7:00pm.

Making discoveries that have captured the imagination of the public, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic. He has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship KMS Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (sunk in World War II during the Battle of Midway) and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109.

In addition to being a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Dr. Ballard is the president of the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). Having spent 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Ballard helped develop telecommunications technology to create “tele-presence” for his education initiative, which allows hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to accompany him from afar on undersea explorations around the globe each year. He has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island and in 2001 returned to the Graduate School of Oceanography where he is presently a tenured Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration.

In his speech, titled “Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration: Living the Dream”, Dr. Ballard will present his most recent work in deep water archaeology and the technology of tele-presence. He will share his findings from numerous expeditions where he search for, located, and documented sites of historical significance.

General admission for the event will be FREE for CU-Boulder Students and for community members, though seating is limited. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the speech.

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of the CU Student Government with the mission to bring the world’s greatest minds to the CU Boulder campus. For more information please visit http://CUdsb.org.

For more information about the event, or event accommodations, please 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

Buzz Aldrin Live Stream in the Glenn Miller Ballroom

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, will speak at CU-Boulder on Tuesday, March 3rd. Though the event is now sold out, Aldrin’s lecture will be live streamed to the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center to accommodate anyone who was unable to purchase a ticket. Entrance to the live stream of the lecture will be free and open to both student and the general public. Seating at the event is general admission, though space is limited. Doors will open at 6:45pm and the stream will begin at 7:30pm.

On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made history as the first two humans to set foot on the moon. Aldrin was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission. Since retiring from NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and his position as commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor among more than 50 other distinguished awards and medals he has received from the United States and numerous other countries.

DSB is a student-run cost center of the CU Student Government with the mission to bring the world’s greatest minds to the CU Boulder campus. For more information about the event, or event accommodations, please contact the Distinguished Speakers Board at DSBchair@gmail.com or visit http://facebook.com/CUdsb.

Buzz Aldrin to Speak at Macky Auditorium on Tuesday March 3, 2015

The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce its second event for the year. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot and Gemini 12 pilot, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 3, at CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert hall. Doors will open at 6:45pm and Aldrin will begin speaking at 7:30.

On July 20, 1969, millions of Americans held their breath and watched with awe and pride as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made history as the first two humans to set foot on the moon. Never before had human ingenuity reached such an unprecedented level of achievement. This heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space

A living hero, an American patriot, and a space pioneer, Buzz Aldrin is a reminder of the adventurous spirit of our country and stands as one of the bravest explorers of all time. 2008 marked NASA’s 50th Anniversary, while 2014 served as the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Upon returning from the moon, Buzz embarked on an international goodwill tour. He was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor amongst over 50 other distinguished awards and medals from the United States and numerous other countries.

Tickets for the event will be $2 for CU-Boulder Students with a valid Buff OneCard and $15 for community members. Tickets will be available starting February 16th on the first floor of the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the Distinguished Speakers Board Table Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 3:00pm. Community tickets will be available online at macky.colorado.edu starting February 16th. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the speech.

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of the CU Student Government with the mission to bring the world’s greatest minds to the CU Boulder campus. For more information please visit http://CUdsb.org.

For more information about the event, or event accommodations, please 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

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.